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IceDocs Film Festival in Akranes

The fourth edition of IceDocs - Iceland Documentary Film Festival will be held over the summer-solstice weekend from 22-26 June in the town of Akranes.

The festival aims to introduce quality documentaries to both local audiences and visitors from abroad, and to connect filmmakers and industry people from all over the world. 

Six feature-length documentaries are in the main competition at IceDocs: A House Made of Splinters by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/Ukraine/Sweden), A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia (India/France), The Balcony Movie by Paweł Łoziński (Poland), The Eclipse by Nataša Urban (Norway), Three Minutes - A Lengthening by Bianca Stigter (Netherlands/UK), and Young Plato by Neasa Ní Chianáin and Declan McGrath (Ireland/Belgium/France). 

The jury is comprised of three members: Christine Camdessus, filmmaker and managing director of FIPADOC; documentary producer and director Hanna Björk Valsdóttir; and Miguel Eek, filmmaker and artistic director of MajorDocs. Furthermore, five short documentaries make up the Short Film Competition of IceDocs.

The industry programme includes a series of panels where founders of festivals dedicated to creative documentaries discuss why they think it's important to have their own specific platform and how they plan to collaborate in the future. Meanwhile, Changing Tides will focus on the changes in the industry that have taken place during the past two years. Also, Cecile Bolvinkle will give some examples of how to present the perfect pitch, while Helle Hansen will focus on tips for projects in early development, and Current Time TV's executive editor, Kenan Aliyev, will discuss the directions the company will be taking in the coming months. Finally, the world's problems will be mulled over in the Guðlaug hot baths at Langisandur beach on the last day of IceDocs.

A workshop for eight Icelandic works in progress is also being hosted during IceDocs. The workshop is mentored by Marta Andreu and is sponsored by the Icelandic Film Fund.