The short film Smáfuglar (“Two Birds”) by Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson won the first prize, ISK 100,000, at the Northern Wave International Film Festival in Grundarfjördur, west Iceland, last weekend.
From the award ceremony.
Polish collage The Wedding by Maciek Salomon placed second, earning a prize of ISK 70,000 (USD 619, EUR 486). The prize money was put up by the town’s two largest companies, Gudmundur Rúnólfsson hf. and Soffanías Cecilsson hf.
Salomon was in the company of his friend and namesake Maciek Szupica, who was awarded for his music video at last year’s festival.
This year, Czech director Milos Tomic took home the prize for Best Music Video for his video Hair. Icelandic film Harmsaga (“Tragedy”) by Valdimar Jóhannsson was granted a special recognition.
According to a Northern Wave press release, about 200 people attended the festival this year. The project has received a grant from the West Iceland Culture Fund so it appears that it will become an annual event. The festival was held for the first time last year.
Click here to read a Daily Life about the Northern Wave festival.