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Emerging producers from Iceland at Cannes Film Festival

The 76th annual Cannes Film Festival is coming up next week, where Icelandic short Fár, by Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter has been selected for the Short Films Competition.

During the festival, three Icelandic producers will participate in initiatives that aim to support and present up-and-coming producers. Dögg Mósesdóttir, the founder of Northern Wave Productions, and Bylgja Ægisdóttir, from the Danish production company Scanbox, are among producers who will be part of the Young Nordic Producers Club, a three day program aimed at producers who want to extend their network, learn about co-production, and sharpen their tools. Additionally, Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, the founder of Empath production company, has been selected to be one of 10 promising short film producers presented in the New Producers Room.

Dögg Mósesdóttir is a producer, director, and screenwriter who recently founded Northern Wave Productions. The company is built upon the foundation of Freyja Filmwork, where Dögg produced television programs, documentaries, and TV series. Northern Wave takes its name from the international short film festival that Dögg founded and directed for 15 years. The philosophy of Northern Wave is to support new and diverse voices in the film industry. The company is also intended to be a co-production and development company for fiction and documentaries.

Bylgja Ægisdóttir works as a producer at Scanbox Productions in Denmark. Scanbox is an established distribution company that recently branched out into its own production. The company has grown rapidly in the past year with Zik Zak Filmworks and the post-production company Supersonic becoming a part of the Scanbox Entertainment Group. Currently, Bylgja has a feature film in post-production as well as several other films and TV series in development, both in Denmark and in Iceland.

Atli Óskar Fjalarsson is an Icelandic actor and producer. From age 13, he has starred in some of Iceland's most acclaimed films and TV shows, working with renowned directors. In 2016, he was nominated for the Berlinale European Shooting Stars award. In 2019, Fjalarsson founded the production company Empath, with a focus on ensuring equal opportunities for filmmakers and creating a more family-friendly atmosphere for the Icelandic film industry.