Team of Film Festival Kitzbühel
Nina Hipfl-Reisch, born in 1978 in Kitzbuehel, management assistant for tourism and diploma hotelier (graduation at the Tourism School Wilder Kaiser in St. Johann in Tirol and at the Entrepreneur Academy of ÖHV) and co-organizer of the Kitzbuehel Golf Festival. Before she started working in the family business (Sporthotel Reisch) in 2008, Nina gained professional experience in Italy, the USA, Australia and Austria. She speaks English, French and Italian. Together with her brother Mike Mayr-Reisch, she is responsible for the reception area, marketing and sales. Since 2013 she is working at Film Festival Kitzbuehel in the guest service department. Since February 2015 she is co-partner of Film Festival Kitzbuehel GmbH and since March 2015 she is Vice President of the FFKB Institute (Script Lab).
Mike Mayr-Reisch, Managing Director of Sporthotel Reisch and Deputy Manager of Film Festival Kitzbuehel GmbH. Born in Kitzbühel, he completed his education at the Steigenberger Hotel School in Bad Reichenhall. Further trainings, such as the ÖHV and the Academy for departmental managers followed. Since 2000 he has been working in the family business (Sporthotel Reisch) and became its managing director in 2008 (in 2015 the transfer of the enterprise followed). He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Kitzbuehel Tourism Association and a partner in Kitzpromotion (organizing of the “Alpenrallye”); Co-organizer of Kitzbuehel Golf Festival and co-founder of the wine festival in Kitzbuehel. He gained his experience in the hotel and catering industry in England and Austria and has a talent for organization.
Josef Obermoser was born in 1985 in Kitzbuehel. After graduating from the Advertising Academy in Vienna, he worked for various advertising agencies in Austria and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a copywriter, graphic artist and in customer services. He now lives and works in Kitzbuehel. Josef Obermoser has been with Film Festival Kitzbuehel since its foundation in 2012, where he is mainly responsible for marketing and graphic design. Since February 2015 he is a co-partner of the Film Festival Kitzbuehel GmbH.
Born in London, she grew up in England, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Austria and studied Communications Theory and Art History in Vienna, Salzburg and Milan. Since 2006, after completing her master studies, she has worked for an Austrian corporation and traditional family business, where she helped set up a film production company (for feature films) from 2008 to 2011. She wrote the concepts for the short films “Passage” (Director: Shekhar Kapur) and “Panta Rhei” (Director: Clemens Purner) and also produced the films. In addition, she was responsible for the story development of various projects. Kathryn Perrotti has been part of the organizational team since the foundation of Film Festival Kitzbuehel (FFKB) in 2012 and is responsible for the communications and press relations department. Since 2014, Perrotti is also a member of the board of the FFKB Institute (Script Lab), starting as cashier and since 2015 as a secretary.
Born in Tyrol, he studied film directing in the USA from 2007 to 2012. During his studies he completed an 18-month-long directing and scriptwriting training with Sharon von Wietersheim in Munich, where he also gained his first experience as assistant director. For his graduation project, the short film “Mind Thinks Heart Knows”, he founded his own production company LSL-Film in 2011. In 2012, together with four friends, he founded Film Festival Kitzbuehel (FFKB), which focuses on “young film” and took place for the first time at the end of August 2013. Vice President of the FFKB Institute.
Niki Waltl is a Tyrolean cameraman and filmmaker who started filming in his early teens. At that time it was snowboard videos that inspired him and he also worked in the field of sports for several years. In 2009, he made his way to Barcelona, where he completed a three-year cinematography training at CECC Film School. Since then, Niki has returned to Tyrol and is actively involved in various film projects from there.
Klara von Veegh
Born 1984 in Vienna, she is a filmmaker and painter. After studying English Literature at the University of Regensburg (GER) and the University of Leicester (UK), she went on to study film at the European Film College in Ebeltoft (DK) and briefly at Filmcollege Vienna, and participated in numerous productions of Vienna Film Academy. Since 2008 she has been working as a producer, scriptwriter, director and painter and in 2014, together with colleagues, she founded the film collective Cataract Vision. Her award-winning works as a producer include the feature films “My Blind Heart” (2014) and “Those who Fall Have Wings“ (2015), as well as “To the Night“ (2018), on which she also worked as artistic collaborator of the director.
