ABOUT SANDRA

Sandra Öhl is a director, writer, and producer. Honestly, she mostly likes to write and direct, producing kind of happened incidentally.

Her clients include international companies and agencies, like DYNATRACE, FRONIUS, McCann, Saatchi&Saatchi, Lowe GGK, etc., as well as domestic clients like OMV, ECM (KTM) and AUSTRIAN TOURISM etc.. Ergo: Sandra shot dozens of commercials and corporate films. All her directorial work is additionally edited by Sandra. In 2003 21film was founded by Sandra and her husband Thomas. She was the first female director in the history of the “Golden Drum Festival” in Portoroz/ Slovenia, who was invited to take part in its international director’s contest. The fun-fact concerning this contest: you have exactly 6 hours from script to deliver your edited work. The most stunning fact is the "equipment" – a camera, two actors and an editing space – sounds like gas, don't you think so?

 

Sandra was already a movie-addict in her young years, so she started at the age of 15 when she was hired to assist the dramatic advisor at the town theatre, directly followed by a job as assistant director. After graduation, she moved to Vienna and studied German philology and theater studies but soon skipped it for studying directing and screenwriting. During these times she worked in the script department at one of the biggest production houses on the German market. Mostly busy with script evaluation. Furthermore, she wrote two screenplays messing with Austrian history. As Sandra loves to be on set, she soon got jobs as assistant director, production manager, line producer etc.. In 2002 she earned her first job as a commercial director and since then sticked to it.

Besides her directorial work in commercials she also directed/ wrote and produced the zero-budget-independent feature Milla, which received 8 nominations / 1 win; including Best Original Screenplay Feature Film/ Best Cinematography/ Best Visual Effects/ Best Sound/ Best Foreign Director/ Best Horror/ Best Foreign Film/ Best Actress. But honestly, Sandra would not recommend shooting a movie with zero-budget and covering all possible positions … but that's another story.

 

In 2015 and 2017 her well-acclaimed series Kitty Kathstone was published, receiving several nominations and fabulous reviews at the German market.

 

“Kitty Kathstone is a fantasy story that has not been there in this form – at least I don't know any. Great characters, great ideas, and a writing style that is also something completely different.”

 

“A little diamond in German-language fantasy.“

 

“One of the most unique voices I have ever encountered in recent years!”

 

"“The basics of the "Kitty Kathstone" kick-off are nothing new. Magical boarding schools, mysterious family secrets, magical worlds full of surprises, and threatened peace agreements have played a leading role in countless other books. Nevertheless, "Kitty Kathstone" is unique in its own way. Sandra Öhl set no limits to her imagination in her novel debut and wrote an exciting story, a plot which could also be imagined on a big movie screen.”

 

But honestly, if you are still reading because you want to know more, it may be best to contact Sandra!

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Sandra Öhl, Zirkingerstrasse 51, 4312 Ried in der Riedmark, Austria