Ars Electronica Animation Festival

Do/Thu 30. 8., Fr/Fri 31. 8., Sa/Sat 1. 9., Mo/Mon 3. 9. 10:00 – 21:00
So/Sun 2. 9. 13:15 – 21:00
Ars Electronica Center, Seminarraum

The Ars Electronica Animation Festival screens a selection of outstanding films submitted to the Prix Ars Electronica. These 130 visual highlights have been divided into 11 lineups. The Ars Electronica Animation Festival has selected and grouped them into lineups that give viewers a concentrated overview of current digital filmmaking.

The Program Lineups


Experimental arrays and semi-abstract visual takes make up this program. Investigations with found footage, visual ramifications, works that take a “Let’s go from reality to abstract” approach (and vice-versa) make up the Artfilm program.

About Music

Music videos, discussions of music, demonstrations of how many ways music can come about—all of these approaches are found here. Keep in mind: they’re all about music, each in its own key.

Inner Spaces

Subtly told tales that urge those who confront them to reflect about their own lives: Times in which some force majeur determines the course of human events, circumstances that completely invert our so-called normal surroundings.

Visual Effects

Feature films by major Hollywood studios, computer games and commercials have long been treating viewers to a taste of the repertoire of visual effects specialists. This program is an excursion through today’s world of possibilities.


A big party for (gay) flamingos, a farm with inflated cows, grubs that overrun gardens, a detective story with a positive conclusion—stories to which laughter is the only appropriate response.

Position & Message

Nuclear waste disposal; events in pre-World War II Austria that culminated in civil war and are generally swept under the carpet nowadays; historical footage of the Warsaw Ghetto; a horror-filled story from the Middle Ages—this program is full of films with a statement to make.


Poetically beautiful but also bizarrely told tales—each one a masterpiece in its own right. Get carried away by the fantastic world of flying books. Or marvel at the experiences of a brick.

Late Nite

This stuff is definitely not for young audiences or those who lack nerves of steel! It’s a collection of horrors that could (almost) only have been brought to the screen by computer animators.

Motion & Graphics

Each individual image a work of art in and of itself? Here, dynamic meets visual—as a teaser, a façade installation, a short narrative film or a surreal physics experiment.

Young Animations

Every year, gifted young filmmakers submit their movies to u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD (Austria), bugnplay (Switzerland), MB21 (Germany) and C3<19 (Hungary). The greatest hits will be featured in young animations.

Japan Media Arts Festival

Visual imaginativeness and unconventional narrative forms characterize animation made in Japan. This program shows various kinds of animation from the latest Japan Media Arts Festival, which is the hybrid festival that focuses on Japanese pop culture phenomena such as animation, manga, games and media arts.

Filming and photographing during the screenings is prohibited.


Do/Thu 30. 8.

10:00 media literacy award [mla]
11:00 Comedy
12:00 Young Animations
12:15 Motion & Graphics
14:00 About Music
15:00 Japan Media Arts Festival Selection
16:00 Visual Effects
17:00 Narration
18:00 Inner Spaces
19:00 Position & Message
20:00 Artfilm

Fr/Fri 31. 8.

10:00 Position & Message
11:00 media literacy award [mla]
12:00 Comedy
13:00 About Music
14:00 Artfilm
15:00 Visual Effects
16:00 Japan Media Arts Festival Selection
17:00 Motion & Graphics
17:45 Young Animations
19:00 Narration
20:00 Late Nite

Sa/Sat 1. 9.

10:00 Young Animations
11:15 Motion & Graphics
12:00 Visual Effects
13:00 Japan Media Arts Festival Selection
14:00 Inner Spaces
15:00 Narration
16:00 Position & Message
17:00 media literacy award [mla]
18:00 Comedy
19:00 About Music
20:00 Late Nite

So/Sun 2. 9.

13:15 Motion & Graphics
14:00 About Music
15:00 Artfilm
16:00 Japan Media Arts Festival Selection
17:00 Position & Message
18:00 Narration
19:00 Inner Spaces
20:00 Late Nite

Mo/Mon 3. 9.

10:00 Artfilm
11:00 media literacy award [mla]
12:00 Young Animations
13:15 Motion & Graphics
14:00 Comedy
15:00 Japan Media Arts Festival Selection
16:00 Narration
17:00 Inner Spaces
18:00 About Music
19:00 Visual Effects
20:00 Late Nite