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Awards & 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 boundaries 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.

RIFF 2022

New Visions

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.

Jury

Giorgio Gosetti

Giorgio Gosetti

Director General Venice Days
Ava Striker

Ava Striker

Development Executive at MUBI
Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmarsdóttir

Icelandic Actress

Best Icelandic Short and Best Icelandic Student Short

In this competitive category one director receives a prize for the Best Icelandic Short. The jury gives out another award for the Best Icelandic Student Short.

Jury

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Carlos Pardo Ros

Filmmaker and producer
Viktoria Gudnadottir

Viktoría Guðnadóttir

Artist
Birgitta Bjornsdottir

Birgitta Björnsdóttir

Producer

A Different Tomorrow Award

The films in A Different Tomorrow shed light on environmental and humanitarian topics because, sometimes, the right film can change the world. The most outstanding groundbreaking film in this section will be receive our A Different Tomorrow Award.

Jury

Astrid Silva

Astrid Silva

Head of Programming Visions du Réel
Helga Rakel

Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir

Filmmaker
Sigurjon Sighvatson

Joni Sighvatsson

Producer

Best International Short

With urgency and determination, the talented filmmakers in this section make us travel beyond the borders of reality, expanding the scope of our imagination, reinventing cinema within every frame. The bravest voice will be awarded our Best International Short.

Jury

Mark Lwoff

Mark Lwoff

Producer

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Mads Mikkelsen

Head of Programme at CPH:DOX

Julia van Mourik

Julia van Mourik

Director of The One Minutes Foundation

THE GOLDEN EGG

The Golden Egg Competition is a selection of films from up-and-coming directors participating in the 2021 RIFF Talent Lab.

Jury

Torfinnur Jákupsson

Torfinnur Jákupsson

Screenwriter and executive producer
Óskar Kristinn Vignisson

Óskar Kristinn Vignisson

Film director
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Maria Thelma

Director

The Young People´s Jury

The Young People’s Jury selects a film in our competitive category, New Visions, which are all debut or sophomore efforts.

Jury

rognvaldur

Rögnvaldur Brynjar Rúnarsson

Student in film studies

katla

Katla Kristjánsdóttir

Student in film studies

julia

Júlía Kristín Kamilludóttir

Student in comparative literature

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