Fredrik Thorsen is a writer, director, and editor who has won seventeen filmmaking awards since graduating from the University of British Columbia Film & Television program.
Fredrik’s most recent nomination came for editing the feature film "Dead Shack" for director Peter Ricq, for which he was nominated the Leo Award for Best Editing in a Feature Length Drama.
Prior to that, Fredrik won the Leo Award for Best Editing for the feature film "Stone Of Destiny" for director Charles Martin Smith. He has been nominated for four Leos.
Fredrik’s first film effort involved writing, directing, and editing "Wake Linda", a half-hour drama which won 16 awards at eight international film festivals, including the following:
• Palme d’Or (Grande Prize) - Huy World Festival of Short Films in Belgium.
• Best Fiction Film (short film category) - Montreal World Film Festival.
• Best Narrative Film - Northwest Film & Video Festival in Portland, OR.
• Best Drama - 4th Annual Montana Film & Video Festival.
• National Screen Institute’s Local Heroes Award -
Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival.
Acclaimed Director of Photography Vilmos Zsigmond ("The Deer Hunter", "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind") called it “one of the best student films [he’s] ever seen.” Amy Taubin (critic for the Village Voice, Premiere Magazine, and Sight & Sound) said the following about "Wake Linda": “Thorsen displays startling intelligence and sophistication in his choice of camera moves and positions, his decisions about what to leave out as well as what to put in, and in his ability to tell a story with a minimum of dialogue.”
Fredrik’s subsequent credits include directing short films and TV segments for CBC, along with a stand-alone documentary for Bravo! about the making of Charles Martin Smith’s "Snow Walker", called "Make The Movie, Live The Movie". Bruce Kirkland of the Winnipeg Sun characterized it as “an absolutely first-rate, 47-minute, making-of documentary that ranks with the best of its kind on any Canadian DVD release.” Fredrik’s work has also been seen on international television as editor on "Ancient Clues - Mysteries Of The Dead", a documentary series produced for Discovery Channel by Omni Films.
Fredrik’s technical expertise, use of new technological developments, and pre-planning techniques significantly streamline his process of making films. Fredrik was founder of Comet Post Production Inc., an industry-leading post-production facility which provided state-of-the-art editing services for the Vancouver's film and television industry for over 10 years.
He now is in development on several projects, including a sci-fi short and a television series.
He also enjoys producing, shooting and editing corporate videos, and giving back to the community by providing filmmaking instruction to at-risk youth in the downtown eastside of Vancouver through Intersections Media.