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Festival Schedule & Brochure


Northern Lights - Fantastic Film Festival - October 26th - 29th - 2023 - Akureyri - Iceland Brochure


Festival Schedule 2023


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th


Fantastic Opening Evening

19:00 - 21:00 - Akureyri Art Museum - Ketilhúsið Honorary Award presented to Christopher Newman


Enchanting Musical Evening with Svavar Knútur

21:00 - 23:00 - Græni Hatturinn / Tickets: graenihatturinn.is


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th


Master Talk - Music and Sound Design in Fantastic FilmWorks

17:00 - 18:30 - Akureyri Art Museum - Ketilhúsið / Free Admission

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson - Film Composer

Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir / Kira Kira - Film Composer

Curator, Kjartan Kjartansson - Sound Designer


Honorary Screening - Fantastic Icelandic Shorts

19:00 - 20:30 - Akureyri Art Museum - Ketilhúsið / Free Admission An honorary screening celebrating 6 outstanding Icelandic Fantastic Shorts and their talented directors. The program kicks off with a special 30th-anniversary screening of 'A Fairytale of Our Time,' a Cannes Palme d'Or nominee directed by the remarkable Inga Lísa Middleton. Full program:

  • "A Fairytale of Our Time" (1993)

    • Duration: 00:10:03

    • Director: Inga Lísa Middelton

  • "We the Lightnings" (2022)

    • Duration: 00:11:00

    • Director: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir

  • "Undying Love" (2011)

    • Duration: 00:11:00

    • Director: Ómar Örn Hauksson

  • "Safe Journey" (2009)

    • Duration: 00:21:36

    • Director: Davíð Óskar Ólafsson

  • "Sealskin" (2008)

    • Duration: 00:13:20

    • Director: Ugla Hauksdóttir

  • "Thula" (2019)

    • Duration: 00:30:00

    • Director: Haukur M. Hrafnsson


21:00 - 23:00 - Akureyri Backpackers / Free Admission

Are you a quiz- and movie buff? Join us for a cold one and let your fantastic light shine!

Prizes from the Northern Lights - Fantastic Film Festival and Bríó

The event will be in English - Max 5 persons per team.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th


Panel - Why is Icelandic Folklore Underutilized in Icelandic FilmWorks?

15:00 - 16:30 - Akureyri Art Museum - Ketilhúsið / Free Admission

Christopher Newman - Producer

Inga Lísa Middleton - Artist & Director

Terry Gunnel - Professor Emeritus in Folkloristics Curator: Marzibil Sæmundardóttir - NLFFF Festival Director


Fantastic Cinema #1 / 13 Films / 16+

17:00 - 19:00 - Hof / Tickets: Mak.is

Fantastic Cinema #2 / 7 Films / 16+

19:30 - 21:30 - Hof / Tickets: Mak.is


Fantastic Halloween Costume DancePartý!

22:00 - 02:00 - Græni Hatturinn / Tickets: graenihatturinn.is

Awards for the Best Fantastic Costume!


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th


Fantastic Shorts #3 / 9 Films / 12+

13:00 - 15:00 - Hof / Tickets: Mak.is

Fantastic Shorts #4 / 9 Films / 16+

16:00 - 18:00 - Hof / Tickets: Mak.is

Fantastic Closing Evening & Awards Ceremony

19:00 - 21:00 - Akureyri Art Museum - Ketilhúsið





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