Vienna Shorts: A Toast to Award Winners

On Might 30, 2022 the 19th edition of the Vienna Shorts Film Festival came to an finish with prizes, flowers and champagne for the fortunate winners at Stadtkino. Austrian director Mo Harawe celebrated a triumph, getting not only the Austrian Brief Film Award for his haunting film&nbspWill My Parents Come to See Me, but also qualifications for the ACADEMY AWARD®, the European Film Award and the Austrian Film Award. The major prizes in the two international competitions went to the Qatari film&nbspAnd Then They Burn the Sea&nbspand the Japanese animation&nbspBird in the Peninsula. Double honored with the new Social Duty Award and the ORF.at Audience Award was the essay&nbspInvisible Hands&nbspby Lia Sudermann and Simon Nagy. The awards in detail:

© And Then They Burn The Sea (Majid Al-Remaihi), Au Revoir Jérôme! (Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Seinet, Adam Sillard), How Do You Measure A Year? (Jay Rosenblatt)

FIDO FICTION &amp DOCUMENTARY

The most important prize in the Fiction &amp Documentary International Competitors went to the quite private film&nbspAnd Then They Burn the Sea&nbspin which Majid Al-Remaihi, according to the jury, “beautifully blends household archives with reenacted dreams”. The Jury Prize was awarded to&nbspGoodbye Jerome!, the surreal and colorful French animated film by Chloé Farr, Gabrielle Seinet and Adam Sillard which convinced the jury “with its irresistible charm”. Each films have been also entered into the race for the ACADEMY AWARDS®. An Honorable Mention went to Jay Rosenblatt for his “intimately relatable record of a father–daughter relationship”,&nbspHow Do You Measure A Year?.

© Bird in the Peninsula (Atsushi Wada), Doom Cruise (Hannah Stragholz, Simon Steinhorst), Not possible figures and other stories I (Marta Pajek)

AA ANIMATION AVANTGARDE

In the Animation Avantgarde International Competitors,&nbspBird in the Peninsula, a “meditative journey complete of uncanny rituals and interrupted fantasies” by Atsushi Wada, was awarded Very best Film. The Jury Prize also went to an animation, the humorous doomsday spectacle&nbspDoom Cruise&nbspby Hannah Stragholz and Simon Steinhorst. An Honorable Mention went to&nbspNot possible figures and other stories I&nbspby Marta Pajek.

© Will My Parents Come to See Me (Mo Harawe), In The Upper Space (Alexander Gratzer), Hollywood (Leni Gruber, Alex Reinberg), Invisible Hands (Lia Sudermann, Simon Nagy)

ÖW AUSTRIAN Competitors

In the Austrian Competitors, Mo Harawe’s film&nbspWill My Parents Come to See Me&nbspwon the Austrian Brief Film Award as nicely as qualifications for the ACADEMY AWARD®, the European Film Award and the Austrian Film Award. Harawe returned to his native Somalia for the drama about a young man who meets a policewoman shortly ahead of execution and, according to the jury, designed “a formidable miniature about a nation scarred by violence that sticks in our memory.” The Jury Prize was awarded to the touching animation&nbspIn The Upper Space&nbspby Alexander Gratzer, though&nbspHollywood&nbspby Leni Gruber and Alex Reinberg received an Honorable Mention and&nbspBreeze&nbspby Anna Lehner scored the Youth Jury Prize. The ORF.at Audience Award for films beneath twelve minutes went to&nbspInvisible Hands&nbspby Lia Sudermann and Simon Nagy.

© Make Me Cry – On Bells (Matthew Gerges), Borders – NENDA (Nenda Neururer)

MUVI AUSTRIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARD

On Friday, Viennese director Matthew Gerges, representing the collective FLOORISLAVA, picked up the Austrian Music Video Award for the music video for&nbspMake Me Cry&nbspby On Bells. The jury appreciated the way the video with the ambiguous title softens the “boundaries amongst the intimate and the obscene.” Nenda Neururer aka NENDA received an Honorable Mention for her self-directed music video for&nbspBorders, in “which several layers of which means converge in a homogenous style, political and urgent, unafraid to contact injustice by its name.”&nbsp

© Lili Alone (Zou Jing), Invisible Hands (Lia Sudermann, Simon Nagy)

Unique AWARDS

The Chinese initial-time filmmaker Zou Jing was awarded the Elfi Dassanowsky Prize as the greatest female director of the festival for her drama&nbspLili Alone. The Social Duty Award, newly donated by the Vienna Chamber of Labour, was offered to&nbspInvisible Hands&nbspby Lia Sudermann and Simon Nagy. In their essay, the filmmakers made use of amateur footage from the 1960s and present off-camera commentary to highlight the lack of appreciation for care function.&nbsp

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