Copy Shop

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
Production: Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.
Written, directed and produced by Virgil Widrich
Camera: Martin Putz
Music and sound design: Alexander Zlamal
Production manager: Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Art direction: Joachim Luetke
Cast: Johannes Silberschneider, Elisabeth Ebner-Haid
Supported by Federal Chancellery Departement for the Arts, State of Salzburg, City of Vienna, ORF Austrian Television
Distributor: Sixpack Film

Events, film screenings: 430

04. February 2013
A DCP of "Copy Shop" is created. For the first time the film is now availble in digital 2K resolution.
27. March 2012
"Copy Shop" is shown in the film series "Breaking Ground" on the occasion of the presentation of the book "Film Unframed. A History of Austrian Avant-Garde Cinema", edited by Peter Tscherkassky, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen/sixpackfilm. Filmhauskino am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 3, 1070 Vienna, 27.3.2012 at 19:00.
02. March 2012
Tokyo – EU Filmfestival 2008
21. February 2012
"Copy Shop" is part of the film program "Breaking Ground - 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema" by Sixpack Film. After the launch in Vienna the program travels to Ljubljana, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris (Centre Georges-Pompidou), Caen, Buenos Aires, València, Zaragoza, Seoul and Moscow (MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art).
05. August 2009
KIZ-Kino im Augarten Graz
09. October 2008
Moov HD
12. September 2008
Wien – Schlössl-Lichtspiele
07. August 2008
Wroclaw – Moma Film
11. June 2008
London – Cinema 16
17. May 2007
Singen – Kommunales Kino Weitwinkel
15. February 2007
Ghent – Laluna
17. August 2006
Berlin – Interfilm Kurzfilm Verleih
05. June 2006
"Copy Shop" is part of the DVD-release "Cinema16 – European Short Films"
23. September 2005 – 19. November 2005
"Dreams are my reality," La B*A*N*K, Emerging Art and More... 42, rue Volta - 75003 Paris, 23.09.2005 to 19.11.2005, Monday to Saturday, 11:00 to 19:00.
26. August 2005
East Yorkshire – Seaside Films
11. May 2005 – 22. May 2005
"Copy Shop" is presented at the film festival in Cannes in the series "Tous les cinémas du monde" at "Austrian Day".
01. February 2005
Photography for the book "Rollenspiele: Österreichische Filmkünstler im Portrait" by Dominik Orieschnig and Manfred Pauker.
27. January 2005 – 06. February 2005
Prague / Brno – 12th Days of European Film
10. October 2003 – 24. October 2003
Austrian Cultural Forum – Brussels – EU Film Week
21. September 2003 – 25. September 2003
San Diego Experimental Film Fest
01. May 2003 – 03. May 2003
Euro Shorts New Zealand
21. March 2003
Auckland – The Richmond Road Short Film Festival
02. March 2003
Eastman Kodak Product Grant 2003 – The short List
25. November 2002
Bukarest 02 – DaKINO International Film Festival – "Alternative" Prize
23. September 2002
Gonfreville l'Orcher 02 de la Pointe de Caux / Service Culturel
12. September 2002
Rom – Enzimi Festival
28. May 2002 – 29. May 2002
BMAA – Österreichische Filmwoche Bratislava
11. March 2002
With Gabriele Kranzelbinder (production manager), Martin Putz (camera) and Johannes Silberschneider (actor) at the "Oscar Nominees Luncheon" of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Group photo with, among others, Sissi Spacek, Sting, Robert Altman, David Lynch, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Ridley Scott, Will Smith, Russell Crowe and Ben Kingsley.
01. March 2002
Broadcasting at iFilm.com – 60.000 views in the first 24 hours – "most popular short"
11. December 2001
Gartenbaukino Wien – Grüne Kino-Weihnacht
08. May 2001
Paris – Repérages / Hi-box
01. May 2001
Paris – Repérages / Hi-box
19. April 2001
Lecture on "film and multimedia production", "Copy Shop" and "tx-transform" at Studiengang MultiMedia (supervision: Gianni Stiletto) at Fachhochschule Salzburg, Techno Z, Schillerstraße 30, 5020 Salzburg, 19.4.2001 from 14:00 to 16:00.
30. March 2001
Utrecht – Circus Maximus
22. March 2001
"Copy Shop" is shown on 22.3.2001 in ORF/Kunststücke.
11. March 2001
For "Copy Shop" Matthias Herrman makes a series of portraits of Virgil Widrich in his studio. 
24. January 2001
On 26.1.2001 at 17:00 "Copy Shop" premieres in Rotterdam's Pathé Schouwburgplein and wins 30 awards at various film festivals in the following months. It is then bought by TV companies in 12 countries and is invited to over 100 international film festivals.
22. December 2000
Team screening of "Copy Shop" at Filmhaus am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 3 (basement), 1070 Vienna, 22.12.2000 at 10:00.
01. December 2000 – 03. December 2000
All 17,000 frames of "Copy Shop" are filmed one by one on paper with a 35mm-camera.
28. November 2000
Alexander Zlamal finishes the composition of the film's music.
30. September 2000
Reshoots of close-ups of hands and photocopies at the office of Virgil Widrich film.
25. April 2000 – 01. May 2000
End of April, the film "Copy Shop" is shot. Johannes Silberschneider plays a total of 280 roles. After 4 months’ editing and a further 4 months' digital postproduction, the film is completed at the end of the year.
12. August 1998
Test shooting of a scene for "Copy Shop" with Enrico Jakob at Peter Joachim Filmservice, Edelsinnstraße 15, 1120 Vienna.
01. May 1998
In one of few breaks from regular work, a screenplay is written for a new short film: "Copy Shop." After the shift in time and space, this film describes a shift in the identity of the observer in film and the story of a man who copies himself until he fills up the entire world.