Alexander Gratzer

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Alexander Gratzer
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Born (1993-05-07) May 7, 1993 (age 30)
Hallein, Austria
Alma materUniversity of Applied Arts Vienna
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
OccupationFilm maker
AwardsGrand Jury Award (Poetry Film Festivals Vienna)
Audience Award
ORF.AT-Audience Award
Eject Award

Alexander Gratzer (7 May 1993 in Hallein, Austria) is a film maker.[1]


In 2015, while studying Painting at the Institute for Fine and Media Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (2012 to 2018, Henning Bohl's class), the decision was made to create animated short films that are largely self-directed. After graduating, he continued his studies at the Budapest Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. He lives in Vienna as a freelance artist.

Selected filmography


  • Apfelmus / Applesauce (7’)


  • Jubiläumsgeschenk / Anniversary present (1’)
  • Animateur (4’)


  • Geht immer (1’) (Teamwork with Sophie Linnenbaum)
  • Angelique (3'03)
  • Axel (4'25)
  • Tischtennis im Wald / Ping Pong in the forest (3'35)
  • Beauty (4'05)


  • Espresso (5'21)
  • Museumswärter / Museum Guard (2'51)
  • Im Wohnzimmer / In the Living Room (2'14)


  • Geht’s noch? (1'56)
  • Im Gespräch (3'37)

Film aesthetics

In her portrait Human, too human - about the tragicomics of everyday life (2019, orig. Menschliches, allzu Menschliches – von der Tragikomik des Alltags) [2] Michele Koch recognizes in Gratzer's films a characteristic "preference for stylistic minimalism, which is shown in small, quiet narrations and gestures that deal with the very big thing, life itself". According to Koch, “the comedy” in his short films “never turns into cynicism, and he never reveals the characters to be ridiculous”. This corresponds to Gratzer's aesthetic credo: “I don't want to make fun of certain groups. In a way, I portray everyone as odd. It should have something loving and is meant as a gesture of acceptance for all behaviors. "[2] The artist characterizes himself in a similar way in an interview with Cinema Next in 2019 („Mit diesem Vogel kann ich mich identifizieren“[3]).

Selcted awards

  • Grand Jury Award of the Poetry Film Festivals Vienna (Austria) 2019 for Apfelmus[4]
  • Audience Award for the weirdest & most wonderful film of the Interfilm Festival (Berlin,Germany) 2019 for Apfelmus[5]
  • Innovation Award of the Filmzeit Festivals Kaufbeuren (Germany) 2019 for Apfelmus[6]
  • ORF.AT-Audience Award of the Vienna Shorts Festival 2019 for Apfelmus[7]
  • Main Award Animation of the Juvenale 2019 (Salzburg, Austria) for Apfelmus[8]
  • Audience Award of the Kurzfilmtage Thalmässing (Germany) 2019 for Apfelmus[9]
  • Jury Award and Audience Award of the Shortynale 2019 (Klosterneuburg / Austria) for Apfelmus[10]
  • Main Award of the 2 days animation Festival (Vienna / Austria) 2019 for Apfelmus[11]
  • Anča Student Award 2018 (Žilina / Slowakei) for Animateur[12]
  • Audience Award des 2 days animation Festival Vienna 2018 for Animateur[13]
  • Eject Award des Interfilm Festival Berlin 2017 für Museumswärter[1]
  • Audience Award des 2 days animation Festival Vienna 2017 for Museumswärter[1]
  • Prix très chic des Vienna Shorts Festival (Austria) 2017 for Im Wohnzimmer[14]
  • Audience Award of the Association International du Film d'Animation (Asifa Austria) 2017 for Animateur[13]
  • Audience Award of the Under the Radar Festivals 2016 (Vienna / Austria) for Espresso[15]
  • Audience Award of the One day animation festival 2016 (Vienna / Austria) for Espresso[1]
  • Audience Award of the Shortynale Festival 2016 (Klosterneuburg / Austria) for Espresso[16]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Alexander Gratzer". FilmFreeway.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Alexander Gratzer | Animationskünstler | Cinema Next".
  3. "Cinema Next on Demand: »Mit diesem Vogel kann ich mich identifizieren« – Interview mit Alexander Gratzer". The Gap. November 13, 2019.
  4. "METRO Kinokulturhaus".
  5. "Awards & Winners".
  6. "filmzeitkaufbeuren | Das offene Autorenfilmfestival: Preisträger 2019".
  7. "Animationsfilm: an „Apfelmus"". May 27, 2019.
  8. "Die Gewinner*innen | Juvinale".
  9. "Kurzfilmtage Thalmässing » Archiv » 2019".
  10. "Home". Shortynale Filmfestival KLBG.
  11. "2 DAYS ANIMATION FESTIVALErfolgsbericht & Danksagungen – Asifa Austria".
  12. "Fest Anča 2018 Awards". July 2, 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Preise – Asifa Austria".
  14. "Prix très chic an Alexander Gratzer".
  15. "Radar Award 2016 – PREISTRÄGER – Asifa Austria".
  16. "ESEL gewinnt das 8. Shortynale Kurzfilmfestival!". July 1, 2016.

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