Mats Slaastad Birkelund is a filmmaker and photographer.

Out in the field with Joacim (left). Photo: Nok Sandholm / Editing: M.S.Birkelund

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. 
Next summer I decided to move up permanent. What better playground can you find...?
Cinematographer/director/editor, Birkelund Media – 2018-present
Started my own company to develop as a filmmaker, making both documentary and commercial work for businesses.
Photographer, Mats Birkelund Photography  – 2010-present
Doing a wide range of photography, including confirmation, portraits, nature, lifestyle and sports. 
Film producer/content producer, Leidar Norway  – 2016-2018
Leidar Norway is a communication/advertising agency. I produced films and content for companies, as well as working with communication concepts and strategies. Also worked on digital and social strategy and managing.
Journalist, Aftenposten – 2015-2016
Aftenposten is one if the biggest newspapers in Norway. I worked mainly with sports and sport politics, while also focusing on telling stories from the sports world.
Journalist, Stavanger Aftenblad, 2012-2015
Journalist, Glåmdalen – 2009-2012
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