Vienna, 23 January 2014 Press release

Austrian Movie Awards 2014

Congratulations from Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

Vienna, 23 January 2014 – At the gala award ceremony of the Austrian Movie Awards 2014 held at Grafenegg Castle on 22 January 2014, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz congratulated the Academy of Austrian Film that had organised the event: "This gala, that has become an integral part of Austrian film-making, was a worthy setting for the lively and highly creative Austrian film industry. I am pleased that we are able to support this success model."

The annual Austrian Movie Awards have developed into an important platform for the film business to meet .The gala event attracts everyone from cutters to camera men, directors, actors and actresses and producers – all the people involved in the creation of a film who gather to exchange experience and ideas. The celebration of successful, high-quality film productions and their producers yesterday was once again the perfect venue for establishing valuable contacts and getting cooperation projects on track.

"I am particularly pleased about the extremely successful cooperation between the Academy of Austrian Film and the Austrian short film industry. With the support granted by the network of Austrian international cultural policy, the Austrian Cultural Fora, General Consulates and Embassies, this cooperation makes it possible to present the best Austrian short films of a year in the framework of the "Austrian Short Film Show" abroad, making the creative and dynamic potential of the Austrian film business even better known around the world", the Minister said. "I would like to congratulate the young Austrian director Florian Pochlatko in particular whose film "Erdbeerland" won the Austrian Movie Award for Best Short Film 2014."

Kurz concluded: "Austrian film has secured its place on the international film map. We have every intention of keeping it there."

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