Looking back: Fundamental Rights Forum Vienna

A heartfelt Thank You to everyone contributing last weeks Fundamental Rights Forum, making it an exciting and thought provoking gathering. We were able to witness compelling screenings and discussions, as well as instructive workshops throughout the forum.

It was a pleasure to view and discuss the films EXIT and THE CLEANERS at Stadtkino with Filmmakers and discussion partners, sharing honest opinions and insightful information, supported by an engaged audience, willing to address and challenge these highly relevant issues.

Our Workshops Human Rights Film Festivals: Zooming into local realities with Andrea Kuh, Linda Llulla and Michael Schmied & Call2Action - exploring video storytelling techniques with Claudia Modonesi and Nick Danziger brought an enjoyable opportunity to elaborate on these subjects and to engage in-depht with experts in the field.

Delighted many of you took rime and interest in the Fundamental Rights Forum, we are looking forward to future encounters with all partners and participants!

Call for Entries 2018

this human world is looking for your films!

Submit to the following competitions:
- International Competition
- Austrian Competition
- Up & Coming Competition
- Expanded Shorts

All films must be submitted on Filmfreeway: Click here

this human world - festivalprogramme 2017

this human world - International Human Rights Film Festivals Festival Programme 2017 is online!

with over 100 films and plenty of interesting side events we are looking forward to an inspiring anniversary edition.

find the entire festival programme here



Opening Film - Weapon of Choice a film by Fritz Ofner & Eva Hausberger


(Fritz Ofner & Eva Hausberger)

Dokumentarfilm AT 2016

90 min OmdU

For the first time, the filmmaking duo Fritz Ofner and Eva Hausberger tell the story of the rise of the Glock pistol: An Austrian design that became the most sought-after service and murder weapon worldwide. Tracing the web of power, money, violence and politics, the film master fully portrays the dark sides of globalisation and implies an Austrian tale of willful ignorance. (GW)

thursday 30.11. 2017/ 20:00 Gartenbaukino in the presence of the filmmakers

second screening: 03.12. 2017/ 20:15 Filmcasino, Tickets sale starting Nov 17th 2017 here:


Fritz Ofner, born 1977 in Friesach, studied journalism as well as cultural and social anthropology in Vienna. Extensive travels through Asia, Africa and the Americas led him to documentary film. WEAPON OF CHOICE is the third and final part of his trilogy, which explores the causes and effects of gun violence.

Eva Hausberger, born in 1983 in Judenburg, stud- ied multi-media art in Salzburg and works as a filmmaker, assistant director and sound engineer.

WEAPON OF CHOICE is their first joint film.

the future is ours to see | this human world | Students Short Film Competition

this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival will hold the Short Film Competition on Human Rights 2017under the auspices of the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Austria in cooperation with schools in Austria, Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia.

10 to 20 years old students are invited, as a class or individually, to develop short films inspired by the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The theme of this year's competition is “The future is ours to see: Together - for a better future”.

Both, prospects for the future and views into the past, are sought. What does the concept mean, what role will "Together" play in the future and / or how important has cohesion / co-existence always been? What vision of our society do you have in mind when you think of civil courage and

participation? Can you imagine a future in which there is a peaceful co-existence? How can people from different cultures and languages find common ground, overcome language barriers, and how important is integration for cohabitation?

The aim of this competition is to bring human rights and the international declaration of human rights with its 30 articles topics closer to young people, giving students an opportunity for critical reflection on these issues and offering a platform for young committed filmmakers to present their work.

The film submissions will be reviewed by a prominent international jury. The short film which is awarded the Jury prize, is endowed with a cash prize and will be shown in the framework of the opening of the International Human Rights Film Festival - this human world.

The young filmmakers will be invited to Vienna to attend the festival opening. Via an online vote an audience prize will be awarded among the selection of the top ten films. After the numerous and qualitatively outstanding submissions of the last eight years, also in 2017 we are looking forward to inspiring and exciting contributions from individual students or group works from school classes. The competition will be internationally advertised by the UN partner organizations and announced among local educational institutions in Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. Framework conditions for the competition:

The competition is open to children and teenagers between the ages of 10 to 20.

The film entries can be submitted by students individually or as school class.

The maximum length of the short movies should be 3 minutes. The film entries can be produced and edited using any means provided by the schools and/or available to the students. From professional video camera to phone camera everything is welcome and every genre is allowed.

The Registration for the competition should be sent via email to by 23 June 2017.

Registration should include:

  • * Name and address of the school,
  • * Name and contact details of the person of contact in the school (Teacher),
  • * Age and number of the participating students
    The students and legal guardians of minors, by the submission of film entries by their daughter / son, agree that photo and video material of the award ceremony (photos of the winners / interviews with participants) can be published in media and on websites of the issuing institutions (UNIS, UNHCR, THIS HUMAN WORLD), as well as in social networks.

