Born in 1976 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a BA in comparative literature and rhetoric from Copenhagen University. He graduated as Director from the Danish film school SUPER16 in 2008.
Mads short film MUM (2006) was selected for the 63rd Venice Film Festival in the official program “Corto Cortissimo” 2006, and short film DENNIS (2007) premiered in the competition at Sundance Film Festival 2008. DENNIS won a handful of prices including the main price at Melbourne Film Festival (City of Melbourne Grand Prix, Best Short Film). Selected for the Sundance Film Festival “Art house project” taking it on tour around the US. The film was a big viral hit having more than 5 million views on YouTube.
Mads short film CATHRINE (2008) world-premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival 2009 “Generation14 ” and won the Danish Film Academy’s “Robert” for the Best Short Film. “Cathrine” was selected for New Directors/New Films at MoMA and The Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2009.
Mads’ first feature TEDDY BEAR (2012) premiered at Sundance Film Festival and Mads won the “Best Director” award in the “World Cinema Dramatic Competition”. The film was nominated for the European Film Academy’s “European Discovery” Award and was a big festival hit around the world winning a dozen of awards. It was sold for theatrical release to more than 20 countries.
THE MODEL is Mads’ second feature and had its world premieres at 39th Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 and the 45th Rotterdam Film Festival.