VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Daily 7

VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Daily 7

by June 6, 2016

Double Profile: Peter Millard and Réka Bucsi
The Intricacies of Imagery: They Know Where Going

By Lana Sokolaj and Susana Bessa

Many are those who speak of bravery when referring to delving deep into a career in comedy. But in a world as reliant on the artificial support of technology as ours, we could say within the film sub-world, comedy has been shifted by the physicality of animation and its due interpretation.

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Fiction and Documentary 6: Home Is Where I Want To Be – International Competition
Where to Stay and Where to Go to?

by Vanessa Scharrer

The sixth session of Fiction & Documentary was an adventure through places, history and personal stories. Each of the six films is at least 14 minutes long and deals with various ways of getting in touch with certain localities.

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Football Is an Option
Scoring Shorts 

By Lana Sokolaj

The event celebrating football as an option was presented by VIS in collaboration with the Restaurant Heuer at Karlsplatz on May 29 at an open-air screening, surrounded by green grass, the best way to blend in with the theme.

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Profile: Bill Plympton
Imperfection Makes Things More Interesting

By Miha Veingerl

Bill Plympton, the American graphic designer and cartoonist, who around 30 years ago chose the path of animated film and became a legend in this artistic and amusing, but highly competitive field, was the big guest star of the 13th edition of Vienna Independent Shorts. The festival even broke one of its rules and screened a feature film, his “most outrageous work” as he says himself, I Married a Strange Person!, about a man who can permutate his reality. During the festival we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the artist and his animated permutations, through screenings, a masterclass and an interview for Nisimazine.

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Utopia and How to Get There (Or Not)
Moving Backwards

By Susana Bessa

utopia, noun: 1. an imaginary and indefinitely remote place; 2. often capitalized: a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions; 3. an impractical scheme for social improvement.

This is how Merriam-Webster defines utopia. An idyllic place, where what people want and are able to do perfectly coincides with what society requires them to do, without having to strive for any kind of social status. Funnily enough, it was in a dystopian reality created by passionate people, a film festival that a session with this topic was realized at.

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Closing Ceremony VIS 2016
A Wooden V for the Winners

By Vanessa Scharrer

It was time to say goodbye on May 31, the last night of the 13th VIS in Vienna. Seeing Benjamin Gruber and Daniel Ebner it is easy to say this week was a marathon and right at the finish line we can take a quick look back. There were 346 short films and about 10,000 visitors, one broken projector and a Bill Plympton, who drew about a million little guard dogs. 114 films screened in the competition sections for a VIS award. 12 of the wooden V awards were give out this evening. Two award ceremonies, Night of the Light and Music Video Awards, took place earlier during the festival. The locally famous Stuart Freeman from the radio station FM4 was charming as ever and lead us through the evening.

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Interview with Patrice Laliberté, director of Overpass
Screenwriting Is Like a Chess Game

By Susana Bessa

Patrice Laliberté is a young Canadian screenwriter and director based in Quebec, Montreal. Patrice started his career in 2009 with Je t’aime à la livre and has since directed six short films and become an associate at the Couronne Nord Company.

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Theatrical Distribution of Short Film
VIS Sends Short Films to Arthouse Circuit

 By Miha Veingerl

Cinema programming is not as romantic as it used to be. Until almost 1990s, European cinemas offered packages such as double features, or feature films with an accompanying short film. Today both options have become very rare. Not to mention the idea to distribute just short films in the cinemas, which sounds like a utopia.

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Double Feature: Jan Soldat Profile and Interview
Exploring the Scary

By Vanessa Scharrer

Jan Soldat is one of six Artists in Residence invited to Vienna in 2016 by VIS, meaning he will spend June in doing research for his new film in one of Q21’s nine Studios at the Museumsquartier. He also ran a three-day workshop with young people from the age of 15 up, where they were making a short documentary, and the result was screened at VIS on May 31.

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Fiction and Documentary 3 – Oh Life, it’s Bigger than You
The Merry-Go-Round Never Stops Turning                   

By Susana Bessa

Everyone has read The Catcher in the Rye (at least once) sometime in the past and related with Holden’s realization that he is, in fact, somebody in the world. Still, the initial panic that stems from the confirmation that one is all but alone in his/her life is terrifying and doesn’t seem to leave much room for hope. In that battlefield, we’re all fighters.

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