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 is intended for girls in 8th and 9th grade primary schools in Reykjavík (ages 14-15). One teacher from each school is invited to observe the course, where experienced female filmmakers teach girls a dynamic and hands-on approach to filmmaking. Each school produces one short film, up to 5 minutes long. All the short films are screened at the festival.
Girls film! bases its ideology on Girls Rock Workshop. The main emphasis is to create a safe space for girls, where they can experiment and have the opportunity to 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.
Teach them the basics of filmmaking – Introduce them to female role models – Give them a platform so they can be heard.
Our hope is that with this course, we will see more girls behind the camera which will lead to a better representation of girls and women on screen.
Girls Film! 2015 - 2022
Around 70 girls participated in the workshop Girls Film! at the Nordic House each year in Reykjavik. During the course they learned the basics of filmmaking and made their first short film guided by professionals in the film industry. From 2015 the workshop was 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 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.