MICHAEL PODOGIL was born in 1985 in Vienna. While he was studying at the Technical University of Vienna, he accomplished small film projects and attended Rockport International Film School in Rockport, Maine (USA). In 2009 he was accepted into Vienna Film Academy where Michael earned his second bachelor’s degree in the class of Michael Haneke.

His short films won prizes at festivals around the world. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Carl Mayer-Förderpreis — one of Austria’s most important script writing awards — at the Diagonale Graz. Michael’s short film »FUCKING DRAMA« received a nomination for Best Live Action at the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards in Los Angeles. 2018 he won

the prestigious 13th Street Shocking Shorts at the film festival Munich.

During his time at the Film Academy he worked with Austria’s National Theatre, the Burgtheater and started teaching Film and Photography at a local secondary school. He also got hired to direct several ads, where he was able to refine his skills in a commercial setting.

After co-writing and directing his first mini TV-series »Prost Mortem«, which got nominated at the Jupiter Awards 2020 for Best National TV-show in Germany, he directed Season 3 of »Meiberger«, starring Fritz Karl and Cornelius Obonya.

FESTIVALS

(selection)

Prost Mortem

21. Internationale Eyes & Ears Awards - Bester Programm-Vorspann: Fiction

Jupiter Award 2020 - Nominierung in der Kategorie: Beste TV-Serie (National)

FUCKING DRAMA

Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films (Graz, Austria), March/April 2017

BAFTA Student Film Awards (Los Angeles), May 2017 - FINALIST FOR BEST LIVE ACTION

International Film Schools Festival (Uruguay), August 2017 - WINNER BEST FICTION

51. Internationalen Hofer Filmtage (Germany), October 2017

International FRONTALE Filmfestival (Austria), November 2017

30. Foyle Film Festival (Ireland), November 2017

4. Short Movie Club Film Festival (Belarus), February 2018

12th River Film Festival (Italy), May 2018 - WINNER GOLDEN RIVER / WINNER AUDIENCE CHOICE

SHORT TO THE POINT 2018 annual Awards - WINNER BEST FILM

19. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (Germany), March 2018 - OPENING NIGHT

Austrian American Short Film Festival (NY, USA), March 2018 - WINNER NARRATIVE AUSTRIA AWARD

Aaretaler Kurzfilmtage (Switzerland), November 2018WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD 2nd PLACE

Bermuda International Film Festival (USA), March 2018

Festival du Cinéma Européen (Lille, France), April 2018

Discover Film Festival (London), April 2018 - WINNER BEST STUDENT FILM / WINNER BEST ACTOR

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Tokyo), June 2018

46th Huesca International Film Festival (Spain), June 2018 - INT. DANZANTE AWARD ‘FIRST WORK’

21. Dances With Films (TCL Chinese TheatreLos Angeles), June 2018

Asolo Art Film Festival (Italy), June 2018

13th Street SHOCKING SHORTS (Germany), July 2018 - WINNER

Odense International Film Festival (Denmark), August 2018

33. ALPINALE Kurzfilmfestival (Austria), August 2018

15th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival (Bulgaria), June 2018

Transilvania Shorts​ (Romania), June 2018

BSL Kurzfilmfestival (Austria), June 2018 - WINNER BEST PICTURE / WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD

Revelation Film Festival (Western Australia), July 2018

Maykop International Film Festival (Russia), July 2018 - WINNER BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

17° Concorto Film Festival (Italy), August 2018

12. Fünf Seen Filmfestival (Germany), September 2018

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), November 2018

Austrian Independent Filmfestival (Austria), October 2018 - BEST SHORT / GENRE AWARD THRILLER

El Festival Internacional PIRIÁPOLIS DE PELÍCULA de Uruguay, August 2018

The Makers International Short Film Festival (India), September 2018 - WINNER BEST STORY

Court en Scène (France), November 2018

New Delhi Film Festival (India), September 2018

7th Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival (UK), October 2018

August 2018 edition of the Moscow Shorts Awards - BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY

Amsterdam Lift-Off 2018 (Netherlands), October 2018 - SPECIAL MENTION

69th Montecatini International Short Film Festival (Italy), October 2018

Craghoppers Film Prize (UK), October 2018 - 2ND PRIZE

69th Montecatini International Short Film Festival (Italy), October 2018

Student International Film Festival (Croatia), October 2018

39TH European Short Film Festival of Villeurbanne (France), November 2018

Salto Independent Film Festival (Uruguay), October 2018

19. Festival de estrenos de cortometrajes (Spain), December 2018 - AUDIENCE AWARD

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival (Australia), November 2018 - BEST SHORT LIVE ACTION NARRATIVE

6th Short Film Breaks (Romania), January 2019 - Golden Elephant BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

9th Tournai Ramdam Festival (Belgium), January 2019 - MOST DISTURBING SHORT

jellyFEST Film Festival (Los Angeles), January 2019 - BEST ACTOR

Lift-Off Global Network (London), January 2019 - Season Award 2018 for BEST ACTOR

Indie-Lincs (UK), February 2019 - BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

