Mats Slaastad Birkelund is a filmmaker and photographer.
Hi! I'm Mats Slaastad Birkelund (25). I'm born and raised in Kongsvinger, Norway. A small town surrounded by forest, a long way from waves and surfing.
I've been interested in cameras, photography and filmmaking ever since my grandfather took photos of me ski jumping when I was a kid. I remember starting experimenting with making edits of my ski jumping in Windows Movie Maker back in the day.
In spite of that my career started as a journalist, working for Glåmdalen, Stavanger Aftenblad and Aftenposten. But it was the camera that got the hold of me eventually. So I started working for Leidar – a communication agency – with content production, filmmaking and photography.
In the summer of 2018 I decided to go freelance. I wanted to purpose my passion for filmmaking, photography, surfing and traveling, and I needed freedom to be creative and tell stories, in combination with surfing and being outside.
The rest of 2018 I spent in Lofoten Islands, Norway, to make a web series about the arctic surfers living up there. That's soon to be published.
In February 2019 I travelled to Australia, to work, surf and meet new people.
Cinematographer/director/editor, Birkelund Media – 2018-present
Photographer, Mats Birkelund Photography – 2010-present
Film producer/content producer, Leidar Norway – 2016-2018
Journalist, Aftenposten – 2015-2016
Journalist, Stavanger Aftenblad, 2012-2015
Journalist, Glåmdalen – 2009-2012