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Record Year Ahead for Icelandic Film and Television

A record number of Icelandic films and television series are scheduled for release in 2021, Icelandic film and TV media outlet Klapptré reports. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more demand for new content and increased government investment in the arts, says Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Film Centre.

A staggering 13 Icelandic films and eight TV series are set to premiere this year, and if they do, it will be a record release year for the country of 368,000. The large amount of new content is partly accounted for by films scheduled to release in 2020 but delayed due to the pandemic. However, Laufey told RÚV additional government funding in response to COVID-19, and the successful management of the local pandemic, have also helped keep production rolling.

Upcoming TV shows include the much-anticipated Katla as well as the third season of beloved show Trapped. One of the local films set to come out this year is Skjálfti, based on the well-received book Grand Mal by Auður Jónsdóttir. It bears to mention, however, that many of the Icelandic films and shows set to be released this year do not have a confirmed release date as of yet.

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