Renowned producer Karl Baumgartner established his career by co-founding Pandora Film in the 1980s as a leading European distributor of international arthouse films.
Apart from distribution, Pandora Film soon became involved in production as well. With Emir Kusturica's film Underground (1995), the transition to production was completed. Baumgartner's latest productions and international co-productions include Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski (2007) and Tulpan by Sergei Dvortsevoy (2008). In 2003, he established the company PALLAS FILM with Thanassis Karathanos, which focuses on European projects of a high artistic standard. The same year, he received the Award of the 'Kunst und Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Bremen' for his services to the European film industry. At the Locarno International Film Festival in 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Raimondo Rezzonico Prize. Karl Baumgartner is a member of the German, European and Asian-Pacific Film Academies.