DIRECTOR & WRITER
Liv Colliander is a Danish director and writer based in Los Angeles.
She earned her MFA in directing from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015, where she received the Alessandro F. Uzielli Scholarship. Her thesis film DRYLAND has screened at festivals internationally and sold to AMC Networks International’s ShortsTV in 2018. DRYLAND won Best US Short at Laughlin International Film Festival, received an honorable mention as Outstanding Student Film from the Nevada Women's Film Festival, won Best Supporting Actress at California Women's Film Festival and was a Golden Egg finalist at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
Before attending AFI, Liv learned by doing, by working her way up through the Danish film, commercial and television industries. She worked beside some of the country’s finest filmmakers, and earned broad experience at Denmark’s most renowned production companies: Nordisk Film, Zentropa, Fridthjof Film, Moland, Bacon CPH and many others. Liv graduated from the European Film College in 2006, followed by studies at the Short and Documentary Film School in Denmark as a directing fellow in 2006 and 2008. Since shooting her first short film on her father's VHS camera at the age of six, Liv has written and directed over ten short films, among them MANDEN UDENFOR (Odd Man Out), starring Søren Pilmark and several other celebrated Danish actors. The film aired on Danish TV.
Since graduating from AFI, Liv has been directing lifestyle commercials and music videos, focusing on epic and magic-realist moments in our everyday life, working with both trained actors and non-actors, raw docu-style as well as more composed and colorful pieces. Liv is currently a participant in the Commercial Directors Diversity Program 2019 and has previously taken part in the WIF Mentorship Program in 2016. Together with her husband, director David Henry Gerson, she directed the short film set to Adrienne Rich’s feminist poem PLANETARIUM by the same name, shot on 16mm film, which premiered December 2018 on i-D VICE.
Liv is currently developing a Sci-Fi TV show, as well as her first feature. Through her films, Liv is exploring the emotinal seeds that leads to meaningless fatal violence in the western culture, both in the present, past and future. She has a deep love for strong fierce female characters who aren’t afraid to fight back - and who tend to be ticking time bombs. Perhaps due to her recurring status as an alien, Liv's stories often follow the stranger or outcast that is desperate to fit into the new world surrounding them, even if it is poisenous with secrets and lies. When she is not on set or hiding away writing, Liv travels the world, which a camera in hand and wonders what her life would have been like as an astronaut exploring the hidden secrets of the far away universe...
FESTIVALS / SCREENINGS
DRYLAND (2016), Director & Co-Writer:
New Filmmakers Los Angeles, March 2017, Sportlight: Female Directors
Laughlin International Film Festival 2016, Winner: Best US Short
Nevada Women's Film Festival 2017, Honorable Mention: Outstanding Student Film
California Women's Film Festival 2017, Winner Best Supporting Actress
Reykjavík International Film Festival 2016, Golden Egg Selection / Finalist
Minimalen 29th Short Film Festival 2017, Trondheim Norway, Official Selection
American Film Festival 2016, Wroclaw, Poland
LA Shorts Fest 2016, Official Selection
SOHO International Film Festival 2016, Official Selection
Paris Independent Film Festival 2016, Official Selection
Busan International Art Film Festival, Official Selection - Drama 2016
Annual Copenhagen Film Festival 2017, Official Selection
OIFF Turin Cinefest 2017, Official Selection
Frozen Film Festival Saint Paul MN 2017, Official Selection
Los Angeles CineFest 2017, Semi Finalist
Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival 2017, Official Selection
Audience Awards 2017, Competing Film
Las Vegas Film Festival 2016, Official Selection
NYC Independent Film Festival, Official Selection
MANDEN UDENFOR / odd man out (2009), Director & Co-Writer:
Aired on national television in Denmark, Kanal København, in 2010 as part of a 'young Danish filmmakers' shorts program series
Premiered at Rotterdam Film Festival 2009
Screened in Empire Bio Cinema in Copenhagen 2009
MANDEN OVERFOR / man across (2007), Director & Writer
Screened in Empire Bio Cinema in Copenhagen 2007