Reykjavik Talent Lab

Reykjavík Talent Lab is for talents who want to meet up with other like-minded individuals in Reykjavik and make first-hand contact with film producers and other professionals for help and consulting on their first feature film. This year’s Talent Lab will run from the 2nd of October until the 6th of October 2018.

Participants in the Reykjavik Talent Lab come from various backgrounds but every year around 40 individuals are accepted to participate in the program.

The Golden Egg

Participants have the opportunity to submit their short films to  The  Golden Egg  competition. The Golden Egg  is a award given to young and aspiring talents. The films selected for  The Golden Egg  competition will be screened in the festival’s official program.

The films submitted for  The Golden Egg  should not be longer than 30 minutes long and made after January 1st, 2017. A jury will select a number of films for the competition. You can upload it to Vimeo and send us the link when you apply.

The  Process

The threefold motto of the Reykjavík International Film Festival (Innovation – Networking – Dialogue) is perfectly manifested in the activities of the Talent Lab. The lab highlights and promotes the innovative works of young filmmakers and fosters as well as facilitates the networking necessary to promote their work to buyers and distributors. The attendees gain further the opportunity to participate in a dialogue and exchange ideas and thoughts with young people from across the world.

The Program

The program of Reykjavik Talent Lab has varied between the years. Last year we had a good combination of masterclasses, panels, workshops and fun. 


The fee for participants from abroad is 95,000 kr. The fee covers accommodation, breakfast and lunch, a festival pass, parties and all seminars and discussions. Please note that airfare is not covered, but we are working on a special rate for Talent Lab participants with our sponsors. The fee for permanent residents in Iceland is 55,000 kr.

Quotes from previous Talent Lab participants:

“The Talent Lab was full of inspirational encounters! I with amazing people and went back home awesomely inspired!”

Zorana Musikic from Germany

“I want to express my sincerest thanks to you for allowing me to participate in the RIFF Talent Lab. It was a fantastic experience. Everyone at the festival and at the hostel made me feel welcome.

Daniel Williams from the United States  

“I had the privilege of being invited to the Talent Lab in Iceland this year, and just returned from what was an unforgettable trip. There are many of these” Labs “or” Campus “around nowadays, all inspired from the original Talent Campus hosted. by the Berlinale. This version is more intimate (Talent Campus as an example has Hundreds of Participants) which was great Because I had to know pretty much all of the people WHO had come from around the world to do the workshop. We got to meet Academy Award winning director James Marsh, listen to a master class by art house icon Bela Tarr, and although it had nothing to do with film, I even got to meet the President of Iceland and the First Lady. “

–  Faisal Lutchmedial from Canada

“The RIFF Talent Lab is an amazing experience from many points of view. The master classes offer the opportunity to learn, but also to interact with top professionals of the main aspects of film making. The winning group of young, but already operating, international filmmakers, gives first and foremost the opportunity to meet each other and network, but also to know the cinematographic realities in other countries better. The festival proposes a stimulating selection of movies. Last, but not least, you are in such a beautiful island, so especially and beautiful that i will never forget it !!! “

Arianna Rossini from Italy

“The days in Talent Lab just flew by.” There was always some interesting to talk to, a workshop to go or a movie to see. An intense, unforgettable experience. “

– Christian Fischer from Germany



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