STIAN HAFSTAD

Writer/Director

Stian Hafstad is a filmmaker from Norway currently living in New York.



Stian studied Film & Television production at the University of Bergen Norway, before moving on to Columbia University in New York for his MFA in Film Directing.

In 2008 Stian started the YouTube channel PistolShrimps with fellow student Christer Larsen, a sketch comedy channel that now has more than 540 000 subscribers and over a million monthly views. In 2015 they won the funniest channel at the first Norwegian YouTube awards, and was nominated again in 2016.

Stian's digital series Saving the Human Race was nominated for a Norwegian Emmy (Gullruten) for best production design in 2016. The series was released in America on CW Seed in 2017. 



Stian’s short films has played at numerous festivals and won several awards. His Columbia MFA thesis Getting In was a semifinalist at the 2015 Student Academy Awards, and Stian was a Selected Filmmaker at the 2016 Sapporo Short Fest. His latest short Noko Stort premiered at Palm Springs International Shortfest 2018.


Stian was a fellow at the Sundance YouTube New Voices Lab in 2016 with the project Caught in the Web. His first feature film project Library of God won the Scandinavian Debut Pitch at the Norwegian Film Festival 2017.