Pernille Rose Grønkjær

Founding Director

"To me, real life has to be marvelous before it can be cinematic. That only happens when you add an extra dimension: someone's unique vision. Someone who views the world with intentional eyes. Only then, does the real world become interesting as a cinematic experience."


Pernille Rose Grønkjær (born 1973) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1997 and has earned many awards and recognition for her documentary films and television productions over the past 15 years. Her international feature length documentary THE MONASTERY – 'Mr. Vig and the Nun' opened at The International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) and won the festival’s prestigious 1st price. With 11 awards and more than 60 festivals the world over THE MONASTERY has become an important milestone in the strong international brand that Danish documentary is today and established Grønkjær as a storyteller with a universal language and a cinematic vision.

Grønkjær's feature documentary "LOVE ADDICT - Stories of dreams, obsession and longing" opened at great reviews in her home country and had it´s international release at IDFA 2011.

Pernille recently premiered "GENETIC ME" at the Paris Science Film Festival and won 2 awards: Pierre Gilles de Gennes Award and Prix Etudiant. The film is praised for communicating complicated science in an accessible and entertaining way to a broad audience connecting a deeply personal tale with frontier genetic research providing new perspectives on the eternal question of: "How did I become me?"


Genetic Me (2014)
Love Addict (2011)
The House Inside Her (2011)
The Monastery – Mr. Vig and the Nun (2006)
The Family (2005)
The Complicated Family Life (2005)
TV-Happy (2003)
Repeating Grandpa (2001)
The Models  (1999)
Those Were the Days (1998)


Genetic Me
Pierre Gilles de Gennes Award, Paris Science Film Festival (France)
Prix Etudiant, Paris Science Film Festival (France)
The Monastery – Mr. Vig and the Nun
Best International Feature,Cinema Eye Award, New York (US).
Best Documentary, Bodil Awards (Denmark)
Full Frame Grand Jury Award, Full Frame Festival, Durham (US)
The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, Full Frame Festival
Chicago Doc Grand Prix, Chicago International Doc Festival (US)

Millennium Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
The Kino magazine Award, Planete Doc Review Film Festival (Poland)
Canvas Award, Docville Film Festival (Belgium)
FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival (Australia)
Audience Award, Moscow International Film Festival (Russia)The Joris Ivens Award, IDFA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Jury’s Special Mention - Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK)
Honour Mention, It's All True - 12th International Doc Festival (Brazil)
Special Mention - CPH:DOX International Documentary Festival (Denmark)

Extract of Festival Tour / The Monastery: The Sundance Film Festival, Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Mexico City Intl Contemp FF, Adelaide International Film Festival, Colombia - True/False Film Festival, Buenos Aires - Mar Del Plata Int Doc Festival, Durham - Full Frame, Tel Aviv - Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Sao Paulo - It's All True Int. Documentary Film Festival, Belfast Film Festival, Chicago International Documentary Festival, Toronto - Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival, San Francisco Int. Film Festival, Warsaw, Planete Doc Review, Krakow Documentary & Short Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Cape Town - Encounters South African Int. Film Festival, Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Silver Docs – Washington, Great Britain - Edinburgh International Film Festival, Portugal - Lisbon Int. Documentary Film Festival, Vienna Film Festival, Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival.