Martin Gaarder will be the second Coordinator of the TV Documentary Jury Group
'We are living in times where opinions are distributed in a tempo and volume that the world has never seen before. Heated debates rattle on all media platforms. It is getting harder and harder to distinguish between facts and opinions, between reality and political spin/PR. Democracy needs a public that never gives up searching for the truth and finding out what is actually going on. One of the best tools to ensure that, is the TV documentary, based on thorough research, great storytelling and skilled filmmaking.'
Martin Gaarder is a journalist and TV documentary director at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). He started out as a freelance newspaper journalist, and later worked on the foreign desk of Norwegian Press Agency (NTB). He has produced feature programmes for NRK since 1996, within a wide range of topics. Over the last decade he has been specializing in investigative and historical TV documentaries. In 2011 he received the Prix Italia award for best current affairs documentary, ‘Operation Sea Breeze’, about the fatal Israeli boarding of a ship with activists, heading for Gaza.