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Ten Icelandic film projects at Nordisk Panorama

A total of ten Icelandic film project will participate in this year's Nordisk Panorama. Three films will screen in the festival itself, four will pitch in the Nordisk Panorama Forum and three more will screen in the Nordisk Panorama Market. 

Nordisk Panorama is a Nordic documentary and short film festival. The Nordisk Panorama Market and Nordisk Panorama Forum are held annually at the same time, along with seminars, lectures and many other events. The 30th edition of the festival will run from September 19 - 24 in Malmö, Sweden. 

Festival Screenings

The Vasulka Effect by Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir

Best Nordic Documentary section

Steina and Woody Vasulka, pioneers of video art, began experimenting with video in the 1960s. Forgotten by the art world, we find them in the process of archiving their work and struggling to make ends meet. Through their journey we begin to understand the major impact video has had on art and society from the 1960s until the present day.

Director/Screenwriter Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
Producer Margrét Jónasdóttir
Coproducer Radim Procházka
Production companies Sagafilm, Krumma Films
Coproduction company Produkce Radim Procházka
Iceland/Czech Republic/Denmark/Sweden, 2019, 90 min.
Sales contact Margrét Jónasdóttir (margretj@sagafilm.is)


Turn by Sesselía Ólafsdóttir and Peter Callow

New Nordic Voice section


On the thirteenth day of Christmas, three girlfriends take a weekend trip to a cabin in the Icelandic wilderness. To their surprise, figures from Icelandic folklore show up and turn their holiday into a waking nightmare.

Director Sesselía Ólafsdóttir, Peter Callow
Screenwriter Sesselía Ólafsdóttir
Producers Anna Ólafsdóttir, Veronika Rut
Coproducer Emilia Haukka
Production company NyArk Media
Iceland/Finland 2018, 19 min., DCP
Sales contact Anna Ólafsdóttir (anna@nyarkmedia.com)


To Plant a Flag by Bobbie Peers

Best Nordic Short Film section


In preparation for the moon landing in 1969, NASA sent a team of astronauts to the moonlike landscapes of Iceland. Their high-tech training mission soon discovers what obstacles one can meet when facing an Icelandic sheep farmer.

Director/Screenwriter Bobbie Peers
Producers Skúli Malmquist, Ruben Thorkildsen, Henrik Hofstad Coproducer Fredrik Støbakk
Production company Ape & Bjørn, Zik Zak Filmworks
Norway/Iceland 2018, 15 min., DCP
International sales New Europe Film Sales (shorts@neweuropefilmsales.com)


Nordisk Panorama Forum is the annual meeting place and funding event for Nordic documentary professionals, looking to connect with a variety of Nordic and international decision-makers from TV, film institutes and regional film funds.

Full Steam Ahead by Gréta Ólafsdóttir and Susan Muska


Different generations of women give us rare insights into their world and what it takes to survive in the geothermal industry, a male-dominated field. The women share their struggles and successes, and the changes that have taken place in the workplace over the years.

Directors/Screenwriters Gréta Ólafsdóttir, Susan Muska
Production company Bless Bless Productions
Coproduction company Compass Films
Contact Gréta Ólafsdottir (blessbless@me.com)


Out of the Darkness by Titti Johnson and Helgi Felixson


Why do we feel the need to carry the weight of our existence by ourselves? Why do we hide our troubled thoughts and vulnerabilities, and pretend that we're okay? This film explores the taboos about suicide and shines a light on the feelings of guilt and shame that thoughts of suicide give rise to.

Directors Titti Johnson, Helgi Felixson
Screenwriter Titti Johnson
Production company Iris Film
Coproduction company Felix Film
Contact Helgi Felixson (helgi@felixfilm.se)


When We Dance by Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir



A feature length documentary about a journey of creativity when Icelandic - Italian musician Emilíana Torrini collaborates with Belgian band, The Colorist Orchestra.

Director/Screenwriter Helga Rakel Rafnsdóttir
Production company Tattarrattat
Contact Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir (anna@tatt.is)


Raise the Bar by Gudjón Ragnarsson


Raise_the_Bar_WebA girls' basketball team aims to break down cultural barriers. Their training program is intense and controversial, and they are led by an overqualified and unusual coach who constantly raises the bar. The team achieves remarkable results and the girls are becoming strong, independent, and are                                                                      ready to change the world. But is the world                                                              ready?

Director/Screenwriter Gudjón Ragnarsson
Producer Margrét Jónasdóttir
Production company Sagafilm
Contact Margrét Jónasdóttir (margretj@sagafilm.is)


Brand new Nordic shorts and documentaries, yet to premiere internationally, will be screened in programmed slots during Nordisk Panorama. Curated in cooperation with the Nordic film institutes.

Home Again? by Dögg Mósesdóttir


This film explores the option of home birth in Iceland, as seen through the lens of a female filmmaker who is forced to come to terms with her feminine side when she discovers she is pregnant.

Director/Screenwriter Dögg Mósesdóttir
Producer Dögg Mósesdóttir
Production company Freyja Filmwork
Iceland, 2019, 75 min., DCP
Contact Dögg Mósesdóttir (doggmo@yahoo.com)


How About That? by Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter


When an old lady who leads a good, humble life has the feeling she is falling behind, she decides to do something about it.

Director/Screenwriter Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter
Producers Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter, Alda                                                                             Valentína Rós
Iceland, 2019, 11 min., DCP
Contact Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter                                                                                      (gunnurmartins@gmail.com)


Sealskin by Ugla Hauksdóttir

Five-year-old Sol and her father live in an isolated house by the sea. Sol spends lonely days with her imagination while her father, a composer, struggles with his music. When Sol senses that her father is burdened by sorrow, she finds solace in an old Icelandic                                                              folk tale.

Director/Screenwriter Ugla Hauksdóttir
Producer Anton Máni Svansson
Production company Join Motion Pictures
Iceland, 2019, 13 min., DCP
Contact Anton Máni Svansson (anton@jmp.is)