Esther Krausz has been head of CREATIVE EUROPE Desk Austria- MEDIA since 2011. Located in the Austrian Film Institute, the Desk is the local consulting, information, and promotional office of the EU Programme supporting the European film industry. Services for the local film industry include creating awareness of the European context in which we are all working in through the facilitation of networking and cooperation opportunities around Europe, as well as consulting and promotion of the comprehensive MEDIA offer in the fields of funding, training, and networking.
In 2015, Esther has developed and managed ProPro – The Producers Programme for Women – An initiative of the Austrian Film Institute to Empower Women Film Producers, together with Ursula Wolschlager. Esther has been a guest-lecturer at the film-production colleges Krems, St. Pölten and Vienna on The European Film Industry, has been member of the media literacy Award jury in 2014, member of the jury of the 2018 Budapest International Documentary Festival, and member of the professional jury of the Festival Augenblick in 2021.
Esther was workshop manager at EAVE, a networking and project development-training programme for European producers, and she has been involved in the local management of industry events such as the Producers Network and Producers Workshop at the Marché du Film of the International Film Festival Cannes. She has freelanced in film-production in various positions ranging from set-publicity to production management. She has worked in the marketing and PR-office of Twentieth Century Fox Austria (Dohr Werbe Gmbh), coordinating marketing- and PR-strategies for the theatrical releases of TCF films in Austria. Besides her mother-tongue German, Esther speaks English, French and Greek. She has completed a training in project management and holds an MA in Intercultural Competencies from Danube University Krems.
CREATIVE EUROPE DESK AUSTRIA-MEDIA
Creative Europe-MEDIA is the programme of the European Commission to support the European audiovisual industry. Funding schemes encourage players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences, and to develop the skills required in the digital age. By helping European cultural and audiovisual works reach audiences, the programme contributes to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity. Political representation in Austria is under the competence of the film department in the Austrian Federal Chancellery.