In "Lullaby" the director Magdalena Chmielewska
reveals a great wild imaginativeness
accompanied by an already distinct
hand writing.
Max Ophüls Award Jury's statement


I am a film director and screenwriter based in Vienna. My films traveled to numerous  film festivals like the Karlovy Vary IFF or Palm SpringsShortFest, winning many awards including the First Steps Award and Max Ophüls Preis, the most important newcomer trophies in the German speaking countries. I also had an honor to be in the KVIFF selection of the ten outstanding newcomer directors from Europe.
My visual language focuses on telling the stories of a longing for something that has been lost while discovering the otherness that lingers within us. Alternating between rawness and sensuality indicates my aesthetic approach that is wrapped in haptics of human bodies. During my training years I learnt directing i.a. from Jessica Hausner, Michael Haneke and Wolfgang Murnberger. Years of experience in contemporary dance complete my methods of working with actors. 


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Magdalena Chmielewska in the selection of the ten outstanding newcomer directors from Europe

 “Lullaby” among selected projects for the A-Festival in Karlovy Vary

Magdalena Chmielewska represents Austria in the Future Frames’22 in Karlovy Vary IFF

“Lullaby” is opening the Vienna Shorts’22

Magdalena Chmielewska in the selection of the Pop Up Residency

“Lullaby” wins the Max Ophüls Preis

New Horizons Studio + awards announced – “Mira’s Fire” among the winners

Using the magic of cinema to make the unspeakable tangible – interview with Magdalena Chmielewska

First Steps Award for Magdalena Chmielewska

Becoming the member of the German Filmacademy 

Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film – interview

“stay obsessed of your idea!” –  the director Magdalena Chmielewska advises young filmmakers

Let's set the stage for the most promising european film talents

EFP FUTURE FRAMES – Generation NEXT of European Cinema puts a spotlight on outstanding young directors from Europe. Ten film students and graduates will be presenting their films at the 56th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), running from 1 to 9 July, 2022.

“Lullaby” by Magdalena Chmielewska in the selection of the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July 2022).

Since 2015, the EFP – European Film Promotion has been presenting ten outstanding young film directors at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This year Magdalena Chmielewska will present her  Max Ophüls Award-winning film Lullaby at the festival.  Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is one of the oldest A-list film festivals, a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.


“Lullaby” by Magdalena Chmielewska in the selection of the one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world: Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest Palm Springs IFF

“Lullaby” will celebrate its North American Premiere at the renowned Academy Awards® and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest Film Festival in Palm Springs in California. It is the largest short film festival and market in North America and one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world.


Discover the fabulous Austrian presence at the 56th KARLOVY VARY IFF (July 1 to 9, 2022) @kviff, with no less than seven feature length and one short film on the screens.

As the rest of the world falls asleep, Eva stays awake. No matter how hard she tries, she just cannot close her eyes. In order to get at least a little bit closer to that elusive slumber, she spends her nights in other people’s houses, quietly watching their sleeping inhabitants. But people are slowly losing patience with her nighttime visits. If sleep allows us to take a break, to not be here, Lullaby’s tale of a seventeen-year-old girl shows how insomnia can make existence oppressive and tiring. Not only is Eva’s ever-growing sleep deprivation a source of fatigue, but it also causes her to view the world differently as its real contours are increasingly distorted. But herein lies the potential for seeing things from an altered perspective.

Sandra Hezinová @kviff

Magdalena Chmielewska Director of Lullaby in an interview by Laurence Boyce for Cineuropa