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 Physical Cinema Festival

The PCF program is a combination of creative works of short films, visual arts, installations, live performance art, sound compositions and live music cinema, together in an exciting mix. 

Each festival is curated in a different unique way. The works 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.



The selected program each year is screened at cinemas like Bio Paradís Reykjavík, installations in-door and out-door projections around Reykjavik city center including places like the Reykjavík City Hall, the Nordic House, Tjarnarbíó, Mengi and Reykjavík District Courthouse.  


Celebrating the creativity in the field of short film and video.  

The works are created by well known film- and video artists around the world. Majority of the program has never been screened in Iceland, local premiers and PCF collaborative works like CAB Creative Air Bridge, an innovative PCF program between International film artists and local music scene. 


Importance of collaboration. 

Since the start of the festival in 2019 Physical Cinema Festival has been in collaboration with local-, international festivals and artists regarding the program selection, including the Icelandic Film Museum where we will screen hidden treasures and the infamous music venue MENGI with live film concerts and other happenings during the festival. PCF proudly extends its program throughout the year to other collaborators like local art-, cinema- and dance festivals around Iceland and Internationally to other festivals and venues. In this way we distribute artists' works outside of the Physical Cinema Festival dates.

At the cinema 

In the cinema rooms and as video installations at Bió Paradís.


Installations with our partners

At Reykjavík City hall, The Nordic House, Mengi and Tjarnarbíó.

Live concert with projections

In collaboration with Mengi

Icelandic Film Museum

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

Outdoor projections

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


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.

From filmmakers

"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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