It’s little wonder the Land of Fire and Ice knows how to put on the ultimate spectacle. At the Reykjavík International Film Festival, movie screenings take place across some of Iceland’s top theaters, swimming pools, and even real-life caves. Sporting an average attendance of 25,000 people, RIFF has become a nationwide name, showcasing films from over 40 countries in otherworldly venues you’ll just have to see to believe.
Have a film you’ve been dying to show to the world? Or simply want to witness emerging filmmakers on the precipice of fame? Before you pop over to this Nordic island nation, it’s important to note that the RIFF puts a special emphasis on highlighting young and up-and-coming directors. In fact, one of the festival’s most prominent awards, aptly named “The Golden Puffin,” is only awarded to first- or second-time directors.
As for audience members, you’ll have the chance to bask in countless screenings, live concerts, photo exhibitions, and the landmark “swim-in” or “cave-in” cinemas. The former is held in one of those heated, indoor pools iconic to Icelandic culture. The latter is held in a cave just outside of Reykjavík. What more could an avid moviegoer ask for?
RIFF was founded in September 2004 by a small group of film professionals and film enthusiasts led by Festival Director Hrönn Marinósdóttir with the goal of presenting new and progressive quality films, supporting innovation in filmmaking, networking between professionals from various parts of the world and fostering social and cultural dialogue.