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Franz-Grabner-Award 2017: Call for Entries


The very first edition of the Franz-Grabner-Award is now open for submissions in the categories cinema documentary, television documentary series and documentary web formats. The submission deadline is 15 November 2016.

Franz Grabner — Photo Credit: Helmut Utri

The Franz-Grabner-Award is annually presented to a select group of winners at the Diagonale film festival in Graz, Austria. The award aims to support Austrian documentary films related to cultural and political issues as well as titles focusing on society and history. Submitted projects do not necessarily have to focus on Austrian topics but should represent an openminded, curious and optimistic approach towards subjects relevant to Europe.

Particular attention will be paid to a compelling narrative as well as creativity and innovation with regard to the filmic and dramaturgical approach. Documetaries with potential for the international TV and film markets - in terms of content and artistic approach - as well as documentary series and cross-media projects are among the desired types of project submissions.

The Franz-Grabner-Award stands for the recognition of works that reflect a filmmaker's credible and responsible approach (ethically and morally) regarding their particular focus and subject area.

A committtee of representatives of ORF, Diagonale, the Austrian producer's association AAFP and Film Austria as well as the founders of the Franz Grabner Award will appoint an expert jury consisting of five representatives of the aforementioned organisations on an annual basis.

This jury will select the best cinema documentary and the best TV documentary film. A prize of €5.000 will be awarded in order to support the development of a follow-up project.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The Franz-Grabner-Award is open for submissions from filmmakers living in Austria and Austrian citizens living abroad. However, international co-productions in which Austria is the majority producer are also eligible for submission. More details about the award, eligibility criteria and how to apply are available in this PDF overview (Austrian).

For more information, please also visit the following link (Austrian):

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