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Gunilla Burstedt

Senior Lecturer

The Film, Photography and Literary Composition
Visiting address
Storgatan 43
41138 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Gunilla Burstedt

Since 2013, I am vice-prefect at the Valand Academy. My mission is focused on Education and I have the overall responsibility for the institution´s edcuations and training content.

In the comming years, I look forward to support and promote the educational development, creating and maintain a positive learning enviroment for both students and teachers, support and promote a cross-border cooperations among our four subjects (Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literary Composition) and establish new contacts and collaborations with national and international universities.

A Brief Background I was one of the founders of the film programme at the School of Photography and Film in 1997. The first few years I held the positions as Lecturer and Director of Studies. When in 2006 the Film unit formed its own department; The School of Film Directing, I was appointed as prefect. During that period (2006-2012), I developed several new programmes on Master´s level and elective courses. The full history of the Film School can be found here : Film School's history

I have also arranged a number of commissioned education programmes for external partners, Kulturkraft Väst och Trappan. In the Nordic network for film schools, Nordicil, the Principals and Heads of Departments of the Nordic film schools developed and planned for the annual meeting place for film students at the Göteborg International Film Festival. I have kept an active role since the first event happened in Gothenburg. In 2012 four former departments, the School of Film Directing, School of Photography, Valand School of Fine Arts and Literary Composition merged into one; the Valand Academy. Internationalization I have worked with two international projects in recent years; one with a Film School in Kigali, Rwanda, the Rwanda Cinema Centre, which was conducted with the support of the Swedish Institute, one in India, Bangalore, Suchitra Centre for Film and Drama. The collaboration with the Film School in Bangalore is conducted with the support of Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, and the cultural board of the region, Västra Götaland.

Collaborations I have in parallel with my university mission helped to start and run the network Doris Film 2003-2011, a board member of Wift 2005-2007, member of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, working for the unit; Acting, Filmmaking and Dance, 2001-2006, and in the group for nominations to the national leading film awards, Guldbagge, 2006-2010. I am currently a member of the Film Clouds norm critical advice board and a member of the Swedish Film Institute's reference group for support to distribution of short and documentary films.