Like every other country in the world, Iceland has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The most important thing to remember is that every member of the society is in the fight against this scourge together.
In response to the virus, The Minister of Health, Svandis Svavarsdottir, declared a four-week assembly ban, which took effect at midnight on the 15th of March. This action was taken at the recommendation of the Chief Epidemiologist in order to impede the spread of Covid-19. Further information on the procedures can be found here: https://www.covid.is/categories/icelands-response
In accordance, the Icelandic Film School has temporarily suspended all teaching on the premises of the school and changed all classes to online teaching – teacher and students gathering in a digital space to learn the craft of film making. As soon as the assembly ban is over – expected in mid-April – students will return to the school for hands-on practice turning the school into a full force production house.
Although the crisis is serious, Iceland has a unique advantage to deal with it quickly and efficiently with minimal costs to the health of its citizens. The fact the country is a small, peaceful island, with a strong community, makes us confident that we will come out the other side of the crisis quickly and stronger than ever – and the Icelandic Film School starting strong next fall, with a crop of eager new students ready to make some films.