Born in Graz in 1989. In 2008 she graduated from Graz International Bilingual School. She went on to work as a freelancer in the Austrian film industry and has been part of numerous film projects for television and cinema. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Production at Vienna Film Academy, as well as a minor in film and media analysis with a focus on festival programming. From autumn 2016 until the end of 2017, she worked as a production manager in the film unit of VICE / VIRTUE Austria, as well as on numerous music videos as a freelance producer. Since February 2018 she has been a permanent member of the organizational team of Film Festival Kitzbuehel.
Therese Seemann, born in 1983 in Graz, graduated in Audiovisual Media Design from HTBLVA Ortwein School of Art and Design in 2003. Subsequently, she worked as a photographer and freelancer in the film industry. In 2005 she started studying at the Vienna Film Academy with a major in production and a minor in camera, graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree. From 2011 – 2017 project manager at fum – Film and Media Initiative. In 2013, Seemann completed her master’s degree at Vienna Film Academy. In 2014, she founded the film collective Cataract Vision together with colleagues. In 2017 she took over the management of nowa association in Graz. For more than 10 years she has been working as a producer and production manager in the film & theater industry. Her work as a producer includes the feature film “My Blind Heart” (2014) and the short films “Boat People” (2016) and “Tata” (2017).
Andrea “Angi” Leichtfried is a filmmaker from Ellmau am Wilden Kaiser with a special focus on documentary film production. In 2010 she graduated from the Tourism School in Innsbruck and subsequently worked in the Austrian film industry on numerous commercials, fiction and documentary film projects. In summer of 2016 she graduated from Munich Film School in the field of Digital Film Production with a focus on documentary film production. While still at university, she produced the cultural film “Homebird” in Nepal. Since then, Angi has been working on various projects in Tyrol and travels to different countries and regions for her travel documentaries.
Tobias Langer, born in 1996 in Vienna. After graduating from high school, he visited and graduated from Friedl Kubelka Shool for Independent Film, where he was taught by filmmakers such as Bruce LaBruce or Jessica Hausner. He has worked on numerous film productions and also realized his own short films. “Lauf des Lebens” and “Das Fest fürs Leben” won jury awards at video & filmtage in Vienna in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In addition to his comparative literature studies, he also writes for the online magazine Delay. He lives in Vienna.
Script Lab, Social Media, Press
Since February 2016, the renowned screenwriter and filmmaker Sebastian Andrae is the new artistic director of the FFKB Script Lab („Drehbuchklausur“).
Born in 1968 in Hamburg, he studied German, history and law at the University of Goettingen from 1988 – 1992 and then moved to the HFF Munich in 1992 to study directing. However, he specialized in scriptwriting early on and graduated with a diploma for a feature film script. Since 2007, Andrae is a board member of the Association of German Screenwriters (VDD) and, since 2015, he is its managing director. He was a member of several professional juries and annually hosts the German Film Award for Best Screenplay (Lola) at the Berlinale reception for screenwriters. Since 2009, he is a member of the awarding commission, the screenplay commission and of the board of directors of the Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA) and, since 2014, a representative of the creatives within the committee.
Born in 1985 in Linz, Gregor studied Digital Television at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Salzburg. He wrote his diploma thesis on “Transmedia Storytellers”. He then completed a three-year screenwriting course at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA). Since 2012 Gregor works as a freelance screenwriter and director, especially for commercials. Since 2010, he has worked in the media industry as Jr. Creative Director or Social Marketing Strategist. His short films “The Boy Next Door” (2007) and “Homophobia” (2012) did not only celebrate national success at Diagonale or Crossing Europe Film Festival, as well as at numerous international film festivals, but also achieved more than 13 million views on YouTube. Gregor has finished his debut feature film “Nevrland”, which is celebrated and awarded prizes at international festivals.
In 1973, Eberhard Junkersdorf and successful director Volker Schlöndorff founded the film production company Bioskop Film, which was involved in many award-winning works of the New German Cinema. With films like “Die Fälschung” and “Homo Faber” by Volker Schlöndorff (with Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy), “Rosa Luxemburg” by Margarethe von Trotta (with Daniel Olbrychski) and “Messer im Kopf” by Reinhard Hauff he always displayed a strong sense of substance and audience. Overall, he has participated in more than 80 films that received numerous nominations and awards.
