ÖSTERREICHISCHER FILMPREIS 2021 – THE WINNERS

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Among the most awarded films during this year’s Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 was The Trouble with being born, directed by Sandra Wollner in 2020, which won prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Makeup and Best Sound. Equally satisfying came for director Evi Romen: her film Why not you won Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Actor in a Leading Role (young and talented Thomas Prenn).

Emotions, passion, many, many films

Once again this year, therefore, everything went as usual. Despite the need to postpone the award ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 were awarded. Everything took place on the evening of Thursday, July 8 at the Globe Wien and according to the current security measures. And so the brothers directors Arash and Arman T. Riahi – together with the actress Michaela Schausberger, chosen from the audience at the last minute – presented – and staged – this unique award ceremony, during which controversial and topical issues such as ‘political correctness’ and the role of women in the world of work were often dealt with courageously and even ironically.

An evening undoubtedly full of surprises and emotions. Among the films receiving the most awards during this year’s Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 was undoubtedly The Trouble with being born, directed by Sandra Wollner in 2020, which won the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Makeup and Best Sound. Equally satisfying came for director Evi Romen: her film Why not you, which had already received nine nominations, won Best Costume Design, Best Score and Best Actor in a Leading Role (young and talented Thomas Prenn).

The awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Omid Memar) presented to Patrick Vollrath’s 7500 were particularly well deserved, as was the success of Sabine Derflinger’s documentary Johanna Dohnal – Visionary of Feminism , which was awarded the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 for Best Documentary and Best Editing.

There was no lack of particularly moving moments during this award ceremony, including the speech by the president of the Akademie des Österreichischen Films Ursula Strauss (who was unable to attend the event) and the commemoration of those who left us last year. Among them, sadly, was also young Oskar Salomonowitz, son of filmmakers Virgil Widrich and Anja Salomonowitz. For the occasion, an animated short film, drawn by him and subsequently edited by his father Virgil, was screened.

And so, with many emotions and a few surprises, this edition of the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 has come to an end. Once again this year, Austrian cinema has given us many precious gems, each with its own marked personality, each made with a strong, strong passion.

Below are all the winners of these Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021. Congratulations to all and see you next year!

BEST FILM

The Trouble with being born by Sandra Wollner

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Johanna Dohnal – Visionary of Feminism by Sabine Derflinger

BEST SHORT FILM

The Washing Machine by Dominik Hartl

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Christine Ostermayer for Oskar&Lilli

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Thomas Prenn for Why not you

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Edita Malovcic for Quo vadis, Aida?

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Omid Memar for 7500

BEST DIRECTOR

Sandra Wollner for The Trouble with being born

BEST SCREENPLAY

Patrick Vollrath, Senad Halilbasic for 7500

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Christine A. Maier for Quo vadis, Aida?

BEST EDITING

Niki Mossböck forJohanna DohnalVisionary of Feminism

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Cinzia Cioffi for Why not you

BEST MAKEUP

Gaby Grünwald for The Trouble with being born

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Hannes Salat for Quo vadis, Aida?

BEST SCORE

Florian Horwath for Why not you

BEST SOUND

Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Peter Kutin, Simon Peter for The Trouble with being born

AUDIENCE AWARD

But BeautifulbyErwin Wagenhofer

Info: the page of the Österreichischer Filmpreis 2021 on the website of the Österreichische Filmakademie