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Franz Walter

Cinematographer, photographer, word-smith, designer

I love giving form to ideas as much as I love exploring the rivers and the mountains. I work on things with a heart that beats.

Franz founded his solo studio in 2008. And although he loves doing things on his own, nothing is ever alone. Over the years he has been building a network of sport, culture, technology, design that is as individual as it is beautifully intertwined.

His visual language and narratives bear the stamp of a surreal poetic beauty, subtle art direction and carefully framed compositions. His works have received numerous awards and international recognition with commissions ranging from editorial to advertising, from documentary to conceptual assignments.

For prints, catalogues, collaborations, availability for works or other inquiries say hi.


Direction, cinematography, photography, editing, scriptwriting, fieldwork, expeditions, art direction, front-end development, narrative-driven design

Selected films

Tage draußen! (2020), Allein (2018), Riders on the Storm (2016), Song for Tomorrow (2016), Carpet on Memories (2014), Samaya (2014), Loslassen (2014), Tyndýk (2013)

Recent recognition:

Best Short Film
Echo Mountain Film Festival, Macedonia, 2020

Best Mountaineering Documentary
Int. Outdoor Documentary Film Festival of China, 2020

Best Short Film
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Canada, 2020

Selected collaborations

Arc’teryx, OEAV, Ortovox, adidas, Klättermusen, Gore-Tex, Lowa, Berghaus, Edelrid, Mamalila, Salewa, Ecco, Riese & Müller, Frank Kretschmann, Hans Hornberger, Ines Papert, Luka Lindič, Stephan Siegrist, Roger Schäli, Lars Schneider

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Adventure is a state of mind

I have an overall interest in so many things as it fuels me. It is a nourishing ground. I want to be able to understand and to feel a space.

I am passionate about uniting the physical and the digital to find new ways of communicating stories and experiences, to model narratives across media genres. I try to connect, not to break things, to make my work well crafted and sustainable.

Work in progress

The current version of my website was first published in late January 2020 and is in an ongoing redesign. The simple idea is to make it a shared repository of selected works, thoughts, ideas.