The director of the opening film of Fredrikstad Animation Festival, The Tower, is Mats Grorud. Mats graduated from Volda College in 2001, with a degree in animation. Since then he has worked on a number of different puppet animation projects and also holds workshops in animation for children and adults. His films have been selected for numerous international film festivals, receiving awards at several of them. He has lived and studied in Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Beirut and Beijing and uses this experience in choosing the subjects for his films.
Mats is part of the jury for commissioned films.