Thomas Kiennast, born 1976 in Vienna and son of famous musician Erwin Kiennast studied film at the University for Music and Art in Vienna and graduated with a diploma in camera techniques. Still in school, he already worked on his first successful commercial jobs for national and international Productionhouses, which won prices at advertising festivals all over the globe: Palermo, AME and Cannes (2002), Mobius Award (2003).
2004 he shot his first TV Series „4 Frauen und ein Todesfall”, directed by Harald sicheritz, and led into his first feature film with the same director. Through this film „Mutig in die neuen Zeiten – Im Reich der Reblaus“ he earned his first National TV Award of Best Director of Photography in Austria („Romy“ 2006). In the following years, Thomas worked very successfully in the international commercial industry but as well shot several international feature films (please check Crew United for Details).
To name a few: Walt Disney production „Hexe Lilly 2“, which was shot in Europe and India, two German / Austrian "Tatort" with Harald Sicheritz, a primatime thriller with Andreas Prochaska and a new one to come in 2013.
In 2017 Thomas Kiennast shoots the elaborate, historic television series "Maximilian" with Andreas Prohaska. In 2018 he wins the Ger-man Film Award for "3 Days in Quiberon" in the category Best Camera / Image Design and receives a nomination for the German Camera Award. This award winning black and white movie about 3 days in the life of Romy Schneider is the result of his collaboration with director Emiliy Atef. Thomas Kiennast thus manages to work successfully in both the feature film and the commercial film industry internationally.