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Gregor Schmidinger

Screenwriter | Director

Gregor Schmidinger

I’m a Vienna-based independent screenwriter and director. I studied screenwriting at the University of California Los Angeles, USA and my work includes short films, music videos, commercials as well as one theatrically released feature film.

I’m a jury member of the Austrian Motion Picture Rating Organisation, one of the founders of Porn Film Festival Vienna as well as part of Transition Queer and Minority Film Festival.


My two short films THE BOY NEXT DOOR (2008) and HOMOPHOBIA (2012) have combined more than 15 million views on YouTube.

My first feature film NEVRLAND (2019) is a depth-psychological coming-of-age drama. It was awarded the Youth Jury Prize at the 40th Max-Ophüls Filmfestivals as well as the Thomas-Pluch Spezialpreis for Best Screenplay at the Diagonale 2019.

THE BOY NEXT DOOR (2008) Short Film | 10 min. 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.
HOMOPHOBIA (2012) Short Film | 23 min. An adolescent 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.

“One must still have chaos in oneself
to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


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 trip to Nevrland and the wounds of his soul.

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