In 1995 he founded the company Munich Animation, which produces animated films. For the film “The Fearless Four” Junkersdorf took on the role of director for the first time. The film won the Producers’ Award at the Bavarian Film Prize. He also directed the German-Belgian coproduction “Till Eulenspiegel” in 2003. The film received an Oscar nomination in the animation category in the same year. Eberhard Junkersdorf is also very involved in film politics. As President of the German Federal Film Board (FFA), Junkersdorf has been shaping Germany as a film production country in its cultural and economic development since 1999. In addition to his film-economic knowledge, he has a strong passion and love for culture, history and its individuals. Eberhard Junkersdorf is a holder of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1st class (2001), as well as the Bavarian Order of Merit (2004).
Karol Martesko-Fenster, originating from Austria, has become a respected American entrepreneur who has been able to assert himself over the last decades within American independent film. Through his expertise in feature film, broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet, he is partially responsible for advances in the media industry.
Karol is a Managing Partner of Cinelan and Thought Engine / Media Group and works closely with Abramorama, Gull Gotham and Iridium One Entertainment.
In 2011, he joined S2BN Entertainment, taking care of media interest, development, acquisition, production, licensing and distribution. In 2008, Karol Martesko-Fenster worked at Babel Networks as Senior Vice President and General Manager, including the online and mobile distribution platform babelgum.com. Prior to that, he was a strategic advisor to various film and media companies, including Arts Alliance, T5M / rightster, com, SBI Management and Tribeca Enterprise.
Karol acted as producer for both Torno Subito – Maurizio Cattelan by Maura Axelrod and Homme Less by Thomas Wirthensohn. He was also an Executive Producer on Phil Cox’s The Love Hotel (’14), The Bengali Detective (2013 Grierson Documentary Award, 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festival), Danfung Dennis’s Hell And Back Again (2013 EMMY Nomination for Best Documentary, 2013 Grierson Documentary Award, 2012 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary, 2011 Sundance Winner of World Documentary Grand Jury Award and Best Cinematography), Noel Dernesch & Moritz Springer’s Journey To Jah (2013 Zurich Film Festival Audience Award), Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (’13), Amy Benson’s The Girl Who Knew To Much, and Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo.
Karol also oversaw all production stages and the distribution on various platforms of the Big Easy Express by Emmett Malloy (2013 Grammy Winner, 2012 SXSW Audience Award) and works with Leslie Iwerks on her film Citizen Hearst (’13), Sing Your Song with Harry Belafonte and Michael Cohl (2012 NAACP Image Award Winner, 2011 Sundance US Documentary Competition). Karol was an executive producer on James Smith’s Floored (’10), Jamie King and Peter Mann’s Dark Fiber (’10), co-executive producer on Dean Budnick & Peter Shapiro’s Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub (’06), Executive Producer on Rob Nilsson’s Frank Dead Souls (’06), producer of Gordon Eriksen & Heather Johnston’s Scenes From The New World (’94), Myth Or Reality – The Von Trapp Family (’92) and he collaborated with Richard Linklater on his film Before Sunrise (’95), which opened the Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear in Berlin.
Previously, Karol was General Manager of Film at Palm Pictures and Chairman of RES Media Group, which also belongs to Chris Blackwell’s Palm company. During these five years he oversaw the strategic re-organization of the film area and was in charge of the Palm film projects Scratch and Sex and Lucia. Karol oversaw all activities and brand positioning for the RES department, including being responsible for the RESFEST digital film festival, a festival of digital art and entertainment that has now established itself in over 6 continents, 19 countries and 40 cities.
Prior to joining Palm, Karol spent three years as chairman and publisher of Rising Tide Studio, an integrated media and convergence company, contributing to the distribution and development of the Silicon Alley Reporter and the Digital Coast Reporter magazine, as well as overseeing numerous media, finance and technology conferences.
In the early 1990s he co-produced Great Performances Music at PBS and produced over 20 music TV formats and five live broadcasts, including: Gala of Stars, Mozart in Salzburg by James Levine, Celebrating Gershwin: S’Wonderful & The Jazz Age, Don Giovanni with Herbert von Karajan, Madama Butterfly with Hal Prince, Pavarotti Returns to Naples and from Vienna: The New Year’s Concert with Walter Cronkite.
