Stockfish kvikmynda og bransahátíð kynnir Evu Maríu Daniels verðlaunin fyrir framúrskarandi kvikmyndagerð.

Verðlaunin fyrir upprennandi kvikmyndagerðarfólk eru veitt í minningu hennar virtu íslensku kvikmyndagerðarkonu og framleiðanda Evu Maríu Daniels sem lést síðastliðin júní eftir erfiða baráttu við krabbamein.

Í samstarfi við manninn hennar, Moritz Diller, og soninn Henry, hlýtur einn framleiðandi eða leikstjóri í Sprettfisk stuttmyndakeppninni verðlaunin í minningu afreka Evu og áframhaldandi framlags hennar til næstu bylgju kvikmyndagerðarmanna á Íslandi. Vinningshafinn fær 1,5 milljónir íslenskra króna til að vinna að næsta verkefni sínu.



Riva Marker is an award-winning producer of film, television, and stage. She is the CEO of Linden Productions, where she most recently produced Genie starring Melissa McCarthy and Paapa Essediu for Working Title Films and Universal. Genie debuted as Peacock’s biggest opening original film to date. Marker has built a career on thoughtful collaboration with celebrated artists. She produced Tina Satter’s directorial debut Reality starring Sydney Sweeney. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival to rave reviews and was acquired in a bidding war by HBO Films, nominated for Gotham and Critics Choice awards.


Will O’Connor is the co founder of Burn These Words films. After beginning his career working as a screenwriter he moved in to producing at The Mill on commercials for clients like Nike, Sony and Motorola. In 2013 he founded Fire Without Smoke – a games advertising agency – where he worked on award winning campaigns for brands like Assassins Creed, Star Wars and Microsoft Xbox. After selling that in 2019 he returned to his first love – film and television – producing This Little Show of Mine on Amazon and executive producing Reality.


Starting as an editor in Iceland’s film industry, he transitioned into directing and co-founded the collaborative directors duo Samuel&Gunnar. Together, they created commercials for respected brands like Mercedes Benz, Samsung, and McDonald’s, earning recognition for their storytelling and visual style. Through their production company, Skot Productions, they also ventured into television series.


Nigel Godrich is an English record producer, recording/mix engineer, composer, artist and musician. He is best known for his work with the English band Radiohead, having produced all their studio albums since OK Computer (1997), singer Thom Yorke’s solo work and The Smile’s first album. He is a member of Atoms for Peace (with Yorke) and Ultraísta. Other acts Godrich has worked with include Beck, Paul McCartney, U2, R.E.M., Warpaint, Pavement, Arcade Fire and Roger Waters. He is the creator of the filmed music series From the Basement and composed the score for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Versus the World amongst others. 


Sascha Drews is a writer, director, and producer. His directorial debut, “Surviving Crooked Lake”, premiered at Slamdance 2008, and awarded him the Kodak Award for Cinematography. He founded VisionChaos Productions in 2012, with the mission to support original voices, and the belief that audiences want innovative and compelling stories. VisionChaos titles include „Hold the Dark“, „Joe Bell“, and the upcoming „So Very Badly” (with Eat the Cat and Eva Daniels Productions). Drews also executive produced „The Field Guide to Evil“ and „Climate of the Hunter”. VisionChaos films have all debuted at prominent fests, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and SXSW.


Jessie Cohen is the founder of Jessie Cohen PR & Consulting and has more than 20 years of experience in public relations. Her work exists at the coveted intersection of analog and digital, where oral tradition and technology are duly recognized as essential to effective storytelling, and carries this ethos forward in her interdisciplinary approach to PR. Jessie’s unconventional (read: semi-experimental, bold, pioneering) methods towards success have made her a powerful resource for film festivals, filmmakers, artists, tech companies and other avante-garde forerunners who require new language to distill and translate their perspectives for various platforms.


Caroline Kaplan is an Academy-Award nominated producer and executive producer of  feature and documentary films and series. Her producing credits include Diane, directed  by Kent Jones, starring Mary Kay Place, Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind starring  Richard Gere, Jim McKay’s En El Septimo Dia, Letters to Juliet directed by Gary  Winick starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave, Boots Riley’s Sorry to  Bother You, After Yang directed by Kogonada, starring Colin Farrell and the Oscar  Nominated Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp,  starring Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini.


Icelandic director, screenwriter and producer Elfar Adalsteins is the founder of the creative development company, Berserk Films. Elfar studied filmmaking at the Met Film School at Ealing Studios and holds an MA (Hons) in screenwriting from Goldsmiths University, London. His short film, Sailcloth, starring late Oscar nominee John Hurt, received numerous international accolades and was shortlisted for the 2012 Academy Awards Oscars and BAFTA.

Elfar’s directorial debut feature, End of Sentence, a father-and-son road movie, starring Oscar nominee John Hawkes, Logan Lerman and Sarah Bolger, had a worldwide release in 2019, to critical acclaim. His latest film, Summerlight & Then Comes the Night, premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2022 and was awarded Best Nordic Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In the film Elfar directs an all Icelandic ensemble cast from his screenplay adaptation of Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s celebrated novel.


Börkur began his professional career in photography in Iceland and quickly branched into directing. In 2004 he was signed to the renowned UK music video production company Oil Factory where he directed commercials for Nike, Honda and The Guardian along with music videos for the likes of Richard Ashcroft and Supergrass. 

His award winning short psychological thriller COME TO HARM (2011) marked Börkur’s move into scripted drama. Known for a striking and rigorous visual aesthetic, Börkur went on to be a creative force on the international and critical hit Icelandic series TRAPPED (acquired by Amazon, and BBC4 in the UK) as well as directing the opening titles. He returned to direct a large part of both seasons 2 and 3.

Börkur’s debut feature VARGUR (e. VULTURES), which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2018.


Oren Moverman is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, an Emmy Award-winning producer and a director of feature narrative and documentary film.

Moverman received an Oscar nomination for his 2010 screenplay THE MESSENGER, co-written with Alessandro Camon, which was also his feature directorial debut. The film stars Ben Foster, Samantha Morton and Woody Harrelson.  He went on to direct RAMPART, co-written with novelist James Ellroy, starring Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Ice Cube and Robin Wright. He next wrote and directed TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere, Ben Vereen and Jena Malone, which won The International Critics Award at the 2015 Toronto Film Festiva