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Max Kestner

(1969 – )

Director. Born 5/5 1969. Graduated as documentarist from The National Film School of Denmark in 1997.

After his graduation, Kestner worked for the national broadcaster DR. In 2004 he was behind the documentary series 'Blue Collar, White Christmas', which was selected for Karlovy Vary and Chicago Film Festival. The same year, he directed the short documentary 'Max by Chance', which was selected for IDFA and earned him an honorable mention at CPH:DOX.

In 2008, Kestner received a Danish Robert for the short documentary 'The World in Denmark' (2007). His films 'Dreams in Copenhagen' (2009), 'I am Fiction' (2012) and 'Amateurs in Space' (2016) have all been selected for a number of international festivals.

In 2017, Kestner directed his first feature film, 'QEDA', which received a Danish Bodil for its production design.

Kestner received the Dreyer Award in 2005.
Filmography Awards Festivals
Title Year Function Category
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 2020 Direction, Editor, Screenplay DK/Documentary
Patrimonium 2019 Consultant DK/Documentary
Forget Me Not 2019 Consultant DK/Documentary
Bad Circumstances 2018 Direction, Cinematographer, Screenplay DK/Documentary
Man Divided 2017 Direction, Story, Additional still photographer DK/Feature
Amateurs in Space 2016 Direction, Cinematographer DK/Documentary
I Am Fiction 2012 Direction DK/Documentary
Message from Mum 2012 Consultant DK/Documentary
Jennis Storesøster - sådan er søskende 2011 Direction
Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster 2011 Direction, Cinematography DK/Documentary
Næste gang bliver vi fugle 2009 Direction, Cinematography DK/Documentary
Dreams in Copenhagen 2009 Direction, Fortæller, Script DK/Documentary
Cairo garbage 2009 Consultant DK/Documentary
69 2008 Consultant DK/Documentary
Verden i Danmark 2007 Direction, Script DK/Documentary
De smås krig 2007 Direction DK/Documentary
Someone Like You 2007 Cinematography DK/Documentary
Mig og dig 2006 Direction, Script, Cinematography DK/Documentary
Max by Chance 2004 Direction, Voice, Script, Cinematography DK/Documentary
Nede på jorden 2004 Direction DK/Documentary
Clarks 1997 Direction DK/Documentary
Some May Be Bored 1997 Editing, Sound DK/Documentary

Awards and nominations

Award Release year Festival Film
Nominated for the Silver Wolf Award 2004 Amsterdam, IDFA 2004 Rejsen på ophavet
2nd Prize for Best Short 2005 Durham, Full Frame 2005 Rejsen på ophavet
Special Prize of The Jury 2004 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004 Nede på jorden
Special Mention 2004 CPH:DOX 2004 Rejsen på ophavet
Best Documentary 2011 Beijing International Film Festival 2011 Drømme i København
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Festivals

Festival Festival date Film
Brussels Int. Filmfestival of Fantasy,Thriller & Science Fiction Films 2018-04-03 QEDA
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2017-12-10 Amateurs in Space
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017-11-01 QEDA
Reykjavik Film Festival 2017-09-28 Amateurs in Space
Message to Man 2017-09-15 Amateurs in Space
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 2017-08-19 QEDA
Transilvania International Film Festival 2017-06-02 Amateurs in Space
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12 Amateurs in Space
Leuven, Docville 2017-03-22 Amateurs in Space
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017-03-03 Amateurs in Space
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2017-01-23 Amateurs in Space
Amsterdam, IDFA 2016-11-16 Amateurs in Space
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2012-10-31 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival 2012-10-26 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012-06-20 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2012-03-09 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Aarhus, Nordisk Panorama 2011-09-23 Sådan er søskende - Jennis storesøster
Beijing International Film Festival 2011-04-23 Drømme i København
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2010-11-11 Drømme i København
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2010-11-03 Drømme i København
Bergen International Film festival 2010-10-20 Drømme i København
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2010-10-18 Drømme i København
Melbourne Film Festival 2010-07-23 Drømme i København
CPH:DOX 2009-11-06 Drømme i København
CPH:DOX 2007-11-09 Verden i Danmark
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2007-11-07 Verden i Danmark
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2007-10-31 Verden i Danmark
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2007-09-21 Verden i Danmark
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2007-08-27 Verden i Danmark
Taipei Film Festival 2007-06-22 Rejsen på ophavet
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24 Rejsen på ophavet
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2006-11-11 Rejsen på ophavet
Dokufest Prizren 2006-08-08 Rejsen på ophavet
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2005-07-16 Rejsen på ophavet
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2005-07-01 Nede på jorden
Durham, Full Frame 2005-04-07 Rejsen på ophavet
Göteborg International Film Festival 2005-01-28 Nede på jorden
Amsterdam, IDFA 2004-11-18 Rejsen på ophavet
CPH:DOX 2004-11-05 Rejsen på ophavet
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2004-10-26 Nede på jorden
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2004-10-19 Nede på jorden
Chicago International Film Festival 2004-10-07 Nede på jorden
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2004-08-18 Nede på jorden
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004-08-09 Rejsen på ophavet
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.