"While working with stories in the films I make, I am always inspired by the reality surrounding me, but then I filter the stories I find, through my own experiences and emotions. I want to make the audience cry, laugh and think."
Leiv Igor Devold is a graduate of the Polish National Film School in Lodz, with a master´s degree in film-directing. He is has directed, written and / or produced over 12 documentaries and short films, which have been screened at festivals and on television internationally (BBC, NRK, TV2, DR3, SVT, YLE, TVP, Planet+).
Devold debuted in Norwegian cinemas in 2015 with the documentary The Accidental Rock Star. The film was nominated for best sound and editing at the Norwegian Film Awards and won the Amanda-award for best editing. The film was also a nominee to best Scandinavian documentary, at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen. It won the audience award for best Norwegian film 2015 at the Kosmorama International Film Festival in Trondheim, where it also was awarded the Kanon-award for best sound.
In 2017 Devold was nominated to Prix Europa, for the documentary Thea – two summers, one winter about the Norwegian journalist Thea Steen who died of cervical cancer in 2016. Films Devold has directed, produced and written have been screened at Annecy, Warsaw, BIFF, Dubai, Beirut, IDFA, CPH:DOX and more than 40 other international film festivals.
Devold teaches Film- and videoproduction at the Department of Arts and Media Studies at NTNU. Before coming to NTNU Igor was head of the documentary department at The Norwegian TV-school in Lillehammer and responsible for filmproduction at the Norwegian Cancer Society.
Devold is a board member of the Norwegian short film festival in Grimstad and head of The Directors Guild of Norway.
In his research time, Devold works with artistic research within the field of film directing, developing the feature film project The Norwegian Dream.
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