Katharina Otto-Bernstein is a German-born, New York-based film director, producer, art enthusiast and philanthropist. For her outstanding work in the film industry and her efforts in the advancement of important cultural initiatives, Katharina has received numerous honors throughout her distinguished career.
Katharina is the Founder & Principal of Film Manufacturers Inc, an independent film production company with offices in Germany and the US. Film Manufacturers has produced several critically acclaimed documentaries, including Absolutely Wilson (Art Basel Art Film of the Year, 2006), feature films, and made-for-TV movies. Her work as a producer has garnered numerous award nominations, including a Sundance nomination for The Price of Everything, an in-depth look at the contemporary art scene and its inner workings.
An art enthusiast, Katharina has a deep passion for the development of the arts and sees it as culturally imperative. Her production company has produced notable documentary features on the art world, most recently Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures and Absolute Wilson, with the former receiving an Emmy Award nomination.
Before founding her own company, Katharina was a Director and Producer at Bilderwelt Film Production and spent time working as an Assistant Director at Anglo-International Films. She started her career at Town & Country and German Vogue.
Katharina supports many charities and cultural initiatives, including animal welfare groups and educational opportunities. She sits on the board of the Metropolitan Opera and is a member of the International Council of the Guggenheim Museum. Previously, Katharina served on the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has also been honored by her alma mater, Columbia University, for her continued support and contributions, including the donation of a new screening room for the School of the Arts, which was named in her honor.
Katharina holds an MFA from Columbia University.