Sigve Endresen (b. 1953) has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a screenwriter, director and producer of both documentary and fiction feature films. He made his directorial debut with the short film Kølabu in 1978, and directed several others before what was arguably his big breakthrough as a director; the feature length documentary For your Life in 1989. The film was a success both critically and commercially, and received the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda in three categories: Best Picture, Best Documentary and the professionals award for Best Editing. For your Life, together with the films Big Boys Don’t Cry (1995) and Living Amongst Lions (1998) - also award-winning films - marked Endresen as one of Norway's leading and most respected documentarists during the nineties.
Endresen has, however, also made his mark in fiction film. In 1983 he co-founded the production company Motlys with partners Hallgrim Ødegård and Aage Aaberge, and produced and directed several short (and medium length) fiction films, in addition to the company's documentary output. Endresen made his first full length feature, The Changelings, in 1991, and since the late nineties feature films has been a central part of Motlys' production. This has also led to Endresen serving as producer on such award-winning feature films as Dragonflies (2001), Comrade Pedersen (2006), North (2009), Turn me on, Goddammit! (2011) and Oslo, August 31st (2011).
In 1998 Sigve Endresen also received the highest accolade Norway can bestow on a filmmaker; the Aamot statuette.