Akari Izumi Kvamme

Scientist, Activist, Filmmaker
Akari Izumi Kvamme (b.1988) is a Japanese-Norwegian third culture kid, political scientist, activist and emerging filmmaker. She is participating in the Looking Up diversity talent program.

Albert Serra

Director, Producer, Writer
Albert Serra, born in Banyoles, Spain in 1975, is a renowned filmmaker with a PhD from Universitat de Barcelona. His work spans various genres and has been recognized globally. Serra's lectures and retrospectives are celebrated worldwide.

Ali Parandian

Director, Writer, Producer
Ali Parandian (b.1982) is a Norwegian-Iranian film director, writer, and producer. He was born in Tehran, Iran and raised up in Norway. He went to The Norwegian National Film School (2017- 2010).

Ana María Bresciani

Curator, Writer
Ana María Bresciani is a curator and writer, currently employed at KORO – Public Art Norway in a project group for the New Government Quarter.

Anders Hoft

Director of Photographer
Director of Photography based in Oslo, Norway. He is a member of The Norwegian Society of Cinematographers (FNF) and studied cinematography at The National Polish Film School in Łódź

Andreas Mendritzki

Sound Designer
Andreas Mendritzki is known for Primas (2017), The Names of the Flowers (2019) and Wilcox (2019)

Andreu Jacobs

Composer, Orchestrator, Sound Designer
Andreu Jacob, originally from Barcelona, is considered one of the featured modern composers on the international scene.

Ane Hjort Guttu

Artist, Writer, Curator, Filmmaker
Ane Hjort Guttu (b. 1971) is an artist, writer, curator and filmmaker based in Oslo. She works in a variety of media but has in recent years mainly concentrated on film and video works, ranging from investigative documentary to poetic fiction.

Anlin Kassab Liland

Anlin Kassab Liland (b. 1998), a Lebanese-Norwegian emerging filmmaker residing in Oslo, passionately explores the cultural dynamics of second-generation families, including her own. She is participating in the Looking Up diversity talent program.

Ants Tammik

Ants Tammik is a DoP and is the cinematographer of SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD. FRAGILE WORLD is his directorial debut.

August Baugstø Hanssen

August Baugstø Hanssen
August debuted as a solo director in 2014 with Ida’s Diary. He has many years of experience in the film industry and has frequently collaborated with Even Benestad.

Beathe Hofseth

Producer and Director
Producer and Director at Fri Film, known for her acclaimed documentary "LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH," which has received numerous awards, including an Amanda for Best Documentary and a Gullruten for Best Cinematography.

Bente Roalsvig

Fritt Ord - Project and Deputy Director

Carsten Aanonsen

Producer, Managing Director Indie Film Oslo
CEO and founder of Indie Film. He has been involved in the production of more than 200 titles, including feature documentaries, TV-series, commercials and commissioned films since the beginning of his career. Carsten is a 2006 EAVE graduate.

Casper Aviv Høyberg

Cinematographer, Producer
The documentary Within My Eyes won Casper Høyberg an IDFA Silver Cup Award in 2006, and a Discovery Silverdoc Cinematic Vision Award in 2007. He has been involved in more than 20 productions for the Danish Film Institute and DR.

Christian Pagh

Director and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale
Christian is Director and Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale and has dedicated his curatorship to exploring the concept and reality of neighbourhoods.

Cătălin Cristuțiu

Acclaimed editor with 80+ film credits, including award-winning collaborations with Radu Jude. His recent focus: films where editing is a central artistic element, also working as an editing advisor.

Daisuke Kosugi

Daisuke Kosugi, a Japanese-born Norwegian artist, born in Tokyo in 1984, now based in Oslo. He holds degrees in politics and fine arts and works in various mediums, including text, film, sculpture, installations, and performance art.

Diska Livia

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist
Diska Livia is a multidisciplinary visual artist working across the arts of dance, choreography, performance, cinematography, and photography. She is participating in the Looking Up diversity talent program.

Elisabeth Thorsen

Author, Priest

Elle Whitney

Elle Whitney is a filmmaker working across genres, with a special interest in telling queer stories to explore themes of community, identity, memory, and trauma. She is participating in the Looking Up diversity talent program.

Ellen Ugelstad

Filmmaker, Artist
Ellen Ugelstad is an artist and filmmaker living in Oslo. She works in a variety of genres ranging from poetic documentary to music-films, hybrids and fiction.

Erik Gandini

Director, Writer and Producer
Erik Gandini is an Italian-Swedish film director, writer and producer known for his award-winning documentaries. He explores ideas in a captivating manner and describes himself as more idea-driven filmmaker than character-driven.

Erle M. Kyllingmarks

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Ernesto Pardo

Ernesto Pardo is a cinematographer of Uruguayan origin based in Mexico, graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico as a director.

Espen Rasmussen

Rasmussen works as a photo editor / online producer in The Hub in VG, Norways leading daily newspaper. Previously he was the photo editor in VG Helg — the weekend magazine of VG.

