Awards and Juries

Over the years we have screened many outstanding films by brave and artistic voices at RIFF. The ones that show artistic excellence and break barriers will win awards. The films in our New Visions section will compete for the most acclaimed award of the festival: The Golden Puffin, whose recipient will be named Discovery of the Year. An award will be also given the most outstanding film in the documentary competition section A Different Tomorrow. Short films from the participants in the Talent Lab will compete for the Golden Egg. And we also award the best of our national cinema with our Best Icelandic Short and the Best International Short in our International Shorts competitive section.

OUR 2019 JURY

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: THE GOLDEN PUFFIN

The films in our competitive category New Visions are all debut or sophomore efforts. One will be named Discovery of the Year and receive the Golden Puffin.

Jakub Duszynski

Jakub Duszynski is a film distributor, festival programmer and former co-president of Europa Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir

Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir is an Icelandic actress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Davis

Davis is a film critic at Film Comment and an Associate Professor of film studies at Northwestern University in the United States.

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS JURY

Zeina Abi Assy

Zeina Abi Assy is a media artist from Lebanon. She is Director of Interactive Programs at the Tribeca Film Institute.

 

 

 

 

Heather Millard

Heather Millard is an Iceland based film producer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin is the Chief Programs Officer and Director at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.

 

 

A DIFFERENT TOMORROW AWARDS JURY

Gabor Greiner 

Gabor Greiner is head of Acquisitions & Coproductions at Films Boutique.

 

 

 

 

 

Hanna Björk Valsdóttir

Hanna Björk Valsdóttir is an Icelandic documentary producer & director.

 

 

 

 

 

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic filmmaker.

 

 

THE GOLDEN EGG JURY

Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson

Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson is an Icelandic screenwriter and film director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

Hlín Jóhannesdóttir is a Reykjavík based film producer.

 

 

Ása Hjörleifsdóttir

Ása Hjörleifsdóttir is an Icelandic screenwriter and film director.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The award-winning films of last years festival were:

The Golden Puffin : Knife + Heart – Yann Gonzalez

A Different TomorrowAmérica – Erick Stoll and Chase Whitesi­de

The Golden Egg : Vesna – Nathalia Konchalov­sky

Best Foreign ShortGulyabani – Gürcan Keltek

Best Icelandic Short : Jörmundur – Maddie O´Hara, Jack Bus­hell & Alex Herz

The Jury Award : Styx directed by Wolfgang Fischer and Black Line directed by Mark Ol­exa & Francesca Scal­isi