New York: 1st AUSTRIAN AMERICAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL


  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York 11 East 52nd Street New York, NY, 10022 United States

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Austrian American Short Film Festival (AASFF) is a first-of-its kind bilateral festival featuring short films in all forms and genres by promising young artists and filmmakers from both Austria and the United States. Set to take place annually, the three-day festival is presented by and taking place at the ACFNY, and the selection of winning films will be screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York, MOMI Museum of the Moving Image, New York and at the frameout-Festival, Museums Quarter Vienna. The festival program reflects the diversity and showcases the highlight of contemporary young filmmaking from both countries.

The mission of the AASFF is to increase intercultural dialogue – to foster interconnectivity and the exchange of ideas between Austria and the U.S. Featuring discussions, Q&As, master classes and networking events, the festival provides a platform for young, emerging filmmakers and serves as an incubator for new ideas and projects, encouraging Austrian-American collaboration. The Festival also aims at introducing emerging Austrian talent to the U.S. film community, as well as showcasing work by American filmmakers in Austria.

The Festival was initiated and co-founded by Christine Moser / ACFNY Director and Stephanie Falkeis / AASFF Festival Curator.

 

FESTIVAL JURY 2016

JESSICA HAUSNER, SARA DRIVER, DAVID SCHWARTZ

The independent Jury selecting the winning films is composed of Austrian writer/director/producer Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou, Lourdes, Hotel), acting as Head of Jury, director/producer Sara Driver (Sleepwalk, When Pigs Fly, Stranger than Paradise) and Chief Curator of the Museum of the Moving Image David Schwartz.

AWARDS

The independent Jury selects the best Austrian and American film in the following categories: Narrative / Experimental and Conceptual / Documentary and Hybrid.

FILMMAKER IN RESIDENCE - PATRICK VOLLRATH

Celebrated Filmmaker Patrick Vollrath, director of the Oscar-nominated short film “Everything will be okay”, is in residence during the festival and will present his film in the framework of a special screening, followed by a conversation with Festival Curator Stephanie Falkeis.

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

The winning films will be presented by three partner institutions - in New York at Anthology Film Archives (May 1st, 2016 7.30 pm), MOMI Museum of the Moving Image (Date TBA), and at frameout-Festival at Museum Quarter Vienna (Date TBA).

UNIVERSITY PARTNERS IN COLLABORATION

To compose a festival program showcasing the highlights of young filmmaking from both countries, the Festival works in collaboration with the following partner Universities: Columbia University, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Film Academy Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

MORE EVENTS IN THE FRAMEWORK OF AASFF

Special events include a master class for the filmmakers conducted by Head of Jury Jessica Hausner; A special screening of the Oscar-winning short film “Everything will be Okay” with director Patrick Vollrath (Filmmaker in Residence); “An evening with Jessica Hausner” – the Head of Jury in conversation with Festival Curator Stephanie Falkeis;

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

AASFF 2016: DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY APR 27, 06:30 PM

Films Screening in Competition
A PITTER PATTER GOES MY HEART by Christoph Rainer
TWO YEARS by Lauren Hall
A SUBSEQUENT FULFILMENT OF A PREHISTORIC WISH by Johannes Gierlinger
STUDIO STUDIO by Sara Stern
ESEL / CARRY ON by Rafael Haider
EL RITUAL DEL COLOR by Luz Olivares
JAPANESE FANTASIES by Rory Pfotenhauer
HARD LINES by oellinger/rainer and Stefan Wirnsperger

ACFNY, Tickets & Information

AASFF 2016: DAY 2 - THURSDAY APR 28, 07:00 PM

Films Screening in Competition
SUNDAE by Sonya Goddy
TITO ANDRONICO CAMINO VERDE by oellinger/rainer and Stefan Wirnsperger
KEVIN by Jesse Wakeman
NADIE BAILA by Javier Loarte
STOP by Reinaldo Green
POTTER'S WILL by Ben Hagari
SO FAR by Lydia Kaminski
ANTI PREDATOR ADAPTATION by Jessyca R. Hauser and Lisa Stuckey

ACFNY, Tickets & Information

AASFF 2016: DAY 3 - FRIDAY APR 29, 07:00 PM

Films Screening in Competition
TEMPUS FUG'IT by Bela Baptiste
ALEXA TO EXA by Exa Zim
A SPACE WITH IMAGES FROM PROVINCES by Cana Bilir-Meier
A NEW CIVILIZATION by Williams Naranjo

ACFNY, Tickets & Information

Please check for updates at www.austrianamericanshortfilmfestival.org

 

ABOUT THE JURY MEMBERS

JESSICA HAUSNER, is a director, scriptwriter, and producer born in 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She studied directing at the Filmacademy of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film Flora, which won the ‘Leopard of Tomorrow’ at the Locarno Festival. Inter-view, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, Lovely Rita, her first feature film, was presented in ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the Cannes Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories. Her second feature film Hotel was again selected in ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2004. Her next film Lourdes had its premiere at Venice Film Festival 2009 in International Competition where it won the ‘FIPRESCI Prize’.

Hausner’s latest film Amour Fou is set around 1810 in Berlin and avails itself of the tragic life of the German writer Henrich von Kleist. Amour Fou premiered again in ‘Un Certain Regard’ in Cannes.

SARA DRIVER directed Paul Bowles’ short story, YOU ARE NOT I (1982, 48 min.) Restored and celebrated at the Masterworks NYFF 2011. Her feature film; SLEEPWALK (1986, 78 min.), won the prestigious Prix Georges Sadoul. SLEEPWALK given by the Cinematheque Francaise, premiered Critics Week of Cannes, Sundance film festival, Museum of Modern Art’s 1987 New Directors New Films Series. And recently shown at BAM for their 80s series. WHEN PIGS FLY (94 min.,1993), Premiered Locarno Film Festival and shown in Toronto, and Rotterdam, and the film was recently shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the Women in film series. She wrote and directed the short documentary, THE BOWERY - SPRING, 1994, part of “Postcards from New York,” an anthology program for French TV. Driver’s other film credits include Jim Jarmusch’s, PERMANENT VACATION (1979, producer, production manager) and STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984, producer). Her films have had retrospectives in Denmark, Buenos Aires, Anthology Film Archives NYC, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, TIFF Cinematique, Toronto, Maine International Film Festival, Filmoteca Spain and Estoril/Lisbon where she was awarded the prestigious Tribute Award for her work in cinema. Her films are available in a boxset from Filmswelike. 

DAVID SCHWARTZ is Chief Curator of Museum of the Moving Image, where he has worked since 1985. He oversees the Museum’s wide-ranging film programs and changing exhibitions. He is a visiting professor at Purchase College, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club and the Cinema Arts Centre Preview Club. He is also the programming director of First Time Fest, a New York-based film festival devoted to the first films of emerging and established directors. He has been on numerous juries, including the international competition jury at BAFICI (in Buenos Aires) and FIDLab (in Marseille, France) in 2015.

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RSVP for screenings will be available starting April 1st, 2016


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