Manifesto Film

Manifesto Film

Our aim is to produce social and politically conscious documentaries that challenge established truths, while at the same time exploring new forms and approaches to the documentary film genre. The documentary film is now experiencing a renaissance, and the addition of social media, audience interactivity and cross media approaches to storytelling have given us a new set of brushes to paint with, ensuring that the future impact of documentary films will be stronger than ever. ManifestoFilm’s productions have been shot worldwide, dealing with issues in India, Gaza, Iraq, the West Bank and Uganda. The company was established in Tromsø, Norway in 2003 by filmmaker Anniken Hoel, and has since expanded to include an office in Berlin, Germany.


Anniken Hoel

Director, Cinematographer


– To me, the most amazing state of being is when I am behind the camera, framing the play of shadow and light in my viewfinder, and observing life in all its beauty and brutality. Creatively I am torn between my “nerdy” interest in image-making and my philosophical beliefs – the conflict between wanting to make small, introspective films that only a few people would be interested in, and my burning heart which needs to share the stories and causes that are important to me with a wide audience. In 2002 I enrolled as a student at FAMU (the film academy in Prague), but was thrown out in my second semester due to my political activities, so as a filmmaker I am mostly an autodidact. Since then I have shot, directed and produced most of Manifestofilm´s productions, and I have worked as assistant director to Knut Erik Jensen.


Andrew Grant

Producer, Transmedia Manager


– My love of film began in early childhood. As the son of an executive at Universal Pictures who was also a diehard cinephile, a good portion of my youth was spent in New York City’s many retro and arthouse cinemas. Though my passion for cinema never weakened, it wasn’t until 2002 that I gave up my life in corporate America and began working with film. I created the film blog Like Anna Karina’s Sweater, which then led to professional work as a critic, both online (Salon, IFC, Sundance, Eye For Film, GreenCine)and in print (Cineaste, Premiere, Time Out New York, Asian Cult Cinema). In 2004 I started Benten Films, the first distribution company run by film critics, whose aim was to release the best in American and international independent cinema. In 2010 I left New York and relocated to Berlin, and it is there I met Anniken Hoel and joined ManifestoFilm. Besides working as a producer, I am also co-curator of the Unknown Pleasures film festival in Berlin, an annual survey of North American independent cinema.