Icelandic short ‘Cubs’ wins at Flickerfest

The Icelandic short film Cubs, written and directed by Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, has won Best International Short at Flickerfest in Sydney, Australia.

This was the short’s international premiere and first award outside Iceland.

The award includes a cash prize of 2,500 AUD and an Academy Accreditation, which means it is now eligible to be nominated for Best Live Action Short at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Prior to Flickerfest, CUBS won Best Icelandic Short Film at both the Reykjavík International Film Festival and the Northern Wave International Film Festival in Snaefellsbaer, Iceland.

CUBSis about a single father who does his best to fulfil his young daughter’s wish to throw a slumber party, but things turn out to be more challenging than he thought due to the rules of modern society.

Cubs stars Trapped star Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as well as Ragnheidur Ugla Gautsdóttir Ocares and Agla Bríet Egilsdóttir.

Next up for CUBS is the Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden, where it will screen in the short film section of the Nordic Light program.

For further information about Flickerfest and its award winners for 2017, visit the festival’s official website.

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.