Nisimazine VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts 2016

Nisimazine VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts 2016

Nisimazine VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts 2016

by April 21, 2016


We’re happy to announce a new and exciting Nisimazine workshop taking place during VIS Vienna Independent Shorts in Vienna, Austria from the 25th of May to the 1st of June!

The International Festival for Short Film, Animation & Music Video – is Austria’s biggest short film event, and also one of the most respected festivals in Europe, with significance that is growing from year to year. Austria’s first “Academy Qualifying Festival” (meaning VIS winners are eligible for shorts Oscar) , celebrated its 12th edition in 2015, welcoming nearly 10,000 visitors and showing more than 300 films.

Now in its 13th edition, it will present national and international competition programmes split into several categories. Crucially, the division between Fiction & Documentary and Avantgarde Animation allows the team to form clever blocks of films that rather make a whole than just show shorts in a more or less logical sequence.

Side programmes include slots of horror, porn, and comedy shorts, and the big special guest this year is the living legend of animation and illustration Bill Plympton.

In co-operation with Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier/Q21, the festival’s Artists in Residence this year are Una Gunjak (winner of the European Film Award for best short film with Chicken), Jan Soldat (one of Europe’s most important short documentary film-makers), Réeka Bucsi (known for the fantastic Symphony no. 42), and film-maker and composer Peter Millard (Boogodobiegodongo).

The festival also features a strong Industry section, regularly visited by key players (if this formulation can be used for the mostly unpretentious world of short film). But perhaps most important is the fact that VIS is a very informal gathering, and although organized in a very professional, very österreichisch-ly precise manner, a visitor feels relaxed and positive, not least thanks to the beauty of Vienna at the end of May.

In order to form the international editorial team we are currently looking for 2 writers from the Balkan area (including Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Turkey), one Austrian photographer and one Austrian writer.  The selected applicants will be invited to attend the event in order to form an international editorial team motivated to make an innovative and fresh festival coverage. As always it will be a unique opportunity to gain practical, hands on experience in film journalism and meet colleagues from different countries. The team will be putting out frequent online content covering different sections of the program. All of these formats allow a broad view of the different aspects of cultural journalism.

The application form can be found here.

Nisimazine Workshops

For over a decade now NISI MASA has developed a considerable experience in publishing a free daily, weekly and monthly gazette during some of the major Film Festivals in the world. The magazine is made in the frame of a film journalism workshop for young aspiring film journalists. Nisimazine film journalism workshops have taken place during many international events, such as: Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, International Documentary Amsterdam Festival, Torino Film Festival (Italy), DocPoint Helsinki (Finland), Alba Intl Film Festival, Festival de Lima (Peru), Festival do Rio (Brazil), Abu Dhabi Film Festival (United Arab Emirates), Tallinn Black Nights (Estonia), San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain) only to name a few.

Since 2006 over 200 young critics from all over the world have benefited from developing their skills in a stimulating international environment


Nisimazine VIS Vienna Independent Shorts will be published online and spread through a network of thousands of contacts in the cinema industry. The output will be a mix of film reviews, interviews, thematic articles, news, pictures from the festival, etc. Coverage will be extended by picture galleries.

Editorial Team

The editorial team will be headed by invited Editor in Chief Vladan Petkovic. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their articles and photographs during the daily editorial meeting and the one on one reunions.


As of the announcement of selected participants, the essential preparation period will begin. Participants will be required to begin researching, making interviews, and taking part in online meetings to brainstorm the magazine’s content, and of course writing the first articles! There will be 1 collective Skype meeting before the official beginning of the workshop. This meeting is compulsory and will be arranged at the most convenient and practical time for the group.

The preparation and workshop period is organized as follows:

21st of April – 1st of May: Application period

4th of May: Announcement of selected participants

5th of May – 24th of May: Preparation period

25th of May –1st of June: Workshop Period

Application Guidelines

The final application deadline for candidates is the 1st of May 2016 at midnight (Central European Time). All application material must be sent via email to under the subject line “LAST NAME Application for Nisimazine VIS”. Filling in the application form is a prerequisite. Providing evidence of previous work is advised for all positions under the following format:

Writers – 1 articles originally written in or translated into English

Photographers – a set of 6 photographs

All: One passport-style photo is also required with each application

All: Application Form

If candidates do not have any previous work to share or are unable to share it, for any particular reason, a letter of motivation should be given along side with the application, stating the reasons why he or she would like to participate. Lack of previous experience is not a factor taken into account at the moment of selection as part of Nisimazine’s mission and objectives is opening such opportunities to people with a genuine love for film.

By filling in the application form candidates confirm their availability to attend the entire duration of the workshop, and their motivation to actively take part in necessary preparation meetings and activities in advance. There will be 1 mandatory Skype chat meetings (dates to be confirmed).

Participation Rules

Participants will come to VIS Vienna Independent Shorts during the 25th of May and the 1st of June.

Accommodation will be provided to the international participants for the whole period of the workshop. Personal travel and food costs will be the responsibility of each participant.

There is a participation fee of 100 EUR for international participants and 70 EUR for Austrian participants. Please note that all international participants have access to an automatic 50% scholarship over the fee. The fee will have to be paid to NISI MASA before 13th of May 2016. If, for any reason, a participant is unable to attend the workshop, they must inform the organizers immediately. The participation fee will not be refunded. Participants will be asked to bring their own necessary equipment (e.g. laptop, camera, video camera). If this is not possible, please inform us in your application form so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Additional support equipment will be provided by the workshop.

For more information do not hesitate to contact us via email to

*Copyright image Anouk de Clercq