Karol was Sales Director during the Independent Film Market’s breakthrough in 1989 and Managing Director of the Independent Feature Project in 1990, where he restructured the film services organization and co-initiated the Gotham Awards.
Throughout his career, Karol has always been at the forefront of “New Developments.” For example, he was able to launch “Big Easy Express“ as the first global digital release of a feature film on iTunes before its traditional exploitation. Karol also pulle off the groundbreaking episodic mobile distribution of a feature film (Sally Potter’s RAGE), as well as the distribution of 9 prequels via the Internet during the production of the award-winning documentary The Bengali Detectives. In addition, Karol was co-founder and initiator of conditionone.com, cinelan.com, indieWIRE.com, Filmmaker Magazine, RES Magazine, and the Virtual Film Festival.
Karol has collaborated on the following Webby Award nominated and award winning companies, FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big Ideas ’12, Sally Potter’s RAGE ’10, epitonic.com ’03, indieWIRE.com ’01 & ’03 and sputnik7.com ’01. Karol has appeared in numerous international publications and is a regular speaker at film and media events around the globe with a focus on transformative entrepreneurship and immersive video-centric content applications. Current and former platforms include BellaGaia, The Collaborative Film, Rising Tide Studios, WorkBookProject and Hamptons International, and the LA Independent Film Festival.
Born in Vienna, Karol lived in over 20 international cities and speaks German and English fluently. He received a B.A. from SUNY Purchase and an M.F.A. Degree from Columbia University with a focus on media law, theater management and film production. When he is not working, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Julia and his three children.
Michael von Wolkenstein
Michael von Wolkenstein was born in 1940 in Vienna, the son of Anton von Wolkenstein, MD and Martha-Sophie von Wolkenstein, MD. Since 1968 he is married to Astrid, they have two sons.
1959-1963 University of Vienna, Law
1963-1965 Assistant at Schönbrunnfilm, Vienna
1965 Founding of his own company: MW Agency for Film &TV
1966 Managing Partner at SASCHA-UFA Commercial Film Ltd.
1971 Founding of SATEL TV & Film Production Ltd. (Polygram, CABV, Wolkenstein)
1976 Expansion to Germany and founding of companies in Munich, Berlin and Cologne
1980 Founding of Satel-Doc lnt. London
1999 Polygram sells his shares to BAVARIA FILM München
1971 – 2006 President, CEO and Associate of the SATEL group
2006/7 Sale of the Sattel shares to BAVARIA FILM Munich
Michael von Wolkenstein has produced numerous movies for cinema and TV, series and documentaries, such as “38”, “Das weite Land”, “Schüler Gerber“, “Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald“, “Krambambuli“, “Alle für die Mafia“, “Andreas Hofer”, “Brennendes Geheimnis”, “Die Heilerin”, “Marie Bonaparte“, “Opernball”, “Radetzkymarsch”, “Vino Santo”, “Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg”, “Der Mixer”, “Der Sonne entgegen”, “Die Peifkesaga”, “Kottan ermittelt”, “Schoßhotel Orth“, “Soko Donau”, “Dinosaurier“, “Johann Strauß“, “John Houston“, “Krönungsmesse”, “Madagaskar”, “Schauplätze der Weltliteratur“, and many more.
1990 – 2005 Chairman of the Professional Association / President of the Austrian Film & Audiovisual Industry. Since 2005 Honorary President.
1990 – now Expert Lay Judge at the Commercial Court Vienna
1990 – now court-certified expert for film and television
Since 1991 board member and treasurer of the FIAPF (Federation International des Associations de Producteurs de Films)
2006-2010 President of the Association of German Film Producers
Since 2006 member of the committee of the SPIO (leading organization of the German film industry)
2006-2012 Deputy Advisory Board Chairman of VGF Germany (Exploitation Company for Producers’ Rights)
2010- 2012 Board member of the Alliance of German Producers Film & Television
Since 2013 President of the Foundation of the Friends of Film Festival Kitzbuehel
Co-founder and Honorary President of the Austrian Film Commission
Co-founder and board member of the VAM (Association for Audiovisual Media Ltd.)
Various awards, among others Bearer of the Golden Medal of Honor of the Republic of Austria.
