The festival has become a solid part of the Icelandic cultural life and the festival this year will not disappoint.
The Stockfish festival is a re-awakening of an older film festival, The Reykjavik Film Festival, that was founded in 1978 which makes it the oldest in Scandinavia. Behind the festival there are all the industry’s organizations in Icelandic cinema in co-operation with Bio Paradis, so you can say that the festival is made by film makers for film makers and the public.
The festival is important for both the industry and film makers as it provides an arena for, among other things, communication with foreign film makers, an opportunity for learning from your peers, form collaborations and found solid connections. The festivals aim is to lift the industry further both inland and abroad by, among other things, invite foreign press to the event that are efficient in spreading the word globally.A good example of the importance of film makers being at the festival is that for instance two project have received funding from foreign guests that were in attendance – all that was needed was this arena to open a dialogue between them.
This is the third time that I am working for the festival, so I have been here for its duration except for the first year. Working towards this event is very demanding, stressing and hard, but at the same time just as much fun, giving and wonderful. It is vital that the team, the people behind the festival, are in step and work well together. We are very fortunate here at Stockfish as this is the case. We are a small but connected team that only gets better through the years, like fine wine.As the saying goes, “you reap what you sow”. I would say that fits well with this kind of work. You give it everything you got and more, but you get it all back when you see people arriving at the theater, enjoying the films and events, wielding the opportunity to advance themselves and making connections.
- Nordic Female Filmmakers Meeting Point
- Saturday 3rd of March at 6 PM at Bio Paradis
- Film Location Summit
- Tuesday March 6th (time is yet to be confirmed), at Bio Paradis
It should not have passed unnoticed that Iceland is becoming ever more popular as a shooting location for foreign film studios. But what does a country need to be able to host vast film productions? What are the benefits of such undertakings and what is the downside. All these questions and more will be answered in this forum where representatives from all the biggest production companies in Iceland will be present and marketing agencies of each district will discuss with Promote Iceland and David Broder, one of the leading expert in location shooting in the world today. Among his projects are The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The King’s Speech and The Imitation Game.