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Film Awards at the Viennale


The Vienna Film Award, a prize donated by the City of Vienna and awarded at the Viennale, is given to a current Austrian feature film which was screened the last year. The prize consists of a sum of money provided by the city's cultural department, monetary support from the Hotel The Harmonie Vienna, and generous material assets donated by the sponsors BLAUTÖNE and viennaFX. Two prizes will be awarded at the Vienna Film Prize: the prize for the best Austrian film and the jury's Special Prize. Each of the two awards is endowed with monetary donations and material assets.

Jury of the Vienna Film Award 2020
This year again, the jury of the Vienna Film Award is made up of prominent members. It is composed of the following members: choreographer and dancer Christine Gaigg, actress Aenne Schwarz and the filmmaker Sebastian Brameshuber.

The Vienna Film Prize was awarded during the closing gala of the Viennale on the evening of 1 November 2020.


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 the FIPRESCI come from all over the world and come together in small juries at numerous film festivals to award the prize of the International Association of Film Critics. As at the Viennale, most of them choose from a series of debut works by young female directors.


Every year the daily newspaper DER STANDARD presents its prestigious STANDARD Readers' Jury Award. An enthusiastic jury chooses from among a number of festival entries that do not yet have an Austrian distributor, providing the deserving winner a launch in Austrian movie theaters.
In addition to official notification of the winner, DER STANDARD grants advertising space in its pages when the film premieres in Austria.

Vermehrt Schönes! 

Erste Bank, long-standing main sponsor of the Viennale, is awarding the ExtraVALUE Film Award for the 10th time this year.

The ExtraVALUE-Filmpreis focuses on the appreciation and support of Austrian film: The award winners are selected by an independent jury from among the Austrian productions and films by Austrian filmmakers presented at the Viennale. The ExtraVALUE Film Award is realized in cooperation with the German House at NYU and the Anthology Film Archives.

The Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Film Prize enables the winners to stay in New York and present their work at the renowned Anthology Film Archives. 

Over the years, the independent juries have honored the entire spectrum of Austrian cinema. From large and small feature films to documentaries and the avant-garde, this award is about artistic vision and the promotion of outstanding cinematic achievements. This is a great asset for the Viennale and the Austrian film landscape.

"In our partnerships, in this case with the Viennale, we try to make things possible that are additional, that is, to create added value, and with the ExtraValue Film Prize we have extended our support to filmmakers as well," says Ruth Goubran, Head of Sponsorship at Erste Bank. "Since the Viennale focuses on international film, especially a prize that honors the Austrian scene is a nice recognition for the Austrian scene and thus also an added value for the Viennale's hosting."

The jury of the ExtraVALUE Film Award 2021 consists of the following jurors*: cultural manager Silvia Bohrn, author, curator and DJ Boris Manner and the editor of the film magazine ray Andreas Ungerböck. The award ceremony will take place during the Viennale closing gala on Sunday, October 31, at the Gartenbaukino.

On the occasion of this anniversary, all award-winning films of the Erste Bank MehrWERT Film Award will be available for streaming in the Kino VoD Club - the cinema for the home ( The films will be online with the start of the Viennale from October 21.

Overview: awardees of previous years


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