1. September 2020

August at a glance

As we’re on our way into fall-festival season, here’s a quick look back on the month of August. We’re really happy to have been able to celebrate no less than 20 selections for our short films last month. It was our great pleasure to be part of Sarajevo Film Festival, Dokufest, FIDBA, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, and Beijing IFF, just to name a few.

Also, we had the honor to be part of two panels at FEKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival & Short Waves and look forward to many more to come.

19. August 2020

August Industry Talks

Together with Wouter Jansen from Square Eyes Distribution Company, we will be talking about how to approach festival strategy for your film, discussing what to keep in mind, best practices, but also what mistakes to avoid. The talk is presented at the FeKK Ljubljana in front of a live audience on Thursday, the 20th of August, starting 13:00.

We are also invited to Short Waves Festival in Poland, to take part in the panel about the potential of short film in education and community building in times of COVID-19. We’re looking forward to the discussion with curator and film educator Suzy Gillett, Kino Otok program coordinator Ana Cerar and Short Waves festival director Emilia. The panel takes place online Friday, the 21st of August, at 13:00.

8. August 2020

KO:SH Film Festival gets Refreshing

Double trouble: “Life Between the Exit Signs” by Nicolas Pindeus and “Guy Proposes to His Girlfriend on a Mountain” by Bernhard Wenger were both selected for the competition at the 9th edition of the KO:SH International Short Film Festival! The event will take place in the city of Korça, Albania between the 8th and the 12th of September. Thank you for the lovely news, KO:SH Fes, and our warmest congratulations to the two directors and their teams!

24. July 2020

All roads lead to Sarajevo

Some excellent news from Bosnia-Herzegovina: three of our short films got selected for the student and short film competitions at the Sarajevo Film Festival, to be held 14-25 of August 2020.

“Battlefield” by Jannis Lenz was selected for the Short Film Competition, where only 9 other short films have made the cut. They are competing for the Oscar® qualifying Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Short Film. “Fish Like Us” by Raphaela Schmid and “The Verdict in the Case of K.” in turn got selected for the student competition, along with 13 other short films.

Congratulations to all three directors and their teams, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for you!

25. June 2020

May & June Highlights

Slow but steady wins the race. While the cultural sector in general and film festivals in particular have had to slow down their pace, they did not halt to a standstill. And neither did we for that matter. Apart from the 8 short films we presented as part of the Online Edition of Vienna Shorts (5 in the official Austrian Competition and 3 in curated programs), in May we also celebrated the Polish premiere of “The Verdict in the Case of K.” at the Krakow Film Festival.

We’ve also enjoyed our very own Midsommar celebration (the peaceful kind, not the Ari Astrid kind), as “The Verdict in the Case of K.” had its Spanish premiere at Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca while “How to Disappear” had Asian premiere at Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival in South Korea.

2. June 2020

The Verdict is in!

Although during the past few months time seemed to have been suspended, director Özgür Anil has certainly not been slowing down. In May his short film “The Verdict in the Case of K.” celebrated its Polish premiere at the Krakow Film Festival, while also being featured in a curated programme at Vienna Shorts. June brought its own festivities, as the film had its Spanish premiere at Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca. Congratulations to the director and the whole team, a big cin-cin for more selections to come!

14. April 2020

Vienna Shorts Online Edition, we're part of it!

We're excited to have no less than five of our short films selected for the Austrian Competition at Vienna Shorts! "Battlefield" by Jannis Lenz, "Fish Like Us" by Raphaela Schmid, "How to Disappear" by Total Refusal, "The Birthmark" by Pia Ilonka Schenk Jensen & Bernhard Hetzenauer & "The Washing Machine" by Dominik Hartl. Congratulations to the film teams and to all others selected for the festival! The short films will digitally come to you this end of May so stay tuned to find out how you can join the watchparty!

10. April 2020

We Are Short Film - Go Short ISFF Nijmegen online

We’re very happy to have several LEMONADE FILMS titles represented in the competitions and supporting program of the Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen: The Birthmark by Pia Ilonka Schenk Jensen and Bernhard Hetzenauer, How to Disappear by Total Refusal (Michael Stumpf, Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengel), The Verdict in the Case of K. by Özgür Anil, Battlefield by Jannis Lenz and Guy proposes to his girlfriend on a mountain by Bernhard Wenger. Find out more here!

8. April 2020

Canceled, But Active!

