Dear friends of the ethnocineca,

the summer has begun and in Vienna films are finally being shown everywhere again – including films from this year’s ethnocineca programme. Therefore we are very happy to announce that we will present all nominated films of the ISA – International Shorts Award and ESSA – Ethnocineca Student Shorts Award at the popular Vienna Short Film Festival dotdotdot

dotdotdot takes place from 5.7. to 25.8.2020. With 24 open air festival evenings and 120 films from 40 countries, dotdotdot celebrates its 11th edition of the international open air short film festival in the garden of the Volkskundemuseum Vienna. The hand-picked, curated film programme makes the diversity of contemporary short film production visible and brings festival participants into conversation with exciting international guests – due to COVID-19 and depending on the case, this year also via Skype. The focus is on films that take formal, content-related and aesthetic risks, question inscribed codes and explore the potential of film.

All info about the three-part program series of ethnocineca at dodtdotdot 2020:

 What Keeps Us Together | DI 21.07.2020 | 21:00 Uhr

The Source of Our Strength | DI 04.08.2020 | 21:00 Uhr

Roots and Ties | DI 18.08.2020 | 21:00 Uhr


At a time when many cultural experiences are forced to move into the virtual space, ethnocineca is pleased to facilitate a selected online film programme between May 7th – 14th 2020. ALL INFO

The current situation presents a new challenge. A festival thrives on the shared experience of watching films, the exchange with international filmmakers and the atmosphere in the cinema. So how can we bring the festival into virtual rooms?

Our team has spent a lot of time thinking about the ways in which a move to the virtual world can reflect the festival. And so, even though the qualities of the cinematic experience and the festival atmosphere are by no means tangible online, we have decided to make parts of the programme available online. 

Additionally you can find our complete planned programme and our programme folder (pdf in German) in the category Festival 2020.


The jury statements about all award winners and honorable mentions of ethnocineca 2020 are now online on our award site.




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Statement on COVID-19 | April 1st 2020

Dear friends of ethnocineca,

Unfortunately, the 14th ethnocineca edition, scheduled May 7 – 14, 2020, will not take place due to the current situation regarding COVID-19. We announce this cancellation with a heavy heart as, after numerous hours that have gone into organising the festival, we were now looking forward to the best part: the screening of the 2020 film programme, hosting our international guests, honouring documentary film and engaging with the audience during the festival week. 

But there is also good news! We made use of the past two weeks and were considering our options: During the planned festival dates, we will make a selection of this year’s programme available to you, for the first time online. Stay tuned – more info to follow here and on our website. 

It is of great importance to us to honor the artistic work of filmmakers. For this reason, we, together with our Jury members,have decided to nevertheless select the winners of this year’s competitions, and to hand out the awards and price money in all five categories. In May, the jury of the long film categories, Austrian Documentary Film Award (ADA), International Documentary Film Award (IDA) and Best Ethnographic Film (EVA) will announce the winning films. The short film awards, ethnocineca Student Shorts Award (ESSA) and International Shorts Award (ISA) will also be awarded, but, due to the exceptional circumstances, for the first time not as an audience award but also by a jury.

Press Release (pdf in German)

Takee care of each other and stay safe.

All the best your ethnocineca team. 

Statement on COVID-19 | March 12th 2020

Dear friends of ethnocineca,   

we too are observing closely the developments and measures necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, measures that may also affect the feasibility of ethnocineca 2020 (May 7th to 14th). Since there are currently no restrictions for events in early May, we continue to work towards the implementation of the festival and are in close contact with the authorities. We keep you up to date here and on our website. The health of our guests and visitors is our highest priority. 

Take care of each other, all the best, your ethnocineca team