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Jonas Åkerlund

Renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund has made his mark with his distinctive storytelling and visually driven signature style that often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. He is an internationally awarded director of music videos, commercials, documentaries, stage shows and feature films.

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Jonas’ music videos have earned him several Grammy Awards, an Icon Award, MTV Video Music Awards (including Best Director) and the prestigious MVPA Hall of Fame Award including an MVPA win for the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” Jonas recently received his third Grammy award for Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses.” He has directed music videos for the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams, Christina Aguilera, Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz and Maroon 5 to name a few. Jonas’ current music videos include “Haunted” and “Superpower” for Beyoncé, “Doom And Gloom” for The Rolling Stones and “The Daylight Project” for Maroon 5, “Small Apartments” starring Matt Lucas, Billy Crystal, Johnny Knoxville, James Caan, amongst other prominent actors, is Jonas’ most recent feature film.

His first film, “Spun”, starring Jason Schwartzmann, the late Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari and Mickey Rourke, has garnered a cult following since its initial release. He also directed “Horsemen,” starring Dennis Quaid and Zhang Ziyi. Additionally, Jonas has directed several documentaries and short films ranging on subjects of anti-racism, “Behind Enemy Lines” and anti-drugs “Try,” to the award winning documentaries about Madonna, “I Am Going To Tell You A Secret” and “The Confessions Tour.”

Jonas’ commercial work has earned Addy, Cannes Gold Lion and Cannes Grand Prix Awards. He has directed commercials for the likes of Dior, Hugo Boss, Sony, Crest, Avon, Dell, Volkswagen, Virgin, Coca Cola, Smirnoff, Ikea, Panasonic, Adidas, Beyoncé for O2 and H&M, amongst others.

With a love of the arts, Jonas endeavors to explore all facets and mediums in the art world. His art projects have been exhibited in Frankfurt, Seoul and Stockholm. He also created and directed a circus in Stockholm.

His still photography has been featured on numerous album covers as well as magazines such as The Face, Elle, Flair, and V magazine to name a few. Jonas directed “Place”, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Ana Laguna for television, made an introduction film “Abba World” dedicated to the famous Swedish pop group Abba and collaborated with well known artist Francesco Vezzoli to direct “Moca,” a film about the musical held at the Los Angeles Moca museum’s 30th anniversary which featured Lady Gaga and the Ballet Russo.


2014 – Grammy – Paul McCartney’s “Live Kisses”
2011 – UK MVA Awards – Icon Award
2011 – Echo Awards – Best National Video for Rammsteins “Ich tu dir weh”
2010 – MVA Awards – Lady Gaga feat Beyoncé “Telephone” Best collaboration
2009 – MVPA Awards – Lady Gaga “Paparazzi”
2008 – MVPA Awards – James Blunt “Same mistake”
2008 – Grammy – Madonna’s NBC Special “The Confessions Tour”
2008 – Silver Addy – Dell “Work it Out”
2007 – MVPA Hall of Fame – Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up”
2006 – Cannes Grand Prix
2006 – “GTI Campaign” Volkswagen
2006 – Cannes Gold Lions – “Pimp my Auto” Volkswagen
2004 – MVPA Awards – Robbie Williams “Come Undone”
1998 – Grammy – Madonna “Ray of Light”
1998 – The Swedish Grammy Jury’s special award
1997/1998 – several MTV, Video Music Awards – Madonna “Ray of Light” (including Best Video, Best Director)
1997/1998 – several MTV, Video Music Awards – Prodigy “Smack My Bitch Up”

Music videos

Coldplay, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Rammstein, Duran Duran, Maroon 5, Britney Spears, David Guetta, Rihanna, Ozzy Osbourne, N.e.r.d, Lady Gaga, Franz Ferdinand, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Pink, Hollywood Undead, James Blunt, Blink 182, Blondie, Paul McCartney, Christina Aguilera, Janes Addiction, Robbie Williams, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins,U2, Prodigy, Per Gessle, Robin Thicke, Ali G Feat. Shaggy, Primal Scream, Kid Rock, Anouk, Roxette, Texas, Keith Flint, Mika, Paola, Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray, Everlast, Moby, Iggy Pop, Jamiroquai, Satyricon, Stina Nordenstam, Cardigans, Izabella, Sinclair, Whale, Candlemass.


Lexus, Killer Queen, Lotus / Daft Punk, H&M, O2, Zegna, Just Cavalli, Davidoff, Hugo Boss, Castello, H&m, Dior, Paco Rabanne, Peugeot, Sony, Reveal, Martini Gold, Virgin, William Rast, Citroën, Dell, Volkswagen, Puma, Adidas, Fcuk, Smirnoff, Aveeno, Doom And Gloom – Espn Spot, Olay, Maybelline, Weight Watchers, Cover Girl, Loreal, Johnnie Walker, Target, Revlon, Estee Lauder, Kohls, Avon, Smirnoff, Swiftcover, Nikon, Jameson, Mercedes Benz,Jc Penney, Yr, Mq, Skittles, Mariestad, John Frieda, Axa, Sunsilk, Coca-cola, Starz, Commit, Panasonic, Tab, Ikea, Adressändring, Virgin Mobile, Vauxhall, Oas, Mcdonald’s, Universal Theme Park, Vichy Nouveau, Zoega, Mini Arla, Festis, Aladdin, Kappahl, Ipren, Sbab, Canon, Vägverket, Shell, Wasa, Bjäre.

Shorts and features

Paul McCartney, Live Kisses Documentary – MPL / Serial Pictures
Small Apartments, Feature Film – Morocco Junction / Deep Sky Entertainment
Hollywood Undead documentary – RSA Films/ Octone Records
William Rast short film – RSA Films
Horsemen, Feature Film – Mandate pictures/Platinum Dunes
Madonna Confessions Tour, NBC Special – RSA/Black Dog Films
I’m going to tell you a secret, Documentary – Lucky Lou Productions
Spun, Feature film- Muse Productions
Good Boys, Short Film – Renck Åkerlund Films
The Eye, Short Film – Pettersson Åkerlund
Try, Short Film – Pettersson Åkerlund
Turn the Page, Short Film – Pettersson Åkerlund
The Hidden , Short Film – Pettersson Åkerlund
Behind Enemy Lines, Short Film – Pettersson Åkerlund / TV4