Bernhard was born 1992 in Salzburg, Austria. He is living in Vienna, where he studied directing at the Vienna Film Academy.
His short film EXCUSE ME, I'M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND was awarded Best Short Film at the Austrian Film Awards 2019, won the Max Ophüls Award, as well as both short film awards at the Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film. His short RECORDINGS FOR A WEATHER CAMERA is nominated for the 2023 First Steps Award.
Bernhard's shorts have been screened at prestigious film festivals and won numerous awards. His films have been broadcasted by ARTE/ZDF, SRF and MDR, selected as Vimeo staff picks and one as Short Of The Week. Another one went viral on Facebook with more than 12 million views in total. Bernhard is an alumni of Berlinale Talents, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Zürich Film Festival Academy and Talent Village Les Arcs.
Currently Bernhard is in post production for his debut feature film PEACOCK. With his script he was selected for the 40th Cinéfondation Residence of the 73rd Festival de Cannes 2020 (artist-in-residence program). The Austrian-German co-production starrs Albrecht Schuch, Julia Franz Richter, Anton Noori, Maria Hofstätter, Branko Samarovski, Salka Weber and many more, MK2 is World Sales.
RECORDINGS OF A WEATHER CAMERA
Short Narrative I 18' I Austria/Germany I Vienna Film Academy
World Premiere at Max Ophüls Preis, Nominated for the First Steps Award 2023
GUY PROPOSES TO HIS GIRLFRIEND ON A MOUNTAIN
Short Narrative/Oneshot I 13' I Austria I Vienna Film Academy
8 Awards I 55 Film Festivals incl. Sapporo, Show Me Shorts, DC Shorts, Torino, Diagonale
EXCUSE ME, I'M LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND
Short Narrative I 23' I Austria/Germany I Vienna Film Academy
41 Awards I 125 Film Festivals incl. Sarajevo, Hamburg, Flickers, Hollyshorts, Vienna Shorts
Short Doc I 5' I Austria I Vienna Film Academy
25 Awards I 195 Film Festivals incl. Guanajuato, Milano, Uppsala, Odense, Chicago, Nashville
Short Narrative I 6' I Austria
20 Awards I 127 Film Festivals incl. Palm Springs, Rhode Island