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Panel - Film as a Political Tool

What role and what responsibility does the modern day filmmaker have in a challenging political climate? And does it bring opportunities or difficulties? Four filmmakers tell their stories on how important the political message has been to them in the past and how it is changing now.

Moderator - Ingrid Rudefors, is the former film commissioner of Stockholm and Sweden. Ingrid started out as a production coordinator in New York in the early 1990s working with directors like Hal Hartley and Mike Figgies and producers like Eric Fellner, Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ted Hope. After moving back to Sweden in the mid-90s she worked as line producer on several Swedish feature films.  During 2010 -2015 she served on the board of directors for “Association of film commissioners International”.  She has also written screenplays with grants from the Swedish Film Institute and directed and produced six award-winning shorts


Richard Kroehling is a director and writer. whose work includes feature films, mainstream television, non-fiction and video art that have been screened at film festivals, television networks and art museums around the world. Kroehling’s film, “WORLD WITHOUT END’  commissioned by England's Film4, one critic wrote, ”a movie making wild style that delivers you into a scorching disturbing world". Richard has directed over sixty hours of television, his politically controversial series CONFESSIONS, was called by The Hollywood Reporter, “bold and visionary" and Entertainment Weekly,  "...the next he big bad thing!"  The gritty true crime series explored the subjective world of the offenders and oppressive conditions in which they lived. Richard has adapted for the screen and will direct WAR in 2018, by celebrated Swedish playwright Lars Noren. The film depicts the lives of women in war.

Anna Gutto won the 2016 Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting for her feature script PARADISE HIGHWAY (selected by Dan Gordon, writer of Passenger, 57, The Hurricane). It will be her feature directing debut, produced by Brandi Savitt of Senza Pictures. Norway-born screenwriter and director, Gutto started her career in the theater earning accolades such as “universally excellent” in The New York Times. A US green card holder, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. Her short film A LUCKY MAN is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation winner. Her short film MOMMY HEIST has been playing festivals internationally and domestically (most recently at Academy Award-nominating Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles) and is expanding into a series. She is attached to direct the film adaptation of New York Times bestseller Radical Remission (Harper, 2014) and she is co-writing two episodes for the TV series M.A.D. ( Anna also directs commercials and music videos. She is represented by APA Agency. 

Niclas Gillis is a Swedish writer, director, and producer most known for his critically acclaimed drama short film Hold Me Down. Produced in association with Sveriges Television, the film depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old sex worker in the Bronx and features a cast of women who in real live the life that they portray on screen. In addition to his narrative work, Gillis has directed video content for companies like Nike, The New York Times, The Line Hotel, and Native Son, the last of which was compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema by New York Magazine. On its website, Nike referred to Gillis as "the premiere talent to watch". Gillis began his career as a trailer producer at Viasat in London, England at the age of 18 and has worked as a contributing writer on film for The Last Magazine and a story analyst for Universal Pictures International. He is currently in development on a feature film with support from the Swedish Film Institute.


Mateo Sancho is a journalist and writer. He was the head of movies department at EFE News Services from 2010 to 2013 and then a correspondent in New York until 2015. Mateo currently writes about Arts and Culture for El País and is a columnist for GQ, Spain. He has covered several film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, New York, Tribeca, Locarno and Dubai. He received a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNED, Spain. Mateo has nominated for the Anagrama Essay Prize for La revolución asexual (2012), translated into English as Anticlimax (2017). He is also the coauthor of Fake Ceremonies. Movies and social delusion (2016).


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