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MOMENTS OF RESISTANCE by Jo Schmeiser is the Winning film of the Austrian Competition at This Human World 2019

Vienna’s Human Rights Film Festival This Human World awarded Widerstandsmomente by Jo Schmeiser as Best Austrian Contribution – Congratulations !

Two Awards at TWO DAY ANIMATION FESTIVAL for films distributed by sixpackfilm

We are celebrating with Johann Lurf and with Virgil Widrich & Martin Reinhart their awards for Cavalcade as Best Analogue/Hybrid Technique and for tx-reverse as Best Digital Technique at the recent Two Day Animation Festival in Vienna. Congratulations to all award-winners !

Friedl vom Gröller receives "Erste Bank MehrWERT-Preis" at Viennale 2019

L’avenir? de F.v.G ? by Friedl vom Gröller received the Erste Bank mehrWERT-Preis at this year´s Viennale 2019 – Vienna International Film Festival.
Congratulations to Friedl and all other Viennale-award-winners !

GUSTAV DEUTSCH, 1952 –2019

The Austrian Film Museum and sixpackfilm are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved friend and artistic collaborator Gustav Deutsch. Gustav passed away on 2 November after a short, grave illness.
In Gustav we lose an outstanding artist whose work constantly transcended the boundaries between the disciplines.
We mourn the loss of a great artist, collaborator and partner who entrusted our institutions with the preservation and distribution of his filmic oeuvre. But even more than that we mourn the loss of a close friend. Gustav was an inspiration to us all: he firmly believed that aesthetic excellence can be reconciled with an uncompromising commitment to the social impact of art. Above all, he was a kind and generous human being.
We miss Gustav Deutsch painfully and our deepest condolences go to his companion in art and in life, Hanna Schimek.

Ralph's Colours (Lukas Marxt) gets two Awards in Montréal !

Lukas Marxt wins the Prix des nouveaux alchimistes and the Prix de l’expérimentation MUBI for his Ralph´s Colors Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal. Congratulations !

further distinctions: CAVALCADE and MENSCH MASCHINE

Ongoing success for Austrian shorts: Mensch Maschine oder Putting Parts Together by Adina Camhy received a Honorable mention in the Explora-Section at CurtoCircuito Santiago de Compostela and Cavalcade by Johann Lurf an equivalent recognition at Festival International du Film de La Roche-sur-Yon. Congrats to Adina and Johann !

BRNO B16 Shortfilmfestival shows sixpackfilm-program: Traces of the Anthropocene

While mankind works constantly with some undoubtable success to delete itself from the planet, Learning Machines step in place to develop their own visual knowledge and memory to progress into new forms of identity and personality. Which visual traces will stay until the tomorrows and who will be able to read and analyze all the media and images which have been left behind from the human species for future archeologists?
There is always hope… (Gerald Weber / sixpackfilm)
Traces of the Anthropocene bei B16 in Brno: including films by Michael Palm, Rainer Kohlberger, Didi Bruckmayr, David Krems and Michaela Schwentner – Sa, 12.oct. 2019
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sixpackfilm @ 63rd BFI London Film Festival 2019

Wonderful news! Four Ladies representing Austria in the Shorts Section of the upcoming 63rd BFI London Film Festival: Manu Luksch´s political Rap-Musical Algo-Rhythm has been selected into the International competition, Antarctic Traces by Michaela Grill will play in the well curated progam What Remains, Mensch Maschine or putting parts together by Adina Camhy as well as Muybridge Disobient Horses by Anna Vasof will be part of Double Vision
Details of the program an schedule at Festival Site

Josef Dabernig´s HEAVY METAL DETOX selected for Toronto TIFF/Wavelength

Our recent film with the probably coolest title has been selected for the upcoming Toronto TIFF Festival. Heavy Metal Detox by Josef Dabernig will celebrate its world premiere within the Wavelength-section.

Ruth Beckermann Retrospectives in Barcelona and Tirana

The comprehensive Film retrospective of the Doyenne of Austrian doumentary filmmaking Ruth Beckermann will stop soon also in Barcelona and in Tirana. Beckermman´s movies will be presented in presence of the director, from sep 12-24 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya and from sep 30 to oct 4 at the Albanian National Film Archive. Informations to the Touring program here

Ralf´s Colors (Lukas Marxt) celebrates its World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival

As if asleep, but more awake than ever, we look at the world, Ralf´s world, in which children are “built” and lives are “written,” a “half-fantasy” and a “new life” in which the weather is “recomputed,” like in a movie.
(Alejandro Bachmann)

Lukas Marxt´s extraordinary and breathtaking filmic essay Ralf´s Colors will celebrate its World Premiere at Locarno within the Moving Ahead Competition.
Congrats !

Two distinctions at UNDER-THE-RADAR 2019

The Outlander by Ani Antonova turns out to become our most popular audience film ! Just recently it received it’s third Audience Award, this one at Under-The-Radar !
At the same occasion Virgil Widrich and Martin Reinhard received the Jury Special Mention for their intruding tx-reverse – Congratulations to all award-winners – list of awards

Why Life is Worth Living: Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller @ BFI London

Making a very rare UK appearance, Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller will personally present a selection of her carefully observed documentary portrait films made between 1969 and 2018. She is joined by Dietmar Schwärzler, Austrian artist film distributor, sixpackfilm representative and editor of the book Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller – One Is Not Enough. Photography & Film II (Buchverlag Walther König & Index 2018). Don´t miss this special event, which is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum.
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Manu Luksch awarded with the "Zonta Award" for ALGO-RHYTHM in Oberhausen

We share Manu Luksch´s happiness about receiving the Zonta-Award she received at the Oberhausen Shortfilmfestival for her political Rap-Musical Algo-Rhythm.
The Jury-statement and the list of all award-winners can be found “here“https://www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/press/press-releases/news/award-winners-of-the-65th-festival/

SHE IS THE OTHER GAZE by Christiana Perschon

She is the other Gaze: Christiana Perschon´s unique and passionate artist-portrait celebrates it´s release in Austria´s cinemas and it’s International Premiere at DOK-Munich !

