Participant profile: Ulrike Schweiger

It’s over to Austria now to discover more about screenwriter and director Ulrike Schweiger.

Ulrike Schweiger

Ulrike Schweiger

Born and raised in Austria, Ulrike Schweiger is a writer and director who currently works in Berlin and Vienna. She lived in Long Beach, California in 1983, studied art in Brussels from 1987 to 1988 and attended Stanford University in 1989.

In 1990, she started the directing and production programme at the Filmakademie Wien, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna, where she graduated with honours in 1995.

Since then she has been writing and directing short films and documenatries. Many of her shorts have won numerous awards, such as ‘Mißbrauch wird bestraft‘ (‘Abuse will be fined’, 1998). It won Best Film at the Festival International du Film d’Amiens, the Berlin International Short Film Festival, and Festvial of Nations, Ebensee, Austria, as well winning the Grand Jury Prize “Gold Danzante” for best film in competition, at the Huesca International Film Festival, Spain.

Her feature film début Twinni (2003) was invited to the International Feature Competition at the AFI Fest, Los Angeles International Film Festival, and was in competition at many other international film festivals. It went on to win the Grand Jury Prize, the “Vague d’Or” for best film in competition, Festival International du Cinéma au Féminin, Bordeaux, 2003, and Best First Feature Script at Thomas Pluch Drehbuch Preis, Austria, 2004.

She was awarded the Kultur- und Wissenschaftspreis des Landes Niederösterreich 2007 for cultural achievements by the government of Lower Austria for her films Twinni and Die Ohren wachsen, Friedensgemeinde Erlauf (2005).

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