Yes, Vienna has its own film festival, it is called “Viennale” and takes place every year in October in several pre-picked cinemas in the city centre of Vienna, in 2011 it will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
It is also one of the oldest and well-known festivals in Germany/Austria/Switzerland and has an international orientation combined with a distinctive urban flair. Approximately close to 100.000 people do visit this festival every year.
In its main program, the “Viennale” shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as new films from Austria. Aside from its focus on the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable, the festival gives particular attention to documentary films, international short films, as well as experimental works and crossover films.
Gala screenings, special events and parties are as much a part of the festival as interviews, animated audience discussions and encounters between international guests of the festival and local visitors.
In 2011 the program, which you can see on www.viennale.at shows some great films, absolute highlights are “Le Havre” by Ari Kaurismäki, the presentation of the film “Habemus Papam” by Nanni Moretti (Italy) and “The Ides of March” from George Clooney. The famous film producer David Cronenberg will be part of a gala evening on October 29th, 2011 which is dedicated to his film “A Dangerous Method” which was partly produced in Vienna.
On October 30th his masterpiece “Naked Lunch” is shown.
Also a highlight is the documentation “Sing your Song” by Susanne Rostock which shows the career of Harry Belafonte in 100 minutes.
130 films listed in the program 2011 – Film freaks cannot miss “Viennale 2011″!