International awards for Icelandic films in 2019

In total, Icelandic films won 33 international awards in 2019. Below you can see a complete list of the awards.


A White, White Day (dir. Hlynur Pálmason)

Ingvar Sigurdsson won the Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award at International Critics' Week -Cannes, May 15 - 23

Ingvar Sigurdsson won the Best Performance Award at Transilvania International Film Festival, May 31 - June 6

Won the main award, Propeller of Motovun, at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia, July 23 - 27

Received a Jury Special Mention at Zurich Film Festival, September 26 - October 6.

Won the main award, Jury Selection for Best Narrative Feature and Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir received Special Jury Mention for her acting performance in the film at Hamptons International Film Festival, USA, October 10 - 14. 

Ingvar Sigurdsson won the Best actor award in a feature film in the International Competition at Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, Canada, October 9 - 20.

Won Best Nordic Feature at Nordic International Film Festival, New York, October 16 - 20.  

Won the main prize, the NDR Film Prize, of the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, October 29 - November 3. 

Won a total of three awards at Torino Film Festival. Italy, November 22 - 30. The film was named Best Film in the International Feature Film Competition, it won the Holden School Award for best screenplay, and the AVANTI! award

Deposit, The (dir. Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir)

Won the Sigillo della pace award at the Festival Internazionale di Cinema e Donne, Florence, Italy, November 20 - 24.

End of Sentence (dir. Elfar Adalsteins)

Won a Special Jury Award at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany, November 14 - 24. 

Echo (dir. Rúnar Rúnarsson)

Young audience award at Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, August 7 - 17.

Rúnar Rúnarsson was awarded the del Duero award for best director at the 64th edition of Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, October 19 - 26.

Won the Interfilm Church Prize at the 61st Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, October 29 - November 3.

Kjartan Sveinsson won the prize for the best original music at Les Arcs Film Festival for Echo. The festival took place in France from December 14 - 21.

Let Me Fall (dir. Baldvin Z)

Won the Most Disturbing Feature Film at Ramdam Festival Belgium, January 12 - 22

Main actress Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir won the "Mentions Spéciales Prix d'interprétation féminine" at Mamers en Mars, March 15 - 17

Won the Global Future Award given by the Youth Film Competition jury at the Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival, Finland, November 18 - 24. 

Woman at War (dir. Benedikt Erlingsson) - also won awards in 2018

Won the Audience Award at Tromsö International Film Festival, January 14 - 20

Davíd Thór Jónsson won the 2019 HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award, for his original score to the film at Nordic Film Music Days, February 11 - 12


Even Asteroids Are Not Alone (dir. Jón Bjarki Magnússon)

Won award for the most outstanding short film on social, cultural and biological anthropology or archaeology at RAI Film Festival (Royal Anthropological Institute) in Bristol, UK

In Touch (dir. Pawel Ziemilski) - also won award in 2018 

Won the Human Value Award at 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, March 1 - 10, Greece.

Received a Special Mention in Wrocław at  Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, May 10 - 24, Poland.  

Won the Grand Jury Prize "The Spotlight" at  Skjaldborg Icelandic Documentary Film Festival, June 7 - 10, Iceland.

Won the Bronze Castle Award at  Off Cinema Poznan, October 15 - 20, Poland.

Won the the Festiwal Kamera Akcja Young Critics' Award and the "Patient Eye" award at  Człowiekw zagrożeniu - Łódź , November 19 - 23, Poland.

Received Special Mention at  Kinoz duszą - Wawa, October 22 - 26, Poland.

Won the GRAND PRIX prize for the Best Polish movie at  Human Doc Festival, November 22 - 24, Warsaw. 

The Seer and the Unseen (dir. Sara Dosa) 

Won the The McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award at San Francisco International Film Festival, April 10 - 23


Kanari (dir. Erlendur Sveinsson)

Won the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at Aspen Shortsfest, April 2 - 7

Paperboy (dir. Ninna Pálmadóttir)

Won best Icelandic short at Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF), Iceland, September 26 - October 6

Won Fiction Short Award Euroshorts Young Filmmakers Poland, November 25 - December 14

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