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04. November 2017 – 04. December 2017: back track Film screening
Blue Danube Film Festival – Hungary
01. November 2017 – 30. November 2017: back track Film screening
St. Lawrence International Film Festival – SLIFF Online – USA
03. October 2017 – 28. January 2018: Memory Palace
Creation of the media installation "Memory Palace" for the exhibition "ANALOG_DIGITAL. Media (Ex) changes" at METRO Kinokulturhaus, Vienna (October 3, 2017 to January 28, 2018).
03. October 2017 – 28. January 2018: Side by Side Exhibition
Conception of the media installation "Side by Side" for the exhibition "ANALOG_DIGITAL. Media (Ex) changes" at METRO Kinokulturhaus, Vienna (October 3, 2017 to January 28, 2018).
01. December 2016 – 30. November 2017: The Future of the Control Room
The department "Art & Science" at the  University of Applied Arts Vienna hosts the research project "The Future of the Control Room" for the third year, focussing on "Research and creation of prototypical applications for an interactive control room".

Exhibition and retrospective "analog_digital – The Dichotomy of cinema", 2017

To its first audiences, the cinema appeared to be nothing short of magic, but unlike conjurers it was willing to reveal how it was done right from the start: The film "Die ideale Filmerzeugung" (1914, camera/animation: Ludwig Schaschek) was one of the first to show viewers the amazing production process behind this latest form of virtual reality. Film-makers knew from the outset that in a medium that stimulates identification with the characters on the screen by alternating objective and subjective perspectives the truthful answer to the question "Who am I?" can only lie in the style or the materiality of the film itself. The first is primarily the domain of the feature film which has many examples of works dealing with the topic of reality/simulation, such as Kathryn Bigelow’s "Strange Days" (1995) and "Her" by Spike Jonze (2013), whereas it tends to be short films that explore the materiality of analogue and later digital cinema, such as "Optical Sound" by Elke Groen and Christian Neubacher (2014) and the works of Siegfried A. Fruhauf, for instance "Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution 1" (2003) and "Vintage Print" (2015). The dichotomy of cinema: on the one hand an all-powerful, godlike, invisible force that can dominate the entire universe as a supercomputer or matrix, and on the other a flimsy material, prone to scratches, chemical volatility or disappearing data – destined for oblivion unless subjected to some form of archiving.

To tie in with the new exhibition "Analog_Digital. Media (Ex)Changes" the Filmarchiv Austria is showing a fascinating cross section of national and international analogue/digital cinema in a retrospective curated by Virgil Widrich.

Night of a 1000 Hours, 2016

Lux/A/NL 2016, feature film, DCP, 1:2,39, Dolby Digital
Length: 92 min.

When the ambitious Philip takes over the running of the family business from his father, he finds himself confronted by the mysterious reappearance of his dead ancestors. In the course of a long night, during which there are a murder, an illicit love affair and a game with false identities, Philip uncovers a closely guarded family secret.

Winner of "Flash Forward Audience Award" at Busan International Film Festival 2016!

Trailer: German version and international version.

Vienna table trip, 2016

A 2016, short film, advertisement, DCP, 1:1,78, Dolby SR
Length: 1 min. 22 sec.

"The coffee table is a microcosm of Vienna because basically, you do not need to leave the coffee house to travel once through the whole of Vienna. This idea eventually led to the idea of a miniature journey through the city, staged with saucers, cups, plates, knives, forks and souvenirs – garnished with projected memories and the many starters, main courses and desserts one can so often find here. (Virgil Widrich)

Winner of 21 international awards or honorable mentions!

Link to Film and Making of...

back track, 2015

A 2015, short film, Stereo DCP, black/white, 1:2,39
Length: 7 min.

Virgil Widrich's short film is a 7-minute 3D-remix of feature films from the 1950s and 60s which were projected on glass and photographed in 3D. The World premiere at the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Additional festivals: Diagonale, Zagreb Animafest, Karlovy Vary, Vila do Conde, Wroclaw, Bristol, Sevilla, Cambridge, Milano, and Wiesbaden. Winner of 8 international film awards!

Link to making of; download press kit

"'back track' presents itself as yet another work of bravura by one of Austria’s most inventive filmmakers, his ingeniously intricate ideas ever a source of newfound pleasure."
Peter Tscherkassky

checkpointmedia GmbH – Multimedia Productions

In 2001 a network of people who had been working with multimedia for many years decided to join forces and found their own company – checkpointmedia. In autumn of the same year, they moved into their new office in the Haus der Musik, 1010 Vienna.
As one of the most successful representatives of "Creative Industries Vienna/Austria," checkpointmedia acts as an interface between arts/culture and the business world. Apart from the three founders and managing directors, Stefan Reiter, Stefan Unger and Virgil Widrich, the firm now consists of a large network of project partners. Since 2015 the company is named "checkpointmedia GmbH" and is located in Seilerstätte 13, 1010 Vienna, Austria.

Fast Film, 2003

A/Lux 2003, short film, 35 mm, 1:1,66, Dolby SRD
Length: 14 min.

"Fast Film" is an animated homage to motion pictures, hand-made by folding 65,000 print outs of film frames into three-dimensional objects. The film won 36 international awards.
Download photos
YouTube: making of Fast Film
Link to film's website

Copy Shop, 2001

A 2001, short film, 35 mm, 1:1,66, Dolby SR
Length: 12 min.

The story of a man who copies himself until he fills up the entire world. The film won 37 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar 2001 (best short film).
Youtube: film and making of
Link to film's website

"A dazzling nightmare" - The Guardian, London