Bernhard Kammel

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Bernhard Kammel (born 28 September 1962 in Vienna) is an Austrian author, designer, film director and founder of the transdisciplinary art institution REAKTOR.


Bernhard Kammel is the grandson of the architect Leo Kammel. Between 1980 and 1995 Kammel studied architecture, theology and forestry before going on to work for various architectural firms and as a forester.


In the early 1980s he published a number of short stories and reportage features in a range of print media. Since 1979 he has been photographing black-and-white reportages and, since 1999, colour portraits and large-format narrative tableaux. In 2004 he began working with enhanced ‘still-image portraits’ as moving images depicting sequences of moments featuring breathing, standing and gazing.

In 2005 he founded his film production company, which since 2018 has been operating under the name Film REAKTOR. Kammel structures his films as indivisible works, from the original screenplay through to the design of the entire visual plane (sets, camera and editing). For the film A Late Summer’s Night, he found a kindred spirit in Lyudmila Kusakova as production designer.[1]

Kammel shot large parts of his film Elysium Hernalsiense, for which 2018 he received the Antonioni Award for best international feature film at the Blow Up Film Festival, on the premises of the Grand Établissement Gschwandner, which were disused at that time. Soon after completing the film, he then proceeded to refurbish the entire building and founded the REAKTOR, a transdisciplinary art institution. In the course of the renovation work, state-of-the-art technical infrastructure was incorporated into the fabric of the historical, late classicist REAKTOR building. A cinema auditorium was set up in what was once the Strauss-Lanner Hall. The distinctive chandeliers and many other elements of the interior furnishings were designed by him specifically for the REAKTOR.

Since its opening in February 2018 REAKTOR quickly gained the Viennese audience’s trust, especially in the fields of Neue Musik/contemporary classical music, large scale art installations and arthouse film. REAKTOR International Film Festival and the art program REAKTOR Potenziale each attract every year hundreds of submissions from artists and filmmakers from all over the world. Among others Wien Modern and the renowned Austrian piano manufacturer Bösendorfer are cooperation partners of REAKTOR.


  • Elysium Hernalsiense, AT 2017, English, premiered on 2 September 2017 at the 41st Montreal World Film Festival[2]
  • Ночь на закате лета (A Late Summer’s Night), AT 2011, Russian, premiered on 1 July 2011 at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival 2011
  • The DaBernhard Kammelughter, AT 2008, German/Hung./Bulg., premiered on 2 April 2008 in Graz, Austria, at the Diagonale 2008

Participation at film festivals[edit]

  • European Film Festival, Bishkek, 2019
  • Global Cinema Festival, Siliguri, 2019
  • BLOW-UP International Arthouse FILMFEST, Chicago, 2018, Antonioni Award for Best International Feature
  • 33rd Warsaw Film Festival, Free Spirit Competition, Warsaw, 2017
  • 41e Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal/41st World Film Festival Montreal 2017
  • 20th I41e Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal/41st World Film Festival Montreal 2017nternational Film Actors Festival, Sozwezdie“, Yaroslavl
  • 10th International Film Festival, Amur Autumn, Blagoveshchensk
  • 20th International Film Festival, Festival of Festivals, St. Petersburg, 2012
  • 17th Vilnius International Film Festival
  • 16th Sofia International Film Festival
  • 4th Orenburg International Film Festival, East & West – Classics and Avantgarde, Prize: Sarmantion Lion
  • 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, 2011[3]
  • 18th International Cinema Forum Zolotoy Vityaz, 2009, Special Prize: ‘In Recognition of the Search for a New Form of Cinematography’
  • 13th Sofia International Film Festival, 2009
  • 16th International Festival of Festivals St. Petersburg, 2008
  • Diagonale 2008 – 10th Festival of Austrian Film



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