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Thomas Østbye & Edwin – 17.000 islands

Thomas Østbye


Thomas is both a filmmaker and artist working with installation and photography. With his Diploma in Film Editing from The Norwegian Film School in 2004 it has led to both editing and teaching jobs. 'Imaging Emanuel' (2011) is Thomas' latest film that had its international premiere at Hotdocs and is now nominated for Best Documentary at the Norwegian TV (NRK). Thomas also received The Golden Chair for Best Norwegian Shortfilm and The Golden Key at Kassel DokFest in 2009 for his documentary 'Human' (2009).



Born 1981 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Between 1999 and 2005 Edwin studied at The Jakarta Inst. of Arts where he developed his passion for filmmaking. During that time he got the opportunity to participate in different film workshops at the Berlinale Talent Campus and at the Asian Film Academy, Pusan. In 2005 he wrote and directed 'Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon' which received attention both national and international and became the first Indonesian short film screened at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes FF in 2005. His short film 'Trip to the Wound' (2007) was selected for the Int. Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and for the Berlinale Shorts at Berlin Int. FF both in 2008. 'Blind Pig who wants to Fly' (2008) is Edwin's feature film debut. The film had its world premiere at Pusan Int. FF and its European premiere at Rotterdam Int. FF and won the FIPRESCI Award.


17.000 islands


17000 ISLANDS is an interactive transmedia documentary. In Indonesia, Jakarta, there is a Disneyland style museum park named Taman Mini. It attempts to present the diverse cultures of Indonesia in a condensed and manicured form - an idealized image of the 17.000 Islands of Indonesia. Fascinated by this idealized and artificial representation, Indonesian director Edwin and Norwegian director Thomas Østbye embarked on a task to lose control of their own film, and capture some real life within this controlled and artificial setting. The website opens in 2013. Here the two directors invites you to rip apart their original movie, take their place as directors and make your own film with their material. At CPH:DOX 2012, Edwin, Thomas and Paramita Nath will present the project and there will be a screening of the first user made ISLAND shortfilms, made by invited CPH:LAB directors. Produced by Thomas Østbye Plymserafin - Supported by CPH:DOX & Norwegian Film Institute.

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