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Don, Rachel, Arnt

Don Letts

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Don Lett's reputation as a film director, DJ and musician is much rooted in his ability of bringing different cultures together. He is one of the key cornerstones of England's punk and reggae scenes, and was, among other things, the videographer for the Clash and other bands. The music from that time was often strong and critical of the establishment. Don Letts was central to this environment in the mid-70s, against a background of high unemployment, alienation and a general feeling of poor future prospects amoungst youth. In this time of great social unrest, Don Letts promoted the Do It Yourself ethic. It's about how you do what you do, not just what you do. It is a mentality, not just a desire for social change that happened 40 years ago. The energy has a cause and a legacy, and this wave of creativity we want to recreate by starting what will become a new tradition on April 20th - "Make Halden Smile".

Rachel Davies


Rachel Davies is editor, commissioning and acquiring programs in BBC Popular Music TV. In addition, she leads the BBC Music team in Salford where she is responsible for implementing the music strategy across linear channels and for the BBC player. Rachel's role allows her to work across multiple disciplines from live events and studio shows to documentaries. Rachel's job consists of commissioning high-profile, award-winning content including the BBC's Glastonbury Festival coverage, "Later…" with Jools Holland, the Mercury Music Prize, the MOBO Awards, Reel Stories with Dermot O'Leary and When X Came to Britain, just to name a few. Recent documentary series assignments include Chuck D's Fight the Power, Disco: The Sound of a Revolution and First Ladies of Hip Hop. Critically acclaimed single films include The Trouble with Kanye, and Reclaiming Amy. Prior to joining the BBC Music commissioning team, Rachel produced and directed a range of programs across the major UK channels. Outside of her day job, Rachel helps and supports young industry talent through her work on the Royal Television Society committee. Rachel sits on the board of Brighter Sound, a music development organization focused on creating transformative experiences for young people and emerging artists who want to work in music.

Arnt Maasø


Arnt Maasø is associate professor at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. He areas of research have included music and media, music streaming and algorithms. He was awarded the prize for the best scientific article by the Norwegian Media Research Association in 2022 for "The Streaming Paradox: Untangling the Hybrid Gatekeeping Mechanisms of Music Streaming", with Hendrik S. Spilker.

Therese Aune

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Ragnhild Veire

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Ole Henrik Antonsen

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Therese Aune is a musician and composer. She makes experimental pop music centered around the voice and synthesizer, interspersed with acoustic instrumentation and field recordings, as well as writing and producing music for films, TV series and podcasts. Among other things, Aune has created the music for the TV series NUDES (NRK), the documentary Veien Hjem (NRK) and the podcasts Gamle Greier (NRK), Unforgivable (NRK) and I dødens Spor (NRK). The latest project she worked on is the documentary An Army of Women (Differ film) which premieres at SXSW in March. (Photo: Jenny Berger Myhre).

Ragnhild Veire is section leader for the Music Centre (“Musikksentralen”), which acquires and gives advice on music selection and music rights at NRK. She also leads a new music collaboration project which will strengthen the operationalization and implementation of NRK's music ambition. She is a former journalist and music critic, and has been channel manager for NRK Klassisk and NRK Jazz. (Photo: Ellen Wesche Guttormsen).

Ole Henrik Antonsen (1973) is a Norwegian songwriter, producer, musician and editor. In his work as a songwriter and producer, he has worked with many different artists, both in Norway and internationally: Shayne Ward, Gary Louris, Nervo, Melaine C, Lene Marlin, Teddy Geiger, Jan Werner to name a few. Antonsen has also written music for TV productions, and for many years was a journalist and editor for the journal Musikkpraksis. He also created and hosts the podcast “Bak spakene”. Ole Henrik Antonsen has long been involved in issues surrounding composers' and lyricists' rights. This has led to various positions in the music industry. He is currently chairman of the board of NOPA and the Rights Alliance. He leads the Artists' Network, which consists of 19 national artists' organisations, and sits on the boards of TONO and Kopinor. Antonsen also holds international positions in the umbrella organizations ECSA - European Composer and Songwriter Alliance and CIAM - The International Council of Music Creators. He heads the committee APCOE (popular composers) and sits on the board of ECSA, while he is Europe's observer on the ExCo (board) of CIAM.

