International awards for Icelandic films in 2021


Beautiful Beings (dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)

Won the Europa Cinemas Label prize as Best European film in the Panorama section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival.

The main cast received the Golden Apple Grand Prix at the Kranj Actors Film Festival in Slovenia, June 14

The complete ensemble received an award for best performance at the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara in Mexico .

Won the SNCCI Italian Critics Award at Biografilm Festival in Italy .

Won Best Director at Transylvania International Film Festival.

Won FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) award at Off Camera Festival in Poland, April 29 - May 8.

Won a Special Jury Prize at the 24th Taipei International Film Festival, June 23 - July 9, Taiwan. 


Half Elf (dir. Jón Bjarki Magnússon)

Won the Manfred Krüger Award at the 16th biannual German International Ethnographic Film Festival for excellent camera work.

Raise the Bar (dir. Guðjón Ragnarsson)

Won the ECFA Doc Award for Best European Documentary for Children, February 12.


Heartless (dir. Haukur Björgvinsson)

Won the Best Genre Film Award in the Generation XYZ competition at Tampere Film Festival, March 9 - 13.

On the Surface (dir. Fanny Sissoko)

Received a Special Mention of the Jury in the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, January 28 - February 5.

TV series:

Blackport (dir. Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, María Reyndal)

Won the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for outstanding screenwriting of a Nordic drama series at the Göteborg Film Festival, January 28 - February 6.

Trom (dir. Kasper Barfoed, Davíð Óskar Ólafsson)

Won the Special Jury Prize in Fiction and Lead Actor (Ulrich Thomsen) at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, June 17 - June 21.

Festivals & Awards