The Reykjavik Film Festival will be re-launched in the fall and will take place during September 12-21. The festival’s roots can be traced all the way back to 1978 when it started as the bi-annual Film Festival of the Reykjavik Arts Festival. It became an annual festival in 1996 when the associations of Icelandic filmmakers started running it, and remained so until 2001 when it ceased operations.
The festival will be run as a non-profit organization (NPO) in co-operation with another NPO, Heimili kvikmyndanna, which runs Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s only independent arthouse cinema. The board consists of representatives of the Icelandic filmmakers associations, The Actors Union and The Icelandic Dramatists Union and includes one of the original founding members, director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson.
It has already received support from the City of Reykjavík and Promote Iceland.
The festival’s main section will be a tribute to the best of new European cinema. In addition, a wide array of the most prominent, award-winning films from around the globe will be introduced to Icelandic audiences, and contemporary Icelandic cinema will be given an important focus.
A special emphasis will also be on providing a platform for the domestic and international film communities to come together, and to foster cooperation and collaboration between all of the key institutions within the Icelandic film industry.
An announcement from the festival states the following:
By working together under the umbrella of Heimili kvikmyndanna, the Reykjavík Film Festival and Bíó Paradís will have the advantage of being able to cut corners and create efficiencies through shared facilities, equipment, administration and programming, and to promote and encourage cooperation among all the professional entities within the Icelandic film community. The Reykjavík Film Festival will draw on the expertise and the professional networks that Bíó Paradís has already established, including the international festivals, professional associations, sales agents and distributors that it works with every day. The festival is made possible through the financial support of the city of Reykjavík, and we look forward to a close collaboration with Íslandsstofa (Promote Iceland) and many other local, regional and international partners.