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Jonas Elmer

Danish director Jonas Elmer is making his English language feature film directorial debut. His European work in music videos, commercials, television and film has garnered a number of accolades. He received the Hip-Hop Award for Danish hip hop and rapper Jokeren's music video for Sulten. He also directed the video Der for Den Gale Pose. Among his many commercials, especially for the Nordisk Film Commercial, were spots for TDC, TV2 Sport, Gøl, Findus, Schulstad, The Danish Electricity Saving Trust (Elsparefonden) and Stryhns. For television, he directed 23 episodes of the popular award winning Danish comedy series Langt fra Las Vegas. The show garnered him TV2's Zulu Award for Best Direction and he worked on the Danish youth series Mørkets Engel.

Feature film credits include: Nynne, based on Nynne's Diary (original title: Nynnes Dagbog) by Henriette Lind and Lotte Thorsen, Monas Verden, for which he received the Reiner Werner Fassbinder Award at the Mannheim International Film Festival and developed the film's interactive website, Let's Get Lost, which he also wrote and that won three Roberts Awards – Robertpriser (for Best Film, Best Female Lead, Best Score), the Nats & Dags Københavnerpris for Best Film, the International Press Award at the Mannheim International Film Festival and Special Mention by the Jury, as well as two Bodhil Awards – Bodilpriser (for Best Film, Best Female Lead). He also directed the short film Det Sublime, which won the 1999 Short Film Festival in Firenze.

During time spent in New York, he worked as a production assistant to director Stephen Frears on a Diet Coke commercial and to Sidney Lumet on Family Business, starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. He also served as a lighting technician on Thread the Needle, Bail Jumper and Murder of Love. During his stay, he studied Film Science at New York University and directed the short The Craft of Living and Repairing Doors.

A directing graduate of the National Film School of Denmark – Den Dansk Filmskole, his final school project which he both wrote and directed, Debut, won the Best Manuscript at Munich's Film School Festival. Other film projects have included the short Manden, which he wrote and directed and Mit Junge Menchen.

As a fan of improvisation, he studied in London at the University City Lit with Pierre Hollins and at the Comedy Store as well as in Calgary, Canada with Keith Johnson's Improvisation Theatre. He later established and performed with the Danish improv group Impro-ensemblet and taught at Youth Theater Gawnenda.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.

Jonas Elmer Facts

BirthdayMarch 14, 1966 (57)

Selected Filmography

Not available.