Canceled, But Active! is the slogan for this year's Crossing Europe Film Festival. Fish Like Us by Raphaela Schmid, How to Disappear by Total Refusal (Leonhard Müllner, Robin Klengen, Michael Sumpf) and The Birthmark by Pia Ilonka Schenk Jensen and Bernhard Hetzenauer have been selected for the Local Artist Competition. After the official date in April had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, the festival is presenting Crossing Europe: EXTRACTS, an alternative program. More information here.

9. March 2020

Diagonale'20 - Festival of Austrian Film cancelled

Sometimes things don't turn out the way you expect. There would have been many reasons for us to celebrate at this years Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film! Our brand-new films The Washing Machine by Dominik Hartl, Fish Like Us by Raphaela Schmid, Battlefield by Jannis Lenz, The Birthmark by Pia Ilonka Schenk Jensen and Bernhard Hetzenauer and The Verdict in the Case of K. by Özgür Anil would have had their Austrian permiere in Graz. Unfortunately, due to the government's prescribed measures to contain the coronavirus, the festival had to be cancelled for this year.

You can find out more about the full program here.

24. February 2020

Pop the corks

Crew  and cast are already very excited! Tonight we’re celebrating the world premiere of “How to Disappear” in Berlin as part of Berlinale Shorts. 

14. January 2020

"How to Disappear" selected for the international competition of the Berlinale

We can "bearely" believe it!  “How to Disappear” by Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf) will celebrate it's world premiere at the  Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival, as part of the international competition for short film!

You can find the full list of selected films here.

13. December 2019

“tx-reverse 360°” selected for Sundance "New Frontier" section

We are excited to announce the selection of "tx-reverse 360°" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich for the New Frontier section of Sundance Film Festival 2020! Since 2007 the New Frontier exhibition has been the ultimate platform for outstanding and innovative artworks. Its focus lies on hybrid projects, new forms of media storytelling, multimedia installations, performances and film.

"tx-reverse 360°" will play between the 23rd of January until the 2nd of February at New Frontier Central in Park City. Warmest congratulations to the whole team!

31. October 2019

No tricks, just treats!

We’re excited to be expanding our selection of refreshing films with three new projects: the short film “The verdict in the Case of K.” by Özgür Anil, the online video performance “Operation Jane Walk” by Robin Klengel and Leonhard Müllner, and the VR experience "Inside Lieutenant Gustl" by Sebastian Brauneis. We’ll soon be announcing the first festival selections, so stay tuned!

7. October 2019

Talks Talks Talks...

Several networking events are planned for October!
The XR Vienna meetup is the optimal networking platform for all those, who're working with XR. Among other great speakers, we're invited to present our work as a distributor for innovative projects. At the International Music, Arts & Business Forum, hosted by WKO in cooperation with the Danube University Krems, Center for Applied Music Research, we talk about "The Netflix Model: What can the Music Business learn from the Film and Interactive media businesses? And last but not least, there is the possibility to meet us at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden). Together with Some Shorts we dedicate ourselves to the topic "Strategy for Shorts in the Long Run".
See you there!

4. September 2019

Double Feature @ Ars Electronica

We are very happy to present both, tx-reverse 360° and tx-mirror by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich at this years Ars Electronica Festival!

tx-reverse 360°
Deep Space 8K, Ars Electronica Center
5.9.2019, 5.30 pm - 6 pm
7.9.2019, 3 pm - 4 pm (Artist talk Martin Reinhart, Virgil Widrich)
8.9.2019, 8 pm - 8.30 pm

European Platform for Digital Humanism
5.9. – 8.9.2019, 10 am – 7.30 pm
9.9.2019, 10 am – 6 pm
POSTCITY, Bahnhofplatz 12, 4020 Linz

3. August 2019

Higlights in August

"Guy proposes to his girlfriend on a mountain" by Bernhard Wenger at DokuFest (Kosovo) and Shortynale Klosterneuburg (Austria), "ENE MENE" by Raphaela Schmid at Filmfestival Kitzbühel (Austria) and "Eigentlich vergangen" by Nicole Foelsterl at dotdotdot Open Air Shortfilm Festival!

18. July 2019

Sarajevo calling...

YEAH YEAH YEAH! "Zufall & Notwendigkeit" (Life Between the Exit Signs) is selected for the student competition at Sarajevo Film Festival. Congratulations to Nicolas Pindeus & his team!

21. June 2019

Hot summer days & refreshing films!

Nicole Foelsterl’s film „Eigentlich vergangen“ is part of the international competition at Palm Springs ShortFest!Raphaela Schmid, the director of „ENE MENE“, and Bernhard Wenger, the director of „Guy proposes to his girlfriend on a mountain“, are selected for FEST - New Directors New Films Festival which starts next week! 