Dr. Gottfried Langenstein
Born March 15, 1954 in Munich
Studied philosophy, psychology and politics
Graduate scholarship of the Bavarian state and doctorate
1979 – 1982 Theater Festival Munich, responsible for French productions, such as Mephisto and Richard III by Ariane Mnouchkine
1986 – 1987 Coordinator of the science exhibition on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Berlin
1989 – 1995 Head of General Foreign Relations ZDF
1995 – 1998 Online representative of ZDF
1995 – 2000 Head of Department International Affairs ZDF
1996 – 2000 Member of the Supervisory Board of TransTel Ltd.
1994 – 2000 Head of the Festival Commission of ZDF
1998 – 2000 Vice-President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) TV Committee
2000 – 2017 Director European Satellite Programs of ZDF
2000 – 2017 Chairman of the Board 3sat
2002 – 2017 Board of Trustees “Museumsinsel” and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK)
2002 – 2016 Management ARTE as Vice President and President
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Allianz Cultural Foundation
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Technical University of Munich
Member of the Wüstenrot Foundation
Member of the Board of Trustees Mecklenburger Festspiele
Member of the Max Planck Society
Member of the Advisory Board Film Festival Kitzbühel
Knight of the Legion of Honor
Bavarian Order of Merit
Medal for outstanding contributions to Bavaria in a united Europe
Honorary Pin of the Max Planck Society
Univ. Prof. Danny Krausz
Founded DOR FILM in 1988 together with Milan Dor. Since then other subsidiaries were created, such as DOR FILM WEST, DOR FILM KÖLN and the ZAP – Center for Audiovisual Postproduction in Vienna.
The company produces films for cinema and TV as well as documentaries and series.
Recent successes include the co-productions “3 Days in Quiberon” by Emily Atef (Berlinale Competition in 2018) and “The Flowers of Yesterday” by Chris Kraus (including Main Award and Audience Award at Tokyo Film Festival, 8 Lola Nominations in 2017);
Since 2011 Krausz is holding the chair in production at the Institute for Film and Television at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is Chairman of the Association of Film and Music Industry in the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Exploitation Association for Audiovisual Media, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Austrian Film Institute and co-founder of the Academy of Austrian Film. He is also President of the European Producers Training Program EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and a member of the German and European Film Academy.
Dünker started his career with an education as a photographer and moved to Los Angeles in 1990. Initially working as a still photographer and camera assistant, he gained over two years of experience as a production manager for independent productions. Back in Munich he started studying at the University of Television and Film (specializing in Production and Media Management).
Alongside his studies, he worked as a freelance production manager for music videos and commercials. After graduating from the HFF in October 96, he founded the “Young Guns” division of Roman Kuhn and Partners Advertising Film Productions Ltd.
In July ’97 he moved to Helkon Media plc, working as a producer and production manager. There, he was the production manager for productions like “The Eyesore” or “Nothing but the Truth”. He realized the feature films “Kismet” and “The Dead Diver in the Forest” as a freelance producer for Helkon Media plc. In September 2000 he moved to Berlin, where he built up and directed the script development office Berlin for TV60 Film Productions until March 2003.
In April 2003, Nils Dünker started up his own business as a freelance producer and founded Lailaps Pictures GbR in July 2006. In addition, he entered into a first-look agreement with Monaco Film Ltd in Hamburg, for which he produced the two Marcus H. Rosenmüller films “Best Time” and “Best Area”. Dünker is co-developer of the series bible of one of ZDF’s most successful primetime series – “The Criminalist”. He also developed and produced the event film “Westflug – Entführung aus Liebe” on behalf of RTL.
In June of 2010, Lailaps Pictures GbR was converted into a corporation together with a silent partner from Switzerland. With this new corporate structure, Nils Dünker co-produced the new film by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis, “Third Person”, starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Adrian Brody. The following year, shooting began in New York for Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy “Broadway Therapy,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.
In the summer of 2014, Dünker produced the multi-award-winning satirical comedy “Beware of People” together with the makers of “Stromberg” in Berlin and on Mallorca for WDR. The production received the Comedy Award for Best Television Film and was nominated for the Golden Camera.
With Wim Wenders as an executive producer, Lailaps worked for the first time as a producer of documentary films on the award-winning artist portrait “Our Last Tango”.
