Our call for films for the 2022 festival edition is closed since December 1st.


REWATCH – Side Events 2021

For all those who missed one of our thrilling, exceptional online events, we have prepared an “encore” rounding off our anniversary edition: For the time being, you can watch live recordings of the side events on our website.

The 5 winners of ethnocineca 2021

We warmly congratulate the winners of our 5 awards, who were announced by the jurors on May 11 at a festive online award ceremony in the presence of the filmmakers, prize donors and the entire ethnocineca team.

Here you find all info about the nominees, winners and all awards.


From May 6th to 13th, 2021, we invited you to the 15th edition of ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival Vienna ONLINE EDITION. Due to the recently tightened COVID-19 containment measures, we had to move the festival, which was originally planned as a Hybrid Festival, into the virtual space. It is with a heavy heart that we left the cinema halls the second year in a row. Nevertheless, we are pleased to present in our ONLINE EDITION  20 feature-length films and 5 short documentaries as well diverse side events. The programme presented a selection of  52 outstanding documentaries originally chosen for the cinema programme of the anniversary edition.

The ethnocineca ONLINE EDITION kicked off on May 6th with a festive opening night featuring the opening film THRESHOLD by Brazilian filmmaker Coraci Ruiz and a keynote lecture by Christos Varvantakis. Over the course of eight days, we engaged with contemporary and socially critical cinema guided by this year’s festival focus TURNING POINTS, which is dedicated to current issues of political, social and cultural coexistence around the globe. 

In the course of the festival week there were numerous film discussions, a masterclass, two round tables, an in-depth film talk and the award ceremony for the five competition categories: International Documentary Award (IDA), Austrian Documentary Award (ADA), Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award (EVA), International Shorts Award (ISA) and ethnocineca Student Shorts Award (ESSA).

You can find the complete 2021 Online Edition programme here.