"I don't make movies to make money. I make money to make movies."
Company
Bleed For This Picture
Jesper Isaksen is a talented director based in Copenhagen, Denmark. His first short NIMA (16 min.) a homemade low budget gangster tale from the streets of Copenhagen was shown at Danish National Television.
Another short gangster tale NO EXIT (12. min) was selected semifinalist out of more than 15.000 short films in the global "YourFilmFestival" conducted by Ridley & Tony Scott and Michael Fassbender. The first prize was 500.000 USD. NO EXIT went on to participate in the biggest and most prestigious short film festival in Denmark "EKKO SHORTLIST" and went straight to the top 10 and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks straight.
The sequel, NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST, also participated in "EKKO SHORTLIST" with a 1st place as the highest ranking. It went on to roam the top 10 in 13 consecutive weeks straight. NO EXIT 2 was later nominated in two categories "The Shortlist Award" and also "The Audience Award" at EKKO Award Show 2014.
The short film comedy THE VISITOR premiered at Orlando Film festival in 2018 and also received a nomination for "Best Foreign Language Short Film". In 2019 it got selected as part of the Official Selection at the BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival and also won the "Best Comedy" award at Annual Aarhus Film Festival. It later roamed the top 10 at EKKO Shortlist 2019/2020 with a 1st place as the highest ranking.
In the fall of 2019 Jesper finished his first feature film VICTIM OF LOVE, a dense psychological and bloody yet stylish horror-thriller starring Danish powerhouse actor Rudi Køhnke. It premiered Saturday the 16th of November 2019 at the biggest feature film festival in Denmark, CPH PIX. It also received a Robert nomination by the Danish Film Academy for "Best Original Song" by Julian Winding at The Danish Film Awards 2020. Robert is equivalent to the American Oscar, the French César and the British BAFTA.
VICTIM OF LOVE has had a pretty strong festival run earning 10 wins and 22 nominations so far. It will continue its festival run in 2021 and hopefully reach even more awesome festivals and horror and genre audiences across the world.
VICTIM OF LOVE is being distributed by Another World Entertainment in Denmark and Indican Pictures worldwide.
Jesper has also directed more than 20 music videos.
  • Producer (8 Credits)
    BULLETS2020
    Music Video
    HELL FIRE2020
    Music Video
    VICTIM OF LOVE2019
    Feature
    SORRY 4 YOURSELF2017
    Music Video
    ELECTRIC LADY2016
    Music Video
    THE VISITOR2016
    Short
    NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST2013
    Short
    NO EXIT 2010
    Short
  • Writer (8 Credits)
    BULLETS2020
    Music Video
    HELL FIRE2020
    Music Video
    VICTIM OF LOVE2019
    Feature
    SORRY 4 YOURSELF2017
    Music Video
    ELECTRIC LADY2016
    Music Video
    THE VISITOR2016
    Short
    NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST2013
    Short
    NO EXIT 2010
    Short
  • Director (8 Credits)
    BULLETS2020
    Music Video
    HELL FIRE2020
    Music Video
    VICTIM OF LOVE2019
    Feature
    SORRY 4 YOURSELF2017
    Music Video
    ELECTRIC LADY2016
    Music Video
    THE VISITOR2016
    Short
    NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST2013
    Short
    NO EXIT 2010
    Short
OFFICIAL SELECTION
HELL FIRE
Brussels Independent Film Festival
Brussels
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
BULLETS
Västerås Film Festival
Västerås
2021
NOMINATION // BEST SOUNDTRACK
VICTIM OF LOVE
South African HorrorFest
Cape Town
2021
NOMINATION // BEST FEMALE LEAD
VICTIM OF LOVE
South African HorrorFest
Cape Town
2021
NOMINATION // BEST POSTER ART
VICTIM OF LOVE
South African HorrorFest
Cape Town
2021
NOMINATION // OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Buffalo, NY
2021
NOMINATION // OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Buffalo, NY
2021
NOMINATION // OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival
Buffalo, NY
2021
WINNER // BEST NORDIC FEATURE FILM SOUND
VICTIM OF LOVE
Västerås Film Festival
Västerås
2021
NOMINATION // BEST NORDIC FEATURE FILM MALE ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Västerås Film Festival
Västerås
2021
WINNER // BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST LEAD ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST SCREENPLAY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST THRILLER
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST FEATURE FILM
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
WINNER // BEST DIRECTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST FILM TRAILER
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST MAKE-UP & SFX
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST EDITING
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST COSTUME DESIGN
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST SOUND DESIGN
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
NOMINATION // BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
VICTIM OF LOVE
Filmhaus Berlin
Berlin
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Macabro: Mexico International Horror Film Festival
Mexico City
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival
Michigan
2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Fantaspoa
Porto Alegre
2021
NOMINATION // BEST MAKEUP, HAIR & SFX
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST DIRECTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST SCREENPLAY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST HORROR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST FEATURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST PICTURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
WINNER // BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
WINNER // BEST LEADING ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
WINNER // BEST THRILLER
VICTIM OF LOVE
Lonely Wolf: London International Film Festival
London
2021
