The Rhythm Of Vienna

Short Film Competition

One city – three teams – three short films

“The Rhythm of Vienna” is a treatment and short film competition created by the
Vienna Tourist Board, VIS Vienna Independent Shorts and Vienna Shorts Agency.

On their search for ideas for a film on the rhythm and attitude towards life of the city of Vienna, the Vienna Tourist Board, VIS Vienna Independent Shorts and Vienna Shorts Agentur struck it rich back in the spring 2016: From 129 international submissions for the treatment competition "The Rhythm of Vienna", a high-ranking jury selected three teams which were given a production budget of €5,000 to create their short films in Vienna.

Public's favorite

The vote for the public's favorite closed on 31 October 2016.
The winner has been chosen: "Little Vienna" by Wolfgang Matzl received the most votes from the public.
We congratulate the winner on the €3,000 in prize money.

The short films

Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

By Paul Wenninger (AT) & Susan Young (UK)

"Dead Reckoning" is a ride around Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard and from there to go into the city, to fall, to eat, and finally to end up on the toilet. Death is always there, always in front of us. The film follows the cycle of life, the rhythm of the city. The British-Austrian duo of Susan Young and Paul Wenninger works with animation and stop-motion technology. The filming locations show how Vienna has been influenced by cultures from around the world. An animated skeleton symbolizes the morbid humor of the Viennese and even appears as a grumpy waiter ...

Same, same - again!

(Original title in German „Es ist wieder nichts passiert“)

Same, same - again!

(Original title in German „Es ist wieder nichts passiert“) By Franziska Pflaum (AT/DE)

Nothing's happened again in Vienna. This 'nothing' is morbid, beautiful and pretty bizarre. Franziska Pflaum captures special moments of slowness in her film. Everyday observations line up in a dreamy and surrealistic atmosphere. The images of Vienna do not tell a story but describe a state. "Should the world meets its demise, I will move to Vienna, because everything there happens fifty years later" (quote by Gustav Mahler).

Little Vienna

(Original title in German „Klein Wien“)

Little Vienna

(Original title in German „Klein Wien“) By Wolfgang Matzl (AT)

Wolfgang Matzl and Moana Rom tell the story of the adventures of a little man in big Vienna in their film. The man is made of paper, 20 centimeters (8 inches) tall and is animated directly on the streets of Vienna using the stop-motion technique. The little man is looking for the Wurstelprater, where he will become a giant for a brief moment. The film is a declaration of love for Vienna and an homage to the Prater at the turn of the last century.

Making-Of-Video about the Short Film Competition
"The Rhythm of Vienna"