Highlights of RIFF 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! When people all over the world travel to Reykjavík to experience the amazing and aritistic atmosphere that the RIFF festival offers every fall. Now, it is the year 2019 and we are looking at the fact that this is going to be the sixteenth time the festival is going to be held in Reykjavík city. Sixteen years of RIFF and plenty more to go!

We thought it would be fun to look to our recent past and go over some of the highlights of RIFF 2018 and boy, oh boy! What a festival it was!

Knife+Heart won the coveted Golden Puffin awards at the RIFF festival 2018.

Firstly we had some amazing films that were screened and some of them won the coveted awards that are offered annually to the pictures that the judges think shine brighter than the others. The Golden Puffin award went to Knife + Heart by Yann Gonzalez while The Golden Egg went to Vesna by Nathalia Konchalov­sky; the film was a part of the Talent Lab that RIFF offers every year as a part of the festival.

Shining stars and the future of cinema

Jonas Mekas was an honorary guest at the RIFF festival 2018.

Like every year the RIFF festival has its honorary guests. That year it was the man and the legend Jonas Mekas, who has gained fame for his unique perspective and his diary- esque films. He also had a show in Ásmundarsalur where three of his short films, My First 40 (2006), 365 Day Project (2007) and Online Diary (2008-2015), were screened and the audience is given a glimpse into the life of the artist.

Then there were also Mads Mikkelsen, who was given the honorary award for his work in film and Shailene Woodley who sat in one of the juries. They are both different actors, with different backgrounds and from a different generation. However they are both great actors with a magnificent career behind them and a bright future ahead.

Last but definitely not least was Sergei Loznitsa who directed the opening film Donbass which focuses on the life of war-torn people in the Donbass region in the Ukraine.

Unique events and exclusive movie theatres

The Fifth Element was shown at a swimming hall in Sundhöll Reykjavíkur.

Every year the RIFF festival throws a big swimming pool party where a classic film is shown in the Swimming hall at Sundhöll Reykjavíkur. Last year the film The Fifth Element was screened in front of a full pool of people all having a great time. This is easily one of our favourite and most popular events.

We also offered a look into the past using virtual reality goggles. The show was called Tímagöngin til ársins 1918 or Timetravel to the year 1918. Built on Árni Gunnarsson’s idea the audience used the goggles to look into the lives of people living in Iceland in the beginning of the 20th century.

As you can see RIFF is not only a great film festival. It is an event unlike no other; it offers an educational and artistic experience where audiences and artists come together and reflect in each others auras and ideas. RIFF is where the magic happens and where art comes alive.