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Date | 24.03.2017

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.


Filmstill von Forest of Echoes by Luz Olivares Capelle


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.

Three filmmakers Christiana Perschon, Michael Simku and Luz Olivares Capelle from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna are present in New York for the screening and Q&A:

The film Ghost Copy by Christiana Perschon is the first film at the opening event on March 22nd at 7pm.
The God of the Labyrinth by Michael Simku will be shown at March 24th at 7pm

Filmmaker in Residence Luz Olivares Capelle
Born in Rufino, Argentina, Luz Olivares Capelle lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Luz Olivares Capelle studied Film Directing at the National Institute for Cinematographic Production and Experimentation in Buenos Aires, E.N.E.R.C. Following that, she obtained a Master‘s degree in the Film Directing class of Michael Haneke at the Film Academy Vienna, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In addition, she studied in the Masterclass for Drawing and Graphics with Prof. Gunter Damisch, at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. As a filmmaker she has won various awards including Best Experimental & Conceptual Film for El Ritual del Color at the Austrian American Short Film Festival (AASFF) in New York 2016. Her most recent film, Wald der Echos/Forest of Echoes (2017), has accumulated many prizes already, including Best Short Film at the Österreichischer Filmpreis, the Max Ophüls Prize, the Grand Prix International Short Award at the Cork Film Festival, and the Best Austrian Short Film at the Vienna Independent Shorts festival.

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