Jennifer Rainsford


Jennifer Rainsford, born 1982 in Stockholm, is an artist and director based in Stockholm and Paris. With a strong visual ability and willingness to challenge prevailing conventions in documentary film, art and television, she has since 2008 made several short films and documentaries shown at film festivals, art galleries, and on TV. In 2010 Jennifer graduated from the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Stockholm where she studied Fine Arts and she has also studied  scriptwriting at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, SADA.

Since 2011 she has worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker at the cult TV-show Tracks on Arte in Paris. For the show she has directed and produced short documentaries about music, film, art and future technologies in East Africa, United States, Europe and China. She is the founder and third member of the art and film production collective Crystal Beacon and her movies has been screened at festivals like Oberhausen, Belinale, Rotterdam and CPH:DOX.


2017 – Stories from the Debris, feature length documentary and cross media project. In development.

2012 – Mvua Farasi (Rain Horse) 23 min fiction with documentary elements. Co-direction as Crystal Beacon, with Rut Karin Zettergren and Lena Bergendahl.

2011 – Transnational Practices 11 min video

2011 – Applied Theories of Expanding Minds 29 min short film. Co-direction as Crystal Beacon, with Rut Karin Zettergren and Lena Bergendahl. Special Mention at Oberhausen International Film Festival.

2010 – Our Global Behaviour is Psychopathic 14 min short film. Co-direction with Virlani Hallberg. Screened at Berlinale, Oberhausen International Film Festival.

2009 – For the Liberation of Men 5 min short film as part of Dirty Diaries. Screened at CPH:DOX, Visions du reel.