In this section you will find all news related to festivals and initiatives as well as news from the VdFS office.
In memoriam Prof. DI Eva Ulmer-Janes
It is with deep sadness that we announce that the long-time chairperson of the VdFS board, Prof. DI Eva Ulmer-Janes, died on Friday, 12 May 2023 after a long and sometimes difficult time.
Eva Ulmer-Janes was a member of the Austrian Filmdesigners Association (VÖF) and represented the interests of the professional group of costume designers on the board of VdFS from 1995 to 2013.
She was a particularly endearing colleague who was highly esteemed among filmmakers and who worked for the interests of our society with the greatest commitment, for which we cannot thank her enough.
Our thoughts are with her and her family!
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Supervisory Board and the staff of VdFS
"MAN KANN GAR NICHT ANDERS ALS STREITEN" Interview with Ray Filmmagazin and Prof. DI Eva Ulmer-Janes und Dr. Walter Dillenz (german)
CV Prof. DI Eva Ulmer-Janes (german)
At this year's edition of the Diagonale, the festival of Austrian film, VdFS was once again a guest in Graz as a partner and sponsor.
As part of the opening, the Diagonale Grand Acting Award was awarded in cooperation with the VdFS (Große Diagonale Schauspielpreis). This year, the wonderful Margarethe Tiesel was honoured for her services to Austrian film culture. Well deserved!
Of course, we also congratulate all the other Diagonale 2023 award winners. VdFS is pleased to sponsor the Diagonale Acting Awards as well as the Diagonale Awards for Picture Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Sound Design. In this way, Austrian filmmaking is honoured and awarded. An overview of all winners can be found here.
We congratulate very much!
As every year, we also support young Austrian filmmakers by inviting 20 students from Austrian universities (with a focus on film) and 6 start-up scholarship holders from the BMKÖS (working scholarship for visual arts, architecture, design, photography, media art) to Graz to participate in the Diagonale and to network and exchange ideas with industry colleagues.
2023 was the last Diagonale festival year for the two current festival directors Sebastian Höglinger and Peter Schernhuber. We look back on 8 great festival performances and thank them for the great partnership and cooperation over the past years!
from 21 to 26 March 2023 the Diagonale'23 will take place in Graz.
For this reason, the VdFS team will be out of the office from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 March and therefore cannot be reached by phone.
In urgent cases, please send us an email to email@example.com.
From Friday, 24 March 2023, we will be available again as usual!
We look forward to seeing you in Graz. All information about the Diagonale'23 can be found here.
our office will be closed from December 26 to December 30, 2022. During this time, your emails will not be answered.
From 02 January 2023 we will be back as usual for you.
The VdFS team wishes you a peaceful Christmas season, a Merry Christmas and a good start into the New Year!
In Memoriam Christiane Hörbiger (1938-2022)
We like to remember her numerous visits to our general meetings, to which she rarely came without her dogs.
She passed away in Vienna at the age of 84 and leaves a big hole in the Austrian film scene.
© APA /dpa / Georg Wendt
At the first "Infotag Film" at the Stadtkino in the Künstlerhaus on November 24, 2022, numerous funding agencies presented themselves.
At the "Infotag Film", institutions of the Austrian film industry introduced themselves: What do they do and promote? When do they become relevant for young filmmakers? Who are the contact persons?
The focus of the 1st Info Day is on the topics of financing, distribution and working conditions, rights, representation of interests. The target audience was and is film creatives who are at the beginning of their career and/or are already professionalizing and establishing themselves.
In the course of the Info Day, a brochure was created with all the institutions that presented themselves and which is to be understood as a guide for (young) filmmakers. You can download it here.
aac Check list
The aac - austrian association of cinematographers - has published a contract checklist with important information if you want to enter into an employment contract, freelance service contract or work contract.
Hardship fund: multiple-income and caseload employees
Find all relevant information here:
Digital Membership Contract
Until now, anyone who wanted to become a member of VdFS had to fill out our membership contract in analog form and send it to us by mail. With the new digital membership contract, this is no longer necessary and you can do this directly via your smartphone or PC. Of course, you still have the option to send us the contract by postal delivery.
The contract can also be digitally signed using mobile signature or your own handwritten signature before it is sent to us. The digital process makes it easier for us to handle the requests so that you can become a member of our company even faster.
New Chair & Vice Chair of the Board
As part of the constituent meeting elections were also held of the newly elected Board of Directors on October 20, 2022.
Michael Kreihsl (Direction) was unanimously elected as the new Chairman of the Board.
Kristina Sprenger (Acting) was unanimously elected as the new Deputy Chairwoman of the Board.
c) Philipp Horak
c) Stefan Joham
c) Christopher Glanzl
General Assembly 2022
In the General Assembly of the VdFS on October 13, 2022, the resolution on the annual financial statements and transparency report 2021 were presented and in addition to that new elections to the Board of Directors were held.
