Much like 2015, 2016 was a strong year for Icelandic film at international film festivals. In total, Icelandic films won 65 awards at film festivals, down from 103 in 2015 but still an impressive number.
Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson‘s Heartstone was the biggest winner of the year with 13 awards including the Queer Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, the NDR Film Prize at the Nordic Film Days in Lubeck and the Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows picked up 10 awards including the FIPRESCI Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival, and Solveig Anspach’s The Together Project won the SACD Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Here’s the full list of winners (list via the Icelandic Film Centre)
Heartstone (dir. Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson) – 13 awards
- Venice Days, Italy, August 31 – September 10. Queer Lion Award.
- Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, October 7 – 16. Best Director (Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson), Special Mention (lead actor Baldur Einarsson) and the Ecumenical Award.
- Chicago International Film Festival, USA, October 13 – 27. Gold Q Hugo Award.
Molodist – Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine, October 22 – 30. Audience Award, FIPRESCI Critics Award and Special Mention (lead actor Baldur Einarsson).
- Sevilla European Film Festival, Spain, November 4 – 12. Ocaña Award to Freedom.
- Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, November 4 – 13. Special Jury Award (Silver Alexander).
- Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany, November 2 – 6. NDR Film Prize.
- CPH:PIX, Denmark, October 27 – November 6. Politiken Audience Award.
- Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco, December 2 – 10. Best Actor (shared by Baldur Einarsson and Blær Hinriksson).
The Oath (dir. Baltasar Kormákur) – 1 award
- Noir in Festival, Como and Milan, Italy, November 8 – 14. Noir Award for Best Film.
Rams (dir. Grímur Hákonarson) – 7 awards (also won awards in 2015)
- Palm Spings International Film Festival, USA, January 1 – 11. FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor (shared by Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson).Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway, January 18 – 24. Audience Award.
- Harpa Nordic Film Composer Awards, Berlin, Germany, February 16. Best Film Score.
- Prishtina International Film Festival, Kosovo, April 21 – 28. Best European Film.
- Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran, Iran, April 22 – 29. Best Film and Best Actor (shared by Sigurdur Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson).
- Gimli Film Festival, Canada, July 20 – 24. Best of fest.
A Reykjavík Porno (dir. Graeme Maley) – 2 awards
- Nordic International Film Festival, New York, USA, October 28 – 30. Best Actor (Albert Halldórsson and Best Cinematography (Arnar Thórisson).
Sparrows (dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson) – 10 awards (also won awards in 2015)
- Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden, January 23 – February 2. FIPRESCI Award, Scope100 Audience Award for Hungary and Scope100 Audience Award for Norway.
- International Debut Film Festival – Spirit of Fire, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, February 26 – March 1. Grand Prize for Best Film.
- Mamers en Mars European Film Festival, Mamers, France, March 18 – 20. Best Film.
- Febiofest – Prague International Film Festival. Grand Prize for Best Film.
- Transilvania International Film Festival,Cluj-Napoca, Romania, May 29 – June 7. Special Jury Award.
- Pula Film Festival, Croatia, July 9 – 16. Best Director (Rúnar Rúnarsson).
- Film Festival della Lessinia, Verona, Italy, August 20 – 28. Grand Prize for Best Film.
- LUCAS – International Festival for Young Filmlovers, Frankfurt, Germany, September 18 – 25. Best Feature Film 13+.
The Together Project (dir. Sólveig Anspach) – 1 award
- Cannes Film Festival, France, May 11 – 22. SACD Prize
Virgin Mountain (dir. Dagur Kári) – 5 awards (also won awards in 2015)
- Festival International du Film d’Amour de Mons, Mons, Belgium, February 12 – 19. Grand Prize for Best Film, Best Screenplay (Dagur Kári) and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gunnar Jónsson).
- Lecce European Film Festival, Italy, April 18 – 23. Jury Award.
- The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, Haugesund, Norway, August 20 – 26. Amanda Award for Best Foreign Film.
Case: Ritual of Abduction – 1 award
- FIPA – International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz, France, 19. – 24. janúar. Best Actress in a TV Series.
Trapped – 1 award
- Prix Europa – The European Broadcasting Festival, Berlin, Germany, October 21. Prix Europa Award.
Ártún (dir. Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson) – 5 awards (also won awards in 2014-2015)
- Mediawave International Film Festival, Komárom, Hungary, April 28 – May 2. Best Short Fiction.
- International Festival of Local Televisions, Slovakia, June 18 – 22. Vogelsong Family Foundation Award.
- Sardinia Film Festival, Italy, June 26 – July 2. Youth Jury Award.
- Ipsos Short Film Breaks, Bucharest and Brasov, Romania, August. Best Short Film.
- Filmfest Eberswalde – Provinziale, Germany, October 8 – 15. Audience Award.
How Far She Went (dir. Ugla Hauksdóttir) – 1 award
- Directors Guild of America Awards, Los Angeles, USA, February 6. Best Woman Student Filmmaker (Ugla Hauksdóttir).
Last Summer (dir. Ólöf Birna Torfadóttir) – 1 award
- Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, USA, August. Best Foreign Comedy/Dramedy.
Rainbow Party (dir. Eva Sigurdardóttir) – 10 awards (also won awards in 2015)
- El Corto del Año Promofest, Madrid, Spain, January. Best Film.
- Sydney World Film Festival, Australia, March. Best Narrative Short.
- San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, USA, July 21 – 24. Best Dramatic Short Film.
- El Novelísimo International Debut Film Festival. Best International Short Film.
- Ipsos Short Film Breaks, Bucharest and Brasov, Romania, August. Third place.
- Toronto Film Week, Canada, September 13 – 17. Best New Filmmaker (Eva Sigurdardóttir).
- El Dorado Film Festival, USA, September 15 – 18. Best Short Film.
- Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA, October 8 – 9. Best Narrative Short Film.
- Almería International Film Festival, Spain, November 13 – 19. Best Actress (Katrín Ynja Hrafnkelsdóttir) and Best Cinematography (Marianne Bakke).
- Underwire Film Festival, London, England, November 30 – December 4. Best Director (Eva Sigurdardóttir).
Seven Boats (dir. Hlynur Pálmason) – 1 award
- Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway, January 27 – 31. Best Nordic Art Film.
Whale Valley (dir. Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson) – 1 award (also won awards in 2013-2015)
- Zoom – Zblizenia International Film Festival, Jelenia Gora, Poland, February 22 – 28. Best Fiction Film.
Zelos (dir. Thóranna Sigurdardóttir) – 1 award (also won awards in 2015)
- Atlanta Film Festival, USA, March 31 – April 10. Filmmaker-to-Watch (Thóranna Sigurdardóttir).
La Chana (dir. Lucija Stojevic) – 1 award
- IDFA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 16 – 27. Audience Award.
Last Days of the Arctic (dir. Magnús Vidar Sigurdsson) – 1 award
- Poltava Film Festival, Poltava, Ukraine, May 26 – 29. Grand Prize for Best Film.
Ransacked (dir. Pétur Einarsson) – 1 award
- Foyle Film Festival, Derry, Northern Ireland, November 16 – 20. Best Documentary.
Yarn (dir. Una Lorenzen) – 1 award
- Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden, September 16 – 21. Audience Award.