Meet the selection commitees!
Meet the gang that has selected this years competition programs!
Selection comitee – International Shorts
Maximilien van Aertryck
Maximilien Van Aertryck collaborates with Axel Danielson under the banner of Plattform Produktion. Together they direct and produce both feature length documentaries and short films. Their short films have premiered in the official competitions of Berlin, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, earning several awards. Their recent short film, “Ten Meter Tower”, has been seen by millions through the New York Times’ website and was shortlisted for the Best Short Documentary Academy Award. Their films aim to have a critical and humorous approach and are distinguishable through their minimalistic style, as well as theme-based rather than plot-driven narratives.
A film strategist/publicist and festival programmer/curator, KATHLEEN McINNIS helps emerging world-cinema filmmakers merge their creative and business development from the global film festival circuit. She works to expand filmmaker networks, broaden and cultivate audience and raise profile for both the films and filmmakers at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Karlovy Vary. For nearly 30 years as programmer and curator, Kathleen has helped discover emerging filmmakers from around the globe at festivals such as Seattle, Slamdance, Palm Springs Shorts, Aspen and Toronto. She is currently the Curator of SIFF’s New Works-In-Progress Forum and program consults for short films at Tribeca Film Festival.
Vanja Ødegård (b. 1987) is in her 5th year at the Norwegian Short Film Festival as guest and festival coordinator and programmer, and has this year has a bigger role as programmer with special program and International Competition. She has a masters degree in Film Studies from NTNU and has previously been Festival Director for Oslo/Fusion Film Festival, as well as worked with several other film festival.
Atli Bjarnason (b. 1989) is the press and market cordinator at the Norwegian Short Film Festival. He has a Mastes degree in Media from the University of Oslo and has previously worked as a film distributor fro Another World Entertainment and Selmer Media. He has in addition worked as a journalist and film critic and has written for NATT&DAG, Montages and Rushprint.
Bård Ydén is the editor for the Norwegian Short Film Festival and has worked with film festivals since 2003. From 2007 to 2016 he was the Festival Director for Oslo/Fusion Film Festival, and resumes this role in 2019. He has programmed for several international festivals and he has a extensive jury experience. He was one of the founders of The Faroe Islands’ Minority Film Festival in 2016, and is this year involved in the organizing of the Startup-program for the Berlinale, Berlinale Horizon.
Selection committee – Short Doc
Karen Winther (b. 1978) graduated from the Norwegian Film School in 2012. Her first documentary “The Betrayal” is a personal film about her experience in Norwegian extremists groups as a youth, which premiered at IDFA and later received several prices. In her second documentary «EXIT» she keeps exploring the violent extremist from a personal point of view, and how extremist can change their attitudes. It premiered at CPH:DOX in 2018 and received an Honorable Mention at Nordic Docs.
Neil Young (b. Easington, UK, 1971) reviews new films regularly for The Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles) and has been a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound (London) both print and online since 2010. His other international outlets include MUBI Notebook (New York), KINO! (Ljubljana) and Tribune magazine (London).
Based in Sunderland and Vienna, he spends most of the year on the global film-festival circuit — he routinely attends more than 20 such events each year. He now works in a consultation/programming/moderation capacity for half a dozen festivals across Europe including the Viennale, and was the Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum from 2011-2015.
He has lectured at (among others) the Austrian Filmmuseum, the Riga International Film Festival and last year’s conferences on Alexei Balabanov in Moscow and St Petersburg. A member of the international film critics’ organisation Fipresci, he has served on more than two dozen festival juries including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique). His short film Vilniu Detroit premiered at the Vilnius International Film Festival 2016.
Christer Fasmer (b. 1973) is a director, film photografer and producer, and one of the founders of the company Flimmer Film in 2000. He was one of the people behind the award winning documentary series “Asylbarna”, which received the award for Best Short Doc at Bergen International Film Festival in 2015. Fasmer also won Gullruten in 2009 for the reality series “Den store reisen”.
Selection Committee – Music Video
Karima Furuseth (b. 1989) has a degree in visual arts from Malmö Kunstakademi, but works as a music producer and flans journalist. She has experience from Dagens Næringsliv, Aftenposten, Vagant, VG, Vice, Dagbladet, Filmmagasinet Z and NATT&DAG – in the latter she was the music and cultural editor. Karima has 10 years of experience as a booking agent for Øyafestivalen and has the last few years herself arranged and played at a nu,ber of venues in Norway and abroad. Together with visual artist Ida Ekblad she runs the record label Schloss.
Thor Brenne (b.1980) works primarily with short films and music videos, both in Norway and abroad. Brenne won the award for Best Music Video during the Norwegian Short Film Festival in 2010, as well as Best Director during Nordic Music Video Awards (2015) og Best Nordic Documentary på Minimalen (2019). Several of his works have premeired at Nowness, Noisey and Vimeo Staff Pick.