VIENNA 15.11.- 24.11.2024



This years’ Open Call theme: “OUTSIDERS” 
“Outsiders” can be a proud self-description (for example: punk culture, which sees itself as a micro-society in contrast to the established and dominant framework), it can be a pejorative term to relegate undesirables to the margins of society (while being appropriated by marginalised people to empower themselves). Or it can convey a sense of ambivalence in terms of belonging to a place, a group of people, a family etc. We hope that these strands of reflection can provide creative channels for artists to present their contributions to ROTLICHT Festival 2024, whether the approach to »Outsiders« is personal or intended for artistic exploration.


The time has come! With the first rays of sunshine, the team meets regularly again and works diligently on the program. Open Call for submissions with the theme “Outsiders” will open in June and we will inform you about the details soon!

We are really looking forward to rocking 2024 again 🙂

Foto by © Isabella Joech


The Rotlicht Festival 2023 is over and we can look back on ten successful and exciting festival days.

The opening of the festival in the Atelierhaus of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna on November 17 was attended by more than 1000 visitors. The main exhibition was made up of the projects of the 20 winners of an international open call, 16 out of 20 of them had travelled from all over the world to the opening to celebrate the joint exhibition. Each day during the festival over 100 people visited the main exhibition, including the Photo Book Corner and Art Market.
In addition to the main exhibition, a total of 30 other photography exhibitions were opened in 13 Viennese districts during the festival period, some of which can be visited until the end of January 2024. Compared to the Rotlicht Festival 2022, we recorded an average of 30% more visitors at all partner locations.

And because it was so good, we are already working on the fourth edition of the Rotlicht Festival:
Save the date: 15.11.2024 to 25.11.2024
Submissions for the Open Call 2024 will be possible from spring.

As the Rotlicht Festival team, we would like to thank all visitors, artists, partner locations and other contributors – we as a team may coordinate the festival, but without all these people, none of this would be possible!

Video trailer from the opening of Rotlicht Festival can be seen here.



The program of ROTLICHT 2023 Festival for analog photography is ready:
Find all details on our exhibitions, talks, workshops and more events in our web program.

You like to have all information on one page? Here you find the PDF-Program of ROTLICHT 2023.


Take the program with you on your phone with our ROTLICHT app. You can find the app on Google Play and in the App Store.



This year’s artist with the highest jury ranking is the Bratislava based artist Zuzana Pustaiová (born 1990) with her project “Interlude” (2020). Her project is examining the current status of the allocation from the biological family and the formation of the new family. It is located somewhere in between social expectations, current emotional survival and the search for life direction. As the winner, one of her pictures will be featured on the cover of this year’s catalogue and our poster. She will also have a solo exhibition at the Ega Frauen im Zentrum in Vienna in 2023.


On behalf of the entire team, we would like to thank you for all the great submissions. Our jury had the difficult decision to choose 20 winning projects between a total of 445 submissions from 44 countries. We are pleased to present you the winners and their projects of the Open Call 2023:

Rebekka Bauer(GER), Eleonor Calvelli(ITA), Jurgis Gečys(AUT), Milan Gies(NLD), Jana Gombiková(SVK), Daniel Hill(AUT), Artem Humilevskyi(UKR), Kei Ito(USA), Eva Kees(AUT), Lenka Lukačovičová(SVK), Auguste Marceau(AUT), Emilia Martin(NLD), Diane Meyer(USA), Nik Erik Neubauer(SVN), Mara Novak(AUT), Peter Pflügler(NLD), Zuzana Pustaiová(SVK), Kate Schultze(GER), Birte Zellentin & Patrik Budenz(GER), Yiming Zhu(GBR)

More information about the winners can be read here!

Rotlicht Festival 2023


ROTLICHT is back on track, as the creative fixture of analog artistic photography in Central Europe. It will take place in Vienna for the third time this year from November 17-26.

Vienna is a metropolis for arts and creativity. With its history, its contrasts and spaces of inspiration, it has always been and still is a place of artistic debate. With this year’s edition of ROTLICHT Festival, we want to strengthen this concept of dialogue, dedicated to the artistic reflection in and through analog photography.

ROTLICHT Festival 2023 will be an event with a similar concept as in previous years. The Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts (former “Semperdepot”) will be the festival headquarters again, where the main exhibition is going to present the 20  winners (chosen by a 6-person international expert jury). The Open Call for the submission will open in June later this year.

Stay tuned on our progress in bringing ROTLICHT 2023 back to Vienna in mid November. Any news on our preparations will be announced here !

Rotlicht Festival - Open Call 2023


Our main exhibition this year will take place in the impressive premises of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. On over 1300 m2 we will open the festival with our 20 winners from the Open Call 2023. The theme of this year’s festival is »Zeitgeist« and your submission should be at least marginally related to this theme.

More information about the rules, as well as the Q&A, can be found here!

Jury 2023

JURY 2023

We are pleased to introduce you to our 2023 jury.

Meet the jury

Rovinj Photo Days 2023


We are very happy to invite you to one of our partner festivals in the beautiful city of Rovinj. Our 20 winners from 2022 have been automatically added to the submissions. And look…5 of them are also selected in the different categories, congratulations! 

In the community of Italians of the city of Rovigno, the Rotlicht Festival has been given a special opportunity to curate an exhibition. We are pleased to show works by Alessandra D `Intino and Beatrice Signorello! 

More info: here


With your festival pass you get free access to all Rotlicht events, the festival headquarters and all live gigs in the clubs (except the workshops).

In addition, you will receive the 2022 catalog, hot off the press, which was produced for you in a limited edition.

Your purchase supports our work and makes the festival production possible. THANK YOU!

Poster Image by Verena Andrea Prenner


Have a first glance on the program of ROTLICHT 2022.

Read more

Foto by Michaela Nagyidaiova


Incredible 345 submissions from a total of 46 countries.

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Rotlicht Festival, by Dino Rekanovic
Foto by Dino Rekanovic

JURY 2022

We are pleased to introduce you to our 2022 jury. For the first time, 5 analogue photo festivals have joined forces and this cooperation is reflected in the composition of our international jury.

Meet the jury

Foto by Dino Rekanovic


The idea to organise an analogue photo festival came to us during the Lockdown in December 2020. Our goal is to establish an analogue photography scene in Vienna, to connect people with each other and to provide space for exchange.

Meet the team

Rotlicht Festival, Trailer


We are very happy to give you a little insight into the 1st festival edition. A big thank you to all the helping hands, the great team and the participating artists. 

YouTube Video

Program 2021


Exhibitions | Workshops | Guided Tours | Walks | Archive Tours | Parties | Meet ups | Talks …

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Foto by Allan Tavares


We are very proud to present the winners of the Open Call 2021. The winning images were displayed in our main exhibition at the opening of the 2021 Festival at our headquarters.