    The deadline to submit the film entries for the competition is 20 October 2017.

    Submission via email to: schulfilmprojekt@thishumanworld.comFor additional information contact Lisa Wegenstein by Tel.: +43/1/5855888/0 or

Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna

We are happy to anounce that our cooperation with the Fundamental Rights Agency continues this year.
In the frame of the Fundamental Rights Forum, this human world will present two films followed by a panel discussion at Stadtkino Wien:

24. September, 19:30
EXIT by Karen Winther
Doku, NOR, GER, SWE, 2018, 80, min OmeU
free entry at Stadtkino Wien


followed by a panel discussion with:
- Karen Winther (film director)
- Matthew Collins (expert on far right hate groups)
- Julia Ebner (researcher on terrorism and extremism)
- Moderation: Henri Nickels (Head of Equality Sector, FRA )

26. September, 19:30
THE CLEANERS by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewick
Doku, GER, BRA, 2018, 88 min, OmeU

free entry at
Stadtkino Wien

followed by a panel discussion with:
-Moritz Riesewieck (film director)
-Fanny Hidvégi (European Policy Manager)
- Moderation: Mario Oetheimer (Head of Sector Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection Sector, FRA)

please reserve your free tickets by sending an mail to and indicate the film and the amount of tickets!!!

We are looking forward to interesting encounters and discussions!

Winner of competitions

Winner Expanded Shorts
The Little One (Malá) by Diana Cam Van Nguyen
(Such great news: She will be here for a Q&A! whoop whoop!)

Winner Up & Coming
No Place For A Rebel by Maartje Wegdam & Ariadne Asimakopoulos
18:00 | Schikaneder

Winner Austrian Competition
What The Wind Took Away by Helin Celik & Martin Klingenböck
20:15 | Top Kino

Winner International Competition
Last Days In Shibati by Hendrick Dusollier
20:30 | Schikaneder

Winner Youth Jury
A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano

19:00 | Top Kino

Festival Trailer 2017

THE ATTACK // this human world – Festival Trailer 2017 //

D: Raoul Bruck / DOP: Sophia Wiegele / produced by LiaArts

People waiting on the screen as something threatening is approaching from afar. Yet before they even notice the danger the attackers have already started their raid, And while slicing the screen they gradually uncover the staring audience glued to their seats.


this human world - festivalsujet 2017

// we are very excited to present the visuals for the upcoming 10th edition of this human world - International Human Rights Film Festival, designed by portugese Artist Mariana Baldaia

"I like working alone, drawing whenever I feel sad, listening to music while working. I like travelling mainly to collect posters and books from those countries. I like the smell of new books and get lost in print shops. I like handcrafts that leave “war marks” on my hands. I don’t like spending long hours in front of my computer. I like learning basic printing techniques. I like paints as much as chocolate. I don’t like talking on the phone nor video calls. I like to stop work for a coffee break or any other excuse! I prefer listening to the children’s opinion on my work. I like it when they paint my drawings. I like working under pressure provided the client doesn’t treat me like a mere performer. I like going to exhibitions but without a guide. I like smoking cigarillos and drinking Baileys. I like Baltasar and cats.

I supported this human world as I’ve been supporting many film | music festivals be- cause it’s like working on a white canvas. I can express myself other than a commer- cial advertisement, because they support the continuity of cultural expression using films as a motto.“

Mariana Baldaia - Poster Designer I supported this human world as I’ve been supporting many film | music festivals be- cause it’s like working on a white canvas. I can express myself other than a commer- cial advertisement, because they support the continuity of cultural expression using films as a motto.“

Mariana Baldaia - Poster Designer


13.06.2018 - 7:00 PM
Q&A with Martin Habacher after the screening

Mabacher #unbroken
by Stefan Wolner
Documentary AUT, 2017
80 min OmeU

This human world is happy to announce that Mabacher #unbroken was awarded with the audience award 2017! We are looking forward to another screening at Schikaneder and an interesting discussion!

Martin Mabacher does not understand why many call him a role model, when in his opinion all he does is what everyone else does. He meets people in their day-to-day life. He reaches thousands of viewers through his YouTube Channel daily. For example, there he self-mockingly explores how accessible Vienna is for people with reduced mobility. With this in mind the film portrays the daily life of an incredibly confident person with brittle bone disease who has both feet firmly on the ground. It is an encounter at eye level since it becomes obvious: barriers can be overcome.

This film is a portrait of the confident and self-mocking Martin Mabacher. He inspiringly shows that barriers can be overcome, not only for people with reduced mobility, but also in one’s own surroundings. An encounter at eye level.

festival schedule