Acknowledged film producer joins VIA

Film Producer Ellen Riis
Film Producer Ellen Riis
Film producer Ellen Riis - currently co-producer of the TV-series Dicte and feature film Iqbal Farooq - has after 10 years as self-employed accepted a new position as Lecturer at VIA’s Multiplatform education in Aarhus.

The Danish Film Institute has named her “the Godmother of film talents”. Now the experienced Producer Ellen Riis will strengthen the talent development at VIA’s education: “Multiplatform Storytelling and Production” at Filmby Aarhus in Denmark. Here she is employed as a teacher and developer from June 1st. 

Head of Studies Louis Thonsgaard about the employment: 

“We are proud to attract such a big resource. Ellen Riis fits perfectly into our environment. She has solid experience from the film and media industry, has major innovative capabilities and a strong professional approach to teaching. Ellen Riis was in 2008 part of developing the Multiplatform programme and has been the industry representative on the admission board. These factors of course make the employment even more joyful.” 

Ellen Riis has over the last few years been involved in a number of transmedia projects with support from The Danish Film Institute and Shareplay and has produced numerous international prizewinning short films, among others one to win the main prize at the prestigious King Bonn festival in China. ”We are looking forward to benefitting from Ellen Riis’ network, knowledge and insights - especially in the creation of our new international module: The Fashion Experience – Film and Transmedia Storytelling, where we work with several of the biggest fashion brands and brightest media professionals in Denmark”, says Louis Thonsgaard. 

Synergy between business and education 

Ellen Riis about the position: 

“I see a unique opportunity to work systematically and focused with talent development within the film- and media business that I love. With VIA’s resources and desire for innovation, there is no better place for me to use my experience and ideas. I will continue with a few of my own development projects on the side and co-produce a TV-series, which is to be filmed in Aarhus in the autumn. It enables a unique synergy between business and education. In the long term, I plan to spend all my working hours on education, development and innovation at VIA.” 

VIA Film & Transmedia is part of VIA School of Business, Technology & Creative Industries, which is the University College’s faculty for private educational programmes. 

Further information

Louis Thonsgaard
Head of Studies , VIA Multiplatform Storytelling and Production/VIA Film & Transmedia
T: +45 87 55 05 50

Ellen Riis
Basmati Film
T: +45 23 25 74 14

Résumé: Ellen Riis

  • 1982 MA Nordic Languages, Aarhus University 
  • 1984-1991 Press and Marketing Department, Nordisk Film 
  • 1991-1996 Freelance Production Manager, Bonn, Germany 
  • 1998-2006 Producer, Deluca Film 
  • 2006-2015 Self employed, Basmati Film, Aarhus. Specialised in talent development film and TV production. Associate Professor at the Institute for Information and Media Science, Aarhus University, and at VIA Animation Workshop.

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