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AASFF 2017 DAY 3

FRIDAY, MAR 24 2017, 07:00 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present the 2nd 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 22 to 24, 2017 at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.




Die Last der Erinnerung by Albert Meisl, 20 min (Film Academy Vienna)
Asymptote by Evelyn Bencicova & Adam Csoka Keller, 1:50 min ( University of Applied Arts Vienna)
The God of the Labyrinth by Michael Simku, 21 min (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Q&A with Filmmakers


An evening with Head of Jury Virgil Widrich in conversation with Stephanie Falkeis

Award Ceremony

Closing Reception

Click here for day 1 and day 2.


Die Last der Erinnerung
Mr. Fitzthum, a young aspiring musicologist was sent to the not-so-young musicologist Mr. Szabo to do research in his apartment for a valuable music-sheet that Szabo has borrowed years ago for a never-completed dissertation. But Szabo, who collapsed mentally under the weight of valuable archival material and defect sanitary equipment, forces Fitzthum deeper and deeper into his dysfunctional systems of life.

Asymptote merges past and present into a unified visual form connecting photography, video and sound. The project is composed of scenes set in the period of socialism, yet interpreted in a digital language through the eyes of three young creatives.

The God of the Labyrinth
Elena Turner was not a regular spy. During the 1960s and '70s she ran a covert subdivision of the CIA, with the prime goal to develop modes of fictional storytelling. The blueprints she helped to create for screenplays, novels and comics were designed to interfere with political forces or distract from harsh political realities. The God of the Labyrinth follows a witness who collected evidence that proves the existence of this secret operation. Based on the idea that fiction is the most lucid way of shedding light onto the structure of modern political secrets, this film explores mechanisms of narration in documentary film and the structures of fiction revolving around secrecy and betrayal.


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 prizes awarded in three categories: Best Narrative Short Film, Best Experimental/Conceptual Short Film, and Best Documentary/Hybrid Short Film.

Immediately following the festival at the ACFNY, Anthology will host a special screenig of the winning films, as selected by the international jury headed by celebrated Austrian filmmaker and multimedia artist, Virgil Widrich (Copy Shop, Fast Film, Night of 1000 Hours). Austrian and American films will be presented together, with prizes awarded in three categories: best narrative film, best experimental/conceptual film, and best documentary/hybrid film.


Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, works on numerous multimedia and film productions. He is one of the founders and Managing Directors of the multimedia company checkpointmedia GmbH, University Professor of Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and owner and Managing Director of  Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H. His first feature film is Heller als der Mond (Brighter than the Moon). His short film Copy Shop won 35 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. Fast Film premiered in Cannes 2003 and won 36 awards until today. His newest film is Night of a 1000 Hours. Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna.

David Schwartz is Chief Curator of Museum of the Moving Image, where he has worked since 1985. He oversees the Museum's wide-ranging film programs and changing exhibitions. He is a visiting professor at Purchase College, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club and the Cinema Arts Centre Preview Club. He is also the programming director of First Time Fest, a New York-based film festival devoted to the first films of emerging and established directors. He has been on numerous juries, including the international competition jury at BAFICI (in Buenos Aires) and FIDLab (in Marseille, France) in 2015.

Marisa Mazria-Katz is a NY-based journalist/editor born and raised in Los Angeles. She has contributed to numerous publications and television channels on culture, politics and design on prestigious and highly regarded Newspapers and Magazines, such as The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Forbes, just to name a few. In 2009, Marisa was the recipient of a US State Department grant that helped to establish a program that teaches citizen journalism in a severely marginalized district of Casablanca, Morocco. In December 2011, she began a new chapter of the program. Today, Marisa is the editor of Creative Time initiative called Creative Time Reports. Under Marisa‚Äôs tenure, the website has partnered to co-publish Creative Time Reports content with The Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Policy, The New Yorker, Slate, Salon, The Intercept and many more.


Stephanie Falkeis is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria. She is currently a magistra candidate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the class of Transmedia Art (Studio Brigitte Kowanz) having studied Directing and Screenwriting at Harvard University (Harvard Summer Program 2011) and Fine Art and Critical Theory at Newcastle University (2014). Her art installations were shown at Lenikus Gallery, Vienna and Broadacre House, Newcastle, among others, while her filmic work screened at Festivals such as the XWRA Video and Media Art Festival in Greece and the Vienna Content Award. Her short film 100 Years of Votiv Cinema was selected to screen in cinemas for several weeks in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Vienna Arthouse Cinema Votivkino. 

The Prize Winning films will be shown on March 27th at the Anthology Film Archives. More information here.


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