Shortfish Awards 2022! - Stockfish Film Festival

Shortfish Awards 2022!

4/3/2022

The Shortfish competition was expanded this year to acknowledge a broader group of filmmakers and projects. Thanks to Síminn and KUKL the Award is the most generous in the history of Icelandic short film competitions.

The four award-winning projects will be shown together on Síminn television in a special Shortfish awards program. The cash award is subject to participation in either linear program and or on the rental for 12th months.

A ground breaking record of 100 eligible submissions where received this year so it’s safe to say that every competitor is already a winner. Yet there can only be one champion in each category and we are extremely thankful for the challenging work of our amazing juries.

Anton Máni producer received the award on behalf of Nest.

Fiction

The winner of the fiction category is The Nest by Hlynur Pálmason.  Nest receives the generous award of 1000 000 kr in rental equipment from KUKL and cash price of 1000 000 kr from Síminn. The fiction jurie: David Bonneville, Benedikt Erlingsson og Pamela Ribon.

Jury’s statement: “There are some films that demand you are a part of the action in order to feel its emotional impact. Others ask you to be a quiet observer, a witness to forward momentum of life. This film chose the latter, keeping us locked in the view of one small stage for a family’s private journey. For its beautiful storytelling rooted in patience and love, the fiction jury has chosen Nest – Director – Hlynur Pálmason”

Special mention goes to Hex for Exceptional Vision by Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir. 

Jury’s statement:“The jury would like to single out a film whose bold vision and driving narrative create an unforgettable cinematic experience, announcing a director who must be given every opportunity to shine brighter and bigger, in any genre she picks next. Honorable Mention and a Special Jury Prize for Exceptional Vision goes to HEX – Director – Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir.”

Snæfríður’s mother accepted the award on her behalf

Artistic Music Video

Winner is Vesturbæjar-beach by Snæfríður Sól Gunnarsdóttir and the award is 250 000 kr worth of equipment from KUKL rental and 250 000 kr cash price from Síminn.

Jury: Árni Sveinsson, Ugla Hauksdóttir and Þóra Hilmarsdóttir

Jury’s statement:Vesturbæjar-beach is a funny and insightful look at the tropical paradise of Reykjavík’s westside. The story is simple and executed with humor, and sincere playfulness, with lots of surprises along the way. It perfectly captures the optimism and positivity it takes to live on our chilly island. The work of the filmmakers is a great example of what can be done when good ideas are executed with little means and the visual approach takes you on a journey that is a joy to experience from beginning to end.” 

Documentary

Winner: Brávallagata 12 by Birna Ketilsdóttir and the award is 500.000 kr in equipment from KUKL and 500.000 kr cash price from Síminn.

Jury’s Statement:“A brave experiment where the simple single-shot setup reveals family secrets and dynamics to the audience. It both freezes time and acknowledges space rarely revisited when the director places them in front of the old family home. The concise form gives a glimpse of what was and what did not become. Honest and true portrait.”

Special mention goes to Step by Guðný Lind Þorsteinsdóttir.

Jury’s Statement:“A well-shot and formed documentary that goes beyond the surface.  A beautiful portrait of a dancer contrasted with some of the dance business’s dark secrets. The brutal honesty exposes emotion and offers a solution, a way of survival without a whining tone or sentiment.” 

Eydís Eir Brynju- Björnsdóttir

Experimental

Winner CHRYSALS by Eydís Eir Brynju- Björnsdóttir and the award is 250.000 kr price in rental equipment from KUKL and 250.000 kr cash price from Síminn.

Jury: Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Sigurður Guðjónsson og Vera Sölvadóttir.

Jury’s Statement:“Although experimental films explore non-narrative forms this particular film takes you on an orchestrated visual journey. The film is overflowing with beautiful imagery and colors, and a perfectly fitting set- and sound design. The personal voice-over narration gives the audience just enough to follow the intimate thoughts of the main character, gracefully accompanied by music. The editing and elements of mise-en-scene makes this an interesting film to watch.”