zeitimpuls shortfilm, founded in 2008, is an Award Festival for short films in Vienna.
Being a platform for social commitment in artistic creation has been one of our most important guiding principles for 13 years.

Film art, the medium of short film and the international exchange of ideas for shaping the future - this is what we at zeitimpuls want to strengthen!

zeitimpuls short film takes place from 21 to 26 June 2021. As a reaction to the profound and worldwide changes of the last month, the festival will take place online, in the Arthouse Project and offline in the cinemas of Vienna.

A wide range of submission categories offers filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to be part in our this year's programme - and together we will be looking for answers to FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS!

What should "internationality" look like after the pandemic - what is the new meaning of "global"?
Do we have to choose between "freedom of society" and "security for all"?
And last but not least: What role do artists, especially film art, play in these changes?

The zeitimpuls shortfilm contest is open for films from all genres with a maximal length of 45 minutes.
The festival programme and the Award winners will be selected by the festival programme team, and our Jury of Experts. But our audience can also award prizes again in 2021!

In 2021, 5 zeitimpuls Awards - with trophies and prize money - will be given

zeitimpuls AWARD for the BEST SOCIAL SPOT AND MOBILE FILM with max. 90 seconds length

OPEN AWARD - for the best submission with max. 45 minutes length

EDUCATIONAL AWARD - for the best film of newcomer and film students with max. 90 seconds length

JUNIOR AWARD - for the best short film made by school classes or youth groups and all young people under 18 years with the maximum length of 90 seconds

The new category "AUDIENCE SPECIAL AWARD" for films made after the 1st of January, 2021with max. 45 minutes length

zeitimpuls shortfilm contest & festival (hereinafter zeitimpuls) is organised by all inclusive – Verein zur Förderung komplementärer Diversitätsstrukturen (hereinafter the ‘organiser’).


Registration for zeitimpuls implies unreserved express acceptance of these terms and conditions and all their provisions.

The entrant or the contact person must be a natural person of legal age.
All types of short films are admitted to the contest.
The entrant or the contact person must have all copyrights of the contribution. The entrant must complete and submit to zeitimpuls the online registration form available on the organiser’s website zeitimpuls.at within the entry deadline announced by the organiser.
The entrant can send one or more Video(s) by completing only one registration form.
Entrants give consent to the organiser to make any checks regarding their identity and details if needed.
Any incorrect registration, violating public policy or moral standards, or validated after the pronounced deadline, will not be considered and any incorrect or incomplete identity will lead to the immediate elimination of the entrant.
More specifically, any fraud, or attempted fraud, any breach of these terms and conditions, or any malicious intention to disrupt the running of zeitimpuls may lead to the person responsible being disqualified, with the organiser reserving the right to bring legal proceedings against them.


The organiser will initially make an official selection (hereinafter ‘the Official Selection’) from all the films submitted by entrants and validated by the organiser.


The jury will identify a number of winners from the Official Selection made by the organiser. These winners will be presented with the following awards (hereinafter referred to collectively as ‘the Jury Awards’): This list of the price categories is not restrictive and may therefore be subject to change at any moment by the organiser without it being held liable. The various Jury Awards are based on the Jury’s own evaluation and in no way entitle winners or entrants to any form of objection or claim.The winners of the Jury Awards will be announced during the zeitimpuls shortfilm festival.


The entrants assign to the organiser at no charge the non-exclusive worldwide right to publish their identity, their photograph on any media and by any identified/unidentified method on this day (in particular social networks, internet and intranet sites, press and television) as part of zeitimpuls, without any restriction on the number of reproductions

The entrants also assign at no charge the non-exclusive right to the organiser to reproduce and represent, have reproduced and represented, and broadcast and have broadcast their Videos, in their entirety or as extracts, associated or not with other audiovisual programs, for institutional, promotional purposes. In view of the above, each entrant expressly states having acknowledged and accepted that his/her Video(s), within the framework of exploitation set out in this clause, may be combined with one or more videos by other entrants without condition or reserve.

In order to broadcast as set out above, the organiser may reproduce the videos by using extracts and adapting them exclusively for reasons of ergonomic, technical and graphical restraints of the receiving terminals and means of transmission. As the aforementioned assignments are non-exclusive, the entrants undertake not to assign these rights exclusively to third parties for the duration and territory stated above.


The winners will be notified promptly by email to the email address or phone by the number provided in the registration form and will have 3 (three) days to confirm acceptance of their award. A winner who does not respond within the aforementioned deadline of 3 (three) days of being contacted will be deemed to have forfeited their award. In this event the organiser may nominate a replacement winner.

