Karin Pritzel, an award winning Director/ Filmmaker, was raised in a household that encouraged and nurtured all forms of art and music. She developed a passion for film, photography and design from an early age, which initially brought her towards one of the few roles that were open to women in the Irish film industry in the 90’s, Make-up artistry.
Karin studied full-time under Toni Delany at the Institute of Art Design and Technology and was awarded a diploma in Design for Film, Tv and Theatre from IADT. She became a make-up artist on Irish, international, award winning shorts and feature films. However her camera came everywhere with her.
With advancements in technology and the changing landscape for women in film, her passion for film and photography led her away from the Make-up department to pursue a career in directing and filmmaking and writing. She began with Photography then moved onto filming music videos and commercial content.
In 2020, she was awarded a second class Hon’s Degree in Film and Television Production at IADT National Film School, Dublin in 2020, majoring in Directing/Producing for Documentary and minoring in sound design while also undertaking the film editing module in her spare time.
She wrote and directed her first short historical costume drama ‘Cillín’ which was highly commended by Jim Sheridan and the Dublin Arabic Film Festival. She created, directed and edited two short documentary films ‘Into the deep end’ and ‘Fatherly’.
Her documentary ‘Fatherly’ won the Royal Television Society- Republic of Ireland Award 2021 in the non scripted category and had its film premier at the New York City Independent Film Festival in June 2021.
It has also made official selection at ‘Docs Ireland’ film festival and will show August 2021 in Belfast.