Due to the resignation of Fabian Eder as Chairman and member of the Board of Directors, the mandate camera had to be newly elected.
Fabian Eder was Chairman of the Board of VdFS from June 2013 to October 2022 and also Chairman of the umbrella organization of filmmakers.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, the committees and the team of VdFS, we would like to thank him for his many years of commitment and his tireless efforts for the interests of Austrian filmmakers!
Astrid Heubrandtner was unanimously elected at the General Assembly to succeed Fabian Eder (Mandate Camera) on the Board for the next three years.
We are looking forward to a good cooperation!
c) Daniela Matejschek
c) Bettina Frenzel
General Meeting 2022
On October 6, 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 committee and the VdFS team, they summarized the past year and discussed current events.
The agenda included the transparency report for the year 2021 and the election of a new representative of the beneficiaries.
Katharina Haring was unanimously elected as representative of the beneficiaries (professional group scene design) for the next three years.
You can read the presentation of the meeting here (German Version).
With a buffet and drinks afterwards, there was the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas.
The METRO Kinokulturhaus offers a wonderful atmosphere for this.
Gernot Schödl in interview
The managing director of VdFS, Mag. Gernot Schödl, LL.M. in an interview with mica - music austria about the new copyright law.
Gernot Schödl (c) 2021 Martin Jordan Fotografie
"Seit der Urheberrechtsreform haften Online-Plattformen für ihre Inhalte. Ist dadurch eine Verbesserung für Musikerinnen und Musiker eingetreten? Und: Kommt das Geld bei den Künstlerinnen und Künstlern an? GERNOT SCHÖDL ist Geschäftsführer der VdFS, der VERWERTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT DER FILMSCHAFFENDEN, Koordinator der INITIATIVE URHEBERRECHT ÖSTERREICH und als solcher einer der betont Künstler*innen-freundlichen Urheberrechtler dieses Landes. Mit Markus Deisenberger sprach er über Nutzen und Schwachpunkte des neuen Urheberrechtsgesetzes."
Read the entire conversation with Markus Deisenberger about the benefits and weaknesses of the new copyright law here (german).
Dear beneficiaries, dear members of VdFS,
we are pleased to invite you again to our annual general meeting (allottee meeting) in 2022! Please find details in the invitation (german).
We request your registration by 25.09.2022 at the latest by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, the election for the succession of the beneficiary representative Enid Löser will also take place during the meeting. She was admitted as a cooperative member of VdFS in 2022 and is therefore no longer available as a representative of the beneficiaries. To date, VdFS has received the following candidacy:
- Katharina Haring / Stage Design (You can find the application form here.)
Any other candidacies for the professional group Stage Design (incl. letter of motivation, filmography and curriculum vitae) must be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com by 29.09.2022 at the latest.
We look forward to your participation in this year's general meeting!
Save the date
Dear beneficiaries, dear ordinary members of VdFS,
please note the following dates:
06/10/2022, 18.00 Uhr / Metro Kinokulturhaus
13/10/2022, 18.00 Uhr / DG ÖGV / Löwelstraße 14
We will send your personal invitations in due time.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
extensive maintenance work is currently taking place on our online platform MyVdFS.
Therefore, access to your MyVdFS account will be limited during the period from August 16 to probably August 31, 2022.
If you need anything in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your understanding!
Austrian Film Award 2022
Already for the 12th time the Austrian Film Award was presented on June 30, 2022. In the Auditorium Grafenegg, the gala, directed by Clara Stern, took place together with about 1000 guests.
The big winner of this year's award is "Große Freiheit" by director Sebastian Meise. The film won no less than 8 awards, including "Bester Spielfilm" and "Beste Regie". The prize for best female lead actress goes to Maria Hofstätter for her work in "Fuchs am Bau", Georg Friedrich is happy about the prize for best male lead actor.
All award winners and a review can be found here. We congratulate all winners!
SAA - New Board of Directors
VdFS was elected for the third time in a row to the Board of the European audiovisual authors' association SAA, based in Brussels!
33 collecting societies from 25 EU member countries (and the UK) voted on the new composition of the 8-member governing body during the General Assembly on June 28, 2022 in Brussels. The line-up of the SAA Board for the next 3 years is as follows:
AIPA, Slovenia (Gregor Štibernik)
ALCS, UK (Barbara Hayes)
Copyswede, Sweden (Lars Grönquist)
LITA, Slovakia (Jana Vozarova)
SACD, France (Patrick Raude)
ZAPA, Poland (Dominik Skoczek)
VdFS, Austria (Gernot Schödl)
VG Wort, Germany (Robert Staats
Find more details here https://www.saa-authors.eu/en/pages/332-board-of-directors#.Yr2MmnZByUl
The Board of Directors, with Cécile Despringre, Executive Director. Photo: Sophie Degroote
New MyVdFS Portal
In the course of the development of our new MyVdFS app, our MyVdFS portal has also been updated both visually and structurally.
