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Physical Cinema Festival
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Physical cinema Festival is a non-profit organization run by Helena Jonsdottir, befriended artists, friends and other supporters who work together voluntarily. This is gratefully done under the umbrella of Stockfish Film Festival and Bio Paradis - "The Home of Cinema"

Stockfish Film Festival in Reykjavík is the film industry’s festival in Iceland. The festival creates a platform in Reykjavík to encourage collaboration between domestic and international film communities and offers the audience an opportunity to see some of the most up-and-coming art-house films in the world. The festival takes place in March every year. It will be held in collaboration with Bíó Paradís (the main venue), Icelandic Film Centre and the film professional associations in Iceland; the film director’s guild of Iceland, association of Icelandic Film Producers, society of Women In Film and Television (WIFT), Icelandic Actors Guild, the Icelandic Cinematographers Society and the Icelandic Dramatists’ Union.

Bio Paradis was founded by the Association of Icelandic Film Producers, the Filmmakers Association, Film Director’s Guild Iceland, Reykjavík International Film Festival and the Cinephiles Society.


"Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business - everything.

I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs."

David Lynch

“Science Technology Engineering and Math is still necessary to know if you dream of being a filmmaker. Filmmaking is an art form, but with the use of STEM.” 

Kailin Gow

"I'm drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there."

Kathryn Bigelow


"I've had really great experiences working with first-time directors. They come at filmmaking with fresh ideas. I've been very lucky that way." 

Jeff Bridges


"The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room." 

Orson Welles



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Physical cinema festival in collaboration 

with Stockfish Film Festival


 NEW NARRATIVES around the city 

Stockfish Festival is happy to invite Physical Cinema Festival programmer Helena Jónsdóttir to compile a program we call NEW NARRATIVES – creative films and video art.


The program is combination of physical performance, visual arts, sound design, music and cinema together in an exciting mix. The short films and installations are innovative and refreshing in their approach. Some films have un- and conventional storylines, some are abstract, and other installations deconstruct or render a poetic experience of time and space.


 Celebrating the creativity in the field of film and video with the audience. 


The works are created by well known film- and video artists around the world. Majority of the program has never been screened in Iceland and we have several premiers.

Collaboration with the Icelandic Film Museum where we will screen hidden treasures.

The video installations and films



In the cinema rooms at Bio Paradís, and as video installations in Bió Paradís,



At Reykjavík City hall, The Nordic House and Tjarnarbíó.


 Live concerts with projections 

Will be held at Mengi.

 Outdoor projections 

Will be at several places in the center of Reykjavík City during the festival dates.


Over 20 works  will be screened at the festival.

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