Christoph is a bearded, two-meter Austrian, who grew up as the youngest boy of eight siblings and the one selected by his father to become a priest (to no avail). Christoph graduated from the Filmacademy in Vienna, where he was taught and tortured by Michael Haneke. With a Fulbright Scholarship, he was able to flee the country and complete his MFA at Columbia University.

His short films have been invited to over 400 film festivals and have won dozens of awards. At Columbia he sprayed a cardboard box silver and used two old camera lenses as eyes to shoot a robot short film. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where it won the TIFF Emerging Filmmaker Award. He’s now adapting the robot into a feature film and will present the project at the 75th Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Frontières co-production market.

Since 2009 Christoph runs the Shortynale Film Festival and divides his time between the United States and Austria.


Filmschool Vienna

2006 Filmcollege Vienna

2006-10 BFA at Filmacademy Vienna  

2010-15 MFA with honors at Columbia University

2016 Rogue Film School with Werner Herzog


Berlinale Talent Campus, Feb. 2007

Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab, Sept. 2011

Reykjavik Talent Campus, October 2011

Telluride Film Festival Symposium, August 2012

Toronto Film Festival Talent Lab, Sept. 2012

Zurich Film Festival Master Class, Oct. 2013

DFFB Berlin Directing Seminar, March 2013

EKRAN+ Script Lab, March-June 2015

IFP Film Week, New York, September 2016

Berlinale Jets Talent Slate, Februar 2018

Torino Script Lab, March-December 2021

Cannes Frontières, May 2022

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Max Ophüls Preis – Best Film
37th Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany 2016

TIFF Emerging Filmmaker Award
38th Toronto Film Festival, Canada 2013

Austrian Film Award – Nomination
Austrian Film Academy, Austria 2017

Special Jury Award
50th Houston WorldFest, Texas 2017

Best Film
21st New Jersey Film Festival, USA 2016

Best Film
28th Columbia Film Festival, USA 2015

Austrian Film Award – Nomination
Austrian Film Academy, Austria 2015

Marion Carter Green Award
National Board of Review, USA 2015

Best Director
Revolution Me Film Festival, USA 2016

Hollywood Foreign Press Award
Hollywood Foreign Press, L.A., USA 2012

Best Experimental Film
16th Tel Aviv Student Film Festival, Israel 2014

Huayi Bros New Media Award
15th ISFVF Beijing, China 2016

Best Film
16th Karlsruhe Independent Days, GER 2017

Best Fiction Film
15th Belgrade Student Film Festival, 2017

FIPA d’Or – Grand Prize
20th FIPA Festival Biarritz, FRA 2007