Rainer Frimmel (born July 11, 1971, in Vienna) is an Austrian director and photographer. After studying psychology in Vienna he graduated as a photographer. He has received scholarships in New York, Paris and Rome for his photographic work.
Since 1996 he works together with Tizza Covi on films, theatre, photography. In 2002 they founded their own film production company Vento Film to produce their films independently. They have won several awards for their documentaries, including the Wolfgang-Staudte-Award at the Berlinale for Babooska.
La Pivellina is their first fiction feature film and has been screened worldwide in more than 130 International Film Festivals. The film has received numerous international awards including the Europa Cinemas Label in Cannes and was selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards, but didn't make the final shortlist. Their second feature film „The shine of day“ premiered in the international competition in Locarno 2012 and won the Silver Leopard for Best Actor. The film was also awarded as Best Austrian Movie of the year at the Diagonale, and won the Max Ophüls Award in Saarbrücken 2013.
- 2012 Der Glanz des Tages (The shine of day)
- 2009 La Pivellina
- 2005 Babooska
- 2001 Das ist alles (That’s all)
- 2000 Aufzeichnungen aus dem Tiefparterre (Notes from the basement)
- "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar® Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19.