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19. July 2018 – 22. July 2018: Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel Film screening
Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase – USA
29. June 2018 – 07. October 2018: Vienna table trip Film screening
International Tour Film Festival – Santa Marinella, Santa Severa, Montalto di Castro, Civitavecchina – Italy
25. June 2018 – 01. July 2018: Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel Film screening
New York Lift-Off Film Festival Online selection
24. June 2018: Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel Film screening
Maracay International Film & Video Festival – Aragua – Venezuela
01. April 2018 – 30. September 2018: Copy Shop Film screening
Le Plein de Super/La Boîte Carrée – Nantes – France

Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel, 2018

D 2018, music video, DCP, 1:1.78
Length: 3 min. 45 sec.

Children dream of what they will be as adults and adults dream about their childhood. But sometimes, when orderly life becomes paralyzed in routine, adults need the inner child to bring about change: "Be my rebel", the first collaboration of the two music legends Nena and Dave Stewart, premiered at Nenas 40th anniversary on stage. The accompanying video by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Virgil Widrich transfers the story into a dreamlike, glass mirror world that is powered by Dave Stewart at the controls of his classic modular synthesizers. At the typewriter: Nena as an annoyed bookkeeper, who threatens to disappear soon with her flower dress in her flower wallpaper. But the inner dialogue works in both directions and soon takes effect: rebellion changes the past – and thus also the future.

Winner of 22 international film awards!

Link to video and interview...

Icon Island – a live battle of pictures and sounds, 2018

A 2018, live performance, full HD, 16:9
Length: approx. 70 min.

Carefully selected visuals, many including a connection to Malta and its cinematic history, will be projected as a ‘live’ mix accompanied by a live electronic music performance by Maltese artist Sonitus Eco, the latter performed instinctively and spontaneously as an improvised soundtrack to the ephemeral visuals. The sounds of the films are re-imagined on the fly, the pictures react to – or even oppose – the sound. Man against island, picture against sound.
The collage of visuals is inspired by films dealing with the mystic and romantic journey to islands representing alternative societies or different states of mind: sometimes those places, questioning the custom identity of their visitors, are paradise and a threat at the same time.

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 24 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 9 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