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Egill Sæbjörnsson, Iceland’s representative at the Venice Biennale 2017, is leading a special category at the RIFF 0

Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF)
Through October 8, 2017

RIFF, the International Film Festival in Reykjavík, is held from 28th of September to 8th of October. This is the 14th festival in the series, which has been a part of the cultural life of Icelanders since 2004. It is worth noting that in 2017 the festival was nominated for one of Reykjavík’s official city festivals, which is particularly pleasing and well deserved.

This year’s program is more impressive than ever. There are numerous categories of films, documentaries, short films and special occasions, but more than 100 films are featured at RIFF. Háskólabíó is the main venue for the festival, as well as events and shows in the Nordic House, Loft Hostel, City Library and more and less throughout the city in this country's largest film festival.

RIFF’s honorary guests this year are Werner Herzog and Olivier Assayas, and it is a huge honor for the RIFF to collaborate with these highly rated directors. They have won a number of prizes and have a total of 10 pictures shown at RIFF.

Finnish filmmaking will be in the spotlight this year as Finland celebrates its 100th year of Independence. Special events will be devoted to Finnish culture, as well as cinematic film in which a very powerful film nation shines its light.

Our Program at Industry days provides great opportunities for local filmmakers to compare their books, strengthen local and international networks and share their experiences. Vera Sölvadóttir is the director of Industry days this year.

Talent Lab is an experimental base for young and aspiring filmmakers who come across the world to compete for RIFF’s Golden Egg that is awarded at the end of the festival. Ísold Uggadóttir is leading Talent Lab this year. Ísold has received numerous acknowledgments for short films and documentaries in recent years and is closing up on her first full-length film.

Read in the Archive: A conversation with artist Egill Sæbjörnsson, on things that matter

Egill Sæbjörnsson, Iceland’s representative at the Venice Biennale 2017, is leading a special category at the festival, showcasing 1-minute films. It will be displayed in collaboration with the Dutch art project “The One Minutes’’ simultaneously in Reykjavik and Amsterdam.

RIFF is pleased to welcome distinguished filmmaker Valeska Grisebach for our category “Emerging Masters’’. Grisebach has directed six films that have received a wide range of accolades. It is particularly worth mentioning her work from 2006, Sehnsucht, which was awarded at the Warsaw and Buenos Aires film festival that year. Grisebachs full works will be screened during the festival.