The TIFF Board

Kristin Røymo

Kristin Røymo

Chair

Kristin (b. 1973) was born and and raised in a small village in Steigen municipality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. Prevously she has served as the elected Mayor of Tromsø, as the head of Tromsø city council, as a political counselor of the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs, as chair of the board of Tromsø Harbor, and several terms as elected member of the Tromsø municipality. Kristin used to work as a therapist and as the leader of Færingen Terapeutiske samfunn (phoenix house), and also as a teacher in school and kindergarden. Currently she serve as a member of the board of Troms and Finnmark county municipality, and as member of the health commitee in Tromsø. She is currently working for the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Departement (NAV).

Bjørn Eirik Olsen

Bjørn Eirik Olsen

Deputy Chair

Bjørn Eirik (b. 1955) has an MSc degree in International marketing from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. He has a background as a market analyst at Innovation Norway, fisheries attaché to the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo and division director at the National research institute Nofima. In 2012-2019 he managed Sparebank1 Nord-Norge’s Culture Business Foundation. Since 2019 he has been doing research on cultural and creative industries (CCI) at the UiT School of Business. Bjørn Eirik has many years of board work experience from various cultural organizations.

Ingrid Bruun

Ingrid Bruun

Board Member

Ingrid (b. 1986), has an MBA with a major in marketing and strategy from UiT the Arctic University of Norway (UiT). She previously was the chairman of the board at the Norway’s Arctic Student Welfare Organisation and has been board member at Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art, Tromsø Parking and the UiT bookstore Academic Quarter. She has worked at Handelsbanken, the ad agency Rød Tråd, and has worked with student recruitment and marketing at UiT the Arctic University of Norway. She is now a digital marketer at SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge (The Bank of Northern Norway).

Kolbjørn Engeseth

Kolbjørn Engeseth

Board Member

Kolbjørn (f.1958) is the founder and CEO of the software company Jupiter AS. He is an engineer in computer science, with additional studies in economics, organization and management. Kolbjørn has a great sense for project work and has led many development, innovation and implementation projects within the digital field. In his spare time he is a mountain enthusiast, winter and summer. He is also an active participant in the art and cultural life. Since 2019, he has been Chairman of the board of the Tromsø Kurnstforening (Tromsø Art Association). He is also a board member of Tromsø Klatresenter (Tromsø Climbing Center).

Elle Márjá Eira

Elle Márjá Eira

Board Member

Elle Márjá (b. 1983) has distinguished herself as a strong and uncompromising voice in Sápmi for several years across genres and forms of expression as an artist, director, producer and composer. She has directed and produced a number of short films and music videos. Previously worked in NRK Sápmi and in the Sami National Theater Beaivváš. She is an artist partner in Dáiddadállu - Kautokeino artist collective. Elle Márjá is now involved in a band project Snoweye, as well as several film and art projects.

Odne Stunes

Odne Stunes

Board Member

Odne (b. 1973) is a County Council Representative in Troms and Finnmark County Municipality, representing Arbeiderpartiet (The Labour Party). He is also a County Municipality representative in Sør-Varanger. Odne has board experience as Deputy Chair for Aurora Kino IKS. In 2009-2020 he worked as a teacher at Kirkenes ungdomsskole (junior high school). He is now Section Leader at The Church City Mission in Sør-Varanger.

John-Kristian Dalseth

John-Kristian Dalseth

Employee Representative

John-Kristian (b. 1980) has worked for TIFF since 2012 as a production manager at Verdensteatret. He’s also been involved with production, communications and programming for the festival. He is the program director for the festival’s Films from the North program and from August 2020 until February 2021 he is substituting as the manager at Verdensteatret.

Ida Løken Valkeapää

Ida Løken Valkeapää

1. Deputy Member

Ida (b. 1974) is a freelance actress originally from Oslo, but she has been living in Tromsø since 2015. She studied acting at The National Theatre Academy in Helsinki and at HB Studio in New York. She has studied Art History at The University in Oslo, Theatre History at The University in Gothenburg and is currently studying Sámi Language at UiT - The Artctic University in Tromsø. Ida has worked as an actress in Finland, Sweden and Norway since 2001, and she also makes her own performances. She has been in the programme commitee for the Tromsø International Festival for performing arts "Vårscenefest" for several years.

Nikolai Schirmer

Nikolai Schirmer

2. Deputy Member

Nikolai (b. 1991) is a law school graduate with a masters in copyright law. The past decade he’s made his living as a skier and filmmaker, telling award winning stories from the mountain that have reached millions of people around the world. The last few years he’s been working on ways to make the ski industry more sustainable, and he’s now turning his focus to the social challenges the industry faces. In 2019 Nikolai won the European Skier of The Year award and was put on on D2 Magazine’s 30 under 30 list of people «who we think will make the world a better place» for his work.

Nina Erdahl

Nina Erdahl

3. Deputy Member

Nina (b. 1977) is a casting director and costume designer and run the agency Nina Casting & Costumes in Tromsø. She has worked on dozens of movies, since her debut with TIFFs opening movie in 2006, Winterland. Her background is from London's fashion scene, where she worked both in front of and behind the camera for several years. Nowadays, she works with big and small projects, in the film- , fashion- and advertising field and as a casting director she is always on the lookout for the best talents around. Every TIFF means new premieres on projects she has been involved in. Nina works all over Norway, but mainly in Northern Norway and Tromsø.