Conception, Programming, Moderation
Before founding Witcraft in 2008, Ursula for fifteen years worked in a variety of positions involving screenplay and film production with numerous writers and directors, f.e. Michael Glawogger, Tony Pemberton, Kirill Serebrennikov, Nathalie Borgers, Christian Frosch, Bakhtiar Khodoynazarov, Nina Proll and Barbara Albert.
Several of the screenplays she developed received script awards in Milan, Ghent, Sabam and Vienna. For her screenwriting, Ursula was awarded the Carl Mayer New Talent Prize.
Ursula has also taught dramaturgy, e.g. in the University of Applied Sciences for Film, TV and Media Production and at several training initiatives including Babylon Europe, as well as the „Cinematic and Entrepreneurial Motivation Award (CEMA) initiated by the UNIDO.
The script development program DIVERSE GESCHICHTEN (DIVERSE STORIES) that she’s running for the eight years, was nominated for the Austrian National Award for Adult Education and mentioned in the UNESCO World Report Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue.
She has been member of several Juries, including the Project Commission of the Austrian Film Institute. She’s member of the European Film Academy, board member of the Austrian Film Academy and FC Gloria and National Coordinator for EAVE.
In post production:
(written by Kathrin Resetarits, dir: Barbara Albert) in Cooperation with NGF Geyrhalterfilm & LOOKS * Development & Coproduction
(written by Robert Buchschwenter & Elena Tikhonova, dir: Elena Tikhonova) *Producer
COMPLETELY OFF TRACK
(written by Nina Proll and Ursula Wolschlager, dir: Sabine Derflinger) in Co-Production with Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion and MR Film *Co-Writer/Co-Producer
2016 WE USED TO BE COOL (WAS HAT UNS BLOSS SO RUINIERT)
(dir. Marie Kreutzer) Coproduction with Novotny & Novotny
2015 MA FOLIE
(dir. Andrina Mracnikar) in Cooperation with Extra Films
First Steps Award 2015, Austrian Film Award for best supporting actress
2013 ROQUE DALTON, LETS SHOOT THE NIGHT!
(dir. Tina Leisch) *Producer
2011 DIE VATERLOSEN
(dir. Marie Kreutzer) Coproduction with Novotny & Novotny/ KGP
2009 WINDS OF SAND, WOMEN OF ROCK
(dir. Nathalie Borgers) *Associate Producer
2009 CONTACT HIGH
(dir. Michael Glawogger) *Development Producer
2008 GANGSTER GIRLS
(dir. Tina Leisch) *Producer
2001 KRONENZEITUNG – TAG FÜR TAG EIN BOULEVARDSTÜCK
(dir. Nathalie Borgers) *Line Producer
1999 LUNA PAPA
(dir. Bakhtiar Khoudojnasarov) Venice International Film Festival, Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam etc. *Production Manager
1998 BEYOND THE OCEAN
(dir. Tony Pemberton) Sundance International Film Festival (competition) *Producer
WITCRAFT is an award-winning production company based in Vienna, founded in 2008 by Ursula Wolschlager and Robert Buchschwenter. In its early years, WITCRAFT used its highly creative expertise in screenwriting mainly for developing projects that were then realized in co-operation with various production companies. For its highly innovative yet feasible business concept, the company received a start-up grant from Departure, Wirtschaft, Kunst und Kultur GmbH and slate development funding from MEDIA/Creative Europe.
Since 2016, Witcraft has operated in two structures:
Witcraft Filmproduktion GmbH focuses on the development and production of feature films and documentaries, mainly art-house and comedy. The company’s first realised feature film as main producer is the culture-clash comedy CAVIAR (to be completed in Autumn 2017).
Witcraft Szenario OG offers training initiatives. In this structure, the programme DIVERSE STORIES – Stories Between Cultures is currently being held for its 8th season. Another project, co-conceived by Witcraft Szenario, is ProPro – The Producers Programme for Women.