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First Northern Wave Film Festival Held in Iceland

By Iceland Review

The Northern Wave International Film Festival will be held for the first time February 22 to 24, 2008, in Grundarfjördur on Snaefellsnes peninsula, west Iceland. The goal is for the festival to become an annual event with special emphasis on short films.

The festival aims to screen various types of short films, including scripted films, animations, experimental films, short documentaries and music videos.

Northern Wave has received 120 films from 12 countries and a special committee has chosen 70 pictures for preliminary selection.

The best short film in the festival will receive a prize of ISK 100,000 (USD 1,500, EUR 1,000), the second best short film ISK 70,000 (USD 1,000, EUR 700) and the best music video will be awarded with ISK 60,000 (USD 900, EUR 600). The awards are covered by Grundarfjördur’s two largest fish processing companies.

Composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and movie producer Kristín Jóhannesdóttir have a seat on the jury, as well as Mark Berger, who has received four Oscars for sound production, including for Apocalypse Now and The English Patient.

The Northern Wave Festival is sponsored by the Culture Fund of West Iceland, Grundarfjördur Town Council and local computer company TSC.

Transport company Bílar og fólk will have scheduled rides from BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík to Grundarfjördur and offer a 30 percent discount during the festival weekend.

For more information visit the festival’s website.

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