Ernst Kaufmann first studied music and directing in Vienna and Munich. His first success as a director with the play Endstation Zuchthaus in the studio of the Vienna Volkstheater was followed by ten years of intensive theatre work. His work has been shown on many avant-garde stages and has received awards from the City of Vienna and the Federal Ministry for Education and the Arts.
In 1986 he began working in the film industry as a screenwriter and director for international documentaries, followed by the founding of his own independent production Trax Entertainment in 1994. As an author, Ernst Kaufmann works on cookbooks based on old monastery recipes and on novel biographies. In the field of screenplay he mainly works on literary material.