Andreas Schmied, the oldest of three children, was born and raised in Styria/Austria, the son of working-class parents. He began his directing career in his teens, shooting shorts with his friends and music videos for local musicians.

Moving to Vienna in 1998 Schmied shot dozens of low budget videos where he served as his own cinematographer, editor and production designer.

In 1999, he started his own TV production company, SofaSafari, and wrote, produced and directed numerous hours of television.

In 2013, he made his feature film debut with the blue-collar dramedy “Werkstürmer” (eng. “Taking it Back”), which became a huge success in Austria and was a hit on iTunes and DVD.

His second film “Harri Pinter Drecksau” originally made for network tv (ORF), made a big splash in cinemas, prior to its air date.

Andreas lives in Vienna with his wife and his son. He is currently working on his second theatrical feature “Love Machine” (out in January ’19) and “Curling For Eisenstadt”, a very funny tv movie about a female curling team.

photo by Andreas Prochaska