Making an Ancient Forest

Unmanaged for over a quarter century, the forests of the Kalkalpen National Park (Austria) have relied on natural dynamics that are far more intricate and ingenious than previously imagined, luring even the lynx to return ‘home’ after 115 years of absence


Director: Dr. Rita Schlamberger

Rita Schlamberger is an internationally successful director and producer of nature films from Austria. Before starting her career as a film maker she studied biology and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University in Graz.
As a student she discovered her passion for the submarine world, and her many dive expeditions led her to ulterior regions of the world.
In 2006 she made her pilot‘s license and after filming the Alps she succeeded making spectacular aerial shots in Africa for a film about the Sambesi.
In 1992 she founded the ScienceVision film production together with her husband Michael. Since then she produces a vast number of international award-winning nature documentaries for BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, ZDF, NDR, NHK, THIRTEEN WNET, ORF, Servus TV and many more.
Following the multiple awards winning Universum documentary „Donau – Lebensader Europas“ (Europe‘s Amazon), her current film „Zurück zum Urwald –Nationalpark Kalkalpen“ (Making an Ancient Forest) shows the incredible strategies applied by the “organism forest” to achieve the reconversion into a primeval forest.

52 Min.
Director: Dr. Rita Schlamberger
Script: Rita Schlamberger, Jan Hosek
Cinematography: Jiri Petr, Michael Schlamberger
Editing: Andrew Naylor, Omer Sacic
Music: Alexander Bresgen
Narrator: Michou Friesz
Awards: Best Film 2016,
Best Postproduction 2016
Nominations: Best Animal Behaviour 2016,
Best Postproduction 2016