VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Daily 2

VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Daily 2

by May 27, 2016

Animation & Avant-garde
A Garden of Possibilities

by Susana Bessa

Roaming around the 13th Edition of Vienna International Shorts my first day in, I went to take a look at the Animation Avantgarde program within the International Competition frenzy. Truth be told, the bewildering batter of experimental film and animation slotted in 80 minutes time hit me to such a degree that the one thing making its way into my mind when the lights came on was not an outline of this piece but one single question: “What do people really think about when they think about experimental animation?”

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Fiction & Documentary 1: Between Heaven and Hell
In Between, But in the Right Place
by Elena Prendjova

We spend our lives living in heaven or hell on Earth, living on Earth expecting to go to Heaven or avoid Hell; but what happens when we find ourselves stuck Between Heaven and Hell? Vienna watched the visualised opinions on the subject, made by six directors in the Stadtkino in Künstlerhaus yesterday, May 26, in the Fiction & Documentary international competition block 1.

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Lunchfilm – 10 Years of Buying Lunch
by Miha Veingerl

Mike Plante, a curator at the Sundance Film Festival, once met a film-maker and bought him lunch. Yet he didn´t want the same favour in return and suggested that the film-maker repays him with a short film costing same amount of money. Before he knew it, Plante was approached by many other directors, which resulted in more than 50 lunchfilms, commissioned and produced since 2005. They differ in length, genre, content and form, they are either newly produced or re-edits of older (un-)published material, but their source is always a lunch, where ideas and rules are discussed and after which a sort of a contract between Plante and the artist is signed on a napkin. If you want, you can regard it as, for the independent film community, a more uniting and supporting version of Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth‘s

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Looking for Freedom
Find Freedom or Die Trying

by Elena Prendjova

Are we free? Do we live freely or do we spend all our lives Looking for Freedom? And what does freedom mean to us? Krzysztof Kieślowski, Nikolai Nekh, Caio Zatti and Luis Henrique Leal, George Lucas, Jorge Furtado, Or Bar-El, and Bjørn Melhus are the directors who deal with the issue of freedom in the times of capitalism and surveillance cameras. The programme titled “Looking For Freedom: Seven Filmic Freedom Fantasies” was screened at VIS on May 26, as a part of the festival’s Focus: Fear Is Not an Option.

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