biography

Ivalo Frank Portrait 2012 © Rie Neuchs 2012Born in Greenland in 1975, Ivalo Frank resides in Berlin and Copenhagen. Holding a MA in Philosophy and Social Science from Lund University, she works as an artist, film and festival Director.

Frank has made films in various countries such as Bosnia, China and Greenland and the content range from post-war portraits and post-colonial perspectives to in-depth interviews with citizens from the former DDR. Her films are shown in academic, art and film contexts world-wide, e.g. at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and IMC gallery, New York.

Selected for numerous international film festivals, Frank’s work has been included in CPH:DOX and the International Film Festival of Cinematic Art a.o. She has won a number of awards a.o. the Honorable Mention Award, Los Angeles International Film Festival and Best Documentary Award, London Underground Film Festival.

Having contributed to numerous publications, including Kritik (Gyldendal) and Asian Art Newspaper, Frank is the director of Greenland Eyes International Film Festival, the largest festival on contemporary Greenland, celebrated last at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Ivalo Frank is fluent in Danish, English, German and Spanish.

Awards and nominations

Award of Recognition, Killerbird
Best Shorts 2015

Official selection, Viviente
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014

Official selection, Viviente
London Independent Film Festival 2014

Official selection, Viviente
Berlin Independent Film Festival 2014

Official selection, OPEN
Tromsø International Film Festival 2014

Diamond Award, OPEN
California Film Awards 2013

Gold Kahuna Award, OPEN
Honolulu Film Festival 2013

Award of Merit, ECHOES
Best Shorts 2011

Honorable Mention Award, ECHOES
Los Angeles International Film Festival 2011

Award for Best Documentary, ECHOES
London Underground Film Festival 2011

Official selection, ECHOES
Tromsø International Film Festival 2011

Official selection, ECHOES
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2011

Official selection, ECHOES
28th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival 2011

Official selection, ECHOES
American Independent Film Festival 2011

Films (selection)

2017
Anahí’s Room, 40min.
Nuuk Art Museum (GL), Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum (IS), Tellus Cinema Stockholm (SE), Savvy Contemporary Berlin (live version)

2015
RECONCILIATION, 30min.
Katuaq Art Center (GL), University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CA)
Killerbird, 15min
Winner of the Award of Recognition, Best Shorts 2015 (USA), International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles (US), University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CA). Exhibited at Katuaq Art Center (GL), Gallery Wedding (DE)
Viviente, 5min.
Official selection Berlin Independent Film festival, London Independent Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK). Screened at Oslo Poetryfestival (NO), Greenlands University, Katuaq Art Center (GL), Shortcutz Berlin (DE).
Distributed through Aesthetica Artists’ Film Archive.
EYES, 2-5min. (a series of 18 short films)

2012
OPEN, 60min.
Winner of the Gold Kahuna Award, Honolulu Film Festival and the Diamond Award at the California Film Awards. Selected for the 55th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, CPH: DOX 2013, Arctic Heat Film Festival (FI), Tromsø International Film Festival (NO). Screened at the Greenland House in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Aarhus University Hospital, Herstedvester Prison (DK), Greenland University, Katuaq Art Center (GL), Babylon Cinema Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin (DE). Exhibited at IMC Lab+Gallery, New York, HEART – Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ovartaci, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (DK). Distributed through DanishDox.

2010
ECHOES, 25min.
Winner of the Honorable Mention Award at Los Angeles International Film Festival 2011, winner of the Best Documentary Festival Award at the London Underground Film Festival, winner of the Award of Merit at Best Shorts 2011. Official selection at Tromsø International Film Festival, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, 28th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival, American Independent Film Festival, Selected for London Ladyfest Art Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Vestnordic Festival (IS), Kiel Film Festival, Malmö Documentary Film Festival, Soundtrack Cologne, Norway Mountain Film festival. Screened at Humboldt University of Berlin, Tellus Cinema (SE), Maison du Danemark in Paris (FR), Nordatlantens Brygge (Cph), Made in Europe (DE), Arsenal Cinema, Babylon Cinema (Berlin). Exhibited at Kunstraum Engländerbau (LI) Katuaq Art Center (GL), HBC Berlin, Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg (DE), BKS Garage, Museum of Contemporary Art (DK). Distribution: Shorts International.

