Austrian American Short Film Festival

Jessica Hausner

Virgil Widrich

Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, works on numerous multimedia and film productions. He is one of the founders and Managing Directors of the multimedia company checkpointmedia GmbH, University Professor of Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and owner and Managing Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.

His first feature film is "Heller als der Mond" ("Brighter than the Moon"). His short film "Copy Shop" won 35 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. "Fast Film" premiered in Cannes 2003 and won 36 awards until today. His newest film is "Night of a 1000 Hours".

Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna.



Sara Driver

Marisa Mazria Katz

Marisa Mazria Katz is the Director of Media Initiatives for the public art non-profit Creative Time. As a journalist she has contributed to publications that include The New York Times, Financial Times, Time, The Guardian, Vogue and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to her writing, Marisa ran a US State Department-sponsored program in Casablanca, Morocco, for four years that taught marginalized youth journalism and blogging.



David Schwartz

David Schwartz

David Schwartz is Chief Curator of Museum of the Moving Image, where he has worked since 1985. He oversees the Museum’s wide-ranging film programs and changing exhibitions. He is a visiting professor at Purchase College, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club and the Cinema Arts Centre Preview Club. He is also the programming director of First Time Fest, a New York-based film festival devoted to the first films of emerging and established directors. He has been on numerous juries, including the international competition jury at BAFICI (in Buenos Aires) and FIDLab (in Marseille, France) in 2015.

Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm 
@ Anthology Film Archives


Sunday, June 4, 2:00 pm 
@ MOMI


Saturday, July 14, 9:00 pm 
@ frameout Festival


Jessica Hausner Last Year, 2016

Jessica Hausner (Director, Screenwriter, and Producer)

The director, screenwriter, and producer was born in Vienna, Austria in 1972. She studied directing at the Filmacademy of Vienna, where in 1996 she made the short film FLORA, which won the ‘Leopard of Tomorrow’ at the Locarno Festival. INTER-VIEW, her graduation film, won the Prix du Jury of the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in 1999. Two years later, LOVELY RITA, her first feature film, was presented in ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the Cannes Film Festival before being distributed in twenty territories. Her second feature film HOTEL was again selected in ‘Un Certain Regard’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2004. Her next film LOURDES had its premiere at Venice Film Festival 2009 in International Competition where it won the ‘FIPRESCI Prize’.
Hausner’s latest film AMOUR FOU is set around 1810 in Berlin and avails itself of the tragic life of the German writer Henrich von Kleist. AMOUR FOU premiered again in ‘Un Certain Regard’ in Cannes.



Sara Driver

Sara Driver (Director, Producer)

Sara Driver directed Paul Bowles’ short story, YOU ARE NOT I (1982, 48 min.) Restored and celebrated at the Masterworks NYFF 2011. Her feature film; SLEEPWALK (1986, 78 min.), won the prestigious Prix Georges Sadoul. SLEEPWALK given by the Cinematheque Francaise, premiered Critics Week of Cannes, Sundance film festival, Museum of Modern Art’s 1987 New Directors New Films Series. And recently shown at BAM for their 80s series. WHEN PIGS FLY (94 min.,1993), Premiered Locarno Film Festival and shown in Toronto, and Rotterdam, and the film was recently shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the Women in film series. She wrote and directed the short documentary, THE BOWERY - SPRING, 1994, part of “Postcards from New York,” an anthology program for French TV.

Driver’s other film credits include Jim Jarmusch’s, PERMANENT VACATION (1979, producer, production manager) and STRANGER THAN PARADISE (1984, producer). Her films have had retrospectives in Denmark, Buenos Aires, Anthology Film Archives NYC, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, TIFF Cinematique, Toronto, Maine International Film Festival, Filmoteca Spain and Estoril/Lisbon where she was awarded the prestigious Tribute Award for her work in cinema. Her films are available in a boxset from Filmswelike.



David Schwartz

David Schwartz

David Schwartz is Chief Curator of Museum of the Moving Image, where he has worked since 1985. He oversees the Museum’s wide-ranging film programs and changing exhibitions. He is a visiting professor at Purchase College, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club and the Cinema Arts Centre Preview Club. He is also the programming director of First Time Fest, a New York-based film festival devoted to the first films of emerging and established directors. He has been on numerous juries, including the international competition jury at BAFICI (in Buenos Aires) and FIDLab (in Marseille, France) in 2015.