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Thomas W. Kiennast, director, director of photography, producer, Vienna
  • Director
  • director of photography
  • producer
Born on 04.12.1976 in Wien (47 Years)


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About Thomas W. Kiennast

Cinematographer and director Thomas W. Kiennast was born in Vienna in 1976. He studied film at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and has been working as a cinematographer on more than 33 movies and TV films in the last 25 years.

For the work on his first television film, IM REICH DER REBLAUS, Kiennast received the Austrian film and television award ROMY in 2006 for Best Cinematography.

In 2011, the international Walt Disney production HEXE LILLY 2 and the Emmy-winning television film DAS WUNDER VON KÄRNTEN by Andreas Prochaska, both with Thomas W. Kiennast as DoP, were released.
The renewed collaboration with Prochaska for the award-winning German-Austrian novel adaptation DAS FINSTERE TAL (The Dark Valley) in 2014 brought Kiennast the German Film Award LOLA for Best Camera, among other awards.

In 2018, Kiennast again received the German Film Award LOLA for his work on the film 3 DAYS IN QUIBERON by Emily Atef.
A year later, he shot the star-studded German musical film I'VE NEVER BEEN TO NEW YORK (2019) by Philipp Stölzl, a homage to Udo Jürgens.

CORTEX, Moritz Bleibtreu's directorial debut with Thomas W. Kiennast as DoP, was released in cinemas in October 2020. The thriller celebrated its world premiere at the Hamburg Film Festival 2020.
The same year, Kiennast worked again with Philipp Stölzl on filming SCHACHNOVELLE (The Royal Game). The film was nominated several times for the German Film Award, and Kiennast received another ROMY for Best Cinematography in 2022. He also received a ROMY for IM NETZ DER CAMORRA with Andreas Prochaska for Best Camera TV/Streaming 2022.

With director Christopher Schier, he filmed the IBIZA AFFÄRE, for which the team won many recognition and prizes, including the Grimme Prize for best mini-series in 2022. He worked again with Schier the same year as co-director and DoP for DER PASS 3.

In 2021 he worked with Frauke Finsterwalder on the movie SISI UND ICH, which premiered at the Berlinale 2023.

In 2015, Thomas W. Kiennast founded DAS RUND with Lisa Scheid, now one of Austria's most established creative film production companies.

In 2018 he founded RUNDFILM with Constanze Schumann to develop and produce sophisticated films and series.

Known for

Fictional movies as director

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

Fictional movies as director of photography

2022Pagan PeakTV Series, Sky [de]Christopher SchierW&B Television GmbH
2021Sisi & IchFeature 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 AtefRow Pictures 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.
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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TV Series, ORF [at]Christopher SchierGebhardt Productions GmbH6 Folgen

Fictional movies as producer

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

Fictional movies in other activities

2023Followers (WT)TV Series, Prime Video (Amazon)Marc SchlegelRundfilm GmbH [at]executive producer

Film awards

2023Sisi & IchGerman Film Award (Lola) [de]Best CinematographyNominated
2023Sisi & IchGerman Camera Award [de]Fiction cinemaNominated
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

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