Meet the filmmakers!



Behind every film there is a director – the creative force that pushes the projects forward. Several directors will attend this year’s festival and, in this article, we have picked out some of them from the competition programmes to stir your interest.

To make it even better, in the “Meet the filmmakers” session on Friday the 26th, at 21.30; the public will be able to meet the people behind the films, ask their questions and have a toast.

Local talent

First off, we would like to start by presenting some of the local names at this year’s festival. We think it to be incredibly cool that these directors have produced works of such a good quality, and with that places our region on the map internationally:

Kristian Pedersen, from Fredrikstad, graduated with an MA in Visual Communication from Bergen Academy of Art and Design. Working as a freelance animator and designer in Oslo, he has produced animated poetry films in collaboration with the small press Gasspedal, publishing house Gyldendal, and the National Library. Kristian has developed a distinct visual signature and narrative style, and his films have been featured at festivals for film, animation, literature and poetry film. He was awarded Goethe Institute’s Film Prize at Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, 2014. In 2016 he made the acclaimed short film Bøygen (The Boyg), that premiered in Annecy and was selected for The Animation Show of Shows.

His film depicts, in incredible animated imagery, the detonation an atomic bomb, to be exact, the most infamous of them all: On August 6, 1945, there were two suns over Hiroshima. One was the dawn of a new day. The second was the nuclear bomb code-named “Little Boy”. His film is as breath-taking as it is horrifying.

Konrad Hjemli, from Sarpsborg, is part of the group of animation students from Volda that has directed the short My Dad is a Dog. The 20-year-old animation student has made animated films pretty much his entire life. He was interviewed by NRK Super when he was 13 for an episode of their show Megafon, titled “the animator”. He worked on the short Låkt i Haude that was screened on Frame by Frame 2018.

His film is an absurdist drama about a family father who for unknown reasons started to act like a dog. The story is told through the eyes of the daughter, and how she experiences the growing family problems. It takes place in a 1960s collage style world.


International presence

The majority of films screened at the festival are of international origin, these are both from the competition programmes, and from the international out-of-competition programme.

Marianne Bundgaard Nielsen premiers her debut short film Quiet at Fredrikstad Animation Festival. She is educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Design and has worked on several Norwegian animation films as a production designer. She has many years of experience in handmade film in multiplane technology. The multiplane camera is a motion-picture camera used in the traditional animation process that moves a number of pieces of artwork past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another. This creates a three-dimensional effect.

She is born Danish, lives in Norway, and is connected to Trollfilm animation studio.

Her film, Quiet, documents emotions from a childhood, from many childhoods. Expressing dark secrets without narrative, through a series of tableaux. Children will often protect their adults out of loyalty. Feelings of responsibility and threats make them quiet.


Dorte Bengtson has been working with animation since 1996. She graduated as animation director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2008. Vitello (2018) is her first feature film as a director. The Vitello TV-series (2018) is Dorte’s first television series. Her other projects have been featured at several European film festivals, in Tokyo and Seoul, and in Cannes and Annecy.

In the competition programme Dorte Bengtson participates with the short Vitello gets a Yucky Girlfriend:

Vitello doesn’t play with girls, and the girl, Kamma, his new neighbor, is definitely a girl. A girl who says she has a crazy hamster. And Vitello really wants to see a crazy hamster, but when he visits her to see the hamster Kamma suddenly tells Vitello that he’s her boyfriend…

Bengtson’s new feature call Vitello is also screened:

Life is good for 7-year-old Vitello. His mom gives him as much spaghetti with butter and cheese as he can desire, and although being slightly irritating, he likes to play with his friends Max and Hasse. But… he doesn’t have a dad. Well, he does, but he doesn’t know him. So Vitello decides to get himself a dad!


Jonas Forsman is a senior 3D animator and visual artist based in Stockholm. He studied economics in Linköping, but soon realized that he wanted to become an animator. After studying at schools in London, Viborg and San Francisco, Jonas has worked at many studios around the world, such as DICE (“Battlefield 1”, “Star Wars Battlefront” and “Mirror’s Edge 2”), Weta (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Dawn of Planet of the Apes”), Dr D Studios (“Happy Feet 2”) and ILM (“The Great Wall”).  He is currently part of Goodbye Kansas Studios. In addition to his passion for animation, Jonas also loves Bonsai trees and Harley Davidson bikes.

In Forsman’s film Robot and the Whale (2018), Lobo is a cheerful robot who lives with her best friend Banjo, a curious robot dog. Together, they help to plant trees and rescue animals in need. One day they meet a stranded whale on the beach. To save the whale Lobo has to overcome her fear of water, but it’s not easy – especially as a single drop of water makes Lobo to roast.


David Doutel and Vasco Sá were both born in Porto, Portugal. They have developed their careers alongside each other and directed three short animated films together: The Shoemaker, Soot and their most recent Augur. They have both contributed to the creation of several award-winning short-films. Since 2011 they have been working and collaborating in the production company Bando à Parte.

In Augur (2018), a harsh winter freezes the surface of a river, close to a house where two cousins live. Immersed in the cold wind that rises that day, the rudeness of their relationship grows, reaching its limit.