Klaus T. Steindl

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Klaus Thomas Steindl (born 20 June 1966 in Graz, Austria) is an author,[1][2] scriptwriter & director,[3] film producer[4][5] and owner of the company KREATIVkraft e.U.[6] His primary focus is on nature and investigative documentaries that deal with internationally relevant issues, particularly in the field of Outstanding Biographies. Most of his award-winning documentaries have been produced for the international prime-time market.


Steindl studied directing and stage design at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.[7] In 1987 his professor Wolfram Skalicki[8] encouraged him to take on the role of assistant director to Lotfi Mansouri at Opéra de Nice (“Hérodiade”).[9] He then worked as a freelance director for experimental theater performances before entering the field of film in 1991. After directing several award-winning commercials Steindl decided to focus on producing documentary films.[10]

In 2017 the European art and culture broadcaster ARTE opened its one-week anniversary program "25 Years of ARTE" with the German/French premiere of Steindl's feature-film-length docu-drama "Venice and the Ghetto".[11][12]


In the course of his career Steindl has produced over 30 primetime documentaries. More than half of them were devised as international productions in several languages, produced with European and U.S. partners and broadcast around the globe. As well as producing high-quality wildlife and nature documentaries - like the successful Wild Venice, shown from Russia to the US,[13][14] Steindl focuses on investigative films that deal with internationally relevant historical themes. His research has frequently led to new scientific discoveries, most recently in The Nero Files - Uncovering an Ancient Conspiracy and Lost City of Gladiators - Carnuntum. For his film Vampire Princess he discovered the historical inspiration for Bram Stoker's legendary Dracula character:

"Picture a spectacular vampire attack at the tomb of an Austrian princess. A scene from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series? No. It's the deleted opening to Bram Stoker's "Dracula," a horror classic that many experts believe was actually based on a woman. Archaeologists, historians, and forensic scientists revisit the days of vampire hysteria in the eighteenth-century Czech Republic and re-open the unholy grave of dark princess Eleonore von Schwarzenberg. They uncover her story, once buried and long forgotten, now raised from the dead."[15] Official Info Smithsonian Channel

Steindl has also played a significant role in the development of the docudrama genre. The writer and director has recently begun to focus more on the field of Human interest. As a director, he is increasingly interested in genre-spanning narrative film direction.

Klaus T. Steindl works closely with internationally renowned research facilities while developing and producing his films. Partners have included Yale University and the University of Arizona for The Voynich Code, University of Oxford in the U.K. and ETH Zurich in Switzerland for The Mona Lisa Mysteries and the Washington and Lee University in Lexington for "The Nero Files". He was granted access to Cold War intelligence files stored in the KGB and FSB archives in Moscow for the film Margarethe Ottillinger.

Several of Steindl's works have been accepted into the libraries of European and U.S. universities.[16] Many have been adapted for use in schools in a variety of forms and have received the European "Comenius EduMedia" Award for Educational Media.[17][18]

Promoting Fresh Talent[edit]

As well as producing and directing films, Klaus Steindl is involved with promoting and supporting young and new talents. He developed the educational concept and the first curriculum for the „Film und Medien Initiative“, a Graz-based film academy for children and adolescents.[19] Furthermore, he was a member of the board of the Documentary Campus and a member of the commission for film funding in Styria, Austria, for several years.[20] Over the years CINESTYRIA Film Commission has been successful in attracting large international film productions to the region. For example, several scenes from the James Bond film Spectre were shot at Styria's Altaussee lake.[21]

Filmography (excerpt)[edit]


"Mystery of the Celtic Tomb"[46] ’‘US International Film & Video Festival’‘ Category: Documentary-History
"Wild Venice"[32] "White Dolphin" (Grand Prix) Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards 2015
"The Lagoon of Venice"[47] Comenius Award for educational media
‘‘The Mona Lisa Mystery’‘[48] ’‘New York Festivals’‘ Gold Medal Award

Category: Science & Technology

’‘US International Film & Video Festival’‘ Certificate for Creative Excellence
’‘The Tulip Bubble’‘[49] ’‘New York Festivals’‘ International TV & Film Awards

Bronze World Medal

’‘Prix Victoria’‘ in Gold

Category: TV/Economy - Internationale Wirtschaftsfilmtage

’‘Cannes’‘ ‘‘Corporate Media & TV Awards’‘

Winner Category: Business & Economy

‘‘Let it snow!’‘[50] ’‘Cine’‘ ‘‘Golden Eagle Award’‘
’‘Telenatura’‘ International Television Festival Pamplona
’‘International Wildlife’‘ Film Festival Montana
’‘Matsalu’‘ Nature Film Festival
’‘Bergfilmfestival’‘ Tegernsee
‘‘The Vampire Princess’‘[51] ’‘Cine’‘ ‘‘Golden Eagle Award’‘
’‘The Voynich Code"‘[52][53] ’‘US International Film & Video Festival’‘ Certificate for Creative Excellence
’‘New York Festivals’‘ International TV & Film Awards

Silver World Medal

‘‘The Secret of the Mona Lisa’‘[28] ’‘Prix Victoria’‘ in Silver

Kategorie: Sponsoring, Non-Profit

‘‘Tracking down Composers’‘[47] ’‘Comenius EduMedia’‘ Medal + Seal for educational media
’‘The European Parliament’‘[47] ‘‘Comenius EduMedia’‘ Seal for educational media
‘‘The Austrian Parliament‘[47] ‘‘Comenius EduMedia’‘ Seal for educational media


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