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Stockfish Film Festival

20.- 30. May 2021

After many cancelations due to Covid-19, The Stockfish team decided to go ahead with this year’s festival. The new dates are 20th - 30th of May. Never before in the festival’s history have there been so many titles nominated for an Academy Award. La Llorona, The Last Ones, Sun Children were in the front running for Best International Feature. Pinocchio was nominated for two Academy Awards, Promising Young Woman won for Best Original Screenplay Man Who Sold His Skin was nominated for Best International Feature.

Stockfish Film Festival & Industry Days is a non-profit international film festival held in March each year in Bíó Paradís, the only art-house cinema in Iceland. We screen around 30 hand-picked award-winning films during the festival and host various events and meet-ups geared towards industry members and film enthusiasts alike.

The festival is operated by a Board of Directors which includes some members of the major film professional associations in Iceland. The festival was founded in 2015, as a reincarnation of the Reykjavík Film Festival (Kvikmyndahátíð Reykjavíkur), which was established in 1978. It appeals to both people in the film industry and those who are interested in the wellbeing of international filmmaking.

Stockfish Film Festival aims to create a platform in Reykjavík to encourage collaboration between domestic and international film communities. Through the years a great many international award-winning directors and film professionals have accepted Stockfish's invitation to speak at the festivals many conferences, celebrations, panels, Q&A sessions, and master classes. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this year the masterclasses will be online.

The festival will show some of the most up-and-coming films in the world, which the Icelandic audience would not have an opportunity to see otherwise, and invite international filmmakers to discuss filmmaking, the industry, and the community.

Stockfish is a collaboration between all the film professional associations in Iceland. The main goal is to serve the community, encourage and enrich the film culture in Iceland and support the film industry in Iceland both locally and abroad.

Members of the board of Stockfish are representatives of all associations in the film industry in Iceland. Friðrik Þór Friðriksson - Director and producer, Guðrún Edda Þórhannesdóttir – Producer, Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon - Filmmaker Huldar Breiðfjörð – Screenwriter, Tinna Hrafnsdóttir - Icelandic Actors Association, Sunna Guðrún Pétursdóttir - Icelandic Filmmakers Association


Every year Stockfish Film Festival focuses on ambitious film screenings and this year is no exception. 20 handpicked international award-winning titles. This year we celebrate our collaboration with Nordisk Panorama, in which our guests will be able to watch award-winning films from Nordisk Panorama 2020.


This year we will premiere two amazing films. Apausalypse by Andri Snær Magnason and Anní Ólafsdóttir.

For more information check out their website