CEU DOCS: Annual Showcase 2024

May 3, 2024
CEU DOCS: Annual Showcase 2024

CEU DOCS: Annual Showcase 2024

Time: 18:00, Friday, May 17th

Place: The Belvedere 21’s Blickle Kino, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien

65 min. screening followed by a Q&A and reception

The CEU Library’s Media Hub and Visual Studies Platform are once again pleased to present our film, photo & audio showcase and celebration of CEU student work. This year’s event will take place on May 17th at 18:00 at the Blickle Cinema in the Belvedere 21 Museum, and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers/creators, and a reception in the Museum’s lobby. Works include documentary and experimental short films and short audio essays/soundscapes. In addition, a slideshow of photos from CEU's "Unseen Perspectives" photo exhibition will be shown prior to the event and during the introduction.

These projects were made by students from a number of different departments, none of whom are studying filmmaking or audio production as their primary degree, and represent an exceptional body of work that communicates through different media the ideas, concerns and discourses of their artistic and academic interests. These students come from all over the world, and present a unique perspective on both local and international issues. 

The projects are made in courses that are part of the MA Visual Theory and Practice Advanced Certificate program (VTP), and BA program in Culture, Politics and Society (CPS). They are supported by the expertise and technology resources of the CEU Library’s Media Hub.

This event is open to the public. Additional funding for this event is provided by the OSUN Science Shop and University-wide Courses Initiative.




Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (MA)

By Bilal Hisam

Runtime: 7:38

The film explores how students coming from Ukraine, Iran, or Egypt live in a parallel reality, trying to learn at the university and to enjoy the time with their friends in Vienna but at the same time their minds are preoccupied with their loved ones back home.



Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Filmmaking (MA)

By Magda Kopańska

Runtime: 4:49

Nazwiska is a speculative narration that, rather than uncovering the truth about Polish surnames, plays with the idea of joyful purposelessness. The main character induced by the spirit of ethnographic exploration delves into conversations with protagonists about the nature of ‘Polishness.


Cafe Chronicles

Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (BA)

By Takhmina Kamolova & Nora Kaul Hoelgaard

Runtime: 5:22

A chronicle of Cafe Eiles, located in the 8th District. It tells the story of two longtime coffee enjoyers, their feelings, memories of youth and stories associated with this place.


For the People of Europe

Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (MA)

By Marko FaberRuben Zeeman & Roberta Koleva

Runtime: 5:39

An exploration of the controversial past and present of the Soviet War Memorial at Vienna's Schwarzenbergplatz - from its historical background in the final days of World War Two to the present day.



Sound and Vision (BA)

By Anastasia GotsiridzeSkye Riller-Miltner & Ermek Talasbaeva

Runtime: 3:08

The short film explores the work process of Vienna-based artist and CEU student Saori Watanabe. We follow Watanabe to her studio, where she spends most of her time, and the streets of her beloved city.


Hong Kong 2019: All the lights off

Audio Production (MA)

By Maria Sakkoula

Runtime: 5:39

This soundscape was created using sample sounds recorded during the author’s exchange year in 2019/2020, when Hong Kong was in the middle of a protest movement.


Mama Africa Grill Bar

Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (MA)

By Ioana PopescuIsaac Mbugo & Milan Szabo

Runtime: 5:36

This short film tells the story of Auntie Agnes, the person who is keeping Mama's African Grill Bar alive and making it a home for her customers.


"No traces in the desert"

Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (MA)

By Evgenia Trapeznicova & Nurzhan Beken-Kyzy

Runtime: 7:26

A glimpse into a female sufi community in Vienna, their journeys in love, femininity and interconnectedness


‘Vote' - a socially just energy transition is at play

Policy Advocacy & Video for Social Change (MA)

By Rifka Fehr & Raphael Harnett

Runtime: 2:45

The video encourages people to vote for MEPs in the 2024 EU elections that support a socially just energy transitioni.e. an energy transition based on citizen energy cooperatives (democratisation, decentralisation and decarbonisation).


The Forest Tale

Fundamentals of Documentary Filmmaking (BA)

By Eliška Holá, Yelyzaveta Holitsyna, Alexandra Dzurillová

Runtime: 7:01

After a formative experience of living abroad, Conny found her way back to Austria and the country's nature. Together we explored the meaning of the bond between humans and nature, and how to find it regardless of one's place of residence.



Audio Production (BA)

By Yelyzaveta Holitsyna

Runtime: 4:40

Amidst the turmoil of a storm, this project offers an immersive artistic reflection on the ongoing war in Ukraine. It serves as a poignant reminder of the persistent conflict, urging global acknowledgment and action.


"The Bells"

Audio Production (MA)

By Emma Holl

Runtime: 6:22

An audio rendition of Edgar Allen Poe's poem “The Bells.”