CHUM wins best short film at Montréal World Film Festival


Chum, by Jörundur Ragnarsson, has been selected as the best short film at the recently concluded Montréal World Film Festival. The film, which had its world premiere at the festival, is about two lifelong friends who find their small-town routine upended when a beautiful, buxom woman shows up in their hot tub.

Chum is Jörundur Ragnarsson’s directorial debut. He is a well-known actor in Iceland (Astropia,The Night ShiftThe Day ShiftThe Prison ShiftBjarnfredarson) and is currently studying screenwriting and directing at the prestigious Columbia University School of the Arts in New York.

Next on the schedule for Chum is the New Nordic Voices competition at Nordisk Panorama in Malmö, Sweden, in late September. After that, the film will screen at the Brest European Short Film Festival and the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy.

The film was written by Ragnarsson and Elizabeth Rose. It stars Sigurdur Skúlason and Theodór Júlíusson. It was produced by Elizabeth Rose and co-produced by Ragnar Agnarsson and Kjartan Thór Thórdarson for Sagafilm.

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.