About the Icelandic Film Centre

The Icelandic Film Centre was established in 2003, when a new law took effect stipulating the Icelandic government's participation in matters of domestic filmmaking.

The role of the Icelandic Film Centre is to fund Icelandic films and promote them abroad. Additionally, and crucial to the development of new generations of filmmakers, the Icelandic Film Centre is also enthusiastic about nurturing film culture in Iceland by supporting local film festivals, seminars and workshops where foreign and local professionals collaborate in both film and television.

The Icelandic Film Fund operates under the auspices of the Icelandic Film Centre. The role of the Icelandic Film Fund is to further Icelandic Filmmaking by providing financial support. A project supported by the Icelandic Film Fund must have connections with Icelandic culture unless special cultural grounds exist for deciding otherwise.

The Icelandic Film Centre also handles applications for the 25% reimbursement scheme of eligible costs incurred in the production of film and TV projects in Iceland.

Grants made by the Icelandic Film Fund are divided among the various branches of filmmaking as follows:

a) full-length feature films

b) documentaries

c) short films

d) television fiction

e) minority coproductions

f) promotion of Icelandic films

Grants from the Icelandic Film Fund can be made to support the writing of manuscripts, film development, production, post-production and promotion.

The Icelandic Film Centre follows the Regulation on the Icelandic Film Fund set by the Ministry of Culture and Education.

The Icelandic Film Centre has the task of promoting Icelandic film abroad. It focuses mainly on establishing a physical presence at A-list film festivals; arranging Icelandic film weeks and retrospectives in collaboration with the film societies of many nations; maintaining good relations with foreign liaisons and ensuring that Icelandic films (features, shorts and documentaries) are properly introduced and made visible at international venues around the world.

The Icelandic Minister of Culture oversees the affairs of The Icelandic Film Centre and The National Film Archive.

The Ministry of Culture is aided by The Film Board, whose role is to give advice and make proposals about public policy and objectives in matters of film and television art.

The Minister appoints members of the Film Board for three year terms; the chairman and vice-chairman are appointed without nomination, while the other five members are nominated by the following organizations: The Association of Film Producers, The Association of Icelandic Film Directors, The Icelandic Filmmakers Association, The Association of Cinema Owners and The Icelandic Artists Alliance.