Dana Linssen is a film critic (for daily nationwide newspaper NRC and independent film magazine de Filmkrant), curator of the Vrijplaats residency @ FilmForward Talent & Skills Development NL, lecturer film history, analysis and theory at ArtEZ Academy of Theatre Arnhem and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, mentor at Berlinale Talent Press and Sarajevo Talent Press, member of the selection committee of Berlinale Talents, curator of the IFFR Critics’ Choice, where with Jan Pieter Ekker she commissioned around 50 video essays for the big screen, together they also initiated and programmed the Director’s Forum at NFF from 2015-2019. For her work as a film critic and editor in chief she was awarded the 2009 Louis Hartlooper Prize and the Silver Rosebud Award in 2018. Amongst her longer publications are books about Chantal Akerman, Jem Cohen, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Sara Rajaei, Fiona Tan, Béla Tarr and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In 2015 she wrote the libretto for particle cantata Creator / Destroyer of composer Maarten Ornstein about the discovery of the Higgs particle and in 2022 her theatre play KROON about PTSS premiered at Het Zuidelijk Toneel. She is also a time traveller.
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.