“Natatorium” is RIFF’s entry in SMART7’s film competition, a network of seven film festivals

Reykjavík 7. March 2024 - “Natatorium” a film by Helena Stefánsdóttir will be RIFF’s contribution to the SMART7 international film competition. SMART7 is a network of seven european film festivals and our entry will compete against six other films from Portugal, Lithaen, Rumenia, Poland, Spain and Greece. The films in the running are all by young and emerging filmmakers.

International Competition. Established in 2023, Smart7 ignites cinematic magic by uniting seven prestigious film festivals across Europe, including the renowned Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). This dynamic collaboration, fueled by Creative Europe – MEDIA, transcends borders to celebrate diverse storytelling and cultural exchange, elevating emerging filmmakers onto the global stage.

Fierce Competition, Boundless Talent

'Natatorium' emerges as Iceland's beacon of cinematic excellence, a gripping tale unveiling dark secrets as teenager Lilja visits her estranged grandparents. With Helena Stefánsdóttir at the heldoesm, 'Natatorium' promises a ride of suspense and intrigue, showcasing the visionary talent driving Icelandic cinema forward. But the competition is fierce. 'Natatorium' faces off against six other captivating films from Portugal, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Spain, and Greece, each offering a unique glimpse into the human experience through the lens of emerging talent.

Mark your calendars for RIFF's 2024 festival edition from September 26th to October 6th, where 'Natatorium' and its fellow contenders will light up the silver screen. Helena Stefánsdóttir's success at Smart7 not only shines a spotlight on Iceland's flourishing film industry but also underscores the global impact of Icelandic storytelling.

Don't miss out on this cinematic journey of a lifetime – immerse yourself in 'Natatorium' and witness the magic of Icelandic cinema taking the world by storm. Get tickets to RIFF 2024 here.