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Skjaldborg - Icelandic Documentary Film Festival to be held September 18 - 20 at Bíó Paradís

Skjaldborg - Icelandic Documentary Film Festival will run in collaboration with Bíó Paradís cinema the weekend of September 18-20. The festival coincides with the grand re-opening of Bíó Paradís; Iceland's only independent arthouse cinema. Bíó Paradís has been closed since mid-March and its future hung in the balance for several months.

Skjaldborg ususally takes place annually in the town of Patreksfjordur in the Westfjords on Whitsun weekend, but was this year postponed to the first weekend in August, due to the assembly ban. At the end of July, the day before it was scheduled to begin, the festival was then cancelled outright due to the second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The festival presents new Icelandic documentary films, and also functions as a meeting point for documentarians and documentary enthusiasts. It is now clear that 13 documentaries will première at the festival and seven works in progress will be introduced. Skjaldborg's guest of honour this year will be Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, and three of her documentaries will be shown. She will also give a “masterclass” session with Gunnar Hafsteinsson.

The full festival program can be found here.