is a multi-award winning film and commercial Director of Photography. Over the course of his career Sebastian has collaborated with some of the world’s most talented Directors, biggest global brands, and all leading production companies. Born as the oldest of 7 children in Vienna, Austria. His Father was the Painter & Sculptor Hubert El Hombre Pfaffenbichler.While studying at Vienna's Federal Training and Research Institute of Graphic Arts, he started working for the Austrian State Television ORF as a Camera Assistant and Operator.
In 1990He found the Multimedia and Film Production Monkhill Pictures in Vienna.
In 1992 He was invited to join the Austrian Association of Cinematographers AACIn 2011 His Feature Film SPANIEN, directed by Anja Salomonowitz gained international reputation as opening film for the Forum Section of the Berlinale International Film FestivalIn 2013 He was invited to join the German Advertising Film AcademyHe lives with his wife and dog Margaux in Los Angeles, London and Vienna.
Awardsas Director of Photography1998 Nomination for MTV Europe Musikvideoaward for Rammstein dir. by Phillip Stoelzl1997 7 Nominations for German Music Video Award2002 Best Cinematography at the VDW AWARD (Association of Commercial production companies, Germany) for F6 Cigarettes2006 Silver Best Cinematography New York Festival for SEAT The Myth2006 Best Cinematography at the VDW AWARD (Association of Commercial production companies, Germany) for SEAT The Myth2009 Final Nominee for Best Cinematography at the VDW Award
Director of Photography for
Grand Prix Lions Direct Cannes 2005 Renault Modus directed by Marc MalzeGold LionCannes 2005 Renault ModusD&A Award Silber 2005 Renault ModusBronze lions Cannes 2005 Skittels directed by T. GodsalThe Porter directed by Jan Wentz Silber ADC 2005
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