23. May 2019

Virtual Reality Check

The hype is great, as is the potential: While VR and 360° film are already being used intensively internationally in both the artistic and economic fields, the general conditions in Austria are still  inadequate. With the “Virtual Reality Check” we, together with VIS Vienna Shortssound:frame and XR Vienna, are entering into a discussion with Austrian and international experts within the framework of the VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2019 at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts in order to develop a strategy for the emerging (future) market in the course of the digitisation offensive in Austria.
Click here to see the top-class programm!

Event supported by Wirtschaftskammer Wien
Program in collaboration with: VIS Vienna Shortssound:frameXR ViennaMAK – Museum of Applied ArtsVIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2019Poesie MediaGO! Pictures Amilux FilmSAE Institute ViennaBlautöne, Junge Römer

2. May 2019

LEMONADE FILMS festival tour May

We will participate in the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen from 2nd - 5th of May 2019 and you can also meet us at the Cannes Film Festival from 19th - 22nd of May 2019. Write us an E-Mail if you want to know more about our films: info(at)refreshingfilms.com

Four "Young Austrian Talents" were presented at the Cannes Film Festival on 22 May 2019. The event was organised by the Austrian Film Commission & Funds (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Österreichischen Filmcommissions) in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum Paris. We're very happy, that besides the producer Lena Weiss, also three LEMONADE FILMMAKERS have been invited to participate: Raphaela Schmid (EENY MEENY), Bernhard Wenger (Guy proposes to his girlfriend) and Nicolas Pindeus (Life Between the Exit Signs).

1. May 2019

tx-reverse 360° in Annecy!

The audience of the Annecy Festival will be transformed into a new time and space reality! We're very happy about the selection of "tx-rverse 360°" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich for the VR-competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Check out the whole line-up here!

17. April 2019



We're very happy about the selection of "Zufall & Notwendigkeit" (Life Between the Exit Signs) by Nicolas Pindeus, "Guy proposes to his girlfriend on a mountain" by Bernhard Wenger and "Eigentlich vergangen" (Far from past) by Nicole Foelsterl for the Austrian Competition at VIS Vienna Shorts! 

22. March 2019

LEMONADE FILMS part of VR CONFERENCE at Diagonale'19

We're very happy to participate in this years VR-focus at Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film. Together with Sascha Mann (Poesie Media), Sebastian Sorg (FFF Bayern) and Eva Fischer (sound:frame & host) we we will talk about financing and distributing VR. If you're around, join us and don't miss out on the great VR-projects, discussions and presentations at designforum Steiermark!
-> Link to programme!

Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film & sound:frame
@designforum Styria (Andreas-Hofer-Platz 17, 8010 Graz)
10am - 7 pm

7. March 2019


Happy to see four LEMONADE FILMS titles selected for the competition of Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film! Congrats „Far from past" (Nicole Foelsterl), „Guy proposes to his girlfriend on a mountain" (Bernhard Wenger), „EENY MEENY" (Raphaela Schmid) & „Life Between the Exit Signs" (Nicolas Pindeus)! See you in Graz!

3. February 2019

LEMONADE FILMS on festival tour

Three weeks, three countries...
After an eventful week at the IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), the journey continues to the Festival du Court Métrage Clermont-Ferrand, where you can find us at the cinema and film market from 3 to 6 February 2019. The last festival trip in February goes to Germany, where we will participate in the Berlinale (10-12th of February 2019).

13. December 2018

New Film Distributor in Vienna

With the establishment of LEMONADE FILMS, Austria gained a new film distribution service, which aims to contribute to the public perception, media attention, quality presentation and utilization of Austrian filmmaking.

Currently the focus is on short movies and short documentaries up to a length of 30 minutes. The medium-term goal is to add the distribution of debut feature films by Austrian newcomers. In addition LEMONADE FILMS plans to distribute Virtual Reality Films worldwide.

30. November 2018

"If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade out of it!"

...was literally the motto of the year, after hard work, struggling and months of intense prep-work. But starting in December 2018, Marija Milovanovic and Julia Fabrick are fully dedicating themselves to their new tasks as managing directors of the newly founded LEMONADE FILMS association. As cultural managers and curators, Marija and Julia have worked for the past ten years with film festivals and film distributors in Vienna, Linz, Berlin and Nijmegen (including Berlinale, Crossing Europe, Diagonals, Filmdelights, / Slash Film Festival, Some Shorts) and are very well connected in this business worldwide.