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Reykjavik International Film Festival

Níu dagar í RIFF 2023! Miðasalan er hafin

The 20th edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival will take place between September 23rd and October 8th, 2023.

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.


Do not miss the largest swim-in cinema ever with Life of Pi shown on a huge screen at Laugardalslaug!

  Life of Pi shown on a huge screen at Laugardalslaug   In celebration of the 20th anniversary of RIFF, our annual Swim-in Cinema event will be bigger than ever! We invite you to join us for a unique, one-night-only swimming pool cinema event, where we‘ll show the Oscar award-winning film Life of Pi on a huge 100 m2 screen. The swimming pool grandstand, with seat capacity of 2600, has recently been renovated and will be open to the public for the first time i...

Hot titles on Reykjavik InternationalFilm Festival

  Dear RIFFers, This year's program is in its final stages and many great films have been confirmed. RIFF focuses on summarizing the films that have attracted a lot of attention in recent seasons and can today report on three films on the program this fall that are nominated for the European Film Awards 2022, which will be presented in Harpa in December.   ...

Reykjavik International Film Festival 2022 Highlights

Dear RIFFers We wish you a great start of the week with even greater news! As the Festival is just around the corner, we are delighted to announce that festival passes and clip cards are already available for purchase on our website and for our faithful followers we have prepared a special deal: get 10% off of the festival pass price now by entering the coupon code RIFFari at the checkout!  Buy Now ...

RIFF 2021 is launched!

  RIFF 2021 is launched! Yesterday Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland, gave directors Mia Hansen-Løve og Joachim Trier RIFF’s Creative Excellence Award at a festive reception at Bessastaðir.   Friday 1st of October ...

RIFF puts Holland in focus

RIFF WILL BE 30. SEPTEMBER TO 10. OCTOBER Every year, RIFF aims to present unique experiences available to our guests, like the infamous Swimming Pool Cinema at Sundhöll Reykjavíkur or the Drive-In Cinema, where everyone can enjoy a night of film from the safety of their car. This year, we ar...

RIFF 2021 is calling for entries!

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 ...

Aronofsky, Mehta and Sevigny guests at Reykjavík International Film Festival 2016

Eleven top-notch films compete for the Golden Puffin   The Cannes awarded The Aquatic Effect by the late ms. Sólveig Anspach will be the 13th Reykjavík International Film Festival’s opening film on Thursday September 29 . Among other films at the festival this year are the critically acclaimed The War Show by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon, Mister Universo by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, nominated at Locarno earlier this year and the 2016 Golden Berlin Bear ...

RIFF awards 2014

      Award International Film Festival, RIFF, took place will play on October 4, 2014 Winners are:    The golden grove     I can stop whenever I want    (Smetto Quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want)  Director: Sydney Sibilia  Italy    Italian film, I can stop whenever I want, wins the Golden Puffin year. The selection committee says that the picture is an amazing Italian...

RIFF 2014 Success at Industry days

Industry days at RIFF attracted over hundred particiants, of wich dozent were international. They got a chance to learn about Icelandic music, including the music of the Bafta - award winner, Ólafur Arnalds. He composed the score from the award winning show, Broadchurch.  The participants also visited the production company which director Baltasar Kormákur owns. There they met one of the great minds behind the Oscar winning movie, Gravity, Daði...

The Reykjavik International film festival Wrap Message

It is with sadness in heart and a lot of sorrow that we say farewell to you dear guests. The Reykjavik International film festival is over this year. We have screened over hundred movies from over 40 countries for the duration of eleven wonderful days. But don't worry, we will be back again. The highlights this year included the visit of our guests of honour, directors Mike Leigh and Ruben Östlund, journalist and filmmaker, various panels on the theme of War and Peace, a film-concert...

VIDEO: RIFF Visit to Hrafn Gunnlaugsson's Recycled House by the sea

Hrafn has a tradition for inviting guests from RIFF at his home, weather permitting it includes a visit to his roof when the wind is not too strong... We spent a delightful evening in good company, and we did not try his snake wine, some did. I personnally know someone who survived the drink.   Hrafn Gunnlaugsson (born 17 June 1948) is an Icelandic film director. He is the brother of the actress Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir. He is mostly known for his series of Viking&nb...

Trip to RIFF with a tourist eye and an iPad

Sorry I forgot my Canon ....grrrrr   ...

In conversation with RIFF Fest Director Hrönn Marinósdóttir

Hrönn Marinósdóttir Festival Director talks to Bruno Chatelin The RIFF Manifesto   RIFF | INNOVATION – NETWORKING – DIALOGUE The aim of Reykjavik International Film Festival is to become one the foremost film festivals in Europe, placing continued emphasis on presenting not only progressive, independent cinema and a wide range of documentaries touching on explosive subjects, but also a young and unusual Cap...

Welcome to RIFF Video

Introduction by Festival Director: Hrönn Marinósdóttir  ...

One minute films by children and a variety of films screened in RIFF

Today at RIFF there will be plenty of things going on at RIFF. The fesitival has gone off to a great start !  Over 120 cars turned up to our drive in cinema on Friday and a lot of buzz has been generated around our guest of honour, Ruben Östlund whose mastarclass yesterday was packed with people.  Today we would like to highlight the one -minute films by children shown at the Nordic house at 2 p.m which is a collaboration with Unicef. All the films ...

RIFF Film Concert SÓLSTAFIR with classic "The Raven Flies" in ReykJavik

    SÓLSTAFIR + THE RAVEN FLIES FILM CONCERT Oct 1st 19:30 – SILURIAN The Icelandic heavy-metal band Sólstafir perform their own compositions to accompany Icelandic cult Viking movie When The Raven Flies by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. The film celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. In the end of August Sólstafir released their new album Ótta and will be performing songs from the album combi...

Reykjavík International Film Festival kicks of today.

Riff Kicks off Today  Reykjavík International Film Festival kicks of today. This years opening film is Land Ho!, a collaboration between Iceland and the U.S.  Before the screening the yearly "Gusan" will take place. Gusan ( the splash)  is best described as a message from the Icelandic film industry to the government. Ása Hjörleifsdóttir has this years Gusa.  Over one hundred films will be screened at this year...

Ruben Östlund to be guest of honor at RIFF

  Ruben Östlund started as a director of skiing films in the 1990s, and eventually went on to study at the film school in Gothenburg from which he graduated in 2001. He was accepted to the school based on his skiing films. Together with film producer Erik Hemmendorff he is the co-founder of the production company Plattform Produktion, which produces his films. His 2004 film The Guitar Mongoloid won the FIPRESCI Award at the 27th Moscow Film Festival. Östl...

RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin

  RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin Primary tabs   Twelve up and coming directors  present their first or second feature film and compete for our main prize, the Golden Puffin. These films, in the New Visions category at RIFF challenge cinematic conventions  and pave the road for tomorrow’s  cinema.     Villa Touma (Án lands, no country) Director: Suha Arraf   ...


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