V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018


Photo: Robert Newald


The Vienna Film Award is awarded by a five-person national jury of representatives from various film sectors. This honor was presented for the first time in 1991.

The winner is selected from Austrian feature-length films and documentaries that have premiered or have been publicly screened since the last Viennale. The Viennale would like to take this opportunity to thank the companies BLAUTÖNE and viennaFX, who genrously contribute to the Vienna Film Award, as well as the Culture Department of the City of Vienna, which donates a cash prize.
On the initiative of the Viennale, since 2009 the Vienna Film Award is awarded separately in both the “Feature Film” and “Documentary” categories, each of which consists of prize money and contributions in kind worth EUR 11,000. The winners have been awarded on Nov 2, 2017 at Gartenbaukino.

Winner Vienna Film Award 2017
Feature Film: DIE LIEBHABERIN (Lukas Valenta Rinner, A/Südkorea/Argentinien 2016)
Documentary: UNTITLED (Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, A/D 2017)


FIPRESCI, the International Association of Film Critics, was founded in 1930. In addition to enforcing ethics and defending the professional interests of its members, this organization ensures the constant development of international film culture: film as a form of artistic expression and a cultural treasure is the main focus of its objectives.
The members of FIPRESCI come from around the world and juries comprised of its members meet at numerous film festivals to award the Prize of International Film Critics. Usually - as at the Viennale as well - the winners are chosen from among the debut works of young directors.

Winner FIPRESCI-Preis 2017
DISTANT CONSTELLATION (Shevaun Mizrahi, USA/Türkei 2017)


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 are not as yet being distributed domestically, 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.

Winner STANDARD Readers Jury Award 2017
L’INSULTE (Ziad Doueiri, F/Libanon 2017)


Erste Bank, main sponsor of the Viennale, awards as part of their sponsoring program the MehrWERT – Film Prize since 2011.
 An independent jury selects from the works of Austrian filmmakers which are screened at the Viennale with a special focus on young aspriring talents. The prize is awarded during the Viennale.
 The MehrWERT – Film Prize consists of a foreign scholarship for two month in New York at an apartment at Bleecker Street, a screening of the winning film in New York and traveling costs as well as financial support.
 The MehrWERT – Film Prize is a cooperation of Erste Bank with the Viennale, the German House in NYU as well as the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Winner Erste Bank MehrWERT-Filmpreis 2017
GWENDOLYN (Ruth Kaaserer, A 2017)

Overview: awardees of previous years