Thomas A. Østbye (Norway)

Thomas A. Østbye is a distinctive voice among Norwegian directors. He’s known to combine artistic reflections on the documentary genre with contemporary political dilemmas. He made his mark with formally challenging documentaries like Imagining Emanuel, HUMAN, and In your dreams, which received a dozen art and film awards, bought by the Arts Council Norway, and screened at venues ranging from the National Broadcasting to the Museum of Modern Art NY. Østbye also makes art installations, photography, interactive film, and runs the production company PlymSerafin.


  • Shaping Up
    Norway, 2004
  • Drømme kan du gjøre senere/In Your Dreams
    6’, Norway, 2005
  • 6 Forestillinger om frihet/ 6 Conceptions of Freedom
    20’, Norway, 2006
  • Slør/Veil
    8’, Norway, 2007
  • Human
    25’, Norway, 2009
  • Imagining Emanuel
    52’, Norway, 2011
  • Take #2
    8’, Norway, 2012
  • Out Of Norway
    43', Norway, 2014
  • Things
    48', Norway, 2015

Doc Alliance Members

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.