Thomas W. Kiennast, director of photography, director, producer, Vienna
  • Director of photography
  • director
  • producer
Busy until: 1st December 2022
Born on 04.12.1976 in Wien (45 Years)


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About Thomas W. Kiennast

Thomas W. Kiennast, born 1976 in Vienna and son of famous musician Erwin Kiennast studied film at the University for Music and Art in Vienna. With His first TV- movie „Mutig in die neuen Zeiten" he earned his first National TV Award for Best Picture (ROMY).With the Alp-Western "Das finstere Tal" Thomas won several Awards for best Camera like the "Austrian Romy", "German Best-Camera Award" as well as the "German Lola". In 2017 he shot the elaborate, historic television series "Maximilian" with Andreas Prohaska. In 2018 he won his second German Film Award for "3 Days in Quiberon" and received a nomination for the German Camera Award. 2018 he worked together with Philip Stölzl on the Musical "Ich war noch niemals in NewYork". In past 25 years of working as a DoP Thomas shot 30 feature films and over 600 commercials.

Known for

Fictional projects as director of photography

2022Pagan PeakTV Series, Sky [de]Christopher SchierW&B Television GmbH
2021Sisi und ich (WT)Feature FilmFrauke FinsterwalderWalker+Worm Film GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2021Die Ibiza AffäreLimited series, Sky [de]Christopher SchierW&B Television GmbH
2020Im Netz der CamorraTV Movie (multi-part), Servus TV [at], ZDF [de]Andreas ProchaskaSatel Film GmbH
2019SchachnovelleFeature FilmPhilipp StölzlWalker+Worm Film GmbH & Co. KG [de]
2019Tatort - Lass den Mond am Himmel stehnTV-Movie (Series), BR [de]Christopher SchierBavaria Fiction GmbH
2019CortexFeature FilmMoritz BleibtreuPaloma Entertainment GmbH [de]
2018Ich war noch niemals in New YorkFeature FilmPhilipp StölzlUFA Fiction
2017The Last Party of Your LifeFeature FilmDominik HartlGebhardt Productions GmbH
2017Tatort - Die FaustTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de], ORF [at]Christopher Schiere&a film GmbH
2016Three Days in QuiberonFeature FilmEmily AtefRohfilm Factory GmbH
2016Tatort - WehrlosTV-Movie (Series), ORF [at]Christopher SchierGebhardt Productions GmbH
2015Maximilian and Marie de BourgogneTV Movie (multi-part), ORF [at], ZDF [de]Andreas ProchaskaMR-Film Kurt Mrkwicka Ges.m.b.H. / MR TV-FILM Produktions GmbH & Co KG [at]
2014Landkrimi - Wenn du wüsstest wie schön es hier istTV-Movie (Series), ORF [at]Andreas ProchaskaGraf Filmproduktion GmbH
2014Eine Liebe für den Frieden - Bertha von Suttner und Alfred NobelTV Movie, ARD [de], BR [de], Degeto [de], ORF [at]Urs EggerTivoli Film Produktion GmbH
2014Tatort - ParadiesTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de], ORF [at]Harald SicheritzEpo-Film Produktionsges.m.b.H. [at]
2013The Shaman (WT)Short FilmMarco KalantariMarco Kalantari Produktion [at]
2013GespensterjägerFeature FilmTobi BaumannLucky Bird Pictures (formerly Yellow Bird Pictures)
2013Das finstere TalFeature FilmAndreas ProchaskaAllegro FilmproduktionsgesmbH [at]
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Fictional projects as director

2022Pagan PeakTV Series, Sky [de]MultipleW&B Television GmbH

Fictional projects as producer

associate producer
Feature FilmMoritz BleibtreuPaloma Entertainment GmbH [de]associate producer

Film awards

2022SchachnovelleRomy [at]Best Camera CinemaWinner
2022SchachnovelleAustrian Film Award [at]Best cameraNominated
2022SchachnovelleÖsterreichischer Filmpreis [de]Best cinematographyNominated
2022Im Netz der CamorraRomy [at]Best Camera TV/StreamWinner
2021Tatort - Lass den Mond am Himmel stehnGerman Camera Award [de]TV-Movie / SerieNominated
2020Ich war noch niemals in New YorkRomy [at]Beste Bildgestaltung KinofilmNominated
2019Maximilian and Marie de BourgogneImago Int. Awards for Cinematography [us]Television DramaNominated
2019The Last Party of Your LifeRomy [at]Beste Bildgestaltung KinofilmNominated
2018Maximilian and Marie de BourgogneRomy [at]Beste Bildgestaltung TV-FilmNominated
2018Three Days in QuiberonDeutscher Filmpreis (Lola) [de]Beste KameraWinner
2018Tatort - Die FaustDeutscher Kamerapreis [de]FernsehfilmNominated
2016Landkrimi - Wenn du wüsstest wie schön es hier istDeutscher KamerapreisFernsehfilm (Kamera)Nominated
2015Das finstere TalÖsterreichischer Filmpreis 2015Beste KameraWinner
2014Das finstere TalDeutscher FilmpreisBeste Kamera / BildgestaltungWinner
2014Das finstere TalRomy [at]Beste Kamera in einem KinofilmWinner
2014Das finstere TalFestropiaBest CinematographyWinner
2014Das finstere TalDeutscher KamerapreisKinospielfilm (Kamera)Winner
2014Das finstere TalDiagonale Graz [at]Beste Bildgestaltung SpielfilmWinner
2006Mutig in die neuen Zeiten - Im Reich der ReblausRomy [at]Beste Kamera in einem TV FilmWinner

Basic data

LanguagesEnglish German
Experience abroadCentral Europe: Germany, Hungary
Northern Europe: Iceland
East Africa: Kenya
East Asia: China, Japan
South Asia: India
Southern Europe: Spain
Southeast Asia: Taiwan
Western Europe: France
Licencesdiving licence - PADI Advanced Open Water Diver [int]
Immediate working areaVienna
1st residence (federal state or country)Austria - Lower Austria
Accommodation possibilitiesBerlin