Johannes Stjärne Nilsson


I’m a filmmaker and artist with 30 years of experience in visual arts. I navigate freely in the world of both fiction and reality, and my work ranges from films and documentaries to photography, poetry and visual art.

In my work, and in myself, I try to maintain a benevolent, humanistic view on all beings that surround me, to better understand them and to better cope with them. I have a particular interest for metaphysical borderlands, our insatiable need for fiction and our spectacular inner world. My work is exploratory and conceptual, balancing existential dilemmas with dark comedy and a sense of play. A recurrent theme is my curiosity for mankind and the different ways in which we deal with our existence and our evolutionary instincts.

Over time I’ve been privileged to reach out to a wide international audience with my work, stretching from schools and universities to Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Biennale.

I’m also founder and member of the internationally acclaimed artist group Six Drummers that makes music, art and live performances. I’m a strong believer in collaboration and regularly give master classes on my artistic philosophy and creative process.



Selected Filmography 

2018 The Bear
2015 Man without direction
2014 Rain
2013 Possibly breezy
2011 Making Doctor Doctor
2010 Music for one X-mas and Six Drummers 2010 Sound of Noise
2006 Woman and gramophone
2005 Way of the flounder
2004 You were there with your friend Frank 2002 Great Exuma
2002 Hotel Rienne
2001 Music for one apartment and six drummers 2000 Sweden
1997 Wanted! Pop musicians!
1996 Nowhere man
1995 An advice concerning a roof

Selected Retrospectives

2019 Oslo Cinematheque
2011 Palic European Film Festival
2011 Kosmorama Int Film Festival Trondheim 2009 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival
2006 Vendôme Film Festival
2006 Sarajevo Film Festival
2006 Minimalen Film Festival Trondheim 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam 2005 Prague Film Festival
2005 Uppsala Film Festival

Selected Awards, Grants & Honors

1996 - Some 100 international film awards
2017 10-year Grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2013 Compilation Tour, Swedish Embassies & Consulates
2012 Special screening, Royal state visit South Korea
2011 Golden Beetle Award for Special Achievements
2010 Nominated to Caméra d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
2007 Mai Zetterling Award, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2005 Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival
2002 Golden Beetle Award for Best Short
2001 Nominated to Palm d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
1997 The Venice Biennale
1996 Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival Education


2023 Animal Psychology, Linköping University
2020 Practical Philosophy, Lund University
2019 Theoretical Philosophy, Lund University
1997 MFA in Industrial Design, National College of Arts and Crafts, Stockholm