RIFF Talent Lab

RIFF 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 4th until the 8th of October 2022.

Participants in the RIFF 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 an 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 and should be made after January 1st, 2021. A jury will select a number of films for the competition. You can upload it to Vimeo and send us the link in your application.

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 further gain the opportunity to participate in a dialogue and exchange ideas and thoughts with young people from across the world.

The Program

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


The fee for participants from abroad is 125,000 kr. The fee covers shared accommodation in a central hostel with breakfast included, a festival pass, numerous events, and all seminars and discussions. Please note that airfare is not covered. The fee for local residents is 80,000 kr. and does not include accommodation. 

For inquiries please contact us at talentlab@riff.is

Quotes from Previous Talent Lab Participants

"Best experience ever!" 🙂

- Barbara Lervig, Faroe Islands

"RIFF is essentially the Russian Doll of talent labs: In one of the most breath-taking countries you will find one of the friendliest of film festivals... within which is a quality talent lab full of earnest exploration, story exchange gilded with a riotous good time!"

- Tina Gharavi, Iran, United Kingdom

“Magga, Inga and Humad put together a fantastic talent lab experience for all of us. It was a week of great seminars, a volcano trip, and meeting a load of great people. What an experience, thanks for having me!”

- Tom Nicoll, United Kingdom

”Under a total of 5 days it felt like we became lifelong friends and colleagues in the industry”

- Sebastian Micci, Sweden

“RIFF Talent Lab was the inspirational boost I needed! I feel really grateful to have met all these talented new filmmakers and film industry professionals.”

- Andrée-Anne Roussel, Canada

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

- Zorana Musikic, 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, 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 “Campuses” around nowadays, all inspired by 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 got 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, 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 on such a beautiful island, so beautiful that I will never forget it!"

– Arianna Rossini, Italy

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

– Christian Fischer, Germany