Independent cinema and film culture at Reykjavik International Film Festival

Reykjavik International Film Festival, IcelandLast year, The Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) in Iceland was a smash-hit, with sold out passes achieving the highest recorded ticket-sales and acclaimed raving reviews. One of the festivals all-over highlights was the visiting honorary guest Milos Forman, a two time Academy Award winning director. However, preparations RIFF 2010 are well underway and it should prove to be even more diverse and exciting than last year, not only for the audience in the cinemas, but also for young and uprising film producers as well as respected film professionals.

The Reykjavik International Film Festival this year will be taking place between September 23rd and October 3rd. The festival is in its 7th consecutive year of showcasing independent films in the heart of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik and in a short period of time has become one of Iceland’s most popular cultural events, offering both Icelandic and international film enthusiasts a wide selection of alternative and independent cinema.

Hronn Marinosdottir, Festival Director said, “We believed that by building up an innovative film festival in Reykjavik, our foreign guests would have a unique opportunity to participate in an exciting cultural event, as well as the chance to visit a country renowned for its natural wonders and dynamic culture.”

The independent film festival began back in 2004, when a group of film enthusiasts and professionals wanted to create an annual international film festival in Reykjavik. Their aim was to establish a major film event in order to enrich and enliven the local film culture but at the same time to achieve international appeal.

More details and information about Reykjavik International Film Festival can be found at www.riff.is/EN