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Austrian American Short Film Festival (AASFF)

The following students of the Academy of Fie Arts Vienna are among the final selection of the Austrian American Short Film Festivals inaugural edition: Jessyca R. Hauser and Lisa Stuckey, Johannes Gierlinger, Maria Luz Olivares Capelle, Cana Bilir-Meier. Running from April 27 to 29, 2016 at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, films compete in the categories “Narrative”, “Experimental and Conceptual”, and “Documentary and Hybrid”.

The Austrian American Short Film Festival (AASFF) is a first of its kind bilateral festival featuring short films in all forms and genres by promising young artists and filmmakers from both Austria and the US. Set to take place annually, the festival is presented by and taking place at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York City. The winning films will be screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York, MOMI Museum of the Moving Image, New York and at the frameout-Festival, Museums Quarter, Vienna.

The festival program reflects the diversity and showcases the highlight of contemporary young filmmaking from both countries. The mission of the AASFF is to increase intercultural dialogue – to foster interconnectivity and the exchange of ideas between Austria and the U.S. Featuring discussions, Q&As, master classes and networking events, the festival provides a platform for young, emerging filmmakers and serves as an incubator for new ideas and projects, encouraging Austrian-American collaboration. 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.

The Festival was initiated and co-founded by Christine Moser (ACFNY Director) and Stephanie Falkeis (AASFF Festival Curator).

Festival Jury 2016
Jessica Hausner, Sara Driver, David Schwartz

Dates and Venues
April 27 – 29, 2016
Films screening in competition
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd St., New York, NY 10022
Admission to all screenings at the ACFNY are free. Please RSVP for tickets at

April 30, 2016
Special screening
New York City Independent Film Festival
777 Theater
8th Avenue 2nd floor, New York, NY 10036

May 1, 2016
Screening of the winning films
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003

June TBD, 2016
Screening of the winning films
Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI)
36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106

July 16, 2016
Screening of the winning films
Frame[o]ut Festival
MuseumsQuartier Wien | Hof 8