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In this section you will find all news related to festivals and initiatives as well as news from the VdFS office.

Merry Christmas


The complete team of VdFS wishes you a wonderful pre-Christmas season, happy holidays and a good start into the new year. Spend a lot of time with your loved ones and have a good time.

Our office will be closed on 24/12/2021. Between the holidays we will be here for you as usual.

We still ask you to refrain from visiting our office and to contact us via e-mail or phone. We will answer your inquiries as soon as possible.


Merry Christmas





Office News

Starting November 22, 2021, the VdFS team will be back to working for you mainly from the home office, but the office at Löwelstraße will be staffed daily. We kindly ask you to refrain from visiting our office at the moment.

Of course, we are available for you via email and phone and will do our best to answer your inquiries as soon as possible.

Take good care of yourself and stay healthy!



General Meeting 2021

On October 14, the annual general meeting of VdFS took place at METRO Kinokulturhaus in Vienna.

Also this year, numerous beneficiaries accepted our invitation and, together with members of the board and the VdFS team, summarized the past year and discussed current events.

The agenda included the annual report for 2020 as well as current events, considerations and demands concerning the copyright amendment. Find Details here (german)!

In addition, the representatives of the beneficiaries were unanimously elected for the next four years. We congratulate them and look forward to working with them!

We, as the VdFS team, were particularly pleased to have the opportunity to talk to our members and exchange ideas over a buffet and drinks afterwards. The METRO Kinokulturhaus offers a nice atmosphere for this.

Thank you very much for being there. We had a nice evening!




We ask for your support and ask you to sign and spread the following online petition! 

On September 2, 2021, the official draft of the Ministry of Justice for the UrhG Amendment 2021  was sent out for review.

Measured against the working papers of the Ministry of Justice from December 2020 and the implementation of the EU Internal Market Directive 2019 in five Member States - especially Germany - which has already taken place, this official draft unfortunately represents a significant step backwards.
Creators in general and filmmakers in particular should be protected, especially on the important issues of

  • Liability of the major online platforms (YouTube, Facebook, etc.) and the participation of artists in revenues, as well as
  • Copyright contract law (protective provisions for authors and performers against unilaterally disadvantageous contract clauses, entitlement to appropriate and proportionate remuneration, possibility of being represented by representative associations, etc.).

are massively disadvantaged in comparison to their German colleagues.

VdFS, coordinator of the Copyright Contract Law Initiative (Initiative Urhebervertragsrecht), demands the same level of protection in the implementation of the UrhG Amendment 2021 in Austria as in Germany!

Please sign the following online petition.
This will only take a few minutes of your time.
Your vote counts!

We thank you for your assistance and will keep you informed about further developments!



Invitation beneficiaries' meeting

Dear beneficiaries,

we are pleased to invite you once again to our annual general meeting (beneficiaries' meeting) in 2021. Due to the Corona situation, this will be held in hybrid form, as was the case last year. Please refer to the invitation for details!


VdFS beneficiaries' meeting
14/10/2021, 18.00  / Entrance from 17.00

METRO Kinokulturhaus
Johannesgasse 4
1010 Wien

This year, the election of the beneficiary representatives for the next term of office (4 years) will take place during the meeting. To date, VdFS has received the following nominations:
- Drack Julia (film editing)
- Ebner-Laszek Theresa (Costume Design)
- Frey Gerald (camera)
- Groll Jabob (Director)
- Löser Enid (Production Design)
- Nelska Liliana (Acting)                       
Any other candidacies (incl. letter of motivation, filmography and curriculum vitae) should be submitted by e-mail to by October 7, 2021 at the latest, indicating the professional group for which candidacy is sought.


We request that you submit your application by email to no later than 07/10/2021.
If you wish to attend the meeting virtually, please indicate this when registering. You will then receive a link (MS Teams) from us in due time.

We look forward to your physical or virtual participation in this year's General Assembly!



VdFS Team

The team of VdFS has now been increased to a total of 7 and on this occasion we have also created new team photos. We are looking forward to the collaboration with you!


VdFS Team


© Martin Jordan Fotografie

© VdFS

Film Award 2021

Austrian Film Award 2021

Under the banner We are cinema, the Austrian Film Award was presented for the 11th time on 08.07.2021.
The gala, directed by Arash T. Riahi and Arman T. Riahi, focused on the appreciation of Austrian filmmaking and the most important factor of togetherness.

The Trouble With Being Born" by Sandra Wollner was awarded as best feature film, "Die Dohnal" by Sabine Derflinger as best documentary film.
We are especially pleased with our board member Niki Mossböck, who received the award for Best Editing, also for "Die Dohnal".

All award winners as well as a review can be found here.

VdFS congratulates all winners. It was a wonderful evening!

