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

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Country profile: Iceland

Country profile: Iceland

08 January 2024

At Stockfish, industry reps take stock of Icelandic film policy from 2020-2030

Stockfish 2024

At Stockfish, industry reps take stock of Icelandic film policy from 2020-2030

The session surveying the health of the local film industry was followed by the launch of Massif, a brand-new location scouting platform  

15 April 2024

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland’s Stockfish unveils the full programme of its Industry Days, launches location-scouting platform Massif

Industry / Market - Iceland

EXCLUSIVE: Iceland’s Stockfish unveils the full programme of its Industry Days, launches location-scouting platform Massif

The industry sidebar will include three master classes, three panel discussions, a work-in-progress showcase and an event taking stock of Icelandic film policy from 2020-2030  

26 March 2024

Five Nordic composers unpack scoring, collaborating with directors and unleashing creativity at the EFM

Berlinale 2024 – EFM

Five Nordic composers unpack scoring, collaborating with directors and unleashing creativity at the EFM

BERLINALE 2024: The HARPA-nominated professionals explored their work on recent hits such as Apolonia, Apolonia and Smoke Sauna Sisterhood  

21 February 2024

The Nordic box office kept on growing in 2023, despite mixed fortunes

Box Office - Iceland/Sweden/Finland/Denmark/Norway

The Nordic box office kept on growing in 2023, despite mixed fortunes

Iceland had its best year since 2018, Denmark witnessed a slight decline in admissions, whilst Norway, Sweden and Finland’s theatres are filling up but are still emptier than in 2019  

23 January 2024

Eight pubcasters launch New8, the biggest drama collaboration in Europe

MIA 2023

Eight pubcasters launch New8, the biggest drama collaboration in Europe

The group of Northern and Western European broadcasters will share their best drama shows with each other  

11 October 2023

Reykjavik’s Work In Progress event unveils Icelandic production

Reykjavik 2023

Reykjavik’s Work In Progress event unveils Icelandic production

Two fiction feature films, three series and six documentaries are set to be presented during the 20th Reykjavik International Film Festival’s Industry Days  

05 October 2023

At IceDocs, Square Eyes’ Wouter Jansen talks selling non-mainstream docs

IceDocs 2023

At IceDocs, Square Eyes’ Wouter Jansen talks selling non-mainstream docs

During the chat, the sales agent spoke about festival strategies, theatrical distribution and marketing non-fiction titles  

25 July 2023

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Stockfish 2023

Stockfish 2023

REPORT: Work in Progress @ Stockfish 2023

Camp Tripoli – Not a Love Story, Solitude and the TV show Descendants were among the works in progress presented in Reykjavík  

03 April 2023

REPORT: Works in Progress @ Reykjavík 2022

Reykjavík 2022

REPORT: Works in Progress @ Reykjavík 2022

A plethora of projects from Iceland as well as Spain were presented at the Reykjavík International Film Festival’s industry event  

25 October 2022

Filmmakers begin negotiations after a 28.8% cut is announced to the Icelandic Film Centre’s 2023 budget

Industry / Market - Iceland

Filmmakers begin negotiations after a 28.8% cut is announced to the Icelandic Film Centre’s 2023 budget

The cut of 483.6 million Icelandic crowns (roughly €3.44m) announced by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs is causing great concern within the industry  

13 October 2022

In Reykjavík, changing the world means changing minds

Reykjavík 2022

In Reykjavík, changing the world means changing minds

The panel at the Reykjavík International Film Festival brought together documentary filmmakers with different approaches to impact producing and impact campaigns  

10 October 2022

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

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