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Amidst Economic Crisis, The Reykjavik Film Festival Pushes Forward, Breaking Attendance Records Along The Way

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 9, 2012 at 9:24AM

The Reykjavik International Film Festival turned nine years old last week in Iceland's capital city, screening 142 films to record attendance.
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Matthew Hammett Knott (writer of Indiewire's Heroines of Cinema column) accepting the Golden Egg for best short film.
RIFF Matthew Hammett Knott (writer of Indiewire's Heroines of Cinema column) accepting the Golden Egg for best short film.

Complete list of winners at the Reykjavik International Film Festival:

Golden Puffin. Awarded to a film from the section New Visions.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dir. Benh Zeitlin
USA, 2012

On the jury: Geoffrey Gilmore, Cedomir Kolar and Erna Kettler.

FIPRESCI Critics’ Award.Awarded to a film from the section New Visions.
Starlet
Dir. Sean Baker
USA, 2012

On the jury: Carmen Gray, Christian Monggaard Christensen and Wieslaw Godzic.

The Church of Iceland Award.Awarded to a film from the section New Visions.
God’s Neighbours (Ha-Masgihim)
Dir. Meni Yaesh
Israel/France, 2012

On the jury: Rev. Árni Svanur Daníelsson, Grétar Halldór Gunnarsson and Rev. María Ágústsdóttir.          

Audience Award. Online vote in co-operation with mbl.is.
Queen of Montreuil
Dir. Sólveig Anspach
France, 2012

Environment Award. Awarded to a film in the section A Different Tomorrow
¡Vivan las Antipodas!
Dir. Viktor Kossakovsky
Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Chile, 2011

On the jury: Árni Finsson, Helena Stefánsdóttir og Tinna Ottesen.

Best Icelandic Short. Awarded to a short in the section Icelandic Panorama.
Sailcloth
Dir. Elfar Aðalsteins
Iceland/UK, 2011.

On the jury: Dögg Mósesdóttir, Ísleifur Þórhallsson and Sæmundur Norðfjörð.

Golden Egg for best short film in RIFF’s Talent Lab.
On this Island
Dir. Matthew Hammett Knott (EDITOR'S CELEBRATORY NOTE: Knott is a contributor to Indiewire).
UK

On the jury: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir and Örn Marinó Arnarson.

This article is related to: Reykjavik, Filmmaker Toolkit Festival Strategy, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Starlet







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