Films

Over the last few years, RIFF has screened approximately 100 feature films from roughly 40 countries annually. For your convenience, they are arranged in a number of different categories that have solidified over time.The festival screens annually around 100 films and is divided into several categories. They include the New Visions category which is dedicated to films by young directors making their first or second films, films we consider innovative and unique and show that it is still possible to bring fresh ideas into cinema. The Open Seas category is dedicated to what we consider to be the best of what international cinema has to offer at the present moment. We also have categories dedicated to documentaries, and feature films that present issues related to social and environmental issues. Every year certain country gets the spotlight on its current cinema.

RIFF takes place every year in late September for eleven days. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. The festival highlights independent film making from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers. RIFF encourages the interaction of film with other art forms by organizing concerts, photo exhibitions and more.

Our Program

Over the last few years, RIFF has screened approximately 100 feature films from roughly 40 countries annually. For your convenience, they are arranged in a number of different sections that have solidified over time.

New Visions (Grand Prix Competition) – is limited to the first or second film of up-and-coming directors.

Open Seas (Out of Competition) – presents acclaimed films from many of the most talented and respected filmmakers of the world.

Icelandic Panorama – opens up the world of Icelandic filmmaking and showcases it to the outside world, thus building a bridge between Icelandic cinema and international filmmaking.

A Different Tomorrow – foregrounds films that help to make us better citizens of the world.

Documentaries – are becoming more and more popular. We screen films about #music, #art, #culture, #world, #digital …

Youth Programme – dedicated to our young audience and provides film-oriented entertainment, education and experience.

Focus On – We shine the spotlight on a national cinema; last year it was Germany, this year it’s Greece.

Emerging Master – This section offers insight into the oeuvre of a filmmaker just gaining considerable ground.

Honorary Retrospective – This section offers a rare opportunity to see the classic films directed by each year’s recipient of the RIFF Honorary Award glisten on the silver screen. Recent recipients include Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and Susanne Bier. Who will it be in 2015?

Golden Egg – Members of our Talent Lab compete for an award.

Stay tuned for our 2015 selection!