Dana Linssen is a film critic, philosopher, writer, wanderer & wonderer and time traveller from the Netherlands. Since 25 years she is a weekly contributor to the film section of nationwide newspaper NRC. Between 1998 and 2019 she was appointed editor in chief of Dutch independent film magazine de Filmkrant.
As a film expert Dana is a regular guest in nationwide radio shows, and a returning guest in art house cinema’s all over the country to introduce films and speak about cinema. She worked on books and publications on a wide range of film makers and visual artists such as Chantal Akerman, Jem Cohen, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Sara Rajaei, Fiona Tan, Béla Tarr and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
For the International Film Festival Rotterdam she curates the Critics’ Choice program together with Jan Pieter Ekker, where they commission and produce about ten video essays per year. For the anniversary exhibition Vive le cinema! in the Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam they curated a context program consisting amongst other things of video essays for the museum space on the works of the contributing artists Leopold Emmen, Lucrecia Martel, Jeremiah Lemohang Mosese, Carlos Reygadas en Jia Zhang-ke.
Furthermore, Dana is the founder of the Slow Criticism Project, an irregular series of events, interventions and publications as a counterbalance against the commodification of film journalism.
She teaches film analysis and history at the ArtEZ Theatre Academy in Arnhem, the faculty Writing for Performance of the HKU Theatre School in Utrecht. At HKU she also teaches at the department of Audio Visual Media.
She wrote the libretto for the particle cantata Creator / Destroyer: 17 Ways to Spell Boson (2015) and commission by theatre company Het Zuidelijk Toneel in Tilburg the texts for theatre Tracey & Debbie (2020) and KROON – A Night Watch in Twelve Clock Strikes.
Since 2019 she is a member of the selection committee of talent development and scouting program Berlinale Talents of the International Film Festival Berlin. She is a returning mentor of the Talent Press programs in Berlin and Sarajevo.
Dana was quarter master during the start-up phase of FilmForward between 2019 and 2022 and continues to work as the curator of the Vrijplaats Residency.