Crossing Europe 2019: Local Artists Awards

Awesome news from Linz: Nikki Schuster received the Innovative Award of the Local Artists Competition at this year´s Crossing Europe Film Festival for her captivating animated short animistica , which caught major attention alerady at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Next to Nikki, Dagmar Schürer was rewarded in the same section with the Music Video Award for her enigmatic and driving video to Chris Imler´s Fahrvergnügen.
Congratulations to Nikki and Dagmar and all further award winners !
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Three films competing in Oberhausen

With Manu Luksch´s Algo-Rhythm, Sasha Pirker´s & Michael Klein´s 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory and Lotte Schreiber´s Sabaudia sixpackfilm is happy to present three new exiting films at the well-known Oberhausen Shortfilmfestival within the International Competition. Last not least The Magical Dimension is part of the German Competition
The festival line-up can be found here

Presentation and Panel on "Distribution Models" in Brussels

sixpackfilm has been invited to present its Distribution Model on april 26th in Brussels within an european research project organized by On and For Production
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Ann Arbor Awards 2019

we happily announce that again several films from sixpackfilm´s distribution program have been amongst prize winners at this year´s Ann Arbor Film Festival: Phantom Ride Phantom by Siegfried Fruhauf received one of the Jury Awards, 60 Elephants. Episodes of a Theory by Sasha Pirker and Michael Klein got the The No Violence Award. At the Horizon by Manuel Knapp and Makino Takashi has been nominated with the Tíos Award for Best International Film and last not least did the Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design go to Screen by Matthias Müller und Christoph Giradet. We are overwhelmed ! Congratulationen to all the artists!
List of award-winners

Award for "Best Camera" to SHE IS THE OTHER GAZE by Christiana Perschon

Congratulations to Christiana Perschon for receiving Best Camera Documentary for her engaged and beautiful She is the other gaze at this year´s Diagonale – Festival of the Austrian Film.
List of all prizes, winners and jury-statments can be found here
Congratulationen to all other award-winners as well !

ANN ARBOR !!!!

The ongoing high number of selected films from Austria at world´s oldest filmfestival dedicated to experimental cinema can be read as indicator for the long-standing high quality of domestic film production: In it´s 56th edition Ann Arbor Filmfestival 2019 will come up with US premiere of Gustav Deutsch´s how we live – messages to the family or Bernhard Hetzenauer´s festival runner A God´s Shadow as well as new works by Anna Vasof or Siegfried Fruhauf and further titles from sixpackfilm´s catalogue. Thank you for the confidence !

Tribute to Gustav Deutsch at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2019

Focussing on two main topics in his cinematographic work, the film archive and the home movie, the extended retrospective at this year´s Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival will include both his famous archival found footage Trilogy “FILM IST” as well as Gustav´s latest film HOW WE LIVEMESSAGES TO THE FAMILY which entirely consists of so called home movie material from the last century to today´s mobile-phone clips of a journey he did. Program details and line-up

THE IMPOSSIBLE IMAGE and IMPERIAL VALLEY awarded with the "Prize of the German Filmcritics"

Congratulations !!!
Lukas Marxt has been awarded with the Prize of the German Filmcritics for his festival-hit Imperial Valley in the category Experimental Film while Sandra Wollner’s wonderful debutfilm The Impossible Image received the award for Best Fiction and Best Editing (Stephan Bechinger)
List of Winners 2018

Berlinale Shorts will show a new film by Rainer Kohlberger

“… and it happened again” !
Once again Berlinale Shorts selected an experimental shortfilm by Rainer Kohlberger into their program. The latest piece by the versatile media artist it has to be lived once and dreamed twice is running for a Golden Bear in the shortfilm competition.

CAVALCADE by Johann Lurf and THE TREE by Henry Hills at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2019

After last year’s huge festival success of his feature Johann Lurf already presents another short – “Cavalcade” – which will celebrate his world premiere at the upcoming Rotterdam Film Festival (jan 23 – feb 3, 2019). Same does Vienna based US-artist Henry Hills with his wonderful structural short “The Tree”.
IFFR 2019 line-up

The new generation of female directors from Austria at Max Ophuehl Award 2019

This year’s selection at Germany’s most important film festival for newcomers MAX OPHUELS AWARD mirrors the outstanding quality of young Austrian (female!) filmmaking: from january 14th some of these are celebrating their international premieres there:
RED EARTH WHITE SNOW by Christine Moderbacher in the Dokumentary Competition, within the Shortfilm Competition In Heaven´s Meadow by Magdalena Chmielewska, Snowman by Leni Gruber and Boomerang by Kurdwin Ayub, as well as Josephine Ahnelt´s Winter Bees in the New Horizons Section

ANIMISTICA by Nikki Schuster in SUNDANCE 2019

We are very pleased ! Again a film from our distibution program has been invited to US-american Sundance Film Festival in Park City: The eery-beauteous animation animistica by Stop-Motion artist Nikki Schuster will play in the Animated Shorts. Congratulations Nikki!
line-up sundance-shorts 2019