Liselott Forsman is the CEO of the Fund since 2019. As Yle’s International Drama Executive and EBU’s Head of Fiction Group, her focus was on international collaboration and media strategies. When Head of Fiction at Swedish Yle, she commissioned and co-produced feature films, drama series and content for young audiences. Her MA combines film, drama and TV studies. Liselott has been a speaker at forums on five continents, lectured at European master educations, produced drama and documentaries, and written for TV, radio and stage. She’s co-founded and headed the international event Helsinki Script. As the manager of the Fund she answers for funding decisions and the overall strategy.
Lise Løwholm has worked in the film industry since 1992 after graduating with a Master of Laws from the University of Oslo. Before joining the Fund in 2007 she worked among others at the Norwegian Film Institute and at an independent production company. As Senior Advisor Legal & Strategy, Lise has various tasks related to the Fund's strategic initiatives and decision making, its Partners and Board and general administration. In addition, she takes part in the assessing of documentary applications together with the Senior Advisor Documentary, which includes application processing and following up on producers that have received funding. She is also the Advisor for Industry Initiatives.
Torleif Hauge has more than 40 years’ experience from the Norwegian film industry. He has worked with lighting, grip, camera, editing and production departments on many feature films, as well as being a producer himself. Prior to joining the Fund in 2012, Torleif also worked as Production Advisor at the Norwegian Film Institute. As the Fund’s Senior Advisor Fiction, he takes part in the assessing of film and TV fiction applications together with the CEO, which includes application processing and following up on producers that have received funding.
Karolina Lidin has 25+ years of experience on the international documentary scene and has worked at the Fund since 2008. Her previous positions include Film Consultant and Head of Shorts and Documentaries at the Danish Film Institute, CEO of Filmkontakt Nord, Nordisk Panorama and Nordisk Forum – and she continues to tutor and moderate at international pitching and training sessions. As the Fund’s Senior Advisor Documentay, Karolina contributes to the assessment of applications concerning production of documentaries and to the development of the Fund's documentary-related strategies and activities.
Phuong Hoang Nguyen keeps an overview of the Fund’s budgeting, financing and accounting, managing economic records, and reports. In addition, she is also responsible for administrative office tasks and acts as the main contact for the Fund’s external accounting firm, auditor and bank. She has a Master of Information Technology from the University of Science Ho Chi Minh, upon which she has specialized in economics, accounting, and customer service at Kristiania Høyskolen. Phuong has extensive experience in accounting and administration and with an IT background, she also has good knowledge in digitalization and system understanding.
Mathias K. Ferre oversees maintenance and development of the Fund‘s web page, application portal and social media. He also works as a Project Manager for Nordic Script, Advisor for Distribution & Dubbing, and Head of Secretariat of The Nordic Council Film Prize. Mathias has a wide experience of creative communication and marketing. He has produced social media workshops among other educational tasks. As an E-Commerce manager he optimized user experiences and customer journeys. Mathias has studied Culture and Communication at the University of Oslo and Management at Oslo Business School. He graduated from the Kristiania University College with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Brand Management, specialization in advertising, visual communication and social media.
Annika Pham has been a film trade journalist for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Letters in Civilization from University Paris X, France and a MA in Press and Communication from ECS School in Paris. She has a thorough knowledge of the European film industry, having worked as international editor for the French publication Le Film Français, then as UK and Italian correspondent before specialising on the Nordic region. Since 2007 she writes specifically for the Fund´s news service and sometimes contributes to other film trade magazine/websites such as Le Film Francais and Variety.
Alina Huldén started as an intern September 2023 and will stay for a year. Her training programme is funded by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. Alina has various tasks at the Fund such as a project assistance and event coordination. She is a film graduate from Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, with a special insight in the Nordic region. Alina is specialized in film sound and her production experience includes feature film, drama series and animation. Among her other industry related working experience can be mentioned planning and organizing of cultural events. She is a trained choir conductor and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Aalto University.