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 Discovery Campus Masterschool. Her first production as a free-lance filmmaker, “CHECKMATE”, a documentary about the Romanian revolution, earned her a ROMY, which was awarded her 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. Since 2011, Susanne Brandstätter isboard member of dok.at, the Association of Austrian Documentary Film, as well as board member of the Austrian Filmmaker's Association. As of October 2012 she is also on the advisory council of the Volkstheater Privatstiftung. Susanne Brandstätter lives and works in Vienna, Austria.