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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.

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!




Kuchen für alle?

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 Urhebervertragsrecht

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.