Natalie Halla


Natalie Halla was born in 1975 in Linz (Austria) as the granddaughter of two reknown Austrian painters. At the age of 16 she spent one year with a Russian host family in Moscow witnessing the collapse of the Soviet Union. She studied law and translation (Russian, Spanish) at Karl-Franzens University of Graz, spent one semester with the ERASMUS program in Valladolid (Spain) and wrote her thesis in law at the Jerusalem University on “Implementation of Human Rights on the Example of Freedom of Religion in Israel”, for which she got an award for excellency. Speeking six languages she became at the age of 22 an intern of the United Nations Drug Control Program in Peru. Since 2010 she has worked as independend producer, script writer and director of numerous feature length documentaries, keeping her focus on humanitarian and social issues. Natalie Halla has been recently nominated jury member in several reknown International Film Festivals.

2017 «Life in Four Elements» wins the Silver Gentian at the 65. Trento Film Festival, Italy 2016 «Children of the Forest» wins the Special Award at the Cinechildren International Film Festival, Italy 2015 «Children of the Forest» wins the Best of the Fest Award at the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival, Philippines 2014 «The Heir of Liszt» wins the Award for Best Biography at the Cinetrofa International Film Festival in Portugal 2014 «Separated» represents Fisahara at the 62nd International Film Festival of San Sebastian 2014 «Separated» achieves two nominations for the „Kunlun Jade-Award“ in China 2013 Internat. Film Festival of Uruguay: «Separated» wins special mention of the Jury for the Best Film on Human Rights 2013 International Film Festival of Belize: «Separated» wins special Mention of the Jury 2012 «Gaelle» is selected by the Cervantes Institute to represent Spain worldwide under the patronage of the former Spanish Queen Sofia and the Peace Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus 2012 Cebu International Documentary Film Festival, Philippines: «Gaelle» wins the Best of Content Award