In 2015, “The Dark Side of the Moon” was filmed and shooting of “An Unheard Woman” began. Hans Steinbichler directed the TV movie for ZDF / arte funded by FFF Bayern. Wild Bunch released the film in German cinemas and received, among others, the One Future Award and the German Television Award 2018.
Together with first-time director Adrian Goiginger Nils Dünker also developed the screenplay for “The Best of all Worlds”. This German-Austrian co-production topped the art house charts for a long time. Almost 90,000 tickets were sold in Austria alone. The film won the Compass Perspective Prize in the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino, followed by 25 other national and international film awards, including five Austrian Film Awards (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, etc.).
On December 15, 2017, the true events-based film “Ein Kind wird gesucht“” was broadcasted. Directed by Urs Egger and shot on original locations in North Rhine-Westphalia in April 2017, this ZDF / arte-funded production achieved the second-best ratings since the start of the broadcasting business of arte in 1992.
Prof. Dr. jur. Klaus Schaefer
Born in 1952 in Frankfurt am Main. Studied law from 1973 to 1977 at the Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. In 1977 First State Exam and in 1980 Second State Exam in Munich. In 1981 Ph.D. at the LMU on a copyright topic. From 1981 to 1987 legal consultant at the Bavarian Ministry of Culture and at the Bavarian State Representation in Bonn, from 1987 to 1989 “Spiegelreferent” for the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art in the Bavarian State Chancellery, from 1989 to 1995 division chief for Media Law and Media Policy at the Bavarian State Chancellery. From 1995 to 2000 Founding Commissioner and then Deputy Managing Director and Authorized Signatory of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern Ltd (FFF Bayern). From January 1, 2001 until January 31, 2018 Managing Director of FFF Bayern. Since 1995 lecturer at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), in 2007 appointed as an honorary professor at HFF, and since February 2, 2018 lawyer in Munich/Pullach.
Producer, founder and managing partner of Film-Line Productions Ltd Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Eclypse Filmpartner Vienna. Has been successfully producing German and international cinema and television films for many years. He is an expert in international co-productions and film financing. Arno Ortmair founded Film-Line in 1987 in Germany and Austria as a service production company for American and English movies (“James Bond”, “Shining Through”, “I Spy”) and used the experience to develop and produce his own projects later on.
In addition to cinema productions such as “Klimt” (Raoul Ruiz, John Malkovich), “The Poet” (Dougray Scot, Laura Harring), or “Tabu – The Soul is a Stranger on Earth” (Christoph Stark, Lars Eidinger), great and award-winning TV events such as “Silent Night” (Franz Xaver Bogner), “Schwabenkinder” (Jo Baier) or “Margarete Steiff” (Xaver Schwarzenberger) are worth mentioning.
In addition to his work as a producer, Arno Ortmair in his function as Chairman of the Board of the Association of German Film Producers has drastically enlarged and rejuvenated said association within 6 years and made it the authoritative representative of independent producers. He represented the interests of the association in the following honorary offices and committees:
- Chairman of the Association of German Film Producers
- Board member of the FFFA
- Awarding Committee of the FFA
- Kiss Innovation Committee of the FFA
- Working Group German Film Heritage FFA
- Committee leading organization of the film industry (SPIO)
- International Producers Association FIAPF
- German Films
- VGF Board of Trustees
- CSU Film Commission
- Austrian Producers Association Film-Austria
- European Producers Club
In May 2017 Arno Ortmair handed over the chairmanship of the association to a young board committee and is now focusing on the expansion of his companies in cooperation with international financing and production partners and media companies.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are infinitely grateful and proud of the extraordinary interest, the numerous submissions and the many helping hands that contributed to the realization of this project. We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters – especially the Austrian Film Institute, the city of Kitzbuehel, VAM, FAMA, the province of Tyrol and Cine Tirol, as well as Kitzbuehel Tourism – without which this festival would have had to remain a dream for even longer. A big thank you also to the prestigious jurors of the past six years, the owners of the venues and all the others, whom we unfortunately cannot all mention by name. We are pleased to have created another highlight in the event calendar of our city.
Special thanks to Mr. Michael von Wolkenstein, Eberhard Junkersdorf and Karol Martesko-Fenster, who act in an advisory capacity with their extraordinary knowledge and many years of experience.
Thus we look forward to successful preparations and a varied and exciting film program in the summer of 2019.