Babylon 2012

Lana Berndl: Biography


Project Title: BEI DEM BRUNNEN (At the Well)

Lana Berndl is an Austrian filmmaker, author and translator.

Lana Berndl, born 1972 in L'viv, Ukraine, graduated in 1996 in the Germanic language studies in L'viv. In 2004 she made degree in Translation Studies at the University of Vienna, with the combination: Russian / German / Italian.

In the years 2001-2002 she was a free student at the Vienna Film Academy. In 2004 she participated in the INST-cultural research expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro and in the Arctic.

From 2008 to 2009 she made Kunstberufe professional training for television documentary productions at University of Vienna / VHS / Werkstätte and became a certified TV documentarist. She finished this study with film "Migrants lives in Vienna." From October 2009 she started TV & Film Production, Post-graduate study at the Danube University Krems, Austria. In 2012 she would like to conclude this study with the master thesis.

She have also published several books, is co-author of novel "Unforgettable cinema, unforgettable stars" that was published in St. Petersburg, author of "Fashion in Russia," published in Germany, co-author of "Massoud Rahnama - actor, play writer, director". Currently she is in postproduction on her documentary project “Pain of memory” with the subject from the Second World War. It will be broadcasted 2013.

She attended different workshops and courses: 2012: ESoDoc, 2011: Erich Pommer Institute: Erich Pommer Institut: The Art of Negotiating Agreements for Film and Television, 2008 EX ORIENTE etc. Her current creative documentary project is selected for SOURCES2. Currently she is also involved in a project at the Film Archive Austria. Lana Berndl is also subtitling and translating Russian movies and writing her first screenplay for a feature film and take part with that screenplay at the “Different Stories III”, the project of Witcraft Szenario Austria.



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