Gunnar Vikene was born in 1966. He has made documentaries, short films, music videos and over 100 commercials since 1993 and has won several awards at both Norwegian and international festivals for his work. He directed his first feature film, Falling Sky (Himmelfall), in 2002, followed by the family film Trigger (2006), which was selected for the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2009 he wrote and directed Vegas, which won best film awards at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, CPH:PIX and BUFF International Children and Young People’s Film Festival. Vegas was also nominated for eight Amanda Prizes (Norwegian Oscar) in 2010 and took home the prize for the best script.