Max Kestner

/B. 1969

Director. Born 5/5 1969. Graduated in documentary from the National Film School of Denmark, 1997. Lecturer at the National Film School of Denmark. Worked for DR TV, where he made "The Party" (2000) and "Supergeil" (1997-1998).

"Max by chance" (2004) was chosen for First Appearance at IDFA Amsterdam and received a GuldDok for Best Short Documentary at CPH:DOX, 2004. His "The World in Denmark" (2007) received a Danish Robert for Best Short Film. In 2015 Kestner directed the documentary "Amateurs in Space", which received screenings on a number of international festivals. In 2017 he debuted as feature director with the sci-fi "QEDA".

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
Bad Circumstances 2018 Direction DK/Documentary
Man Divided 2017 Direction DK/Feature
Amateurs in Space 2016 Direction DK/Documentary
No Regrets 2016 Consultant DK/Documentary
Message from Mum 2012 Consultant DK/Documentary
I Am Fiction 2012 Direction DK/Documentary
Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster 2011 Direction DK/Documentary
Næste gang bliver vi fugle 2009 Direction DK/Documentary
Cairo garbage 2009 Consultant DK/Documentary
Dreams in Copenhagen 2009 Direction DK/Documentary
69 2008 Consultant DK/Documentary
Someone like you 2007 Cinematography DK/Documentary
Verden i Danmark 2007 Direction DK/Documentary
De smås krig 2007 Direction DK/Documentary
Mig og dig 2006 Direction DK/Documentary
Blue collar white christmas 2004 Direction DK/Documentary
Max by Chance 2004 Direction DK/Documentary
Some May Be Bored 1997 Editing DK/Documentary
Clarks 1997 Direction DK/Documentary
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
Best Documentary 2011 Beijing International Film Festival 2011 Dreams in Copenhagen
Robert, Best Short Documentary:
Max Kestner
2008 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2008 Verden i Danmark
Robert The Special prize of Jury 2005 Danmarks Film Akademi Robert-uddeling 2005 Blue collar white christmas
ViewFinders Award for Best Documentary 2005 Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 2005 Max by Chance
2nd Prize for Best Short:
Max Kestner
2005 Durham, Full Frame 2005 Max by Chance
Special Prize of The Jury 2004 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004 Blue collar white christmas
Gold Dok Best Cinematography 2004 Gulddok 2004 Blue collar white christmas
Gold Dok Best Short Doc 2004 Gulddok 2004 Max by Chance
Special Mention 2004 CPH:DOX 2004 Max by Chance
Nominated for the Silver Wolf Award:
Max Kestner
2004 Amsterdam, IDFA 2004 Max by Chance
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 10-12-2017 Amateurs in Space
Leeuwarden Noordelijk Film Festival 08-11-2017 Man Divided
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 01-11-2017 Man Divided
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 01-11-2017 Amateurs in Space
Paris Science Film Festival 02-10-2017 Amateurs in Space
CPH PIX 28-09-2017 Man Divided
Reykjavik Film Festival 28-09-2017 Amateurs in Space
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 21-09-2017 Amateurs in Space
Message to Man 15-09-2017 Amateurs in Space
Perth Revelation Film Festival 06-07-2017 Amateurs in Space
Transilvania International Film Festival 02-06-2017 Amateurs in Space
Warszawa, Against Gravity 12-05-2017 Amateurs in Space
Leuven, Docville 22-03-2017 Amateurs in Space
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 03-03-2017 Amateurs in Space
Tallinn, DocPoint 25-01-2017 Amateurs in Space
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 23-01-2017 Amateurs in Space
Amsterdam, IDFA 16-11-2016 Amateurs in Space
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 31-10-2012 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 26-10-2012 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Edinburgh International Film Festival 20-06-2012 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 17-04-2012 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 09-03-2012 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Aarhus, Nordisk Panorama 23-09-2011 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
BUSTER 15-09-2011 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Beijing International Film Festival 23-04-2011 Dreams in Copenhagen
Buenos Aires Danish Film Festival 16-11-2010 Blue collar white christmas
Beijing, Nordox 13-11-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 03-11-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
Bergen International Film festival 20-10-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 18-10-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
