The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event. It takes place every October in beautiful cinemas in Vienna’s historic center, providing the festival with an international orientation and a distinctive urban flair.
In its main program, the Viennale shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as from Austria, some of them international premieres. The choice of about 300 films offers a cross-section of bold film-making which stands apart from the aesthetics of mainstream conventionality, some even politically engaging. Aside from its focus on the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable, the festival gives particular attention to documentaries, international short films, as well as experimental works.
The Viennale receives regular international acclaim for the large-scale retrospective on relevant aspects of film history it organizes every year in collaboration with the Austrian Filmmuseum, its numerous special programs, as well as for its tributes and homages dedicated to important persons and institutions in film-making. The conclusion of the festival sees the awarding of the FIPRESCI Prize of the International Film Critics’ Association and the Vienna Film Prize of the City of Vienna.
Gala screenings, special events and parties are as much part of the festival as interviews, audience discussions and opportunities to meet the many international guests of the festival. In recent years, the Viennale has established a secure place for itself on the international festival scene: It has become a festival which offers a program of high quality in a relaxed urban atmosphere in autumn, when Vienna is at its most attractive. It presents an exciting array of newest trends contrasted with historical reference points. It is a festival of information, surprises, discoveries and above all, of films.
You can check the schedule of showings here: www.viennale.at/en/calendar