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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Icelandic audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Iceland

Country profile: Iceland

27 December 2020

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Série Series 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Backed by the EU and launched at this year’s Série Series, the effort aims to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent  

07 July 2022

Iceland raises its film refund incentive from 25% to 35% for major productions

Industry / Market - Iceland

Iceland raises its film refund incentive from 25% to 35% for major productions

Announced by Film in Iceland on 16 June, the provision is set to boost the country’s attractiveness as a place for filming large film and TV projects  

29 June 2022

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

Industry / Market - France/Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

The agreement will see Studiocanal’s slate of movies released in the Nordic countries, including the likes of Cédric Klapisch’s Rise and Eric Lartigau’s This One Summer  

23 June 2022

Icelandic producer-director Baltasar Kormákur builds two new studios near Reykjavik

Industry / Market - Iceland

Icelandic producer-director Baltasar Kormákur builds two new studios near Reykjavik

The complex, located in Gufunes, near the sea, will also host post-production facilities, office spaces, sound stages, and apartments for filmmakers and crew  

31 March 2022

The Icelandic Film Centre unveils its ambitious 2020-2030 Film Policy

Institutions / Legislation - Iceland

The Icelandic Film Centre unveils its ambitious 2020-2030 Film Policy

The document, now available in English, identifies four main goals to bring the Icelandic industry to the next level as well as a series of concrete actions to pursue them  

17 March 2022

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

Industry / Market - Sweden/Finland/Denmark/ Norway/Iceland/Netherlands/Poland/USA

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

The new partnership, covering more than 400 titles, will make Viaplay the exclusive streaming home of DreamWorks Animation series in all five Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Poland  

24 February 2022

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

Industry / Market - Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

The debate covered several key topics, including content, production volumes, and flexible funding models and distribution windows  

01 February 2022

This year’s RIFF Industry Days to be studded with events and projects

Reykjavik 2021 – RIFF Industry Days

This year’s RIFF Industry Days to be studded with events and projects

Running from 6-10 October, the programme combines established and rising talent during an inspirational series of seminars, workshops and events, and features a Work in Progress showcase  

30 September 2021

Pioneering filmmakers finally get their dues thanks to Iceland on Film

IceDocs 2021

Pioneering filmmakers finally get their dues thanks to Iceland on Film

An online compilation of old Icelandic films and clips digs into the country’s past, one click at a time  

29 June 2021

Reykjavik International Film Festival Industry Days set to kick off today

Industry / Market - Iceland

Reykjavik International Film Festival Industry Days set to kick off today

The two-day event is intended to create new spaces for the exchange of ideas and to serve as a gateway for the circulation and promotion of the Icelandic film industry  

01 October 2020

Long live the “Fresh Flesh” at the Marché du Film

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Long live the “Fresh Flesh” at the Marché du Film

CANNES 2020: Forget Nordic noir – for the rising genre filmmakers from the North, it’s all about folklore these days  

26 June 2020

Scandinavian Films’ first webinar explores new shooting strategies in the time of COVID-19

Cannes 2020 – Marché du Film

Scandinavian Films’ first webinar explores new shooting strategies in the time of COVID-19

CANNES 2020: The Marché du Film webinar, entitled “Pandemic Production: Lessons Learned in the Nordics”, saw the participation of four filmmakers from the region  

26 June 2020

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