Born in 1950 in Villach, Austria. Josef Aichholzer became involved in film early on, when he participated in documenting the illegal occupation of the Arena, a youth center in Vienna, by protesters in 1976. Two years later he founded Filmladen Filmverleih, a new theatrical distribution company, and since then he has worked primarily in the areas of scriptwriting, directing and production. In 1986 he cofounded the Votiv Kino, a movie theater in Vienna, which he also co-managed until 1996. Since establishing Aichholzer Filmproduktion GmbH in 1998 he has worked exclusively as a producer. In 2009 he became the chairman of the Academy of Austrian Film, which he had cofounded in 1998.