These days, making films in the States is simply boring. Too many fakers, too many issues, too many worries. But you know what place doesn’t have these problems? Iceland; the home of pickled herring, rye bread, and Brennivin (A.K.A ‘Black Death’). It’s a freaking utopia.
So the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s Talent Lab is inviting aspiring filmmakers planning their first feature-length film to Iceland “to work on their ideas under the guidance of an experienced filmmaker.” The program will include workshops, talks, industry meetings, screenings, pitch sessions and parties — last year’s events included “a cocktail at the President’s pad, ouzo at the Greek consulate, a live music film screening with Hjaltalin and an after party where Björk DJ-ed from a closet.” There’s even a “Golden Egg” for the Gander or Goose whose short film is voted best.
It’s not just fun and fish: Over the past few years, guests have also received master classes from leading award-winning filmmakers such as Bela Tarr (“The Turin Horse,””Satantango”), James Marsh (“Man on a Wire,” “Project Nim”) and Laurent Cantet (“The Class,” “Time Out”). Doesn’t that all just sound awesome?
Deadline for applications is July 15th. For more information, go to their website.