Vienna International Film Festival

The Viennale is Austria’s most major international film festival, as well as one of the oldest and most well-known in the German-speaking world. The Viennale takes place in stunning cinemas in Vienna’s historic centre every October, giving the festival an international orientation and a particular urban flare. A sizable proportion of the festival’s around 93,000 attendees from Austria and abroad are under the age of 30, The Viennale’s programme includes a carefully curated collection of new films from throughout the world as well as Austria, some of which are international premieres. The selection of about 300 films represents a cross-section of daring filmmaking that deviates from the aesthetics of mainstream conventionality while being politically relevant. The programme includes remarkable films that debuted around the world, from Cannes to Buenos Aires, in a wide range of forms and lengths, as well as tones and genres.

 At a glance –

  • One of Europe’s top film festivals
  • Premieres, galas, prizes and stars (you know the deal)
  • Programme spans genres and formats
  • Opportunity to see many films not otherwise shown in Austria
  • Many films typically in English or with English subtitles

The Viennale consistently wins international praise for the large-scale retrospective on key areas of film history that it organises each year in partnership with the Austrian Filmmuseum, as well as for its numerous Special Programs, Monogrphies, Cinematography’s, and Historiographies. The International Film Critics’ Association’s FIPRESCI Prize, the City of Vienna’s Vienna Film Prize, the Erste Bank MoreVALUE Film prize, and the DER STANDARD-Viennale-Audience-Award are also presented at the festival’s end.



  • The films/videos selected for the Viennale ‘s main program may have been screened at other festivals, yet must not have been shown in Austria;
  • In case of entries of short narratives the Viennale can only accept Austrian productions.


Interviews, audience conversations, and opportunities to meet the festival’s many foreign guests are all part of the festival’s gala screenings, special events, and parties. In recent years, the Viennale has secured a stable place on the world festival scene: it has evolved into a festival that offers a high-quality programme in a relaxing urban setting in autumn, when Vienna is at its most appealing. It contrasts current trends with historical reference points to present an interesting diversity of new trends. It is a festival of information, surprises, discoveries, and, most importantly, films.