Fin Serck-Hanssen

Fin Serck-Hansen is educated in England and has distinguished himself with his delicate photographs since the beginning of the 1980s. Known for his work photo documenting the punk and underground music scene both in Norway and the UK.

Gianmarco Donaggio

Director, Writer, Artist
Gianmarco Donaggio is an award-winning film director, cinematographer, essay-writer, and artist. He will present a live performance during MIRAGE.

Gisle Nataas

Architect and Sound Artist
Born in Bergen and lives in Oslo. Graduate architect from Bergen School of Architecture and Royal Danish Academy - Architecture - in Copenhagen. Works with architecture and the sound of architecture.

Gisle Tveito

Sound Designer
Gisle Tveito is a celebrated Norwegian sound designer known for his work in Norwegian films and TV series since 1990. He's received numerous awards, including four Kanon Awards, three Amanda Awards, and a Gullrute, all for Best Sound Design.

Giulia Mangione

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Guri Ama Gaia

Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Slam Poet, Vocalist
Therapist, yoga teacher, slam poet and vocalist - deeply grounded in improvisation and everyday spirituality. She is one of seven poets in the book " Et helt vanlig dikt", by "Måken Forlag" og "Forfatterkollektivet".

Gösta Flemming

Editor, Designer, Publisher, Writer
Gösta Flemming is an editor, designer, publisher and writer based in Sweden. In 1991 he founded the photo book publisher Journal, leading to the international dissemination of over one hundred and sixty titles.

Hanne Myren

Director, Producer
Hanne Myren is a Norwegian film director and producer originally from Harestua in Lunner on Hadeland. Myren is one of Norway's most established female documentary directors and producers.

Hazel Barstow

Scenographer, Visual Artist
Hazel Barstow is a scenographer and visual artist with a love for experimentation and merging art into everyday places. Her works cross object theatre, site responsive performances and material processes.

Helin Çelik

Director, Producer, Writer
Helin Çelik is a Kurdish interdisciplinary artist. She strives to unpack the relationship between political and cinematographic memory by blending personal history and using new visual grammar and intends to diversify media-making.

Hilde Honerud

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Jacquelyn Mills

Director, Producer, Writer, Editor
Jacquelyn Mills' works are immersive and sensorial, often exploring a healing connection to the natural world. She has also worked as an editor, sound designer and cinematographer on many internationally acclaimed films.

Jakob Ingimundarson

Jakob Studied filmmaking at the London Film school and graduated from there in 2000. Parallel to his studies, he worked as a camera assistant and focus puller both in London and Iceland. Since 2001 he has been working full time as a cinematographer.

Jasper Hokken

IDFA Programmer
Jasper Hokken (1989) is a programmer at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Javier Umpierrez

Sound Designer
Sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and composer Javier Umpierrez is known for Monos (2019), Memoria (2021) and I'm No Longer Here (2019).

Jenny Luukkonen

A producer, currently overseeing short and documentary films as well as talent at Film i Väst since 2019. Prior, she produced short films, worked at the Göteborg Film Festival, organized discussions for FilmCloud, and produced the Frame Film Festival

Jo Straubes

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Johanne Wilbrink

Johanne Wilbrink is a filmmaker based in Oslo, with a passion for poetic documentaries. Johanne dedicates her work to depicting people's lives and their individual passions from a curious and artistic perspective.

Joona Louhivuori

Joona Louhivuori is known as an Editor mainly but is also works within acting, sound, and writing. Some of his work includes End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, Sauna and Eila.

Juno Jensen

Interdisciplinary Artist
Juno Jensen is an interdisciplinary artist working in the intersection of music, sound, film, performance, photography, text and design.

Karianne Berge

Director, Assistant Producer, Distributor
Karianne has a Masters in documentary directing from Lillehammer University College. She has been at Indie Film since 2008, working on all aspects of film production and distribution.

Knut Åsdam

Knut Åsdam is a Norwegian artist who uses film, video, photography, text, sound, and architecture to explore urban life and uncover the hidden influences on our identities.

Laara Matsen

NJP Editor, Producer, Director, Educator of Photography
Matsen is a producer, director and educator of photography since 1997. She believes in the connective potential of visual narratives and is driven by the transformative nature of stories.

Lars Erlend Tubaas Øymo

Filmmaker, Cinematographer
is a Norwegian documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. Øymo has filmed several award winning documentaries during the last ten years. EX NIHILO is his second film as a director.

Lars Martin Hunstad

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Lene Berg

Filmmaker, Artist
Lene Berg is a Norwegian filmmaker and artist known for her diverse work in film, installation, and text-based art. She has directed three independent feature films and is the daughter of sociologist Mie Berg Simonsen and filmmaker Arnljot Berg.

Linda Gabrielsen

Writer & poet
Linda Gabrielsen works with text in various genres. She writes novels, plays, and librettos for contemporary operas performed both nationally and internationally. Her upcoming opera, "nara," is set to premiere in Bergen and Hong Kong in 2025.

