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About Us

Northern Lights - Fantastic Film Festival is a fantasy-themed festival held on the last weekend in October in Akureyri, Iceland. 


The festival showcases approximately 48 international short films but also hosts many other fantasy-related events in close cooperation with various parties in the region.


The festival’s mission is to promote education with panels and subsequently workshops that encourage and support filmmakers to let Icelandic folkloric heritage inspire their films.


The festival invites and rewards a guest of honor for their contribution to fantasy films and/or the use of folktale heritage in their works. That person can be of any nationality.


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Marzibil is a filmmaker as well as a project- and event manager. She was the Festival Director of the Stockfish Film Festival in Reykjavik from 2015 to 2022, which is the largest film festival in Iceland after RIFF.

Brynja is an artist and designer who lives and works in Siglufjörður, North Iceland. She graduated with an MA and studied for her Ph.D at the Royal College of Art in London. Brynja has exhibited widely at home and abroad and received various awards for her work.


Ársæll is an actor and a film producer. He worked at the Stockfish Film Festival for 6 years, primarily as the guest coordinator but also as an assistant producer. Ársæll is also one of the two founders and subsequently one of the two organizers of the Icelandic Comedy Film Festival in Flateyri for 7 years.

Combined with their shared love for films, culture, history, and folklore, they make up a superteam -  perfect for curating and coordinating a fantastic film festival under the northern lights at the edge of the arctic circle.

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