19th Vienna Shorts – Asian Presence 2022

We present the Asian films that will screened during the 19th Vienna Shorts which will take place from May 25 – 30, 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

Animation Avantgarde
“Since 2010, Animation Avantgarde has been pursuing the idea of placing experimental works and animated films in dialog with each other, thereby focusing on works that avoid the beaten path. We seek formal and narrative innovation and aspire to achieve the greatest possible diversity in terms of content and technology.” (Wiktoria Pelzer, Thomas Renoldner)

Bird in the Peninsula by Atsushi Wada – Japan | 2022 – 16 minutes

The boys are rehearsing a dance for their entry into adult life. A girl observes the scene but is not allowed to join in. When one of the boys chases after a strange bird, she follows him without knowing why. (Berlinale 2022)


Fiction & Documentary
“Fiction & Documentary shows powerful and fascinating films that explore the world in unusual and challenging ways. We want to invite our audience to take a first-rate cinephile journey around the world and to discover the present and future of cinema together.” (Doris Bauer, Marija Milovanovic)

It’s Raining Frogs Outside by Maria Estela Paiso – Philippines | 2021 – 14 minutes

The end of the world is nigh and frogs are raining down from the sky. Maya is back in her childhood home but it no longer feels like home. Being forced to be alone is torture and her memories are increasingly condensing into a fever dream. (Berlinale 2022)


Honey by Tanvi Chowdhary, Tanmay Chowdhary – India | 2021 – 13 minutes

Childhood friends, now in their twenties, reunite during a Durga Puja festival. Though this homecoming takes place in a bustling city, directors Tanmay and Tanvi Chowdhary create a world of intimacy over the course of one evening, as the girls hum electric with possibility. (Film at Lincoln Center)


All the crows in the world by Yi Tang – Hong Kong | 2021 – 15 minutes

18-year-old school girl Shengnan enters a night of adventure in adults’ world. (MUBI)


Lili Alone by Zou Jing – China, Hong Kong, Singapore | 2021 – 23 minutes

Lili, a young mother, lives with her gambler husband in a remote part of Sichuan. Lonely and poor, she heads for the city in a bid to earn enough money to save her dying father. (Square Eyes Film)


Birdsaver Report Volume 2 by Heehyun Choi – US, South korea | 2021 – 12 minutes

Wild birds continue to collide onto glass walls, and humans collect, measure, and analyze to prevent it. Various attempts to observe, perceive and represent the reality are prevalent in the history of art, film, and media. Do human vision and bird vision lie in the same world? Are we able to see the same image as the other? (Seoul Indep. Film Festival 2021)


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