IDA – International Documentary Award

IDA celebrates documentary film as a dynamic art form and transmits the experience of its rich diversity: here the format has no set limits – submissions from classic to animated documentaries, are welcome. Outstanding works that go beyond the factual communication of content and stimulate a reflexive and undogmatic analysis of human lifeworlds and society will be honored. Films from each region and on any subject are welcome, as long as man and society are at the center focus. Prize money: EUR 1.000.- 

•   International documentaries, traditional to experimental
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

EVA – Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award

This competition reflects the diversity of ethnographic film and honors outstanding achievements and innovative works that contribute to a progressive understanding of Visual Anthropology. Films, which have been made within scientific research as well as independently produced films will be accepted. Traditional and experimental methods and approaches are equally welcome, as long as they correspond to anthropological principles in perspective and style. Prize money: EUR 1.000.- 

•   Innovative films in the field of Visual Anthropology
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

ADA – Austrian Documentary Award

To promote Austrian Documentaries an international jury will select the best Austrian film. Film can be submitted for this category if they have a minimum length of 45 minutes and if they are either produced by an Austrian production company or made by a director with residence in Austria. Prize money: EUR 1.000.- 

•   Films by Austrian production companies or by directors with residence in Austria
•   Length: min. 45 minutes

ISA – International Shorts Award

Within the International Shorts Award (ISA) the nominated documentaries show the dynamics and expressive opportunities of the short film format. Apart from the formal requirement of the length of the films being under 30 minutes, there are no limits to their audio-visual expression. The audience will elect the winning film of this competition. Prize money: EUR 500.- 

•   International short documentaries, traditional to experimental
•   Length: max. 30 minutes

ESSA – Ethnocineca Student Shorts Award

Young talents – Big cinema! With the ESSA, ethnocineca gives due attention to the multifaceted inspiration of young documentary filmmaking. The award not only presents an international platform for young filmmakers of documentary filmmaking, but allows the participants to discuss their works side by side with established filmmakers and a large festival audience. Student works and first works from the documentary field and ethnographic filmmaking with a maximum length of 30 minutes are sought for this competition. ESSA is an audience award. Prize money: EUR 500.- 

•   Student works and first works
•   Length: max. 30 minutes