Filmpreis 2021

 © - Lorenz Seidler




Diagonale 2021

"Endlich wieder Kino, endlich wieder Festival!"

It was a special pleasure for VdFS to be back in Graz as a partner of the Diagonale 2021 after almost two years.

During the opening of the festival, in cooperation with VdFS, the Großer Diagonale Schauspielpreis for services to Austrian film culture was awarded this year to the great Christine Ostermayer. We congratulate her!

All other award winners of the Diagonale'21 should not go unmentioned. We are once again pleased to be the sponsor of the Diagonale Acting Awards as well as the Diagonale Awards for Picture Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Sound Design, and in this way to highlight and honor the achievements of Austrian filmmakers. An overview of all winners can be found here.

We congratulate all winners of the Diagonale'21.


Furthermore, it was and is a great pleasure for us to push the promotion of young Austrian filmmakers again this year. After the cancellation in 2020 due to Corona, VdFS decided to extend the invitations of 2020 again. 15 students from the field of film as well as the 5 starting scholarship holders of the BMKÖS (Arbeitsstipendium für bildende Kunst, Architektur, Design, Fotografie, Medienkunst) were invited to Graz to give them the opportunity to network with industry colleagues.

We had a great time in Graz, nice meetings and great screenings!



Save the Date

Member Meeting

This year's member meeting for all VdFS beneficiaries will not be held in June as usual, but has been postponed to October 2021. Keep the following date free:

Thursday, 14 /10/21, 18.00 / METRO Kinokulturhaus in Vienna.

Details and your invitation will follow in due time. We are looking forward to your visit!



General Meeting

The General Meeting (Members' General Meeting) for all ordinary members (Genossenschafter*innen) will also take place in October 2021. Please keep the following date free:

Thursday, 21/10/2021, 18.00 / house of ÖGV in Vienna.

Details and your invitation will follow in due time. We are looking forward to it!




Office News

We care about your health and ours!

Da VdFS team is still working for you from home and therefore the office in Löwelstraße is not always occupied.
If you would like to visit us at the office, please make an appointment.
Please note that masks are mandatory throughout the building, as well as the required minimum distance.


Of course, we are available for you by e-mail and phone and will do our best to answer your inquiries as soon as possible.

 Take good care of yourself and stay healthy!




Pie for everyone?

The amendment of the Copyright Act is due in 2021. Among other things, the Copyright Contract Law Initiative is pushing for fair(er) contracts and appropriate remuneration for creators of art and culture.

A talk with Maria Anna Kollmann, Gerhard Ruiss and
VdFS Managing Director Gernot Schödl, three of the driving forces behind the initiative.

Find the interview with ray film magazine here (german)!


© 2020 Ray/Magdalena Blaszczuk


Initiative copyright contract law

VdFS supports the proposals and concerns of the © Initiative Urhebervertragsrecht.

The Initiative Urhebersvertragsrecht (Copyright Contract Law Initiative) is an association of Austrian artists' associations (authors and performing artists) founded in 2020, which is committed to improving the legal framework in the area of copyright (contract) law and collecting society law in Austria.

This is not only, but above all, also with regard to the upcoming amendment of the Copyright Act within the framework of the UrhG Amendment 2021. In the course of this amendment, the provisions of the Single Market Directive of the European Union from 2019 are to be implemented.

Beyond the mandatory requirements of the directive, the initiative is developing further proposals to strengthen the typically weaker negotiating position of creators vis-à-vis their contractual partners (publishers, labels, film producers, broadcasters, other users) and to improve the remuneration situation of artists

The Initiative Copyright Contract Law represents the interests of more than 300,000 creators in Austria - writers, translators, composers, performing musicians, filmmakers, actors, visual artists and many other authors and performers.

For the upcoming amendment of the Copyright Act (UrhG-Novelle 2021), the Initiative has drafted a legislative proposal for the implementation of the requirements of the 2019 Single Market Directive of the European Union for the protection of authors and performers in Austria (copyright contract law).

Furthermore, with regard to the upcoming UrhG Amendment 2021, the initiative also submits proposals for new claims to adequate remuneration (statutory remuneration claims).


Find more information here:



In Memoriam

Daniela Padalewski-Gerber

© Evelyn Rois

In Memoriam Daniela Padalewski-Gerber (1955-2020)

We are deeply saddened, stunned. We have lost a kind, humorous person, a friend. And with Daniela we lose a committed fighter for the strengthening of editors in this country.

As a long-time chairwoman of the Austrian Association of Film Editors (AEA), at VdFS and in other committees, Daniela always stood up for filmmakers with diplomacy, patience and success.

What we will keep forever is the memory of you and your services to the creative people of the film industry.

Daniela, we thank you and we miss you.

Our thoughts are with you and your family.