The 26th Vienna Film Festival at the Rathausplatz in Vienna is about to begin
Europe's largest culture and culinary festival

From the 14th July to the 4th of September  the Rathausplatz will be brimming once again with the musical high society. Fans of classical music can look forward to sensational productions, most of which have never been shown before at festivals. A recording by La Bohème from the Metropolitan Opera NY will be an excellent prelude on 14th July.
An absolute premiere - never before have productions from this famous New York opera house been shown at public festivals, and the Vienna Film Festival is debuting worldwide with this sensational presentation. A 300m² canvas, full HD and an excellent sound system will ensure an unforgettable cultural experience.
For more than 26 years now, the city of Vienna has been giving millions of Viennese people, and national and international visitors, an event in a class of its own with Europe's largest culture and culinary festival, at zero cost.

And the range of culinary delights is, as usual, top notch. Renowned company DO & CO, with 26 culinary experts, will ensure a diverse mix that offers visitors exquisite delicacies from all over the world and domestic cuisine of the best quality.

                                                                    Film Festival Program 2016 to Download

Highlights upon highlights - from Met to Iggy Pop

In 2016, the Vienna Film Festival programme is an explosion of excellent and unique shows - primarily the successful sensation of the year that will be seen at a public festival for the first time: "Met Opera - HD Live", in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera.

And as if that wasn't enough of a highlight: Great musicians and conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Yehudi Menuhin will each receive a place of honour this year. Productions from famous orchestras and festivals such as the Viennese philharmonic and symphony orchestras and the Waldbühne Berlin are also in the programme.
In addition, visitors can look forward to opera and concert footage with stars such as Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Florez, Placido Domingo, and also James Blunt, Iggy Pop, Herbert Grönemeyer, Gregory Porter, ZAZ and Placebo.

The website  provides even more service and a clearly arranged programme, in two languages, that can be easily filtered by music category and has a good overview of the event.

Popular fixing points: Künstlersamstage (Artist Saturdays) and "Jazzfrühschoppen" (jazz sessions)

A beloved and well-attended tradition amongst the guests at the Rathausplatz is the additional live music on Saturdays. The so call "Artist Saturdays" are brimming with Austrian talent in the afternoons. Established local bands and singers enthuse "unplugged" from 3pm to 6.30pm in the left and right-hand sides of the park, or in the pavilions in light rain.

Sundays from 12pm to 2:30pm are devoted to jazz. The excellent skills of the jazz musicians and excellent culinary delights can be enjoyed during the "Jazzfrühschoppen", directly on the path of indulgence at the Film Festival.

Viennese Wine-highlights at the Film Festival

In June, the 12th Viennese Wine Prize was awarded, as the 14 best Viennese wines were selected. Now, all wine lovers can enjoy Vienna's award-winning wines. During the Film Festival, the wines that have been given the Viennese Wine Prize, and a selection of other top Viennese wines, can be sampled at the "Wieno Weinbar" stand, in the Rathauspark by the fountain at the side of the Parliament.

Hire Open Air Lounge for free

A unique novelty this year is the "Ricoh-Open-Air-Lounge", Vienna's most beautiful open-air office. The box for 12-20 people, fully equipped with a whiteboard, printer and other office equipment, is right amidst the scenery of the Film Festival with a view of the city hall, and can be hired during the festival each day for meetings, press conferences, presentations etc. up until 5pm. For more information, queries and reservations, contact

Service and accessibility

In order to also make it easier for people with specific requirements to enjoy the event, the festival is wheelchair accessible and equipped with around 300 seats with induction loops for the hard of hearing. The seating is designed in such a way that there is sufficient space for a wheelchair at the beginning or the end of each row of seats.
And if, on occasion, the sun doesn't shine, the "Magic Sky" screen in the middle of the Rathausplatz and the awning that is stretched right across the gastronomy units and seating areas provides complete protection from the rain.

Usual outstanding cuisine

Already proven at the Fan Arena, 26 culinary experts will also take outstanding care of the guests during the Film Festival. Detailed Information you can find under the gastronomy section of this Website.
The list of delights during the Film Festival is long - so the motto here is as follows: Discover, enjoy and come back.

Film Festival am Wiener Rathausplatz – grandiose Kultur, traumhafte Kulisse, wunderbare Kulinarik. Der Sommer am Rathausplatz ist ein Genuss.

Film Festival am Wiener Rathausplatz
14. Juli bis 4. September 2016

Filmbeginn täglich bei Einbruch der Dunkelheit
Kulinarik 11:00 bis 24:00 Uhr
Der Eintritt ist frei