Meet the selection committees!
Meet the people who have selected this year’s competition programs.
Selection Committee – Norwegian Shorts
Truls Krane Meby is a self-taught filmmaker based in Berlin and Lofoten in Norway. He made the award-winning short films «Grep», «Good Machine Gun Sound», «Worldwide Woven Bodies» and «Mobile». At the moment he is in the process of finalizing his first feature film.
Jannicke Systad Jacobsen is a director and screenwriter. She has studied in Prague, London, and Oslo, and has made several short films and documentaries, including «War on Paranoia» (2003) and «Sandmann: The Story of a Socialist Superman» (2005), which was nominated for the Golden Screen Award. Jannicke’s feature film debut «Turn Me On, Dammit!» (2011) received the award for Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her second feature «110% Honest» was released theatrically in 2019.
Ali Parandian is a Norwegian-Iranian filmmaker, born i Tehran and raised in Norway. He studied at The Norwegian National Film School 2007 – 2010. His fiction film debut «No Man is an Island» (2017), received the Amanda Award for Best Short Film in 2018. He is currently editing his feature film debut, and a short film by his own company Anicca Pictures, in addition to developing his second feature film with Oslo Pictures.
Selection committee – Short Documentary
Chloé Faulkner is a French-Canadian film worker based in Oslo. She has a master’s degree in Political Science from Sciences Po in Paris and London School of Economics. Faulkner has previously worked at the French Institute in London and Institut Français at the French Embassy to Norway. She has also been involved in the Films From the South festival in Oslo, both as a film- and festival coordinator and as part of the festival’s program committee. Since 2013, she has been the Head of Booking at The Norwegian Federation of Film Societies and contributed to the film industry magazine Z as a writer and critic.
Susann Østigaard is a documentary filmmaker, with degrees in cinematography from Lillehammer University College, and Documentary directing from Volda College University. She is a co-owner of production company Fri Film, and directed and produced the documentary «Light Fly, Fly High» along with her colleague Beathe Hofseth. The film premiered at IDFA in 2013, where it received the Oxfam Global Justice Award, and has since been screened at around 80 international festivals, in addition to receiving the Amanda Award for Best Documentary in 2014. From 2017 to 2019, Østigaard was the executive director of Oslo Pix Film Festival.
Maximilien van Aertryck is a French/German/Swedish filmmaker working at Plattform Produktion. With his partner Axel Danielson, he directs and produces both feature length documentaries and short films. Their short films have premiered in official competitions at Berlinale, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto, receiving several awards. Their films aim is to have a critical and humorous approach, and are distinguishable through their theme-based rather than plot-driven narratives. Their short film «Ten Meter Tower» has been seen by millions through the New York Times’ Op-Docs website and was shortlisted for an Academy Award as well as an Emmy Award in 2018.
Selection Committee – Music Video
As a documentary filmmaker, Trond Kvig Andreassen has made the films «Six Degrees» (Vimeo Staff Pick), «Neighbors» and «Everything That Could Have Been», all of which have received several awards at Norwegian and international film festivals. He has made music videos for artists such as Kråkesølv and Sondre Justad, among others. His music video for Justad’s «Ikke som de andre», which screened in Grimstad in 2019, was nominated for Spellemannsprisen (the “Norwegian Grammys”) in 2019.
Wendi Pendeza Kazonza is a founding partner of the Oslo-based music company GILT, taking care of copyrights in addition to providing publishing services. The company represents music producer and composer Marte Eberson, and artists such as Kristoffer Lo and Erlend Mokkelbost. In addition to working closely with the company’s songwriters, Kazonza has also worked for film production company Barbosa Film and did music supervision on their TV series «Nudes».
Selection comitee – International Shorts
Neil Young regularly reviews films for The Hollywood Reporter and has been a frequent contributor to Sight & Sound, Tribune Magazine, and others. Based in Sunderland and Vienna, he now works in a consultation/programming/moderation capacity for half a dozen festivals across Europe including the Viennale, and he was Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the National Media Museum from 2011 to 2015. 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 in 2016.
Vanja Ødegård has previously worked as festival and guest coordinator, as well as programmer for The Norwegian Short Film Festival. She has a master’s degree in Film Studies from NTNU, and been festival director of the Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival, in addition to working for Kosmorama, Films From the South and other festivals. She currently works as a research librarian at the Film and Media Section of the National Library of Norway.
Cato Fossum is a former programmer for Tromsø International Film Festival and Director of Programming at Oslo Pix. He also contributes to film magazines Z and wuxia. Fossum now works for The Norwegian Short Film Festival.
Bard Ydén has been the editor for the Norwegian Short Film Festival since 2018, but has worked with film festivals since 2003. From 2007 to 2016 he was the Festival Director for Oslo/Fusion Film Festival, a role he resumed in 2018. He has programmed for several international festivals and has an extensive jury experience. He is the co-founder of The Faroe Islands’ Minority Film Festival, and in 2019 he joined the team of Berlinale Horizon’s Startups-program.
Julie Pichard has a degree in film editing and has worked extensively as an editor in France and Norway. She has also studied cultural project management and worked as a coordinator for Institut Français at the French Embassy to Norway. Julie started as guest coordinator for the festival in 2019 and now works as the festival’s producer.
Anita Svingen is the festival manager at The Norwegian Short Film Festival, and has been attached to the festival since 2006. She has a bachelor’s degree in Film and TV studies from the University of Westminster in London, and worked in TV production for many years.