Stockfish Was a Great Success

The Stockfish European Film Festival in Reykjavík last screening ended on Sunday evening. The festival was a great success and the guests were delighted with a wide range of quality films and events. This was the first Stockfish European Film Festival, under its new name, that is. It is really a revival of the original Reykjavik Film Festival, which was ran between 1978 and 2001 and continuance of the European Film Festival in Reykjavik, which ran the past three years. Stockfish pays tribute to some of the best of new European cinema as well as an array of award-winning films from around the globe. Over 30 films were screened during Stockfish, which was held at Bio Pardis, Iceland’s only art-house cinema.

Stockfish aim is to build a bridge between the domestic and international film communities.  Number of foreign visitors attended the festival. Among them were distinct foreign guests, including Rachid Bouchared, director, Brenda Blethyn, actress and Christine Vachon, producer. Stockfish furthermore embraced local filmmakers through targeted seminars, workshops and a master class by Pavel Jech, dean of the respected Czech film school FAMU.  The Icelandic cinematographer Sigurður Sverrir Pálsson was one of Stockfish’s guests of honour and a retrospective of some of his masterly shot films were screened at the festival. The opening film of the festival was the Swedish film Flugparken (e. Blowfly Park), with attendance of Guldbaggen winning actor Sverrir Gudnason and director Jens Östberg. The film will also be a part of the Stockfish on Wheels, where selective few films from the festival will tour Iceland in the aftermath of the festival.

The short film festival awards went to Foxes produced by Eva Sigurðardóttir, Box Films and directed by Mikel Gurren. The film synopsis says:  “On a rainy London evening, a young estate agent needs to juggle a big sale with taking care of his ten year old son. As Malcolm and Aron struggle to communicate, an urban fox follows them around.” The jury described Foxes as “… a solid and sincere work that is particularly relevant in today’s fast-paced world. The writer displays a strong sense of character, while the directing is equally compelling and effortless. In this simple story of fatherhood, a reality is depicted, that many will find deeply relatable. “

The Stockfish European Film Festival in Reykjavík is a collaboration between Iceland’s professional associations in filmmaking; The Film Directors Guild of Iceland, the Icelandic Film Makers Association, the Association of Icelandic Film Producers, Union of Icelandic Actors, Women in Film and Television and the Icelandic Dramatists Union. The Board of Stockfish constitutes of representatives of all the associations with Icelandic film veteran Fridrik Thor Fridriksson serving as Chairman.