I don't make movies to make money. I make money to make movies.
Company
Bleed For This Picture
My name is Jesper Isaksen (born 1975), I'm a self-educated D.I.Y. film director, writer, editor, color grader and producer and the founder & owner of the independent Danish film company Bleed For This Picture. I was born and raised in Jutland but currently living in Copenhagen (Denmark) and have been for the past 20 years.
My first short film NIMA, a home grown, low budget gangster film was shown at Danish National TV (DR1/DR2) in 2002 and launched my career in the Danish movie business and here I am, still going strong 18 years later down the road.
My third short piece NO EXIT was selected by Ridley & Tony Scott and Michael Fassbender as 1 out of 50 semifinalists amongst more than 15.000 contributions worldwide in the Global YouTube short film competition in 2012 called YourFilmFestival. The first prize was 500.000 USD.
In 2013 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.
In 2014 NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST also participated in "EKKO Shortlist" with a first place as the highest ranking. It went on to roam the top 10 in 13 consecutive weeks straight.
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST was later nominated in two categories "The Shortlist Award" and also "The Audience Award" at EKKO Shortlist Awards 2014.
From 2014-2018 both NO EXIT & NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST were selected by several film festivals around the world and also won several awards. They will hopefully continue their festival run even though they have been around for quite a while.
At present time my 30-minute short comedy THE VISITOR premiered at Orlando Film festival in 2018 and also received a nomination for “Best Foreign Language Short Film”. It also got selected as part of the Official Selection at the BAFTA-qualifying short film festival Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2019. It will continue its festival run for the rest of 2019 and by the end of the year hopefully reach participation in EKKO Shortlist Awards 2019 in Copenhagen/Denmark.
In the summer of 2018, I shot my first feature film VICTIM OF LOVE, a dense psychological and bloody yet stylish horror-thriller starring Danish power house actor Rudi Køhnke. It’s set to premiere in 2019 - more to come!
  • Producer (6 Credits)
    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 (6 Credits)
    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 (6 Credits)
    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
THE VISITOR
Aesthetica Short Film Festival
York
2019
NOMINATION // BEST COMEDY
THE VISITOR
Annual Aarhus Film Festival
Aarhus
2019
NOMINATION // BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT
THE VISITOR
Orlando Film Festival
Orlando
2018
FINALIST // BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Sorry 4 yourself
Oniros Film Awards 2018
Aosta
2018
NOMINATION // BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Sorry 4 yourself
FAROESE MUSIC AWARDS
Thorshavn
2018
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
Top Shorts
Los Angeles
2017
NOMINATION // BEST DANISH ROCK VIDEO
Electric Lady
High Voltage Rock Awards
Copenhagen
2017
WINNER // BEST CRIME FILM
NO EXIT
Festigious International Film Festival
Los Angeles
2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
Orlando Film festival
Orlando
2017
FINALIST
NO EXIT
International Monthly Film Festival
Copenhagen
2016
FINALIST
NO EXIT 2 - RISE AGAINST
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
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's set to premiere 2019, stay tuned!
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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