free lance author, director, producer
Susanne Brandstätter was born and grew up in Los Angeles. Studied art and French literature in Los Angeles and Paris, where she lived for six years. Moved to the south of Austria in ‘75.
She started working as a steady free-lancer for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) in 1983, produced and narrated a live weekly radio programme for seven years, made numerous TV shorts and then began making in-house TV documentaries in 1987 on a regular basis.
At the same time, she wrote and published short stories and poetry, organized festivals for ORF, created and coordinated exhibitions. From '96 on, she decided to devote herself solely to documentaries. 2002 she became an independent filmmaker and producer. 2002/3 she attended the Eurodoc Production program and in 2005 the Documentary Campus Masterschool. Her first production as a free-lance filmmaker, “CHECKMATE”, a documentary about the Romanian revolution, earned her a ROMY in 2005. For her documentary feature film RULE OF LAW, Susanne Brandstätter was awarded the VIENNA FILM PRIZE 2007, for the best Austrian film of the year.
Susanne Brandstätter is a board member of the Austrian Filmmaker's Association and a member of dok.at, the Austrian Association of Documentary Film, as well as a member of the Austrian Director's Association (Verband Filmregie Österrreich) and since 2013 one of the curators of the film program "kontroversiell!". From 2007 to 2014 she was a board member of dok.at (president 2011-2012); 2012 mentor in the bm:ukk program "Mentoring for Female Artists"; 2015 board member of Austrian Director's Association; 2015 mentor for FC Gloria. Since October 2012 she is on the advisory council of the Volkstheater Privatstiftung. As of 2014 she teaches at the University of Performing Arts and Music Vienna ("Filmakademie"). Susanne Brandstätter lives and works in Vienna, Austria.