Arc Filmfestival Mainz  (Germany), April 2019

DTFF (Germany), June 2019

11th Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland), May 2019 - BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Annual Awards Moscow Shorts (Russia), August 2019 - BEST FILM, BEST SCREENPLAY

Der arme Peter / POOR PETER

22nd Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival (Bristol, UK), September 2016

Gudrun von Laxenburg: Revolution

VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria), May 2015

Encounters Shortfilm and Animation Festival (UK), September 2015

Cannes Short Film Festival (France), September 2015 - WINNER BEST SCI-FI

Busan International Short Film Festival (Korea), April 2016

WIE SIMON SEINEN VATER VERLOR / HOW SIMON LOST HIS FATHER

12th Alicante Filmfestival (Spain), May/June 2015
Ariano International Film Festival (Italy), July/August 2015

20. Portobello Film Festival (London), September 2015

FILMZ-Festival – Festival des deutschen Kinos (Germany), November 2015

14th Int. Student and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy (China), Oktober 2015

 

FRÜHLING / SPRING

Videonale – Video- und Filmwettbewerb, Berlin (Germany), February 2015
Festival Tagliacorti, Triest (Italy), March 2015
Cellu l’art – Internationales Kurzfilmfestival, Jena (Germany), April 2015
43. Festival der Nationen, Lenzing (Austria), June 2015
DC Shorts – Filmfestival Competition, Washington D.C. (USA), September 2015  
12th FMK International Short Film Festival (Italy), July 2015
Shortynale Kurzfilmfestival, Klosterneuburg (Austria), August 2015

15th Festival Internacional de Escuelas de Cine (Uruguay), August 2015

20. Portobello Film Festival (London), September 2015

Das filmzeitkaufbeuren (Germany), October 2015

16. Calgary International Film Festival (Canada), September 2015

The 5th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (Cyprus), October 2015

14. Magma International Short Film Festival Acireale (Italy), November 2015

24th St. Louis International Film Festival (USA), November 2015

29. Braunschweig International Film Festival (Germany), November 2015

2. inklusive Kurzfilmfestival KLAPPE AUF! (Germany), December 2015

10. Taos Shortz Film Festivals (New Mexico, USA), April 2016

Alfred

8th CMS International Children’s Film Festival (Lucknow, India), April 2016

Shortynale Kurzfilmfestival Klosterneuburg (Österreich), August 2017


 

FILMOGRAPHY

(selection)

2020

"Meiberger - Season 3"

(TV - series, 4x 46 min)

2019

"Prost Mortem"

(TV - series, 4x 21 min)

2018

"Almdudler Würstelstand"

(3x viral spot; 50 sec))

2018

"DREI - WAS DAS ?"

(6x viral spot; 50 sec)

2018

"Dacia Duster Neujahrsknall"

(live FB-show; 90 min; over 80.000 comments)

2017

"RENAULT - B2B Flottenkampagne"

(3x viral spot; 20 sec)

2017

"Stiegl - the shortfilm"

(viral spot; 5 min)

2017

"DANCEMACHINE"

(musicvideo with Nadine Beiler; co-director Sebastian Mayr)

2017

"McCafé - Blogger"

(viral spots; 4x 20 sec)

2017

"FUCKING DRAMA"

(short film; 17 min)

 

2016

"Almdudler streaker"

(interactive viral spot; 90 s)

 

2016

"DESPERADOS JodelBattle"

(viral spot; 90 s)

2015

"der Arme Peter / poor Peter"

(artfilm / musicvideo; 2 min; in cooperation with ORF)

2015

"Alfred"

(mockumentary; 8 min)

2015

"Abhörraum / listening room"

(exhibition video: 200 years vienna congress; 4 min)

 

2015

"Zipfer Helle Pause"

(viral spot; 90 sec)

2014

"T-Mobile: Wechselhaft"

(TV-spot; 35 mm; 10 sec)

 

2014

"Gudrun von Laxenburg: Revolution"

(musicvideo / short film; 8 min; co-director Sebastian Mayr)

 

2014

"Frühling / Spring"

(short film; 3 min)

 

2014

"Von Roma und Gadsche / About Roma and Gadsche"

(documentary; 43 min)

 

2014

"Wie Simon seinen Vater verlor / How Simon Lost His Father"

(short film; 22 min)

 

2013

"ELGA"

(TV-spot; 45 sec)

 

2013

"Max Steiner Orchestra"

(viral spot; 3 sec)

 

2012

"Cultus: Karfreitag, Maria Himmelfahrt"

(2x documentary; 12 min; ORF)

 

2012

"Stuhleck Ski Resort: Dog-spot"

(viral spot ; 60s)

 

2011

"Save Way 2 School"

(spot for road traffic safety; 5 min)

 

2011

"Die größte Sängerbörse der Welt"

(documentary; 30 min; ORF)

 

2011

"Jugend ohne Bank"

(brand film Sparkasse; 20 min)

 

2011

"The Horror the Horror: Wilderness"

(music video)

 

2011

"Es gibt kein Schwarz Weiss / there is no black or white"

(short film; 16 mm; 6 min)