Lubna Playoust

Director, Actor
Lubna Playoust, a French director and actress. Her work continues to explore the relevance of cinema in the digital age by engaging contemporary filmmakers in discussions inspired by Wim Wenders' timeless question.

Magnus Lysbakken

Director, Cinematographer
Magnus B. B. Lysbakken is a director and cinematographer, working in the intersection between fiction and documentary. He started his career in the Danish film industry, working as a screenwriter.

Maiken Håvarstein

CEO, MFA Program Coordinator(KHiO)
Maiken Håvarstein is the Chief Executive Officer for the newly established production company VIDEONOVA, as well as the Program Coordinator at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo (KHiO).

Mari Kvien Brunvoll

Composer, Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist
A composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Bergen. She has gained particular international recognition for her solo project where she primarily uses her voice and electronics to create distinctive compositions and improvisations.

Marius Mathisrud

Works with sculptures, installations, performance and film. Through his practice, he challenges the idea of existentialism, social value systems and human behaviour in synergy with pop-cultural references.

Martha Otte

Philosopher & Cultural Worker
Martha Otte has been Festival and Program Director at the Tromsø International Film Festival from 2005 to 2020. Otte has a degree in Cand. Philol. in philosophy from the University of Tromsø.

Martijn J. te Pas

Documentary Consultant & Moderator
Martijn te Pas, an Amsterdam-educated film professional with extensive programming and curation experience, offering tailored film analysis and expert guidance to directors and producers, reflecting his passion for diverse cinematic voices.

Martin Wehding

Martin Wehding, an experienced film editor, began his career at DR's ZigZag Youth Editorial Team, later working as a trailer producer at TVS. He specializes in comedy and earned two Robert nominations for Best Visual Effects.

Matthis Kleeb

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas

Producer, Editor
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas works as a producer and editor of documentary films. Munthe-Kaas started her professional career as an editor. In 2014, she founded her own production company, Ten Thousand Images AS, based in Nesodden just outside of Oslo.

Michael Christopher Brown

Photographer, Artist
Michael Christopher Brown's work utilizes the iconography of photojournalism to amplify stories using unconventional techniques.

Mike Sperlinger

Professor & writer
Mike is a professor of writing and theory at the Academy of the Arts in Oslo and will attend MIRAGE as a part of our Tendencies for Hope conversation.

Mátyás Erdély


Nataša Urban

Nataša Urban is a documentary film director and editor working professionally since 2005. She's been with Medieperatørene since 2011, working both as a director and editor.

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen

Producer, Director, Author
Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian author, director, and producer who resides in Oslo. She has produced and directed several controversial documentaries with Islam as a central theme.

Nina Grünfeld

Director, Author, Vise Dean
Nina Grünfeld has been appointed as the Vice Dean for Research and Artistic Development at the Norwegian Film School and the Faculty of Audiovisual Media and Creative Technology (AMEK).

Ragna Nordhus Midtgard

She has an education background from the Nordland School of Art and Film and from the Norwegian Film School. From 2012, she worked as a producer at the production company Mer Film before being hired in 2021 as a production manager at Mikrofilm.

Raquel Fernández Núñez

Spanish cinematographer, honored with LA's "Best Female Cinematographer Award," studied at Madrid Film School. She's worked in 21 countries, bringing a unique, culturally sensitive approach to her collaborations with diverse directors and teams.

Rezan Ærdem

Artist, Filmmaker
Rezan Ærdem (Looking up diversity talent) artist and filmmaker who had to emigrate to Norway due to his political beliefs. He works in various mediums of visual arts, but has in recent years mainly focused on documentary and film works.

Rune Eraker

Rune Eraker has for more than 30 years worked as an independent documentary photographer.

Sabina Jacobsson

Filmmaker, Visual Artist
Jacobsson is a film, photo, drawings and installation artist. She works with videodesign for dance and theatre performances and she is a lecturer at Oslo fotokunstskole in Oslo Norway.

Sara Eliassen

Artist, Filmmaker
Sara Eliassen is an artist and filmmaker, based in Oslo. She is currently a Phd candidate in artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts - the Art Academy.

Silje Poulsen Viki

Ass. Producer, Distributor
Distributor and assistant producer at Indie Film. She has worked and programmed for several film festivals, such as HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival from 2014-21 and worked in different capacities for The Norwegian Short Film Festival.

Simen R. Ulvestads

NJP - Photographer
A part of Norwegian Journal of Photography's 6th edition book of photography.

Synne Tollerud Bull

Head of Department
Synne Tollerud Bull is a media art professor and department head at Kristiania University College with a background in media aesthetics and art history. She has a history of organizing international events.

Tøri Gjendal

Gjendal previously studied art photography at the University of the Arts London and art documentary film at Oslo Met. Before film school, she worked as a freelance photographer in Oslo. She is now a producer at Nordisk Film.

Viera Čákanyová

Director, Cinematographer, Writer, Editor
Viera Čákanyová is a filmmaker who combines documentary, fiction and animation practices and explores the boundaries between these disciplines.