The Call for Films for the 18th edition of ethocineca (May 2024) will be published from October 15th to December 1st 2023.


International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2023

Thursday 4th to Thursday 11th May 2023

Programme Folder 2023 (pdf in German)

From 4 to 11 May, the halls of the Votiv Kino and Kino DeFrance once again became the center of documentary film art and ethnographic filmmaking in Vienna. With this year’s festival theme, LIMINALITIES, we emphasized the tension between standstill and transformation.

48 short and feature-length films as well as an extensive side programme with a keynote, a masterclass, a panel discussion, and a film talk invited to examine experiences of change. In today’s turbulent times, many crucial questions about the future are still open and we are confronted with various crises the endings of which are yet to be known. Following the ever-present spaces in between, we thus engaged with transitional phases and intermediate states. The films in this year’s program showed a diverse spectrum of narrative forms and possibilities of expressing and negotiating socio-political questions and current events in unstable times. 

This year’s competition sections featured cutting edge international documentary cinema. The winners of the five award categories were announced during the Award Ceremony, accompanied by screenings of the winning films of the two Short Film Awards. And the films of our 10-days in-house film workshop, the ethnocineca Filmwerkstatt, also celebrated their premieres during the festival.

We would like to thank all filmmakers and jurors, all sponsors and partners and the entire team of the 2023 edition.

Marie-Christine Hartig, Martin Lintner, Katja Seidel

Trailer 2023