A B O U T  M E

With 12 years, the camera caught my interest for the sensation of perceiving my surroundings.


It was then, later on, the documentary Darwin’s Nightmare by Hubert Sauper which deepened my passion for making films. 


My interest in personal and political transformations led me to gain a Bachelor in Psychology and International Relations, before graduating from Doc Nomads, a travelling film school in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. 


Throughout my career I was working as production manager and assistant director in documentary, fiction and advertising, and I was lucky that the projects took me to inspiring places in Africa, Australia, the US and Europe. My work is influenced by fragile environments and the people behind these. 


I am touched by fragility, fractures and invisible scars. I'm searching for traces, using the camera to collect and explore inner and outer transformations.


My first film VILLA EMPAIN is now exploring the world in international festivals, starting with FID Marseille. 


My current new, personal project brings me back to my roots in the Austrian countryside. 


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© 2019 Katharina Kastner  

Vienna - Austria