Film director, Norway
Torfinn (b. 1985 Sortland, Norway) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture (film and television) from Lillehammer University College, including a semester at Hawaii Pacific University, and graduated from Nordland College of Art and Film in 2009. He participated at Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009, and his short film Levi’s Horse was selected to the Generation Programme of Berlinale 2012. His debut feature film Oskars Amerika was selected to Berlinale Generation in 2017.
Jerusalem-born filmmaker Mahasen Nasser-Eldin tells stories of resistance and resilience, crafting carefully researched and scripted narratives that restore new life to forgotten figures and celebrate those on the margins of society.
Her films, which have screened at local and international festivals, feature characters such as Karimeh Abbud, the first woman photographer in Palestine (Restored Pictures, 2012), Mays, a Palestinian Circus School artist (From Palestine with Love, 2010), Samia, a 71 year old feisty, active and committed woman whose life is marked by her struggle for the right of girls to education and the right of Palestinians to live in Jerusalem (Samia, 2009), and Abu Daoud, an East Jerusalem father whose son is due to appear next day in the Israeli military court (On the East Side, 2007).
While these films focus on pre- and post-Nakba Palestine, her current film, now in post-production, ventures further afield to follow the stories told by the people of Canada's First Nations.
A meticulous researcher, Mahasen specializes in reconstructing and scripting historical narratives using audio and visual archives. Her research interest focuses on the use of film in the writing of historical narratives. She is currently conducting research for a film about early modern Palestinian women in 1920 Palestine.
Mahasen holds a master's degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and a master's degree in filmmaking from Goldsmith's College, London. She currently teaches film production and film studies at Bethlehem's Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture.
Animator, video director and musician, Norway
Lasse Gjertsen is a Norwegian animator, video director and musician. He is best known for his videos and cartoons from Youtube's early days, and is considered to be one of the first Youtube-personalities. Lasse has directed short films, music videos, infomercials, commissioned work for TV, web and oddly enough even for the Norwegian royal family.
Alexander Aarøen Pedersen
Musician, Composer, Norway
Barents Sound design
Alexander is a passionate and versatile composer, arranger and pianist. Despite his young age, his fiery love for musical storytelling has pushed him around the world, and acquired him a vast artistic experience. His recent projects include: Recorded and conducting his own music with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, at Warner Brothers, Los Angeles. “The Wrath of The Music God” – A 18 minute animated short, where Alexander wrote both the music and the script. “The Blue Note” – A theatrical piece in which he wrote the script and a jazz score. “The Thief and the Kaleidoscope” – A concept album for big band and actor, where he composed music and played piano himself.
In 2017, Alexander graduated with first class honors from the prestigious Pulse College, where he took his master in film scoring. His studies were supported by a large-scale scholarship from Norway.
Sound Engeneer, Norway
Sivert har studert på Musikkonservatoriet i Tromsø hvor han har tatt en bachelorgrad i pedagogikk og rytmisk gitar. Etter fem år på konservatoriet dro Sivert til Sydney for å studere lydteknikk ved Australian Institute of Music. Sivert har lang erfaring både innen undervisning og som lydtekniker for mange av byens artister og band.
Sivert has studied at the Conservatory of Music in Tromsø, where he has taken a bachelor's degree in pedagogy and rhythmic guitar. After five years at the conservatory, Sivert went to Sydney to study audio technology at the Australian Institute of Music. Sivert has extensive experience in teaching as well as sound technician for many of the city's artists and bands.