From May 6th to 13th, 2021, we invite 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 leave 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 presents a selection of  52 outstanding documentaries originally chosen for the cinema programme of the anniversary edition.

The ethnocineca ONLINE EDITION kicks 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. 

Coraci Ruiz | Brasilien 2020 | 77 Min. | OmeU

Coraci Ruiz accompanies the gender transition of her adolescent daughter with her camera and with it the conflicts, certainties, and uncertainties that she engages in during the search for her identity. In the 1960s, her mother had protested for women’s rights in Brazil. She desires to break through outdated paradigms and face her fears and prejudices because it is not only her daughter who is experiencing a transformation.

The autobiographic documentary THRESHOLD follows three generations of a family in their struggle for self-determination against the backdrop of the Brazilian government’s authoritarian rise. 

© „Threshold“ by Coraci Ruiz, 2020

In the course of the festival week there will be 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).

Over the course of eight days, we engage 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. 

You can find the complete 2021 Online Edition programme here.

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