Reykjavik International Film Festival

Years running: 18 (since 2004)

Reykjavik International Film Festival

International Film Festival in Reykjavik.


The festival’s program shows around 100 titles with special attention given to progressive, independent and artistically authentic work. Documentaries with a focus on environment and human rights are welcome. Panel talks, lectures and debates. 


  • New Visions (Grand Prix Competition): first or second film of up-and-coming directors;
  • Special Presentations: well known international filmmakers with important awards at international film festivals;
  • Open Seas: acclaimed films from international film directors;
  • WORLD docs / CULTUREdocs / GREENdocs/ MUSICdocs / FOODdocs: international documentary films;
  • Youth Program;
  • Midnight Movies: Low-budget films, b-films, experimental and alternative works;
  • Icelandic Panorama;
  • Focus on: film production from a certain country;
  • Emerging Masters: tribute to a film maker;
  • Focus on (works of the Honorary Guest): films of the recipient of the RIFF Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Main prize is awarded to a directors' first or second feature in competitive section, New Visions.


  • Feature films, documentaries, short films and short documentaries are accepted.
  • The films have to be produced after January 1st, 2020 and must not have premiered formally in Iceland before. Neither should they be open for public viewing online.
  • Subtitles language: English

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form via special on-line system;
  • Online screeners are preferred, but entries may also be submitted on DVD or USB drives.

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Festival Director — Ms. Hrönn Marinósdóttir
  • Chairman Festival — Ms. Helga Stephenson
  • Main Program Director — Mr. Giorgio Gosetti
  • Main Doc Programmer — Mr. Peter Wintonick




Official Website



Laugavegur 116
101 Reykjavik

Phone: +354 411 7055

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 23, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 15, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    July 03, 2021
  • Notifications
    August 07, 2021
  • Event Dates
    30 September — 10 October 2021
Categories & Fees

Feature films, documentaries, short films and short documentaries are accepted.

  • Earlybird Deadline — €43
  • Late Deadline — €68

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