Austrian ski champion inspires the film and sports industry in China 

On September 6, the Austrian Embassy and ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Beijing hosted a screening event for the film “Chasing the Line - Klammer” in Beijing. The movie as well as the Q&A with the Austrian ski champion Franz Klammer encouraged discussions among numerous professional guests about future Sino-Austrian cooperation in both.


Film Screening “Chasing the Line - Klammer” 

The movie “Chasing the Line - Klammer” (link to trailer) is a historic sports biopic and romance film set in the Austrian Alps of the 70ies and deals with the legendary downhill run of Mr. Franz Klammer at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. The true story of the Austrian ski athlete, who remains the most successful World Cup downhill racer of all times, was presented to selected guests of the Chinese film industry at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing on September 6. The event also featured a live Q&A session with “the real” ski athlete Mr. Franz Klammer via live streaming.  

“Our vision was to tell the true story of an Austrian hero who found the strength to win a competition against all odds. Our goal was to create a film that celebrates love, sports and of course the Olympics” says producer Mr. Jakob Pochlatko (epo-film). “Chasing the Line - Klammer” was produced by epo-film, Samsara Filmproduktion and Sabotage Films and shot in only 36 days with the help of a stunt team including a ski champion. The movie received a lot of praise from the professional audience in China for the script up to the post-production quality.  

The film screening under the patronage of the Austrian Embassy was part of the ReFocus Austria initiative and took place within the scope of go-international.  

Carinthia and Tirol - spectacular film locations in Austria 

Austria is attracting international film professionals with its fantastic landscape of the Alps, the unique historic architecture and the possibilities of shooting extreme sport scenes. A combination of this setting with a top-notch infrastructure, highly skilled producers and state of the art technology provides the perfect environment for international production companies. For more information, please visit Besides the capital Vienna, two more remarkable Austrian shooting locations appear in the movie “Chasing the Line”: the southern province of Carinthia, home of Franz Klammer, and the western province of Tirol, host of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.  

Carinthia has an impressive landscape and cultural diversity. The Austrian province impresses with over 1,000 crystal-clear lakes, a fascinating mountain world and above-average hours of sunshine. The southern flair and the uniqueness of the Alps-Adriatic region, the exciting intersection of three cultures, namely Austria, Italy and Slovenia, become visible in the diversity of culture and architecture. Carinthia as a film destination is perfect for all filmmakers who are looking for diverse, authentic and original film locations. The Carinthia Film Commission sees itself as the first and, above all, free contact point for filmmakers with questions regarding the acquisition of productions and the realization of filming. In addition, the Carinthia Film Commission provides filmmakers with assistance in the areas of location services, supplier services and film funding. Selected projects that meet the CFC guidelines and have a cultural connection to Carinthia receive an adequate production cost subsidy. Please find further details at (in German) or contact

Tirol, in the heart of the Alps, provides an easy access to stunning Alpine locations from mountain valleys and lakes way up to glacier regions. The region benefits from four very distinctive seasons and monuments from past epochs just as contemporary architecture. Tirol is located in the midst of Europe, conveniently reachable via the international airports in Munich and Vienna, and offers the skills and know-how of local film crews. As member of the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) and a founding member of the EUFCN (European Film Commissions Network) and the AFC&F (Austrian Film Commissions & Funds), Cine Tirol Film Commission executes various promotion activities, including regular participations in international film festivals, location fairs and coproduction meetings. Cine Tirol provides a comprehensive and free location service for all film makers and their audiovisual projects like feature films, TV-movies and series, documentaries, music videos and commercials. Selected film projects may also receive financial support through a production incentive. Since the foundation of Cine Tirol in 1998, more than 1,500 film productions from near and far have been shot in Tirol – among them, „James Bond 007 – SPECTRE“ was the biggest production so far. Please visit or follow the WeChat channel 蒂罗尔州旅游局 for details. 

European players aiming at strengthening film cooperation with China 

PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL is a World Sales and Production company located in Berlin. It is managed by Ms. Yuanyuan Rothbauer who has worked for one of first Chinese Companies with the mandate to import foreign Films into China. After relocating to Germany, she built Picture Tree International which has licensed countless films into the Chinese markets, including various films that have received a theatrical release quota for the Chinese market. 

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Beijing is the Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy and part of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. It represents more than 528,000 Austrian companies worldwide and provides a broad range of intelligence and business development services for both, Austrian companies and their international business partners.