Ape&Bjørn is a film production company based in Oslo, producing feature films, tv-series and short formats. The company was established in 2008 by producer Ruben Thorkildsen and director Martin Lund.
Producer / Partner
Ruben Thorkildsen is a Norwegian film producer and founder of Ape&Bjørn. He produced the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe winner “The Almost Man”, and the Prix Jeunesse 2014 winner “The Games”. He is educated at the National Film School of Norway, and built his experience by line-producing the box office hits “Twigson” and “Twigson Ties the Knot”. Ruben has co-produced Raoul Peck´s “Murder in Pacot” (2014), that was selected for Toronto and Berlinale, and “Palestine Stereo” by by Rashid Masarawi. Currently he is producing “Match” for NRK, a debut feature by Joern Utkilen and Jannicke Systad Jacobsen´s new film “The Domestique”. He is also co-producing Óskar Axelsson´s “I Remember You”, Annemarie Jacir´s “Wajib” and Wanuri Kahiu´s “Rafiki”.
Ruben was a participant at the European Producers workshop EAVE in 2015, and is currently a Story Editor Participant at Torino Film Lab. He serves as a board-member at the Norwegian Producer´s association and the South-Norway film center.
Isak Eymundsson graduated from The National Film School of Norway in 2012, and have been working in Ape&Bjørn since. He has produced among others the Prix Jeunesse winning kids series “The Games”, and was the Norwegian producer on the Nordic short film collaboration “The Committee” that premiered in competition at Locarno 2016 and won Best Norwegian Short Film at BIFF 2016. Currently he is producing Joern Utkilens debut feature “Lake Over Fire”, that will premiere late 2017, and Jannicke Systad Jacobsen´s new feature “The Domestique”
Isak also holds the position as the company´s CFO.
Fredrik Støbakk is educated as copywriter from Westerdals School of Communications and as producer at The National Film School of Norway. He has experience as copywriter from TV and as producer of several notable documentaries, short- and feature films. He used to be part of the team at Storm Films, producing films like “Captain Sabertooth and the treasure of Lama Rama” and “The Christmas King: In Full Armor”. He now oversees TV-drama production at Ape&Bjørn.
Verona Meier studied film production at the University of Television and Film in Munich and at NYU`s Tisch School in New York. In 2006 she joined Razor Film in Berlin and has since been involved in nearly twenty productions, most of them international feature film co-productions, as well as German films and TV series. Among the many films she has been a part of is the first film from Saudi-Arabia “Wadjda” by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Venice 2012), “The Future” by Miranda July (Berlinale, Sundance 2011) and “Waltz with Bashir” by Ari Folman (Cannes, Golden Globe Winner, Oscar Nominee 2009)
Since 2016 she is operating out of Norway and produces for both Razor Film in Berlin and Ape&Bjørn in Oslo.
Verona Meier was a participant at the European Producers Workshop EAVE in 2009.