“Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness” awarded “Best Film” at Mirabile Dictu – International Catholic Film Festival 2019

Director Hermann Weiskopf with the “Best Film Award”, Film Festival President Liana Marabini and her husband Mauro Marabini – under the high patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture

Our wonderful actress Jasmin Mairhofer, Lucas Zolgar (plays Otto Neururer), Dr. Peter Mair the great scriptwriter and Gino Sgreva the Italian grandmaster and chief cameraman accompanied by young filmmaker Lorenzo Balestriere… they were all impressed by the high quality of the competition entries… they all made it possible with the rest of the AVG film team that we were able to receive this unique recognition in Rome.

Come together of the AVG film team at the Award Night
The AVG winning team with producer Norbert Blecha, film festival president Liana Marabini and Principessa Maria Pia Ruspoli president of the jury
The wonderful Award Design of the Silver Fish…
Another happy moment of an unforgettable festival evening…!
Also the next day at breakfast with my wife Paola there was still a lot of joy!

One church and 60 cinema premieres all over Austria…

Film screening in Otto Neururer’s parish church Götzens

With the actors Ottfried Fischer, Lucas Zolgar, Jasmin Mairhofer, screenwriter Dr. Peter Mair and director Hermann Weiskopf, the internationally award-winning film “Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness” is on the biggest cinema premiere tour Austria has ever seen.

Countless conversations with the audience and a very special film screening in the parish church of Götzens, where Otto Neururer’s urn is located…. all unforgettable experiences for which we would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts! Further information on

Vienna premiere with audience favourite Ottfried Fischer and producer Norbert Blecha at Urania Kino
Oberpullendorf Cinema
Group photo with the filmmakers Dr. Peter Mair and Hermann Weiskopf

Further International Film Awards…

“Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness” wins prize for “Best Music” at the International Sound and Film Music Festival in Pula Croatia, prize for “Best Feature Film” at the Southampton International Film Festival, where Heinz Fitz is also awarded Best Male Actor! Best International Feature Film in New Mexico/USA, Best Actor and Best Costumes at West Europe International Film Festival Brussels etc. etc.

Award “Best Music” for Otto Neururer – the winners Bernhard Falkner and Marlon Prantl in picture with the Grand Master of International Sound Design Eddy Joseph
The Austrian cultural attachés Wilhelm Pfeistlinger (Brussels), Marina Chrystoph (Paris), Maestro Ottfried Fischer, Hermann and Enzo Weiskopf, Gwen Mc Guirk, Kirsten Ossoinig at the Film Festival in Brussels

Congratulations to Lucas Zolgar for his interpretation of priest Otto Neururer and to Gwen Mc Guirk for the fabulous costumes and to the whole film team for the award Best International Feature Film….

Lucas Zolgar, Gwen Mc Guirk, Hermann Weiskopf
Director Hermann Weiskopf with the award for Best International Feature Film in New Mexico
Film Award for the Best International Feature Film
Film Awards Best Actor and Best Costume

Unforgettable and deeply heart touching… the meeting with Our Holiness Pope Francis!


….also the preview of our movie “Otto Neuruer – Hope through Darkness” in the Filmoteca Vaticana in the Vatican! As well as the wonderful reception at our Austrian Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Franziska Honsowitz-Friessnigg.

The film crew and numerous guests of honor around our Maestro Ottfried Fischer in the
Filmoteca Vaticana
President of the State Tyrol Parliament Sonja Ledl-Rossmann (left), Ambassador to the Holy See Dr. Franziska Honsowitz-Friessnigg with Ottfried Fischer, Hermann Weiskopf and Dr. Peter Mair

“Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness” wins the Jury Award and Audience Award for the best feature film at Vero Beach – Florida, Best Costume Design in Valencia and…

Lucas Zolgar (plays Otto Neururer), Ottfried Fischer (co-producer and plays Fr. Anton), Jasmin Mairhofer (plays juvenile delinquent Sofia), Hermann Weiskopf (director) are happy about the various awards achieved for “Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness”
Jury Award Ceremony for the best narrative feature film in Vero Beach – Florida
Jury und Audience Award Winner Hermann Weiskopf with Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival Director Jerusha Stewart in Florida
Award Winner for Best Costume Design Gwen McGurik (right) with director Hermann Weiskopf and costume design assistant Eileen Hill at South Europe International Film Festival in Valencia-Spain

… and more nominations and screenings at various international film festivals like: West Europe International Film Festival in Brussels, Portoviejo Film Festival in Equador, Over the Rhine International Film Festival in Cincinnati/Ohio, International Film Festival Innsbruck, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Iowa…

Life is Beautiful…

working together on these amazing new feature film projects:

The Sisters – the true stroy of Nun Angela!
Carl Lampert – the last prayer!
Death March – the last fight for survival!
10 Hours Water!

Inspired, brilliant and profound – Ottfried Fischer in “Otto Neururer – Hope through Darkness”

Ottfried Fischer starring as priest Anton

A big thank you to the entire film crew for having worked tirelessly to create this incredible movie, about the challenging and inspiring life of Otto Neururer. Priest Neururer fought against National Socialism in the name of his faith. For hope and for the equality of all human beings… The 89-minute movie is finally ready! Soon to be seen at international film festivals, in cinemas and on TV…

Numerous Nominations for “3 Days in Rome” at International Film Festivals

for Best Short Documentary, Best Directing in a Short Documentary and Best Editing in a Short Documentary

From the Film Festival of Cannes, American Documentary Film Festival, River Film Festival in Italy and Goa Short Film Festival to Southhampton Inernational Film Festival…the true tale of the incredible love between Erika and Emil Shomrony, who survived the Holocaust and World War II, knows no bounds!