STEPHANIE FALKEIS is a multilingual writer and director from the Austrian Alps, currently based between New York City, Paris and Vienna. She holds an M.F.A. in Film Practice from Columbia University (Directing and Screenwriting), where she was a FULBRIGHT Fellow 2017-2020 and taught film history. Through her writing and films, Stephanie questions notions of otherness and belonging, the blurring of personal and the political identities, and our fraught relationship to the natural world.
Recently, Stephanie has been honoured as a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer Talent, a 2021 SLOAN Science&Film Fellow and a 2022 CANNESFILM Residency Talent. Stephanie’s historical miniseries *THE INVISIBLE SISTER* received Austria’s inaugural «Heldinnen in Serie» script commissioning award & script development funding from FISA, and she is currently developing her debut feature as writer-director *REQUIEM FOR A GLACIER* through a first look deal with STUDIOCANAL / CANAL+ in France.
Stephanie's work has been supported by the SLOAN Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the British Academy of Film and Television BAFTA, New York Women in Film and Television NYWIFT, the Austrian Ministry and the City of Vienna Film Funds, the Screenplay Forum Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York ACFNY and Museum of the Moving Image MOMI. Her films have screened internationally in cinemas, art galleries and film festivals. Stephanie writes short fiction and essays in English and German, published by Interval/Unstapled Press, Schau Kunstmagazin, DerStandard and Edition Angewandte.
As an educator, Stephanie taught a colloquium in film history for undergraduate students at Columbia University, where she was Prof. Annette Insdorf’s teaching assistant. She taught a filmmaking workshop for graduate 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.
As a producer, Stephanie worked on several award-winning films until 2020. Before focusing on filmmaking, she worked in Austrian theatre and for the Vienna State Opera. She is the founder and curator of the Austrian American Short Film Festival AASFF@ACFNY (since 2015) and co-founder and co-director of the Austrian production label SISTERLY PICTURES (since 2021). She holds a postgraduate diploma (Magistra of Arts) in Transmedia Art from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Studio Brigitte Kowanz).
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