The Danish director Michael Kongshaug has been nominated for a College Television Award in the US.
Kongshaug is nominated for his short film No Way Back, which was made at the American Film Institute. In No Way Back, Zeinah and her 11-year-old daughter Norah have fled the devastating war in Syria and find themselves on the Turkish coast, desperately trying to board a dinghy to Europe when things take a turn for the worse.
Kongshaug has been working in LA as the Creative Assistant to director Nicolai Fuglsig, a fellow Dane, throughout the production and now post-production of Horse Soldiers, a feature film about the Afghan War which recently completed filming. In the film, a team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes and Navid Negahban. Horse Soldiers is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. The company is releasing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales next month, which is directed by the Norwegians Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg.
Before Kongshaug moved to LA to attend the American Film Institute, he worked as a commercial and music video director in Denmark and has directed over 200 commercials.
The College Television Awards form part of the Emmys and emulate the same judging process. You can view the full list of nominees here.
You can learn more about No Way Back at their official website: https://www.nowaybackmovie.com/