Photo credit : Ève Dufaud

Kristina Wagenbauer

Réalisatrice | Scénariste

Born in Russia, Kristina moved to Lugano when she was 8 years old and she lived in the Swiss Italian city until she graduated in Communication Sciences at the University of Lugano. In 2010, Kristina moved to Montreal where she completed the Film Directing program at INIS.

Since 2007 she has directed, written and produced several short-films. Her first feature Sashinka was supported by Telefilm Canada’s Talents to watch program.

Over the last few years, her work was showcased in several festivals including Locarno Film Festival, Regard sur le court-métrage in Saguenay, Off-Courts Trouville and Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

Kristina also attended several prestigious workshops, including The Summer Film School at the Locarno Film Festival 2008, the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2011, and the Eave producer’s workshop in 2014.


Kristina's demo



Feature film, 78 min, Canada
Prod. Art & Essai Micro I Dist. Funfilm


Indie Spirit Award - Naples Int. Film Festival, USA 2018
Canadian Screen Awards 3 nominations: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Carla Turcotte) | Achievement in Editing (Julie Saulnier) | Achievement in Music – Original Song (Jean-Sébastien Williams), Toronto 2019
Gala Québec cinéma - Finalist for 4 Iris awards : Best female interpretation in a leading role (Carla Turcotte, Sasha), Best female interpretation in a supporting role (Natalia Dontcheva, Elena), Best role distribution (Nolwenn Daste, Fanny Rainville & Kristina Wagenbauer), Best first feature film, Montreal, 2019
Gala Québec Cinéma - 3 nominations : Best actress, Best actress in a supporting role, Best role distribution, Montreal 2019

Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) 2017
Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2018 - New Director's Competition
Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival, Canada 2018
Filmfest Bremen International Film Festival, Germany 2018
TOFIFEST, Poland 2018
Whistler Film Festival, Canada 2018 - Nomination for the AWFJ Eda Award
Festival Dona y Cine, Valencia 2019 - Special Mention of the jury
Naples International Film Festival, USA 2018
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2019
Rendez-vous Quebec Cinema (RVQC), Montreal 2019
Festival du Film Canadien à Dieppe 2019
Journées du cinéma québécois in Italia, Milan and Florence 2019
Canadian Screen Arts Festival: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, St John’s, and Iqaluit.

Ailleurs Exactement


Short film, 23 min, Canada-Switzerland
Prod. Art & Essai


Jury Award – Breakthroughs Film Festival - Toronto, Canada 2015
Winterthur Kurzfilmtage, Switzerland 2014 - Official Selection
Festival européen du court-métrage de Nice, France 2014
Off-Court Trouville, France, 2014



Short film, 17 min, Canada-Switzerland
Prod. Ventura film I TV5


Audience Choice Award – Shnit Film Festival, Switzerland 2013
Jury Special Mention – Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany 2013
Jury Award “Coup de Coeur” – Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal, Canada 2013
First Price Best Short-film, Festival del film delle Centovalli, Switzerland 2013
Prix Spirafilm - Festival Off-court Trouville 2013
Jury Special Mention – FFR, Montreal, Canada 2013
Prends ça court, Montreal Quebec Canada 2013
Festival Écran Mobile, Switzerland 2013
Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2013
Swiss Film Festival in São Paulo, Brazil 2013
In the Palace, Bulgary 2013
Vila Do Conde, Portugal 2013
Lago Film Fest, Italy 2013
Festival Open Cinema, Russia 2013
XX CapalbioCinema, Italy 2013
Off-Court, France 2013
Atlantic Film Festival, Canada 2013
Shnit, Switzerland 2013

Bowling Chez Denise


Short-film, 11min20
Prod. INIS, Canada


Official Selection - Festival du Film de Locarno, Switzerland 2010
Festival Off-Courts, France 2010
Shnit Switzerland 2010
Festival Images en Vues, Iles de la Madeleine, Canada 2010
Solothurn Filmtage, Switzerland 2010



Short-film, 5 min
Prod. KINO00 & K. Wagenbauer


Spirafilm Award - Festival Off-court Trouville, France 2013
Winner of the 2012 MK2 contest, Paris - the film screened in front of the feature films of all the MK2 in Paris for a year, 2012.
First Prize and Public Prize - Centovalli Film Festival, Switzerland 2011
Shnit, Switzerland
Message to Man, Russia
La boca del Lobo, Spain
Festival en Lumière, Montreal Quebec, Canada
Festival di Film au Féminin, Switzerland



Short-film, 4min30
Prod. INIS


First Price - Cinémental Festival, Manitoba Canada 2011
Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, Montreal 2010
Fantasia Film Festival, Montreal 2010
Rencontres sous la tente, Ouarzazate, Moroco 2010
Rencontres Henri Langois, Poitier 2010
Festival Etiudia & Anima, Cracovie 2010
Cinemental, Canada 2010
Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma, Belgium 2010

Filomgraphy Advertising | Corporate | Videoclip



Direction of multiple corporate videos for the human resources of Brother.

Carry me, Alejandra Ribera


Music Video
DOP Marie Davignon

Exposition « Humain » Montreal Science Center


Publicity, agency : Alfred

Inter promo


Corporate video , Production : Qualia productions

Uninvited (Storm), The Franklin Electric


Music video

Yannick Rieu


Vidéos promotionnels I Yari Productions

I want, Alejandra Ribera


Music video
DOP Marie Davignon

Amends, Jean-Sebastien Williams


Music video


Academy Program for Women Directors
Cohort 2018 (8 selected from 350 candidates)
Internship with Émile Gaudreault on "Mytho" Prod. Cinémaginaire
Internship with Myriam Verreault on "5e Rang" Prod. Casablanca

National Institute of Image and Sound (INIS), Canada
Diploma in Film Direction, 2010.

University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Canada
Cinema Screenwriting Certificate, 2014.

Locarno Summer Academy, Festival du film de Locarno, 2009
Berlinale Talent Campus, Festival de Berlin, 2011
EAVE, European Audiovisual entrepreneurs, Luxembourg 2014