Marco Kalantari

Born 20.06.1974 in Vienna / Austria
Nationality: Austria /Europe
Languages: German, English, Mandarin, Japanese

In 2005, the eccentric Austrian filmmaker completed his first full-length feature film AINOA, the biggest independent movie produced in Austria to date. AINOA was released in Austria in 2006 by Buena Vista International and distributed worldwide by Beta Film Munich.

Marco started his international commercial career with a Silver Lion in Cannes 2003 for his TVC for “Medecins Sans Frontiers”. Within a year Marco became one of the most demanded directors on the Indian commercial market, directed the two biggest commercial projects ever produced in India at that point in time, and soon shot all over Asia - including China, South-East Asia, Hongkong, and Japan. He worked on commercials with numerous celebrities, including top-tier Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Kareena Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Abhishek Bacham and Mahesh Babu, and Chinese superstars Jay Chou (Now You See Me 2, The Green Lantern) and Wang Leehom (Blackhat). He also worked with soccer legend Neymar Jr. for the Chinese mobile phone brand OPPO.

Marco has lived in Shanghai and Beijing for four years, and he is fluent in Mandarin and has gained a lot of experience and skill during his intensive work in different countries, cultures, and languages. Since 2010 he has been based in Tokyo.

In 2015 Marco released his short film THE SHAMAN, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and became a great critical success. It traveled to numerous film festivals around the globe. The trailer went viral on Youtube and has over 6.3 million views.

Marco considers himself as a "professional dreamer". His feature film work strongly influenced his TV commercial style, his portfolio includes global brands like Nokia, Pepsi, Chevrolet, BMW, Lexus, Toyota, Alibaba, HSBC, Tencent or Panasonic. Many of his works involve action and big-scale storytelling. Marco focuses on emotion and the narrative motivation of each of his visuals. He is possessed by his passion for developing characters and visualizing worlds.

Marco Kalantari

FILMOGRAPHY TV COMMERCIALS (selected)

YAMAHA “Rev Station” - JAPAN / SOUTH EAST ASIA
YKK - “Fashion” - JAPAN
Toyota Prius “Me” – DUBAI
Panasonic “Smart Viera” – JAPAN
Norwegian Cruise Lines “Captain Leehom” – CHINA
Norwegian Cruise Lines “Approaching China” – CHINA
Norwegian Cruise Lines “Family” – CHINA
Tencent “Honor Of Kings” - CHINA
Sprite “Battle” – CHINA
Pepsi “Game” – INDIA
Vivo “PUBG” – INDIA
Vivo “Battery” – INDIA
Vivo “In-display” - INDIA
Thums Up “Charged” - INDIA
Nokia “Duckie” - INDIA
Nokia “N-Gage” - INDIA
Citibank “Robot” - HONGKONG
Citibank “Father” - HONGKONG
Citibank “Robot” - HONGKONG
Djuice “007” - UKRAINE
Djuice “Trailer” - UKRAINE
Djuice “Prison” - UKRAINE
Fortuna “Soccer” - Czech REPUBLIC
NCL “China launch” - CHINA
NCL “Family” - CHINA
OPPO “Neymar” - CHINA
Motorola “Moto Z” - CHINA
Alibaba “Aliyun” - CHINA
Lexus “Different” - CHINA
ACER “Journalist” - CHINA
Gilette “Father and Son” - CHINA
BMW “UFO” - CHINA
Samsung “Butler” - CHINA
Volvo “Swing” - CHINA
Volvo “Cat and Dog” - CHINA
Sirkus “Virus” - ICELAND
Vodafone “Prepaid” - ROMANIA
Ursus “SWAT” - Romania
Obolon “Beermix” - UKRAINE
Strepsils “Future” - GERMANY
Beko “Dreams” - TURKEY
Reliance “BIG TV” - INDIA
HSBC “You” - INDIA
HP “Express yourself” - INDIA
Chevrolet “Beat” - INDIA
Thums up “The Usual” - INDIA
LG ‘Children” - INDIA
Medecins Sans Frontiers “Children” - AUSTRIA
(the campaign won a Silver Lion at the Cannes Advertisement Film Festival 2003)

FEATURE FILM

The Circle Luther (1997, 30 mins)
Dreynschlag (2003, 10 mins)
Ainoa (2005, 98 mins) released by Buena Vista International
The Shaman (2015, 16 mins)

BRANDS

BMW
Toyota
Pepsi
Volvo
HSBC Bank
Sprite
Siemens
Nokia
Thums Up
Acer
Yamaha
Oppo
Vivo
Pudong Development Bank
Chinamobile
Airtel
Vodafone
Yamaha
HP
Nintendo
Mastercard
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Citibank
Haier
Bajaj
YKK
Panasonic
Gillette
Lenovo
Motorola
Samsung
Reliance
Hitachi
LG
Mountain Dew
Chevrolet
Lexus

Marco Kalantari

 

AWARDS:
2015 Nominated for a Jury Award at the Tribeca Film Festival for Best Narrative Short for “The Shaman”

2012 Winner of a Gold Shooting Award at the ROI Festival for BMW “UFO”

2011 Winner of a Gold Shooting Award at the ROI Festival for ACER “Journalist”

2005 Winner of a Special Jury Award at the Stodhary Film Festival for “Ainoa”

2003 Winner of a Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival for Advertisement for Medecins Sans Frontiers “Children”

2003 Winner of a Gold Award at the Festival Palermo for Medecins Sans Frontiers “Children”

Marco Kalantari
Marco Kalantari