Icelandic short film ‘Cubs’ wins at European Independent Film Festival

The Icelandic short film Cubs has won Best European Film at the 12th ECU – European Independent Film Festival over the weekend.

Written and directed by Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, the film stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and tells the story of a single father who wants to fulfil his young daughter’s wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it turns out to be more of a challenge than he thought due to the rules of modern society.

Cubs has previously won Best Icelandic Short Film at the Reykjavik International Film Festival, Northern Wave International Film Festival in Snaefellsbaer, Iceland and EDDAN. CUBS also received two special mentions at the Internationale Kurzfilm Woche in Regenburg, Germany, from the International Jury and the Jury of the Young. CUBS also won Best International Short at Flickerfest in Sydney. The film received the Audience Award at the FEC – European Short Film Festival in Spain.

Info from 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.