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About Us

Transition showcases the diversity of minorities within the LGBTIQ spectrum. Every November in Vienna, Austria, we use film as a way to confront, break stereotypes and engage our audience using discussions, workshops and lectures. We aim to increase visibility and initiate dialogue on migration, women*, people of colour, refugees, dis/ability, trans*, religion and more. Being minorities within a minority – our struggles, stories and histories are often erased or are portrayed simplistically in one-dimensional narratives laden with stereotypes.

Unable to find ourselves in mainstream queer cinema, Transition was born in 2012 to provide a positive space for story telling and use film as a tool to inform, educate and entertain. Previously known as the “Internationale Queere Migrantische Filmtage” (International Queer Migrant Film Days), what began as a three-day event has evolved into a nine-days festival with industry guests, filmmakers and critics, making it an integral part of the Austrian film scene. With a program consisting of classic and contemporary films including shorts, documentaries and feature-length films; old faces and industry newcomers; local and international guests come together to celebrate the diverse nature of being Queer.

In addition to the festival, we organise the “Transition Queer Film Nights” and hold regular film events in Graz, Innsbruck, Linz & Salzburg. We are also in the process of establishing Macedonia’s first Queer Film Festival, which will be held in April 2017.

Organisation & Community Outreach

Every year, a team consisting of film experts, media professionals and activists as well as many student volunteers contribute to the success of the festival.

An integral philosophy of the festival is ensuring that we effectively co-operate and work together with the community. Every year, we curate our events in tandem with numerous local and international NGOs, cultural institutions, as well as diplomatic missions and universities. This has led Transition to become an engaged community event, one that is not simply about showcasing films, but also about reaching out to people.

Transition is organised by Cinema Arts in cooperation with MiGaY - Austria’s first platform for Queer immigrants.

Call for Volunteers

You are interested in experiencing a film festival behind the scenes? You want to work in our young, dedicated team? You are motivated, reliable and you enjoy working independently?
Then volunteering at TRANSITION is the right opportunity for you.

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If you are interested, please send us an email with your CV and a few lines about you to: volunteers@transitionfilmfestival.com



Founder & Festival


Elias Weithaler

Assistant to the Festival Director



Creative & Artistic


Theresa Hochgerner

Press & Public Relations









Festival & Technical


Romish Ibrokhimov

Guest Management


Michael En

Translation Management


Stefan Huber



Ali Can

Feline Film Fan & Team Therapist


Program 2016

Submission for 2017 closed!

THANK YOU to all filmmakers and distributors for submitting your work to TRANSITION 2017!!!

We now have the pleasure to review the films and will respond to you individually. Although our submissions are officially closed, we may still be able to consider it if you send us an email at office@transitionfilmfestival.com ASAP. Save the date for the 6th Transition Film Festival: 9 - 17 November, 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

Transition is Europe’s first and biggest queer film event focused on intersectionality within the Queer spectrum. We present over 75 films each year, including short- and feature-length documentaries, animation, narrative and experimental works. In addition, we host workshops, discussions, parties and performances.

Transition considers films centered on LGBTIAQ Minority topics including but not limited to: People of color, Migrants, Women*, Religion, Queer Parenthood, Dis/ability, Trans*, Asexuality, Intersexuality, Queer Porn and so on. Essentially, we are looking for films that confront stereotypes, push boundaries and above all, showcases the diverse reality of the LGBTIAQ community around the world.


All accepted films, with the approval of the submitter, will be considered for the following awards:

  • Transition Award for Best Short (300 euro)
  • Transition Award for Best Documentary (750 euro)
  • Transition Award for Best Feature (1000 euro)

Submission period 2017

Film submissions open on 6 January 2017 and close on 31 May 2017.


Don't hesitate to write to us at submissions@transitionfilmfestival.com


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TRANSITION International Queer Minorities Film Festival
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1050 Wien

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