2009
Faith, Hope and Greenland, 32min.
Premiere at Babylon Cinema Berlin. Selected for Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Winnipeq International Film Festival, London Underground Film Festival, Vestnordic Festival (IS). Screened at Arsenal Cinema Berlin, Hamburg Metropolis Cinema (DE), Katuaq Cinema (GL), Kran Filmspace Bruxelles, Made in Europe, Werkstaat der Kulturen (DE), Nordatlantens Brygge, Doc Lounge (Cph), Culture Night Copenhagen (DK), Maison du Danemark in Paris (FR), Filmessay (BR). Broadcastet on APTN (CA), KNR TV (GL), SVF (FO), RUV TV (IS), DK4 (DK).

2007
Upper Reaches of the Arts, 30min.
In cooperation with Anke Kalk. Exhibited at New Life Shop Berlin, Kran Filmspace Brussels, Katuaq Art Center (GL), Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center (DK).

2006
Rosinen og Blaue Blumen, 2×30min.
In cooperation with Kenneth A. Balfelt. Broadcastet in co-operation with Urban Art Stories, non-stop from the 29th April -16th May at Alexanderplatz and Tuchollaplatz, Berlin.

2005
The People from the North who eat Meat, 5min.
In cooperation with Andrew Cannon. Exhibited at Filmstuben Berlin. Screened at Cirque Audiovisual Köln. Exhibited at Non Art Amersfoort (NL).

2004
Wild Dogs of Sarajevo, 30min.
In cooperation with Lasse Lau. Exhibited at Museum of New Art — MONA Detroit. Selected for Locandina Del Film Festival (USA). Screened at Kabine Copenhagen, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center (DK), Espace SD Beirut (LB).

Greenland Eyes International Film Festival

- Washington D.C., USA – Smithsonian National Museum – 2015
- Washington D.C., USA – Danish Embassy in the United States 2015
- Oslo, Norway: NFI – The Norwegian Film Institute – 2014
- Oslo, Norway: Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscenen – 2014
- Inari, Finland: Sami Parliament – 2014
- Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland – 2014
- Stockholm, Sweden: Tellus Cinema – 2014
- Stockholm, Sweden: Landet – 2014
- Reykjavik, Iceland: Nordic House – 2014
- Runavik, Faroe Islands: Cinema Løkshøll – 2014
- Torshavn, Faroe Islands: Nordic House – 2014
- Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen University – 2014
- Copenhagen, Denmark: Nordatlantens Brygge – 2014
- Copenhagen, Denmark: Greenland House – 2014
- Copenhagen, Denmark: DFI – The Danish Film Institute – 2014
- Nuuk, Greenland: Greenlands University – 2014
- Nuuk, Greenland: Katuaq Art Center – 2014
- Berlin, Germany: Arsenal Cinema – 2012
- Berlin, Germany: Humboldt University – 2012

Writings (Selection)

  • In your face _(Gyldendal/Kritik, 2016)_dr
  • Reconcling the past – an artist statement by Ivalo Frank (Indiana University Press, 2016)
  • Patti Smith (Music Weekly, 2013)
  • Anahí’s Room (Sandra Meisel exhibition catalogue, 2013)
  • An everyday conversation (Qivittoq, 2012)
  • The Art of Government (Asian Art Newspaper, 2010)
  • Nuummioq danser under Utah’s sol (Dagsbladet Information, 2010)
  • ECHOES (KUUK exhibition catalogue, 2010)
  • 210609 (210609 exhibition catalogue, 2009)
  • The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Literature (Asian Art Newspaper, 2009)
  • Yuken Teruya (Asian Art Newspaper, 2009)
  • On Top of the World (H-Art, 2009)
  • 210609 (210609 exhibitioncatalogue, 2009)
  • Neo Pop Culture in the East (Asian Art Newspaper, 2008)
  • Together Forever (Q-magazine, 2007)
  • Berliner Schönheit (Q-magazine, 2007)
  • Q and Career (Q-magazine, 2007)
  • Prefuse 73 (GAFFA DK, 2005)
  • Henrik Rylander (GAFFA DK, 2005)
  • Yellow Dogs — a study of artistic logic (University of Lund, 2004)
  • Walter Benjamin’s Ruins (University of Copenhagen, 2004)