Shortfish Awards 2023!
The Shortfish Award Ceremony was held on the last night of Stockfish in Bíó Paradís.
Thanks to RÚV, KUKL and Trickshot the Award is the most generous in the history of Icelandic short film competitions.
The four award-winning projects will be shown together on RÚV television in a special Shortfish awards program.
78 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.
The winner of the narrative was Felt Cute by Anna Karín Lárusdóttir. The jury: Björn Thors, Tinna Hrafnsdóttir and Ragnheiður Erlingsdóttir. The winning film recieves the generous price of 1.000.000 kr in rental equipment from KUKL, 700.000 cash price from RÚV and 200.000 kr service price from Trickshot.
The director of the winning short film takes the audience on an effective journey into the mind of a youth trying to figure out his place in the world. The standout performance of the young actor particularly impressed the jury as well as the strong directorial voice of this tender and touching short film.
The Jury also gave a Special Mention to My Promised Land.
A special mention goes to a film with a distinctive visual approach. The director is unafraid to blend an exaggerated tone with a traditional period narrative. Exploring such difficult themes as xenophobia and internalized misogyny in a dystopian, almost expressionistic style, transforms this simple story into a bold short film.
The winner in Documentary catagory was Keep F****** Going by Marie Lydie Bierne. The Jury: Ingibjörg Halldórsdóttir, Álfrún Helga Örnólfsdóttir and Víðir Sigurðsson. The winning film recieves the generous price of 500.000 in rental equipment from KUKL, 700.000 kr cash price RÚV and 200.000 kr service price from Trickshot.
The winning film gently welcomes the audience into an intimate space, where a group of people who don’t feel accepted within the norms of society share their darkest moments. They have created a space where “weirdness” is celebrated, not just accepted. The subjects are honest and the director obviously has their trust.
The film is personal, moving and well crafted.
Story of A Blue Girl, by Alda Ægisdóttir was the winner in Experimental catagory. The jury: Hilke Rönnfelt, Sunneva Weisshappel and Vigdís Jakopsdóttir. The winning film recieves the generous price of 250.000 in rental equipment from KUKL, 300.000 kr in cash price from RÚV and 200.000 service price from Trickshot.
A mesmerizing journey that invites the viewer into a universe that the filmmaker created with originality, skill and a singular personal vision. As a viewer you are eager to see this world expand.
Creative music video
The music video Ásgeir – Snowblind by Erlend Sveinsson was the winner in Creative Music Video Catagory. They jury: Eilífur Örn Þrastarson, Hrefna Hagalín and Dóra Jóhannsdóttir. The winning music video recieves a generous price of 250.000 kr in rental equipment from KUKL, 300.000 kr cash price from RÚV and 200.000 kr in service price from Trickshot.
SNOWBLIND is an artistic and thought-provoking music video which truly stood out. The video’s dystopian atmosphere was beautifully juxtaposed with the stunning natural landscapes of Iceland, creating a hauntingly beautiful and eerie ambiance.
The story was powerfully conveyed through striking visuals and emotionally charged performances. The use of lighting, color, and sound design helped to enhance the overall mood and tone of the video.
Overall, we found this music video to be captivating and compelling blending storytelling skillfully with visual aesthetics.