Gisli Snaer

The London Film School

Gisli Snaer is a dedicated and passionate educator, and currently Acting Director &  Head of Studies at the London Film School, and former Head of The Puttnam School of Film, LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.

Gisli channels his creativity through the art of photography, broadcast media, film and storytelling. He studied at the prestigious film school La Fémis in Paris, France, and has directed, and photographed, award winning feature films, TV films, TV-commercials and photography shoots for various international clients.

He’s a member of the European Film Academy that recognises excellence in European cinematic achievements, and the Royal Television Society. Furthermore, he’s been a member of Singapore’s MDA & IDA InfoComm Media Masterplan Working Committee 4, and the Directors Guild of Iceland since 1998. Gisli created and developed the recently launched WritersLab in Singapore, that is a part of the Singaporean Government Story Lab initiative under the InfoComm Media 2025 Masterplan.

Gisli is a Lumen Prize 2016 long list nominee, and has served as a member of the international jury at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival Kinderfilmfest, the Ale Kino Film Festival in Poland 2003, Singapore Creative Video Competition 2011, 2014 and 2015 Endeavours International Documentary Film Festival in Singapore, Autism Uncut by The National Autistic Society in U.K., Fastnet Film Festival 2017 in Ireland, and as a Head Jury for the Asian European Foundation photo competition 2015 ‘On The Go’.

Gisli is a co-supervisor of two doctoral studies with University of Exeter, London Film School’s academic partner, on Digital Disruption and the Craft of Cinematography, and Female Characterisation in Contemporary Art Cinema. His own research interests include The Transformative Process and Continuous Adaptation of the Novel to Screen, Ambiguity and Subtext in Visual Media, The Evolution of Story, Storymaking and Storytelling. He is an advanced user of various software and hardware for film, photography and media production, and is fluent in English, French and Icelandic.