Year in Review 2023

Many thanks to all our international partners, and congrats to all filmmakers and producers for their wonderful contributions to a continuously strong presence of Austrian filmmaking worldwide.
It was our pleasure at AUSTRIAN FILMS to accompany no less than 23 Austrian feature-length films which celebrated their world or international premieres, thirteen of them at the most prestigious and absolutely essential festivals for global promotion.

Marie Kreutzer was Oscar shortlisted with CORSAGE and nominated for the BAFTA in the Best International Film category, Markus Binder won the European Excellency Award in the Original Score category for the music of CLUB ZERO.

In the summer of 2023, the international festivals in Jerusalem and Sarajevo created an Austrian focus within their festival programs.

A number of retrospectives this year were devoted to Austrian filmmakers:
·      Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Centre Pompidou Paris, Thessaloniki)
·      Jessica Hausner (Geneva, Munich, Sarajevo)
·      Ulrich Seidl (Bogotà, Madrid)
Films which had their world premiere or international premiere at key festivals
·     LE FORMICHE DI MIDA by Edgar Honetschläger (Rotterdam | Big Screen Competition)
·     WICKED GAMES Rimini Sparta by Ulrich Seidl (Rotterdam | Harbour)
·     STAMS von Bernhard Braunstein (Berlinale | Panorama)
·     THE KLEZMER PROJECT by Leandro Koch & Paloma Schachmann (Berlinale | Encounters)
·      CLUB ZERO by Jessica Hausner (Cannes | Golden Palm Competition)
·     VISTA MARE by Julia Gutweniger & Florian Kofler (Locarno | Semaine de la Critique)
·     WOODLAND by Elisabeth Scharang (Toronto | Centrepiece)
·      …... NED, TASSOT, YOSSOT ...… by Brigitte Weich (Amsterdam IDFA | Luminous)
Minority co-productions which celebrated their world premiere at key festivals
·      INGEBORG BACHMANN – JOURNEY INTO THE DESERT by Margarethe von Trotta (Berlinale | Golden Bear Competition)
·      SISI & I by Frauke Finsterwalder (Berlinale | Panorama)
·      THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by Patric Chiha (Berlinale | Panorama)
·      ANIMAL by Sofia Exarchou (Locarno | Competition)
·      THE UNIVERSAL THEORY by Timm Kröger (Venice | Golden Lion Competition)
All other films which launched their festival careers in 2023
THE HAWK by Michael Ostrowski & Helmut Köpping ·  27 STOREYS by Bianca Gleissinger · FIRST SNOW OF SUMMER by Chris Raiber · FEMINISM WTF by Katharina Mückstein · SMOTHER by Achmed Abdel-Salam · YOUR STRUGGLE – MY STRUGGLE by Marko Doringer · JOHNNY & ME by Kathrin Rothe (minority coproduction) · NEW TALES OF FRANZ by Johannes Schmid ·  A BOY’S LIFE by Christian Krönes & Florian Weigensamer ·  EUROPA by Sudabeh Mortezai ·  A WHOLE LIFE by Hans Steinbichler · RICKERL by Adrian Goiginger ·  THE STANDSTILL by Nikolaus Geyrhalter · ALL WILL BE REVEALED by Peter Keglevic ·  PROJECT BALLHAUSPLATZ by Kurt Langbein
These films are to be expected in 2024 ...
with key festivals in 2024 already confirmed
ANDREA GETS A DIVORCE by Josef Hader (Berlinale | Panorama)
SLEEPING WITH A TIGER by Anja Salomonowitz (Berlinale | Forum)
PANDORA'S LEGACY by Andrea Christlieb (Rotterdam | Cinema Regained
VENI VIDI VICI von Daniel Hoesl, Julia Niemann (Sundance | Wettbewerb)
BETWEEN US GOD by Rebecca Hirneise (Rotterdam | Harbour)
(as of December 20, 2023):

… more films COMING SOON in 2024