DANUBE SO BLUE – Reframing An Evergreen

Johann.Strauss-Festjahr 2025 x VIENNA SHORTS

It is one of the most famous pieces of music in the world and has also made a lasting mark on film history (e.g., in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey): the waltz The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2025.

The Johann Strauss 2025 Festival and VIENNA SHORTS are looking for modern and original cinematic visions to reframe the popular evergreen beyond advertising clichés. The music piece can be included in any way; unconventional approaches to music, text, and imagery are welcome.


  • ideally 4 – 7 minutes, maximum length of 10 minutes
  • submissions open until January 5, 2025
  • all genres allowed
  • no geographical restrictions
  • main prize 6,000 euros, 8 further prizes from 3,000 to 300 euros

Submission Terms: ENGLISH / DEUTSCH

The Johann Strauss 2025 Festival GmbH is exclusively providing the music rights for the following musical interpretation of The Blue Danube
12.ATAQ69107312_WJSO_Strauss_II An der schönen blauen Donau

This version can be used free of charge and can also be edited, remixed, and adapted. It can only be used in films that will be submitted to this competition.
If the music piece is used for the film, the following copyright credit is mandatory: Music provided by the Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna

If you want to find out more about the history of the piece, please follow this LINK.


(English title)
(if applicable)
(max. 10 minutes)


(up to 3 stills)
Maximum file size: 5 MB, allowed extensions: jpg or png.



Production details

Month completed
Jahr der Fertigstellung
If dialogue language is not English, the subtitle language must be English.
If dialogue language is English, you can provide either no or German subtitles.



Other credits

We ask you to send us a screener first. The screener is a copy of the film we will be using during the selection process. The most practical way is to have a screener online until the end of April (password protected or not, both are allowed). When your film is selected for the festival we will ask you to send us two master copies: one copy we will use for projecting your film on the big screen, one we will use for the video library and/or a potential online presentation.

Screener submission

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