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Board & secretariate

Danish Film Directors is represented by a board of eight film directors. A secretariate of five employees handles daily operations.

The board          In the back from the left: Anders Refn, Christina Rosendahl (chairwoman), Klaus Kjeldsen (vice-chairman). At the front from the left: Birgitte Stærmose, Søren Balle, Christian Holten Bonke, Rasmus Kloster Bro (vice-chairman) & Ida Grøn.

 

Christina Rosendahl, chairwoman of the board. Born in 1971. Rosendahl studied literature as well as film and media sciences at the University of Copenhagen and she has studied at European Film College and New York Film Academy before she finished her degree at the alternative film school Super 16 in 2002. Rosendahl had her break through with the documentary “Stargazer” about the band Swan Lee. Her feature film debut “Triple Dare” (2006) secured her a Robert award for best family and children’s film in 2007. In 2016, she won the award for Best Director at Beijing Film Festival for her second feature film, the political thriller “The Idealist” (2015). Rosendahl has directed several documentaries among them are “Magten over kærligheden” (2004) and “Violently in Love” (2017). Rosendahl became chairwoman at Danish Film Directors in 2014.

Klaus Kjeldsen, vice-chairman. Born in Randers in 1950. Cand.phil. in dramaturgy from The University of Aarhus. Graduated from The Danish Film School in 1991. Kjeldsen has directed several documentaries especially with and for children. For example ”Farvel, farvel”, ”Rokketanden”, ”A Moment”, ”To af os” and ”Jeg er fantastisk”. He has also directed a lot for television. Kjeldsen received a Robert award for the short fiction film ”Under bare Poles”. As member of the board, he works to keep documentaries and diversity in age on the agenda. Kjeldsen is interested in exploring what film directors do in between films and a lot of his work as vice-chairman revolves around film settlements.

 

Anders Refn. Born in 1944. Film director and editor. Graduated from The Danish Film School in 1969. Refn has directed four feature films and two successful TV-series. He has edited more than 35 feature films and many short films and documentaries. Refn has worked closely with Lars von Trier as editor on “Breaking the Waves” (1996) and “Antichrist” (2009) as well as first assistant director on “Dancer in the Dark" (2000), "Dogville" (2003), "Melancholia" (2011) and "Nymphomaniac" (2013). Refn had his directorial debut with the cop film “Copper” in 1976. He has directed “The Baron” (1978) "Black Harvest" (1993), "The Flying Devils" (1985) and the TV-series "Een gang strømer..." (1987). Refn created the concept for the tv-series "Taxa" (1997-99), which became a large TV success. He received an honorary Bodil award in 2004 for his contribution to Danish Film.


Birgitte Stærmose. Film director. Born in 1963. She has a master of Fine Arts from Temple University. Stærmose had her feature film debut in 2011 with “Room 304” for which she won the Best director award at Aubagne Film Festival in 2013. Her documentary “Out of Love” (2009), with staged monologues written by Peter Asmussen and performed by street children from Prishtina, Kosovo, won several international awards – among them a special mention at the Berlinale and a Robert for Best Short Documentary in 2010. Stærmose has also directed several episodes of the TV-series “Norskov” (2015) as well as the feature film “Darling” from 2017.



Christian Holten Bonke. Born in 1973. Bonke graduated from The Danish Film School in 2005 and he has mostly worked with documentaries. He focuses on the visual expression in his work and on telling stories of unique characters who carry almost impossible dreams set up to be tested by the surrounding communities. Bonke has been part of the board of Danish Film Directors since 2017.



Rasmus Kloster Bro, vice-chairman. Born in 1985 in Sennels, Thy. Film Director and Screenwriter. Bro lives and works in Copenhagen. He had his feature film debut in 2019 with “Cutterhead”, a disaster film filmed on location at the construction site of the Copenhagen Metro. He has also worked with radio drama, music videos, installation art and short films. His short film “Kiss My Brother” (2010) won Best Narrative Short at Landlocked Festival and "Barvalo" (2012) won Silver Egg at Emir Kusturica's festival Kustendorf.



Ida Grøn. Born in 1979. Grøn has a BA in Art History from the University of Copenhagen and a master in Documentary Filmmaking from The National Film and Television School in England. She has worked as a director in both film and television. Examples of her work include the films “The Kid and The Clown” and “Stay behind – my Grandfather’s Secret War” as well as the TV-programmes “Sort Arbejde” for DR2 and “For Grim til Kærlighed” for DR3. Grøn has exhibited a video-VR installation during Virtual Moves at the National Gallery of Denmark. In her work as part of the Board at Danish Film Directors she focuses on finding a way to assess and value the risk a film director undertakes in the work before a film is financed. She also focuses on gathering and communicating knowledge on the key factors that make up a satisfying teamwork between director and producer. Furthermore, she wishes to contribute to Danish Film Directors’ work to ensure that film directors have the opportunities to develop their film language and that a wide variety of Danish documentaries and feature films have a life in the cinema in an era where TV-series and streaming services are dominating.

Søren Balle. Born in 1978. Balle has an educational background from Film and media studies, The Danish School of Media and Journalism as well as The Danish Film School from which he graduated in 2009. He had his feature film debut in 2014 with the film “The Sunfish” a specific and peculiar story that was awarded four Robert - and Bodil statuettes. Balle has worked on a range of large fictional TV-series as both episode director and concept director among them are “Norskov”, “Herrens Veje”, “Follow the Money”, “The Rain” and “Fred til Lands”. Balle has been part of the Board of Danish Film Directors since 2019. He wants to work for the director’s role and rights in the new TV-landscape as well as secure the director’s role as a co-creating and creative function in serial TV-productions.