Amanda Kernell (SE)

Director, screenwriter. Born in Umeå in 1986. Holds a degree in directing from the Film School of Denmark, 2009-2013.

Amanda Kernell was born in 1986 in Umeå, located in the far north of Sweden. Her roots are in two cultures, due to her Swedish mother and Sámi father. Since 2006, Kernell has directed shorts for the production company Direktörn & Fabrikörn, including Semestersystern (The Holiday Sister / My Summer Holiday Sister) which was Best Short at the 2009 BUFF Children and Young Adult Film Festival, and Att dela allt (Sharing All) which received the 1 km Film Award that very same year.

She has studied writing for the stage and audio-visual media at Biskops-Arnö and has completed the Filmpool Nord course “Screenwriting for low-budget feature films”.  In 2009, she was accepted by the National Film School of Denmark for their prestigious 4-year Film Directing programme.

Kernell made her debut with short Our Disco (Våra discon) in 2007, and has since directed several acclaimed shorts, one of them being Northern Great Mountain (Stoerre Vaerie, 2015) which was the pilot for Sami Blood and premiered at Sundance. Sami Blood is her first feature and had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and was also selected for both the Spotlight section in Sundance and the Discovery section in Toronto.

Basic info

Main profession: Director
Born: 1986
Active: 2007-

Filmography

Regi:
Charter (2019)
Sameblod (2016)
I will always love you Kingen (2016)
Stoerre Vaerie (Norra Storfjället, 2015)
Paradiset (2014)
Det kommer aldrig att gå över (2011)
Att dela allt (2009)
Sommarsystern (2008)
Spel (2008)
Våra Discon (2007)

Manus:
Charter (2019)
Sameblod (2016)
I will always love you Kingen (2016)
Stoerre Vaerie (Norra Storfjället, 2015)
Paradiset (2014)
Det kommer aldrig att gå över (2011)
Att dela allt (2009)
Sommarsystern (2008)
Spel (2008)
Roll:
Maison (2004)

Read more about the films at Svensk Filmdatabas (SE)

Awards

Guldbaggen 2018 Bästa manus (Sameblod)
Göteborg Film Festival Dragon Award Best Nordic Film 2017 (för Sameblod)
Venice Film Festival 2016 – Best Young Director (för Sameblod)
GIFF 2015 – Publikens pris: Bästa svenska kortfilm (för Stoerre Vaerie)
Uppsala Filmfestival 2015 – Bästa svenska kortfilm (för Stoerre Vaerie)
Uppsala kortfilmspitch 2013 Pris

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