The new portal offers the same features as before and you can log in with your previous credentials.
We welcome feedback and are also happy to answer any questions you may have at email@example.com.
You can find the new MyVdFS portal here.
We are hiring
The VdFS has a position for a vacation internship in the summer of 2022! We are looking for a
Employee*in data processing
Your responsibilities will include:
Supporting the data management team in the areas of
- Data research
- Data entry and data import
- Data evaluation
Your activities will include in particular:
- Input of new works/features/broadcast data into the database (Filemaker)
- Research of films in the Internet Movie Database
- Manual actor/actress categorization in the database
- Editing and control of claim and broadcast lists
- Program research & identification of member repertoire
- Preparation of payment lists
- Experience in handling and processing large amounts of data.
- Experience with FileMaker or comparable database systems is an advantage
- Very good Office skills (esp. Excel)
- Very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken
- High quality awareness
- Analytical thinking skills
- Independent, structured and proactive way of working
- Good communication and teamwork skills
- Cultural and film affinity
We offer you:
- Temporary part-time position: 20 h/week
- Time period: July 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022
- A responsible task in a dynamic team
- Good public accessibility
- The provided Brutto salary amounts to EUR 1.300,-. Depending on qualifications and experience, overpayment is also possible.
We look forward to receiving your detailed application by e-mail no later than June 15, 2022, addressed to Managing Director Gernot Schödl, LL.M. at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 21.06.2022: The position has been recruited. Thank you for your interest and applications!
MyVdFS - App
The online portal MyVdFS, which is freely accessible for our members, is now also available as a mobile app -
with all functions and even more clearly arranged!
we are pleased to present you our new app!
VdFS sees itself as a modern service provider that enables its beneficiaries to communicate electronically in line with the requirements of the EU Directive for collecting societies and the VerwGesG 2016. As the first collecting society in Austria, we now also offer our members access to our electronic membership system MyVdFS via app.
We hope that you like the new MyVdFS app and that you will use it and look forward to your feedback!
With the MyVdFS app, you can manage your membership, make new works notifications, view your credits, and update your member data - all while on the go with your smartphone or tablet.
Need help with the installation or have feedback?
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com We look forward to hearing from you!
At the anniversary edition of Diagonale, the festival of Austrian film, VdFS was once again a guest in Graz as a partner and benefactor.
As every year, we also support young Austrian filmmakers by inviting 20 students of Austrian universities (focus on film) and 6 starting scholarship holders of the BMKÖS (working scholarship for visual arts, architecture, design, photography, media art) to Graz to participate in the Diagonale, so they can network and exchange ideas with industry colleagues.
For the anniversary edition, the entire VdFS team was in Graz. We had a great time, nice meetings and good projections. Here's to the next 25th years of Diagonale!
we will be in Graz for Diagonale'22 from Tuesday, April 04, up to and including Thursday, April 07, 2022 and therefore our office will not be staffed and we will have limited accessibility.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will read and process your mails. In urgent cases we can also be reached by phone.
We wish you a nice Diagonale'22 and a good time in Graz!
One evening for Daniela
On 23/03/2022 we remembered Daniela Padalewski-Gerber with a special evening at the Metrokino with family, friends, colleagues and companions.
After numerous postponements due to the pandemic, the evening for Daniela could finally take place. Kristina Sprenger, Maria Anna Kollmann and Fabian Eder led through the evening. The movie 'Der Narr von Wien' (John Goldschmidt, 1982) was shown, for which Daniela was responsible for the editing. With a small buffet and drinks the evening found a nice ending for Daniela.
Daniela was the longest serving board member of VdFS, representing the mandate film editing from the beginning - until her completely unexpected death on 27/03/2020. She was for many years chairwoman of the Austrian Association Film Editing aea and always engaged in the Dachverband der Filmschaffenden.For the entire film industry, this loss was and is difficult. Therefore, it was a pleasure for us to come together and commemorate our dear colleague and friend.
Office update: Meeting room
Since holding virtual meetings is also becoming increasingly important for collecting societies, we have technically upgraded our meeting room and given it an acoustic treatment.
With a new flatscreen and a video conferencing system, VdFS and its partners, such as the professional associations of filmmakers, who also regularly use the meeting room for their meetings, are now optimally equipped to participate in virtual conferences.
our online platform MyVdFS will be subject to maintenance over the weekend. The site will be unavailable from Friday 04/02/2022 until Sunday 06/02/2022.
Thank you for your understanding!
Welcome to February 2022!
We are currently working for you from the home office and from the office.
The office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Friday from 09:00 to 15:30. We still ask you to refrain from unannounced visits and to make an appointment with us if necessary. We are available by phone and e-mail.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
© Martin Jordan Fotografie
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!
© eSeL.at - Lorenz Seidler
"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
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!
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!
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.
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
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: www.urhebervertragsrecht.at
© 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.