Presenting: Impact of the North

RIFF is honoured to announce its newest addition to the Industry Days: A two day impact workshop designed to support documentary film projects in (further) developing their impact goals and strategies.

Do you want your film to make a difference? Do you want to create concrete change in the world through storytelling? Do you want to go beyond spreading awareness and bring about measurable impact? Do you believe your film has the potential to change minds, behaviour and/or policy structures? Do you want to launch an impact campaign but are looking for a nudge in the right direction? Are you looking for impact partners to work with?

We are currently looking for documentary film projects in production on environmental issues and climate injustice to participate in the Impact of the North programme on 6 and 7 October 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

Call for Projects - Deadline 22 August

The North is at the forefront of climate change. Communities living near and above the Arctic Circle are among the first to experience the effects of global warming first-hand. Traditional ways of living are threatened by the disappearance of land ice, the rising sea temperature and the increasingly unpredictable weather patterns. Livelihoods built on the cycle of the seasons are in danger and cultural values are at risk of disappearing forever. 

As the media tells us that humanity is now facing its biggest challenge yet, the constant bombardment of dooming narratives leaves most individuals feeling either overwhelmed, guilty and anxious or in denial and stuck in passivity. Cue film! Non-fiction films can help digest and focus our attention. Through cinema, each story contributes to a larger global understanding foundational to the continuous fight against climate injustice. 

Furthermore, films have the potential to not only raise awareness, but make a specific impact on a communal, regional, national or international scale when seen by the right audiences. Many filmmakers have successfully walked the path from cinema to change by launching an impact campaign alongside the release of their film. 

RIFF believes that Nordic storytellers specifically have the power to use their films to influence the global climate debate and change behaviour and policy. We are calling filmmakers from the North producing or directing documentaries about urgent environmental issues, to submit their projects for the 2022 edition of the RIFF Impact of the North programme. 

A selection of documentary film projects will be selected for the programme. Two representatives of each project will be invited to Reykjavik to attend the programme on 6 and 7 October 2022. Flights and accommodation are covered by RIFF. The teams are expected to be able to carry out a certain level of preparation before the commencement of the programme. Additionally, it is mandatory to attend a full day online preparatory session on 22 September and be able to adapt to the GMT timezone. 

The teams behind the projects will attend both public and closed coaching sessions led by experienced impact tutors and filmmakers in order to (further) develop their impact goals and strategies for their films. The focus will be on improving the projects’ impact pitches which will then be presented in front of a panel of NGOs and other potential impact partners. 


Length Non-fiction projects of 52 min+ or multi-part series

Stage In production, late-production and post-production

Country (Co)-production from Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Denmark, Norway,
Sweden and/or Finland

Topic(s) Climate change, global warming, climate injustice, environmental
issues, conservation, land rights, indigenous rights

Key Dates

  • 22 August 2022 23:59: Deadline for submission  
  • 30 August 2022: Selection decision communicated 
  • 15 September 2022: Online Pitch Workshop (GMT time zone)
  • 6 and 7 October 2022: Impact of the North
    – Day 1: Closed Workshop
    – Day 1: Impact Day: Panel, Pitching & Meetings

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Industry Days team at