was founded in 1999 by three authors/directors Barbara Albert, Jessica Hausner, Antonin Svoboda and cinematographer Martin Gschlacht. All four are equal managing directors as well as producers for the company. In 2002 Coop99 was joined by Bruno Wagner as producer and line producer. Team coordinator has been Jana Havlik since April 2015.
consider themselves as a platform for new generations of Austrian filmmakers. Many of their projects are renowned for their authentic and individual style as well as their unyielding personal approach.
have produced more than 25 films since their formation and managed to position themselves as one of the most notable Austrian film production companies in the Arthouse sector. Most of their projects were co-produced by international partners and successfully marketed by trusted world distributers. The continuous participation of coop99 at distinguished key-festivals reinforces the company's international working method as it boosts its successful distribution and sales worldwide.
SevenEuropean film awards (Darwin's Nightmare for Best Documentary 2004, Sylvie Testud for Best Leading Actress in Lourdes 2010, Toni Erdmann for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Leading Actress and Actor) as well as winning the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for 2016's Best Film and a Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2006 for Best Film (for Grbavica by Jasmila Zbanic) attribute to the company's biggest successes.
With four productions as a part of the official programme each at the Berlinale and at the Cannes Film Festival five coop99 productions were invited to be screened at the Venice Film Festival. In 2009 both projects Lourdes and Women Without Men won no less than 7 awards in Venice. Amongst them the Silver Lion for Best Director which went to Shirin Neshat and the prestiguous FIPRESCI Award awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics which went to Jessica Hausner. In 2016 Händl Klaus' TOMCAT won the TEDDY Award in Berlin.
Many national film awards, numerous invitations and honours at international festivals i.e. the Silver Leopard in Locarno 2008 for March by Klaus Händl - complete the productions' recent history. The highlight of coop99's success is most certainly the nomination of Darwin's Nightmare for Best Documentary at The Academy Awards 2006 and the nomination of Toni Erdmann for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars as well as at the Golden Globes.