Northern Wave


Years running: 15 (since 2008)

Northern Wave

International short film festival.


Northern Wave is the most alternative film and music event of the year. International short films, music videos, parties, concerts, lectures and even a fish course competition. All taking place in a small fishing village called Grundarfjörður in Snæfellsnes.

The philosophy of the festival, upon which its name is based, is Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave. Like Nouvelle Vague, Northern Wave attempts to revive the recognition of film making as an art form and the director as artist/author. An important goal of the festival is to develop relationships between experienced filmmakers and emerging filmmakers in Iceland and other countries. This is a visionary festival that celebrates artistic and groundbraking films by filmmakers who dare to take risks.


  • international short film (all genres) section,
  • Icelandic music video section.


The cash awards are:

  • Best foreign film 
  • Best Icelandic film
  • Best Icelandic music video 


  • The festival accepts all forms of short films with the maximum duration of 30 minutes
  • All films must have been completed after the 1st of January 2021 or later
  • Multiple submissions by the same director and/or Production Company are accepted, but a separate completed form must accompany each film
  • Attention distribution companies: try not to send us more than 20 films.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Founder and director
Dögg Mósesdóttir, tel: 7700577                                                                                                           

Producer and guest coordinator
Carolina Salas, tel: 7716781




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Phone: +3547700577


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    April 01, 2022
  • International Deadline
    July 01, 2022
  • Notifications
    August 14, 2022
  • Event Dates
    28 — 30 October 2022
Categories & Fees

Running time of 30 minutes or less.

  • International Deadline — $13

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