Guro Kleveland

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Håvard Bråthen

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Halldor Krogh

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Guro Kleveland is editor and general manager of Ballade, the online magazine about and for music life in Norway ( During last year's HIMF, Ballade was present with daily sessions about and with Norwegian music videos, based on the weekly column Ballade video. Kleveland has previously been head of communications at Rikskonsertene and Kulturtanken, and has a major in British literature from the University of Bergen.

Håvard Bråthen is a journalist and director and has made a number of music programs and documentary series for NRK TV. Among other things, he is the main director of the series "Helvete - the story of Norwegian black metal" (2020) and "Jazzeventyret" (2024).

Halldor Krogh is a musician, composer, arranger, music producer and former head of the film music study at Høgskolen i Innlandet. He has been a guitarist in Veslefrikk, Nøkken, Jørn Hoel Band and others, has performing musician training from A/S Bergens

Thomas Robsahm

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Morten Ståle Nilsen

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Elisabet Sjaastad

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Produsent, regissør, skuespiller og musiker. Thomas Robsahm har regissert "a-ha - The Movie", dokumentaren som dekker hele bandets karriere og følger bandet gjennom fire år. Han står også bak NRK-serien "Punx", og mottok nylig en BAFTA Film Award-nominasjon sammen med regissør Joachim Trier for "Verdens verste menneske».

Morten Ståle Nilsen er en norsk redaktør, musikkjournalist og filmkritiker. Han har vært ansatt som både musikkanmelder og redaktør for bladet BEAT. I tillegg har han vært musikkanmelder i Aftenposten og VG. Morten Ståle Nilsen var redaktør for boka So Long, Leonard Cohen. I boka bidrar 11 norske forfattere og journalister med ulike aspekter ved den legendariske artistens liv og produksjon.

Forbundsleder i Norsk filmforbund fra 2020, nestleder samme sted 2005-09. Utdannet film- og teaterregissør fra Beijing Film Academy, og tidligere produsent. Amanda-nominert for dokumentarfilmen Shiny Stars, Rusty Red (2003). Daglig leder for FERA, Federation of European Screen Directors, i Brussel i 2009-14. Gründer av den uavhengige norske strømmetjenesten Nettkino i samarbeid med Kulturmeglerne 2015-20.

Magnus Gertten

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Magnus Gertten er en prisvinnende regissør fra Malmö, Sverige, hvor han driver produksjonsselskapet Auto Images sammen med produsent Ove Rishøj Jensen. Han står bak den skandinaviske billettsuksessen, dolumentaren Tusen bitar (2014), Every Face Has a Name (2015), portrettet av fotballegenden Becoming Zlatan (2016), menneskerettighetsdokumentaren Only the Devil Lives without Hope (2020) og kjærlighetshistorien til Nelly & amp; Nadine, som hadde premiere på filmfestivalen i Berlin i 2022. Nelly & Nadine har så langt blitt vist på mer enn 120 internasjonale filmfestivaler og vunnet 23 priser, inkludert prisen for beste nordiske dokumentar på Nordisk Panorama 2022. Magnus Gerttens dokumentarer er karakterdrevne, ofte laget i en intim stil og med en kraftfull emosjonell fortelling. Siden 1998 har han laget 12 langfilmer. Magnus har bakgrunn som journalist i Sveriges Riks-TV, SVT, og Sveriges Riksradio, SR. Han er æresdoktor ved Malmö universitet.

Jan Omdahl


Jan Omdahl er musikkjournalist med lang fartstid fra bl.a. BEAT og Dagens Næringsliv. Han har skrevet bøker om a-ha og Jan Garbarek Quartet.

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