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Screenwriter | Director

Gregor Schmidinger

I’m a Vienna-based screenwriter and director. I studied Digital Television at the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg and Screenwriting at the University of California Los Angeles. I wrote my diploma thesis about transmedia storytelling.

I’m a jury member of the Austrian Motion Picture Rating Organisation and co- founder of Porn Film Festival Vienna. I’m part of the Austrian Screenwriters Guild and the Austrian Directors Guild and represented by the agency S-Schuppbach.


My work includes short films, music videos, commercials as well as my theatrically released debut feature film NEVRLAND. My two short films THE BOY NEXT DOOR and HOMOPHOBIA have more than 15 million views on YouTube.

The Boy Next Door
Short Film | 10 min. | 2008

A male prostitute, who struggles with anxiety attacks, runs into the neglected 8 years old son of his client. He has to care for the kid first in order to overcome his own anxiety.

Short Film | 23 min. | 2012

An adolescen soldier has feelings for one of his comrades. It’s their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.

NEVRLAND is a psychological coming-of-age drama.

It was awarded the Youth Jury Prize at the 40th Max-Ophüls Filmfestivals, the Thomas-Pluch Spezialpreis for Best Screenplay at the Diagonale 2019 as well as Best International Narrative at the TLVFest in Tel Aviv.


Feature Film | 90 min. | 2019

Jakob is 17, works at a slaughterhouse, and is struggling with a debilitating anxiety disorder. A chance encounter with the 26-year-old artist Kristjan on a cam-chat sex site propels him on a transpersonal journey to Nevrland.


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