Michael Pilz (1943)
Director, born 12.02.1943 in Gmünd, Lower Austria.
Learned at a Monastery boarding school (1952-1955). In 1954, made his first steps in photography and 8mm film.
In 1945, arrived in Vienna. In 1962, graduated from a polytechnic college, and started experimenting with film techniques, inspiring from Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni and the New American Cinema. Made extensive travels to Scandinavia, Benelux countries and France (1962-1964). In 1964, enrolled at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Department of Film. Engaged with contemporary avant-garde films, experimented with film and worked as a freelance photographer. Documentary and fiction film director, cinematographer, producer, author of over 100 films (1964-1972). Since 1972, has been working with video technologies. With the short fiction Wladimir Nixon  participated at the Venice Biennale FF (1972). In 1975, became a charter member of the Syndicate of Austrian Film Artists, involved in cultural activities. 1976, founded the company Michael Pilz Filmproduktion.
Since 1983, delivers lectures and workshops in film aesthetics, making of creative documentary, experimental filmmaking, a.o. In the late 1990's travelled Western Siberia, India, Cuba, Zimbabwe, took part in international projects. For more facts and information visit www.michaelpilz.at