The winner will also forfeit any right to the award where information they provided as part of the entry does not meet the conditions of entry under these terms and conditions. In this event, the grant will be retained by the organiser who reserves the right to reallocate the prize.


The organiser reserves the right to curtail, extend, amend or cancel the contest or the festival if circumstances so require or in the event of force majeure. It may not be held liable as a result of this. Addenda to these terms and conditions may be published throughout zeitimpuls. They will be regarded as appendices to these terms and conditions accepted by the entrant on registering.


Subject to the provisions above and unless otherwise expressly requested by the entrants, the organiser will be the sole recipient of personal data provided by the entrants in the registration form. For more information please read our Data Protection Terms.

The entrants will enjoy a right to access and amend data regarding them by writing to the email address (office@zeitimpuls.at) or the following postal address:

Verein all inclusive, Lerchenfelder Straße 131-133/6, 1070 Wien, Austria


Every entrant states that they are the lawful owner of all rights to reproduce, represent and broadcast their video without conditions or reservations and warrant that they have obtained all consent required to broadcast as set out above. In this respect the organiser points out that the use, even partial, of pre-existing musical pieces and other works in a video requires the consent of those holding the rights to them.

In this respect every entrant holds the organiser harmless for any claim or action and/or payment that could be made/claimed for any reason by the rights holders as well as any natural person/legal entity who did not take part in producing the video but who would be deemed to have any rights whatsoever (in particular personality rights, brand rights, logos, signs, etc.) to be asserted with regard to the production and exploitation of the video.

The entrants are personally liable to both third parties and the organiser for breaching the above provisions and hold the organiser harmless from any disputes, claims or actions that may result from this breach. The entrants shall personally see to and accept any payments that could be owed or claimed against the organiser in this respect.


The organiser may not be held liable due to a delay and/or error in routing mail or consignments, their misplacement during sending. The organiser accepts no liability in the event of claim or objection regarding in particular the conformity and/or quality of the consignments won. The organiser could not be held liable whatsoever in the event of incident or accident arising from the use and/or enjoyment of consignments won. The organiser is in no way liable due in particular to a case of force majeure or an event beyond its control such as: a failure, interruption or slowdown of the postal services, methods of transport or telecommunication network. In the same way, the organiser would not be held liable under any circumstances, where this list is not exhaustive:

For the content of videos sent by entrants and viewed on the site;
For the sending and/or receipt of any data/information via the internet;
For any failure of the internet network preventing the proper development/operation of zeitimpuls;
For the failure of any receiving hardware or communication lines;
For the loss of any item of mail or email and, more generally, the loss of any data;
For the consequences of any virus, any IT bug, anomaly, or technical fault;
For any damage caused to entrant’s computer;
For any technical, hardware or software failure of any nature having prevented or limited the possibility of participating or having caused damage to the entrant’s system.

In general terms, the organiser could not be held liable if zeitimpuls needed to be postponed, amended or cancelled due to force majeure or unforeseen events. In accordance with the provisions above, the organiser may under no circumstances be held liable for any breaches by the videos of third-party rights.


These terms and conditions are subject to Austrian Law. In the event of problems with interpreting the terms and conditions or in the event of a dispute, sole jurisdiction will lie with the Austrian courts of Vienna.

Overall Rating
  • Zeitimpuls was a fantastic experience that I thoroughly enjoyed, and all the team made me feel at home :) every film screened was incredible and exciting Q&As!!! It was an honour to be part of it.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hello Lucrecia,
    thank you for your kind words :-)

  • Nikolaus Jantsch

    Nice festival, great films! Highly recommend this

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    :-) We try to do our best! Hope to see you next year again!

  • Andrea Giovanna Holland Koyama

    zeitimpuls was an extremely well-organised and powerful film festival. It was such a pleasure to be part of it! The whole staff were very helpful and friendly.
    They put together a really original and complete selection of short films and did interesting talks and Q&A's.
    They even had the courtesy of sending a physical copy of the festival programme to us . Thank you for everything!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    :-) We try to do our best! Hope to see you next year again!

  • Thuli Jadezweni

    I thought the whole event and how my work was received is amazing and I look forward to the next one.
    Congrats to all the winners and fellow nominees and thank you for sharing your work.

    July 2021
  • Mohammad ferajzadeh

    Great festival.
    Perfect comunication in social media with the filmakers.
    Thanks a lot.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for this review - we try to do our best !