About the IFC

Laws and regulations on The Icelandic Film Fund

Laws and regulations

The Icelandic Film Centre, as well as other film institutions such as the National Film Archive of Iceland, is overseen by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

In its current form, the Icelandic Film Centre operates according to a law (link in Icelandic only) that dates from 2003, which is amended periodically.

Regulations governing the operation of the Icelandic Film Fund were also laid down in 2003, also with periodic amendments. Those regulations can be found in English translation here.

Film Agreement

Every four years or so, national film policy is updated through a new Film Agreement, which is created collaboratively by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and stakeholders within the film industry, and then subject to approval by the Icelandic parliament. The agreement covers how government expenditures in film will be spent and organized, which actions and policy areas will be emphasized, and which parties will be responsible for implementing those actions.

The current Film Agreement, which is the result of a special initiative by the Minister of Education, Science and Culture to create a more comprehensive film policy over a longer period of time, covers the period 2020–2030. That agreement can be found in English translation here.

Film Council

The Minister of Education, Science and Culture appoints a Film Council to advise on matters relating to film and television production in Iceland and serve as a liaison between the ministry and the industry.

The chair and vice-chair of the Film Council are appointed by the minister. Other members are nominated by the various filmmaking guilds (see more about the guilds here).