Melbourne Film Festival 23-07-2010 Dreams in Copenhagen
CPH:DOX 06-11-2009 Dreams in Copenhagen
Danish Culture Institute, Beijing 10-10-2008 Verden i Danmark
Danish Culture Institute, Beijing 10-10-2008 Verden i Danmark
Paris, La Nuit la plus court 27-05-2008 Verden i Danmark
Paris, La Nuit la plus court 27-05-2008 Verden i Danmark
Belgrade Balkankult Fondacija 01-02-2008 Verden i Danmark
Belgrade Balkankult Fondacija 01-02-2008 Verden i Danmark
CPH:DOX 09-11-2007 Verden i Danmark
CPH:DOX 09-11-2007 Verden i Danmark
Sheffield Doc/Fest 07-11-2007 Verden i Danmark
Sheffield Doc/Fest 07-11-2007 Verden i Danmark
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 31-10-2007 Verden i Danmark
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 31-10-2007 Verden i Danmark
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 21-09-2007 Verden i Danmark
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 21-09-2007 Verden i Danmark
Odense Internationale Film Festival 27-08-2007 Verden i Danmark
Odense Internationale Film Festival 27-08-2007 Verden i Danmark
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 Max by Chance
Taipei Film Festival 22-06-2007 Max by Chance
Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, Yunfest 06-04-2007 Max by Chance
Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Festival, Yunfest 06-04-2007 Max by Chance
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007 Blue collar white christmas
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007 Max by Chance
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 24-01-2007 Max by Chance
The Zeughaus Cinema Deutsches Historisches Museum 01-01-2007 Blue collar white christmas
The Zeughaus Cinema Deutsches Historisches Museum 01-01-2007 Max by Chance
The Zeughaus Cinema Deutsches Historisches Museum 01-01-2007 Max by Chance
Tirana International Film Festival 04-12-2006 Max by Chance
Tirana International Film Festival 04-12-2006 Max by Chance
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2006 Max by Chance
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 11-11-2006 Max by Chance
Dokufest Prizren 08-08-2006 Max by Chance
Dokufest Prizren 08-08-2006 Max by Chance
Danish Culture Institute, Beijing 29-04-2006 Max by Chance
Danish Culture Institute, Beijing 29-04-2006 Max by Chance
Bratislava International Film Festival 02-12-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 09-11-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Maribor, DokMa 02-11-2005 Max by Chance
Maribor, DokMa 02-11-2005 Max by Chance
Malmö, M: Dox 28-10-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Aarhus Filmfestival 25-10-2005 Max by Chance
Aarhus Filmfestival 25-10-2005 Max by Chance
Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival 24-10-2005 Max by Chance
Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival 24-10-2005 Max by Chance
Sofia - Royal Danish Embassy 14-10-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 16-07-2005 Max by Chance
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 16-07-2005 Max by Chance
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 01-07-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 25-05-2005 Max by Chance
Reykjavik Shorts&Docs 25-05-2005 Max by Chance
Madrid, Documenta Madrid 06-05-2005 Max by Chance
Madrid, Documenta Madrid 06-05-2005 Max by Chance
New York Scandinavian House 01-05-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 19-04-2005 Max by Chance
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 19-04-2005 Max by Chance
Durham, Full Frame 07-04-2005 Max by Chance
Durham, Full Frame 07-04-2005 Max by Chance
Adelaide International Film Festival 18-02-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Göteborg International Film Festival 28-01-2005 Blue collar white christmas
Amsterdam, IDFA 18-11-2004 Max by Chance
Amsterdam, IDFA 18-11-2004 Max by Chance
CPH:DOX 05-11-2004 Max by Chance
CPH:DOX 05-11-2004 Max by Chance
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 26-10-2004 Blue collar white christmas
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 19-10-2004 Blue collar white christmas
Chicago International Film Festival 07-10-2004 Blue collar white christmas
Edinburgh International Film Festival 18-08-2004 Blue collar white christmas
Odense Internationale Film Festival 09-08-2004 Blue collar white christmas
Odense Internationale Film Festival 09-08-2004 Max by Chance
Odense Internationale Film Festival 09-08-2004 Max by Chance
Cannes, Marché du Film 12-05-2004 Max by Chance
Cannes, Marché du Film 12-05-2004 Max by Chance
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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