FOR SOME YEARS, YAVUZ KURTULMUS HAD ALREADY ORGANIZED A SERIES OF PORN NIGHTS IN VIENNA, WHICH WERE RECEIVED ENTHUSIASTICALLY. FIRST IDEAS WERE TOSSED AROUND TO EXPAND THAT CONCEPT AND ORGANIZE A WHOLE FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO PORNOGRAPHY AND SEXUALITY. IN MID-2017, FOUR WILDLY ENTHUSIASTIC PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURAL FIELDS TEAMED UP TO FORM THE CORE TEAM OF THIS NEW ENDEAVOR.
It was the start of the Porn Film Festival Vienna and led to much uproar, not only in the Viennese art and cultural sphere, but also in Austria's political landscape. The Porn Film Festival Vienna launched its first edition in March 2018 by posing an easy (yet strangely hard to answer) question: "What is porn?" It was an instant success.
2020 SEES THE FESTIVAL RETURN OCTOBER 1-4, STILL WITH THE CHALLENGING OBJECTIVE TO SHOWCASE AND CELEBRATE THE COLORFUL DIVERSITY OF PORN, AND STIMULATE AN OPEN, SOCIETAL DEBATE. ITS MISSION IS TO BRING A GENRE BACK INTO THE PUBLIC SPHERE OF THE CINEMA THAT IS USUALLY LOCKED AWAY IN PRIVATE QUARTERS.