Viper 2005 - Call for entries

Deadline: May 31, 2005 (date of the official postal stamp)

Due to the large amount of submissions the deadline will not be extended. [Works and projects that are not ready by the closing date for entries can be entered in the form of indicative documentation material or as a concept description]

Awards: CHF 10.000 in each category & Swiss Award (CHF 10.000)
Acceptance decision: July 2005
Master Setting due: October 1, 2005
Festival dates: November 17 – 21, 2005


Entry is free of charge.
Regulations, registration form, and further information:
Participants are asked to:

  • fill out the online-registration
  • send a signed print-out of the online registration form along with the entry material.

VIPER is one of the major European film, video and new media festivals. It offers a highly-regarded platform for presenting innovative works and projects attracting Swiss and international filmmakers and producers, artists, curators, critics and purveyors of ideas from the media, research and politics. In addition VIPER’s International Forum provides an up-to-date podium for presenting and discussing forward-looking positions, models and scenarios – a Think-and-Do-Tank for 21st century media, culture and society.


The Call for the renowned VIPER International Competition has been launched with revised categories since 2003, considering the entire spectrum of expression forms of the digital formats. At the same time a unique forum for more and more extensive cross-media and innovative projects has been established going beyond established generic boundaries.

A renowned international jury selects from the submissions the winners of the awards in each category. Irrespective of the category the best Swiss work will receive the SWISS AWARD. Selected works and projects will be presented during the festival.


  • IMAGINATION is open to works and projects dealing with traditional and future forms of the moving image. Possible submissions include analogue and digital films/videos, experimental films (including sound/video), 2D and 3D animations, extended forms of traditional cinema, linear and non-linear narrative image sequences, mobile and innovative screen formats, split- and/or multiple-screen arrangements. They may be complemented by modes of individual and collective interaction if wished.
  • PROCESSING is open to works and projects that are characterised by processes and live elements.

Installations or systems can be submitted that are devised to involve a local situation and/or an audience actively, thus emphasising the ability to interact and improvise when handling digital information systems. This includes performances, immersive and hybrid (real/virtual) environments, ‘play- and social software’ applications, ‘smart objects’, intelligent and ambient systems as well as interface and interaction design.


is open to works and projects emphasising acting and communicating within technologically defined networks.

Applications, prototypes and concepts can be submitted that use or specifically apply network architecture that functions independently of time and place. This includes for example location-related and distributed systems (LAN/WAN/WIFI etc.), mobile computing, UMTS and GPS applications, infra-red and Bluetooth connections. The key feature in each case is an unusual and/or experimental use of technologically defined network topographies.

VIPER is looking forward to receiving exciting, ambitious and innovative works and projects!

VIPER | International Competition 2005
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