Ole Giæver
Director & screenwriter, Tromsø, Norway

Ole is educated at Nordland Kunst- og Filmskole, Kabelvåg, Norway and Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. He made a long row of short films which were screened on national and international film festivals. At the national short film festival in Grimstad he participated with his films The Pledge (2003), Blokk B (2006) and for his short film Tommy (2007) he was awarded with the Talent Prize and Prix UIP Grimstad, an award which gave him the nomination for the European Film Awards. Tommy was also awarded the Tromsøpalme at Tromsø International Film Festival in 2007.

Ole Giævers last film Sommerhuset had cinema premier February 22nd 2008. Currently he is working on the script for his first long fiction film.

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Per-Ivar Jensen
Filmmaker & musician, Norway

Per-Ivar Jensen, born in Nordreisa in Troms in 1968, is a musician, an actor and a short film director. He is the former leader of legendary rock band “Per Ivars Orkester”. As a short film director he was the first ever recipient of the Tromsø Palm Award with his film SKÅRUNGEN back in 2002, and he has presented all his later films in the FFN program. For this year we present a retrospective of his short films.

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Marianne O Ulrichsen
Actor and director, Oslo, Norway

Born in Lofoten and educated at Nordland Videoverksted and The National Film And Television School in England. She has been actress in films like INSOMNIA (by Erik Skjoldbjærg) and FOLK FLEST BOR I KINA (by Thomas Robsam). Marianne directed a series of short and middle-length films, among those the award winning KOM and SOM MIN SØSTER. Currently she is developing her first feature film.


Magne Pettersen
Director & screenwriter, Sandnessjøen, Norway

Magne is a director who often explores the comical elements of deep tragedy and the sad and melancholic sides of comedy. He has directed ten short films, some of which have been selected for numerous film festivals across the globe and screened at national and international TV channels. His short “Hopp” (2005) won a jury award at Regensburg 2005 and the CANAL+ International Award at Cinema Jove in Valencia 2006, and “Parat” won the award for Best Short Film at Stavanger 2009. This year “SØPLA” (“The Garbage”) will be screened at French CANAL+ as well as being represented at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2010 by international sales agent Premium Films, Paris.

In 2009, Magne joined Zentropa International Norway as feature film director. He is currently writing the script for his feature film debut, “I Could Have Walked Home Blindfolded”, based on the novel by Joachim Førsund, as well as developing other feature projects at Zentropa. Magne is also a commercial film director at Dallas Film in Oslo and runs independent film production company Retriever Film.

Magne graduated from the University of Trondheim NTNU in 2001 with a Cand.mag. (4-year degree) in Film & Media Production.

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Tom Schreiber
Director and producer, Köln, Germany

Born in 1969 in Bavaria. He worked as a camera assistant in still photography and documentary film before studying Film at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne. After a year at the Escuela de Cine y Televisión in Cuba he finished his studies with the short film Vita Reducta.

He than worked as an assistant director for various feature films in Spain and Germany.

In 2001 he shot his first feature film Fools (Narren), which had its premiere at the Berlinale 2002. His award winning second feature “Dr Alemán” which was shot entirely in Coloumbia, was successfully screened on more than 30 festivals.

After Co-founding the Web TV “datenstrudel” he founded the production company “58FILME” in 2007 which since than has produced several feature and documentary films. Tom Schreiber lives and works in Cologne.


Workshop leader Gaza-workshop

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Ezzaldeen Shalah
Director, Gaza, Palestine

Palestinian director, criticizer and Academic teacher at Palestine University. He has a Master degree in (Treatment of Documentary and fiction films which focus on Al Aqsa Intefada). He is preparing now his Doctoral dissertation in the Palestinian Cinema.

He is working in Media since 15 years. During these years he wrote many scripts and directed film. He made TV reportages and participated in many festivals. He was a jury member in different Arabic Film festivals (Morocco, Algeria, Egypt).


Documentary workshop

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Anniken Hoel
Filmmaker, Tromsø/Berlin

Anniken Hoel is a Norwegian filmmaker living in Berlin. She has special interest in political filmmaking mixed with formalistic approaches that does not fit into a pre-formatted box.