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AASFF 2018 DAY 1
WEDNESDAY MAR 28, 06:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present the 3rd edition of the Austrian American Short Film Festival (AASFF). Initiated and co-founded by ACFNY Director Christine Moser and AASFF Festival Curator Stephanie Falkeis, the festival runs from March 28 to 30, 2018 at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. This year’s jury will be Barbara Albert, Marcia Nasatir, and Anne Goursaud.
PROGRAM FOR MARCH 28
6:30 PM SCREENING SESSION A
Knagglig by Amelie Schlögelhofer, 2:33 min (University of Applied Arts Vienna)
Wannabe by Jannis Lenz, 30 min (Film Academy Vienna)
Afterwork by Tomas Sinkevicius and Vilte Braziunaite, 6 min (Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna)
7:30 PM SCREENING SESSION B
Beatriz’s House by Suzanne Andrews Correa, 16 min (Columbia University)
Viva Coco by Rocío Olivares, 11 min (Columbia University)
Lethe by Dea Kulumbegashvili and Ilan Amouyal, 15 min (Columbia University)
8:30PM Special Screening
Mathias by Filmmaker in Residence Clara Stern, 30 min (awarded "Best Short Film" at the 2018 Austrian Film Academy Awards)
ABOUT THE FILMS
Knagglig is a unique story about self-optimizing and one's struggle with it. Delicate and thoughtful yet exploring daily life and surreality with a delightful sense of humor.
As a crossmedia project, connecting film with the online video scene, WANNABE tells the story of a young YouTuber, who builds herself a fictitious world on the internet.
Afterwork follows the blue-collar worker who narrates the video essay. The narrator’s words are composed from Eastern European migrant workers' social media groups posts, poetry, chatbots, and songs lyrics. He leads the viewer through a collage of glossy imagery: sleek car parts, nature documentary, with the suggestion of an accelerated present.
When a bitter separation threatens to strip Beatriz of everything she holds dear, she recruits Isabel, her live-in housekeeper of 30 years, to help her in a desperate attempt to preserve her way of life.
This video’s footage was taken from Chanel’s fashion show in La Habana, Cuba, in 2016. Making this video was an effort to re-appropriate and subvert this fantasy manufactured by Chanel, which re-narrates through the pieces shown at the fashion show, Cuba’s recent history in Chanel’s own terms.
A lonely horseman wanders past the river of forgetfulness and through a rural Georgian village where both children and adults explore life's more instinctual pleasures.
Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision to live as a man, he still has to find his way in his new identity and especially in his new job. And also his relationship with his girlfriend seems to have changed due to the transition.
The Austrian American Short Film Festival is an annual three-day festival presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. The festival features short films in all forms and genres by promising young artists and filmmakers from Austria and the United States. The mission of the AASFF is to increase intercultural dialogue and to foster interconnectivity and the exchange of ideas between Austria and the U.S. by providing a platform for young, emerging filmmakers. The festival also aims at introducing emerging Austrian talent to the U.S. film community as well as showcasing work by American filmmakers in Austria. Austrian and American films will be presented together, with 5 prizes awarded: Best Austrian Narrative, Best Austrian Experimental, Best US Narrative, Best US Experimental, and Best Woman Director/Story.
For further information about the festival, the jury and the curator please visit: