Born in Iceland. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
Gisli Snaer Erlingsson has been honored for his feature films at festivals in thirteen nations, including Chicago, USA; Kerman, Iran; Giffoni, Italy; and Berlin, Germany. In addition, he has been the creative force behind highly successful commercial campaigns around the globe, for clients such as Toyota, Iceland Air, and the European Council. After studying design, photography, and sociology, Gisli joined the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) in 1986 as a writer and host of a comic youth program. After working as an assistant director, assistant editor, and production manager in various film productions, Gisli studied at the Sveriges Television (SVT) in 1988, focusing on directing and producing television dramas. From 1988-90, he directed and produced a number of television programs for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and in 1990, Gisli enrolled at FEMIS – Institute de Formation et D'Enseignement pour les Métier de L'Image et du Son, in Paris, France. Since graduating, Gisli has directed award winning feature films and a number of TV commercials. Gisli has been a member of the London-based creative collective, Lost In Space, since 2001. Operating from Tokyo, where he currently lives, he produces 3D animations, TV-commercial, VFX, and nu-media. Gisli has recently formed his own distribution company, Ansur Pictures Co. Ltd., in Japan, concentrating on localizing, with Japanese voice-over actors, and distributing award-winning films for children on DVD in Japan. Gisli has served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmferst and the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland, 2003. At present, Gisli is developing three screenplays, “Anna Petra,” “Seven Salari-Man,” and “Office Lady In Wonderland,” to be produced in Iceland and Japan. Selected filmography: “Ikingut” (2001, feature film, 87 min., director); “From City to Sea” and “East End of the World” (1999, documentaries (HDTV) for NHK London Office, editor/writer/producer/director); “Benjamin Dove” (1995, feature film, 90 min., director); and “Behind Schedule” (1993, feature film, 96 min., writer/director).
Contribution: Participates in Station 3: The Movie Theater East of Eden, Aarhus, with “Ikingut,” Iceland/Norway/Denmark 2001. 35mm (color), 87 min. Courtesy of the artist and East of Eden, Aarhus. The film is screened on Tuesday, September 28, 2004, from 10 – 11:30 am; on Tuesday, October 5, 2004, from 10 – 11:30 am; on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, from 12 – 1:30 pm; and on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, from 10 – 11:30 am.