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Film Awards at the Viennale


The Vienna Film Award, sponsored by the City of Vienna and presented during the Viennale, is given to a current Austrian feature film that has been screened in the past year. The endowment of this prize consists of a monetary amount provided by the City's Department of Culture, monetary support from The Harmonie Vienna Hotel, and generous non-cash prizes donated by JACQUES LEMANS. In addition to the prize for the best Austrian film, the Vienna Film Award also awards the Special Jury Prize. Each of the two awards is endowed with cash donations and non-cash assets.

Jury of the Vienna Film Award 2023

This year, again, the jury of the Vienna Film Prize has a prominentely staffed. It is composed of the following members: the commercial director of the Wiener Festwochen Artemis Vakianis, the actress Thea Ehre and the singer and composer LYLIT.

The Vienna Film Prize will be awarded during the closing gala of the Viennale on the evening of October 31, 2023.


FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, was founded in 1930. The association is dedicated to the cultivation of journalistic ethics and represents the professional interests of its members. The members of FIPRESCI come from all over the world and meet in small juries at numerous film festivals to award the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics. Most of the time they choose - as at the Viennale - from a number of debut works by young filmmakers.


DER STANDARD is organizing the Standard Audience Jury Award again this year. The jurors will select a film from the festival entries that does not yet have a distributor in Austria. If the winning film subsequently finds a distributor, DER STANDARD supports the film's release with free advertising space in the newspaper.

Erste Bank Vermehrt Schönes! FILM AWARD

Erste Bank, the main sponsor of the Viennale for the 20th time, is awarding the Erste Bank Film Prize, which it initiated and endowed, for the thirteenth time this year. The focus is on the appreciation and support of Austrian film: The award winners are selected by an independent jury from among the Austrian productions or films by Austrian filmmakers presented at the Viennale. The Erste Bank Film Award enables the award winners to stay in New York and present their work at the renowned Anthology Film Archives.

The jury of the Erste Bank Film Award consists of the following members: cultural manager Silvia Bohrn, Jed Rapfogel, curator Anthology Film Archives, curator and philosopher Boris Manner and comic artist Nicolas Mahler.

The realization of the Erste Bank Film Prize takes place in cooperation with the Viennale, the Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Anthology Film Archives.

Overview: awardees of previous years


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