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Reykjavik International Film Festival


The 18th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place between September 30th and October 10th, 2021.

Iceland’s major annual film event, the main purpose of RIFF is to offer a wide selection of groundbreaking, independent cinema, and to highlight the work of young and emerging filmmakers, by presenting only first and second works in the Grand Prix competition category New Visions. The objective of the festival is to increase general interest in independent cinema, increase the level of cinematic literacy and enrich film culture in Iceland by offering different cross-platform programs.


Reykjavík International Film Festival

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This year the 6th Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place from 17th - 27th September 2009. Around 100 movies will be shown, the most exciting pieces from the world of films from all around the universe.

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09/30/2021 - 10/10/2021
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Hrönn Marinósdóttir
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Björg Magnúsdóttir
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The Reykjavík International Film Festival has grown rapidly over the years and RIFF is now called one of the most interesting festivals in Europe, to quote foreign, notable media. It is not big compared to festivals around the world but it's program is interesting, unique and fun.

This year we will emphasize upcoming directors in the film making industry but RIFF has found a lot of upcoming stars from that area. As ever, the main prize of RIFF will be given the title The Discovery of the year and awarded with the Golden Puffin.

We have a few categories of movies at the festival, last year they were called Open seas which is a category of masterpieces from the most skilled movie makers from all around the worl. In Documentaries in focus we show interesting documentaries from today's world.

World.changes is a new category, Horizon's aim is to mirror the world today at each place, each time and Icelandic Panorama includes the movies that build bridges between icelandic filmmaking and the world around. A new category was introduced last year, Sound on Sight which covers movies about music and music in movies.

This category caused great interest and therefore RIFF threw a Sound on Sight- market. There, producers of music and sound-connected movies in making introduce them to distributers in that area. This year a Nordic Sound on Sight market will be held at RIFF.

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Reykjavík International Film Festival
Fríkirkjuvegur 1
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+354 411 7055
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