AKSEL STASNY was born and raised in Austria. He studied at the Institute of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna and graduated at the New York Film Academy.

His short film Coming Home and 3 Needs premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. In 2017 his documentary Leaving the Nest was nominated for the Austrian Documentary Award (ADA) at the Ethnocineca Film Festival and won the Best Independent Documentary at the Austrian Film Festival.

Aksel Stasny’s work was featured in international film festivals, like the Toronto International Film Festival, Busan Film Festival, LA Pacific Filmfest, Raindance Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, New York Independent Film and won at the 2011 Canada International Film Festival.

Selected clients: Bloch, Chopard, Ferrari, Louis Vuitton, Micheline, Salvatore Ferragamo, Showtime Network and  W Magazine.

Selected Awards

2018 Official Selection Architecture & Design Film Festival, TWO PIANOS / Director, Director of Photography
2017 Winner for Best International Documentary Austrian Film Festival, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Official Selection Toronto Queer Film Festival, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Official Selection European Film Festival Integration you and me, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Nominated for Austrian Documentary Award Ethnocineca Int. Documentary Film Festival, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Official Selection One with a Movie Camera, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Official Selection Auroville Film Festival, LEAVING THE NEST / Producer, Director
2017 Winner Fan Favourite Award Toronto International Film Festival x @instagram, OVERTIME / Director of Photography
2017 Official Selection Picture Farm Film Festival, DAMALS / Director
2017 Nominated Best Story SFFF, A LAST ONE IN COLOR / Director, Director of Photography
2017 Official Selection Mosaic Film Festival, A LAST ONE IN COLOR / Director, Director of Photography
2017 Official Selection Japanische Filmtage, A LAST ONE IN COLOR / Director, Director of Photography
2017 Won Best Drama Artists and Aliens Film Festival, HOLD ME / Producer, Director of Photography
2017 Won Outstanding Long Narrative Form Fava Fest, HOLD ME / Producer, Director of Photography
2016 Official Selection Rome International Film Festival, HOLD ME / Producer, Director of Photography
2016 Official Selection Montreal World Film Festival, HOLD ME / Producer, Director of Photography
2015 Official Selection Raindance Film Festival, THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH / Director of Photography
2014 Winner Rhode Island International Film Festival, LE DEVOIR / Assistant Director
2014 Official Selection San Diego Asian Film Festival, DISTANT LIGHT / Director of Photography
2014 Official Selection LA Pacific Filmfest, DISTANT LIGHT / Director of Photography
2013 Official Selection Busan Film Festival, DISTANT LIGHT / Director of Photography
2013 Official Selection PUFF Film Festival Hong Kong, THE LIVES OF HAMILTON FISH / Director of Photography
2011 Official Selection Montreal World Film Festival, 3 NEEDS / Director
2011 Winner Canada International Film Festival, BLINDFOLD / Director of Photography
2011 Finalist Award Photographer's Forum, 31st Annual Spring Photography Contest / Photographer
2011 Finalist Award Photographer's Forum, 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest / Photographer
2010 Official Selection Montreal World Film Festival, COMING HOME / Director
2010 Audience Award New York Independent Film, BLINDFOLD / Director of Photography
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