Filmmaker number four in this year’s list of fabulous experts:
JAKOB BALLINGER will bring us light. He has been working in the film and television industry for 21 years after he quit Circus school to join the film business. While at a young age, he pursued his interest in developing lights, rigs and fixtures, then became an electrician. He enrolled at the National Film School in Vienna to deepen his knowledge of the craft. Back in the field of his choice, he has been working as a gaffer ever since. Specializing in large scale feature films and commercials, his international career has taken him all over the world. As an industry gaffer with experience on projects ranging from small productions to major film studio shoots, Ballinger understands the need for high-quality and economical lighting for various creative projects with different budgets. Among many many other films he has worked on Michael Haneke’s latest film HAPPY END. Founder of @thelightbridge and co-developer of CRLS Cine Reflect Lighting System.
We are happy to announce our third expert in the field of cinematography
LEENA KOPPE, raised bilingually in German and Finnish, is an Austrian director of photography. She studied cinematography at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Already one of her first short films („Yoake-a-chweinggum-story“) was invited to Cannes 2002 and won the Best Photography Award in Tarragona 2003. In addition to working as a lighting technician and camera assistant for commercials, feature films and TV shows, she has worked with visual artists and dancers.
At the university she started to collaborate with Austrian director Marie Kreutzer – their first feature film to make it to cinemas „Die Vaterlosen (The Fatherless)“ premiered at Berlinale 2011 and received a special mention by the jury. It also won four awards at the Diagonale 2011, one of them for best picture, which Leena Koppe was the first woman to receive.
The feature film „Gruber geht“ was granted with the Romy 2015 for best camera and a nomination for the Austrian Film Prize 2016. In 2015 she shot the film „Was hat uns bloß so ruiniert? (We used to be cool)“, which was nominated for a Romy Award and the Austrian Film Prize 2017.
Leena Koppe is member of the Austrian Association of Cinematographers (AAC) and the Academy of Austrian Film.
And here’s the second name on our list for INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS #5 – we are proud to announce that he is coming back for another edition:
NINO LEITNER is an award winning filmmaker, Director of Photography and film producer based in Vienna. Nino’s work mainly focuses on documentaries, TV commercials, corporate films for international brands and narrative short film productions with his film production company Nino Film GmbH. He is also a well-known blogger as a partner at cinema5D.com, one of the world-leading websites for camera and accessory reviews, as well as his own personal blog ninofilm.net/blog, where he shares insights into how he works on his shoots and projects. Last but not least he is ambassador for Carl Zeiss lenses.
We are very happy to announce the first name on our list of experts of the 5th edition of INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS:
PIOTR JAXA is a Polish cinematographer and photographer living in Switzerland. He graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz and has worked as Director of Photography on a range of fictional and documentary films worldwide (his work has been shown at festivals such as Cannes, Mannheim, Krakow, Los Angeles and Berlin). For the last few years, he has been extensively exploring the creative possibilities of digital cinematography in independent European productions for the cinema. Following his photographic collaboration with Krzysztof Kieslowski on the set of the film trilogy “Blue”, “White” and “Red”, he prepared an exhibition entitled “Remembering Krzysztof” which has been touring the world since 1994. Since 1995, he has been working on a new book and exhibition project entitled “Cinematographers” – a collection of portraits of directors of photography from around the world. His latest camera work on the beautiful Swiss/Austrian/Polish Coproduction TIERE / ANIMALS premiered at the Berlinale Forum on February 13 of this year.