Árni Filippusson representing Iceland at Producers on the Move at Cannes

Árni Filippusson

Producer Árni Filippusson will represent Iceland at Producers on the Move at Cannes. 24 producers from 24 different countries will take part in the event from May 17 – 19.

Árni Filippusson founded the production company Mystery Ísland along with Davíd Óskar Ólafsson in 2006 after they met while studying at the European Film College in Denmark. Together they have produced two films by Valdís Óskarsdóttir (Country Wedding and King’s Road), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Either Way (which was remade in the US as Prince Avalanche) and Ragnar Bragason’s Metalhead, which recently won eight Icelandic Academy Awards. Árni is now preparing Bakk, the directorial debut of Davíd Óskar Ólafsson and Gunnar Hansson.

The participants have already realized joint European film projects which were noticed on the international radar, but they still are on their way to becoming international players. At Producers on the Move the upcoming producers attend pitching sessions, one-on-one speed-dating meetings and gain various opportunities to build up business relationships. Also, to exchange knowledge enables the selected filmmakers to return home with advanced film projects and, sometimes, with a co-production deal.

Looking back at the 2013 edition of Producers on the Move, almost all of the participants are still in contact with one another and 17 co-productions are in development.

via the Icelandic Film Centre

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.