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.

Okto TV features films from the ethnocineca-Programme

And we also have good news for those of you who want to enjoy more documentaries from the 15thethnocineca programme: Okto TV will be showing KOMBINAT by Gabriel Tejedor in its “Oktoskop” series on 16 May 2021 at 8:10 pm (rerun on 23 May at 9:40 pm), followed by THE SILHOUETTES by Afsaneh Salari at 9:40 pm. Both documentaries would have been part of our originally planned hybrid festival, which we had to change into a compact online edition due to the tightened measures to contain COVID-19. We are delighted to have the opportunity to present two more films from our programme to our audience.

The 5 winners of ethnocineca 2021

We warmly congratulate the winners of our 5 awards, who were announced by the jurors on 11 May 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.

Sujet 2021: “Once upon a Time in Venezuela” by Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, 2020