Stephanie Falkeis is an Austrian writer and director whose work often deals with questions of otherness and belonging, memory, and our relationship to the natural world. She divides her time between New York City and a small village in the Tyrolean Alps. She is currently a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University, completing an MFA in Directing/Screenwriting.
Stephanie is a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer Talent and alum of the Telluride Film Festival Symposium, Innsbruck Talent Campus, and the Columbia-La Fémis Co-Production Atelier. Her historical miniseries 'The Invisible Sister' received the inaugural 'Heroines in Series' Screenplay Award and a commissioning grant from FISA Austria. She is currently developing her debut feature through a residency with Canal+/Studiocanal in France.
Stephanie's work has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the British Academy of Film and Television, New York Women in Film and Television, the Austrian Ministry and the City of Vienna Film Funds, the Screenplay Forum Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Museum of the Moving Image and her films have screened internationally in cinemas, art galleries and film festivals. Stephanie writes poetry and creative non-fiction in English and German, published by Interval/Unstapled Press, Schau Kunstmagazin, DerStandard and Edition Angewandte.
As a producer, Stephanie worked on several award winning short films. She co-founded the bilateral AASFF Austrian American Short Film Festival, which she curated from 2015-2018, as well as the non-profit production label Sisterly Pictures, which supports female filmmakers internationally, in 2021. Before focusing on film, she worked in Austrian theater and for the Vienna State Opera. Stephanie holds a graduate degree in Transmedia Art from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
As an educator, Stephanie taught a colloquium in film history for undergraduate students at Columbia University, where she was Annette Insdorf’s teaching assistant. She taught a filmmaking workshop for undergraduate architecture and design students from University of Applied Arts Vienna, University of Lichtenstein and Bergen School of Architecture for Erasmus+, as well as theatre workshops for middle school and high school students for the Vienna Youth Theater.