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26. May 2017 – 01. June 2017: Night of a 1000 Hours Film screening
European Film Festival – Leskovacki kulturni centar – Serbia
26. May 2017 – 30. June 2017: Vienna table trip Film screening
Azores Fringe Festival – Azores – Portugal
26. May 2017 – 27. May 2017: Vienna table trip Film screening
2nd Edition of the Less 15 min MiniMovie Film Festival – Los Angeles
23. May 2017 – 29. May 2017: back track Film screening
Near Nazareth Festival (NNF) – Israel
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".

Circuit Training, 2017

A foray into the world of the Large Hadron Collider
An exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Art & Science and Site-Specific Art) in cooperation with CERN (art@CMS and HEPHY – Institute of High Energy Physics).

Maybe some of you are familiar with the term 'Circuit Training'. It refers to a programme of physical activities that work each section of our bodies individually. When one circuit of the programme is done, either through coercion or (free) will, we begin the first exercise again for the next circuit. In order to probe the fundamental structure of the universe, physicists have implemented a sophisticated circuit training for the basic constituents of matter: accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. We assume that those particles follow the instructions of physicists with a mixture of obedience and free will…
In the context of the cooperation with art@CMS and HEPHY (Institute of High Energy Physics), students of Art & Science and Site-Specific Art have explored the many facets that a large and multinational institution like CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) encompasses. The wide-ranging investigations go from the Large Hadron Collider to the small print of politics and economy, from particle accelerators to solid bureaucracy, from the Big Bang to the growth of conspiracy theories. While roaming around CERN and becoming detectors ourselves, several questions started circulating. How do these experiments and the images they produce transcend beyond screens and light beams into different states of matter and the realities we live in? How will our artistic strategies develop in relation to the biggest camera and microscope on our planet?
The outcomes are presented in the group exhibition at das weisse haus.

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 15 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 6 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