Iceland is set to launch the first edition of Stockfish Film Festival, a new event dedicated to industry networking, showcasing local talent, locations and tax rebate.
Stockfish was created by Iceland’s industry guilds, the City of Reykjavik and local org Promote Iceland. It will takes place in the country’s only arthouse theater, the Bio Paradis.
Stockfish will also be showcasing new European films; and will host an industry section to present works-in-progress, as well as a screenwriting workshop for Icelandic writers.
Stockfish’s professional sidebar is organized in collaboration with Iceland’s national EDDA awards (local equivalent to the Oscars, which are held during the festival), and the Kosmorama Trondheim film fest in Norway,
“Many high profile directors and actors have been shooting their films here and the country has had much global media coverage,” comments Fridriksson, who reps the Association of Icelandic Film Directors. “Our aim is offer opportunities to connect with the creative community in Iceland, which has been quite successful internationally for years now. By bringing high quality films and guests to the festival, we can create an international dialog and a strong platform in Reykjavik for such exchanges.”
Iceland has been a popular destinations for foreign productions, including such big-budget U.S. movies like “The Secret of Walter Mitty” (pictured above) and “Noah.”
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Skotfish’s board consists of Bergsteinn Bjorgúlfsson from The Icelandic Film Makers Association, Guorún Edda Þorhannesdottir, from the Association of Icelandic Film Producers, Birna Hafstein, from The Icelandic Actors Association, Dogg Mosesdottir, from the Women in Film and Television and Sjon, from The Icelandic playwrights and Screenwriters Association.
Fest runs Feb 19-March 1.