Girls Film! is a week-long course where girls learn the basics of filmmaking. Many factors make girls less likely to be adventurous and to continue testing themselves in filmmaking and make their voices heard. Girls Film! contributes to correct this gender gap, by providing a safe space where girls can develop their talents, cultivate their inner creativity and form relationships with female role models.
Girls Film! has been successfully held three times – in 2015, 2016, and 2020. The course, originally only held in Reykjavík, was intended for girls in the 8th and 9th primary school grades (ages 14-15). One teacher from each school was invited to observe the course, with experienced female filmmakers teaching girls a dynamic and hands-on approach to filmmaking. Each school produced one short film, up to five minutes long. All the short films were then screened at the festival.
Girls film! bases its ideology on Girls Rock Workshop. The main purpose is to create a safe space for girls, where they can experiment and tell their stories. Girls Film! celebrates diversity and inclusion. There is zero tolerance for prejudice, violence and discrimination on the basis of performance, gender identity, background, origin, financial status or other variables.
To teach the girls the basics of filmmaking. — To introduce the girls to female role models. — To provide the girls with a platform where they can be heard.
Our hope is that, with this course, more girls will get behind the camera, contributing to a better representation of girls and women in the filmmaking industry.
Girls Film! 2015 - 2022
Around 70 girls per edition participated in the Girls Film! workshop at the Reykjavík Nordic House . During the course they learned the basics of filmmaking and made their first short film under the guidance of film industry professionals. Since2015 the workshop has been held by RIFF in collaboration with the City of Reykjavík’s School and Leisure Department and Mixtúra.
Some of the most experienced screenwriters and filmmakers in the country shared their knowledge with the girls. Teachers included screenwriter Margrét Örnólfsdóttir, actress and director Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, filmmaker Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir, editor Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Project Manager for the City’s Gender Equality Act Kolbrún Hrund, filmmaker Erla Stefánsdóttir, director and producer Baltasar Kormákur, and producer Margrét Jónasdóttir.
Thanks to a large grant from the Children’s Culture Fund of Iceland, RIFF will also be able to bring the Girls Film! workshop to the countryside for the first time. In the spring 2022 RIFF will bring the workshop to seven different parts of the country in cooperation with the local municipalities.