Physical Cinema Festival

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Is a platform for short films, documentaries and video installations.

The selected works are bordering on physical performance, visual arts, sound and cinema. The films and installations in the program are innovative and refreshing in their approach. Some films have challenging storylines, some are abstract, other installations deconstruct or render a poetic experience of space. Innovative and experimental kinetic use of the body and camera play an extremely important part in the process of creation. Concepts and ideas represented in the works are mutual and communicate in a nonlinear way.

They all have in common that they move and thrill us inside out

Helena Jonsdottir, Artistic director PCF


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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