NOMINATION // BEST DIRECTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Nevermore Film Festival
Durham
2021
WINNER // BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
VICTIM OF LOVE
Nevermore Film Festival
Durham
2021
NOMINATION // BEST ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Nevermore Film Festival
Durham
2021
NOMINATION // INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Panama Horror Film Festival
Panama City
2021
NOMINATION // THE JURY PRIZE
BULLETS
Filmkraft
Århus
2020
NOMINATION // BEST VIDEO
BULLETS
Filmkraft
Århus
2020
NOMINATION // FINALIST
BULLETS
International Music Video
International Music Video Underground Festival
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
BULLETS
Ravenheart International Film Festival
Oslo
2020
FINALIST // BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
VICTIM OF LOVE
Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards
Rome
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Another Hole in the Head Film Festival
San Francisco
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Fractured Visions Film Festival
Cardiff
2020
WINNER // BEST ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2020
WINNER // BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando Film Festival
2020
NOMINATION // BEST PRODUCED SCREENPLAY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2020
NOMINATION // BEST DIRECTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2020
NOMINATION // BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2020
NOMINATION // BEST PICTURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2020
WINNER // BEST HORROR FEATURE FILM
VICTIM OF LOVE
Big Apple Film Festival
New York
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Be Afraid Horror Fest
Gorizia
2020
WINNER // BEST ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Terror Molins - Videodrome Section
Barcelona
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Cine-Excess
Birmingham
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Terrror Córdoba Film Festival
Córdoba
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
Bogotá Horror Film Festival
Bogotá
2020
NOMINATION // BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
VICTIM OF LOVE
Nightmares Film Festival
Colombus
2020
WINNER // BEST HORROR FEATURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
Nightmares Film Festival
Columbus
2020
NOMINATION // BEST FEATURE
VICTIM OF LOVE
HorrorHound Film Festival
Milford
2020
NOMINATION // BEST ACTRESS
VICTIM OF LOVE
HorrorHound Film Festival
Milford
2020
NOMINATION // BEST ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
HorrorHound Film Festival
Milford
2020
WINNER // BEST ACTOR
VICTIM OF LOVE
Ravenheart International Film festival
Oslo
2020
NOMINATION // BEST ORIGINAL SONG
VICTIM OF LOVE
ROBERT (Danish Film Academy)
Copenhagen
2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION
VICTIM OF LOVE
CPH PIX
Copenhagen
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE VISITOR
EKKO SHORTLIST
Copenhagen
2019
WINNER // BEST COMEDY
THE VISITOR
Annual Aarhus Film Festival
Aarhus
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
THE VISITOR
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
York
2019
WINNER // BEST ENSEMBLE
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas
2019
WINNER // BEST ACTION
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Vegas Movie Awards
Las Vegas
2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Blow-up International Arthouse Film Festival
Chicago
2019
NOMINATION // BEST MUSIC VIDEO
SORRY 4 YOURSELF
FAROESE MUSIC AWARDS
Thorshavn
2018
FINALIST // BEST MUSIC VIDEO
SORRY 4 YOURSELF
Oniros Film Awards 2018
Aosta
2018
NOMINATION // BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT
THE VISITOR
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2018
NOMINATION // BEST DANISH ROCK VIDEO
ELECTRIC LADY
High Voltage Rock Awards
Copenhagen
2017
WINNER // BEST ENSEMBLE
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
2017
WINNER // BEST CRIME FILM
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Orlando Film festival
Orlando
2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION
NO EXIT
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
2017
WINNER // BEST CRIME FILM
NO EXIT
Festigious International Film Festival
Los Angeles
2017
WINNER // BEST FOREIGN SHORT
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Los Angeles
2016
FINALIST
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
International Monthly Film Festival
Copenhagen
2016
FINALIST
NO EXIT
International Monthly Film Festival
Copenhagen
2016
OFFICIAL SELECTION
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Los Angeles
2015
NOMINATION // THE AUDIENCE AWARD
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
EKKO SHORTLIST
Copenhagen
2014
NOMINATION // EKKO SHORTLIST AWARD
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
EKKO SHORTLIST
Copenhagen
2014
SEMIFINALIST (the last 50 out of more than 15.000 submissions)
NO EXIT
Your Film Festival (Ridley & Tony Scott, Michael Fassbender, Youtube and The Emirates)
USA
2012
NOMINATION // FINALIST
BULLETS
Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival
Chicago
Birth Date
July 18, 1975
Nickname
Jesper
Birth City
Aarhus
Current City
Copenhagen
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Blue
Jesper is about to unleash his very first feature film upon the world. A bloody, dense, psychological and highly stylised Danish-American horror-thriller - it premiered at Denmark's biggest feature film festival CPH PIX in Nov. 2019.
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Jesper's hard hitting short piece NO EXIT was chosen semifinalist in 2012 by Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender in the global short film competition "Your Film festival" among more than 15.000 submissions worldwide. The First prize was 500.000 USD.
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Biggest inspirations includes Nicolas Winding Refn, Lars Von Trier and Panos Cosmatos.
"I don't make movies to make money. I make money to make movies."
Company
Bleed For This Picture