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coop99 filmproduktion is an Austrian film production company . It was founded in 1999 by young Viennese filmmakers and sees itself as a “platform for a new generation of filmmakers in Austria”.


After graduating from the Film Academy in Vienna , the three auteur filmmakers Barbara Albert , Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda as well as the cameraman Martin Gschlacht founded coop99 in 1999. The four founders hold equal shares in this GesmbH . coop99 is a member of the Association of Austrian Filmproducers (AAFP). In January 2001, Bruno Wagner , who is exclusively responsible for production, joined as the fifth member.

The founding of the company coincides roughly with Barbara Albert's international festival success Nordrand , which she directed for Lotus Film . A little later, the first coop99 productions received national awards and, after numerous nominations, soon also received awards at international festivals. A first major success came in 2004 with Hubert Sauper's documentary Darwin's Nightmare . Thanks to numerous awards, including the European Film Prize for the best documentary of the year and an award in Venice , the international co-production under the leadership of coop99 was able to register over half a million cinema visits internationally. In 2006 the documentary received an Oscar nomination.

The second successful production came about with The fat years are over in the same year. The co-production with director Hans Weingartner's Y3 film attracted around 1.3 million visitors across Europe and was nominated for a Golden Palm, among other things. Another prestigious award for a coop99 production came in 2006 for Jasmila Zbanic 's drama Grbavica , which was awarded a Golden Bear . Also in 2006, also has Hotel as "Best Film 2006" with the big diagonal award honored and as a co-producer of the German juicy movie produced feature film sleeper of Benjamin Heisenberg was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize awarded. In 2009, as a co-production partner of the German Essential Film , the company produced the film Zanan bedun-e mardan by the Iranian-born director Shirin Neshat , with Martin Gschlacht as camera operator . The film received the Silver Lion for best director at the Venice International Film Festival 2009 . At the same festival, the documentary Lourdes by Jessica Hausner, also an international co-production with the participation of Essential Film , received the FIPRESCI Prize .


Feature films, unless otherwise stated:


  • Diagonale 2005: Prize for innovative production output for annual production

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Profile. In: Retrieved January 19, 2018 .
  2. Karin Schiefer: The coop99 film production team in conversation about LOVELY RITA. In: 2001, accessed May 19, 2019 .
  3. Lumiere - Database of movie attendance figures in Europe