Closed for submissions

The festival deadline has now passed for the 11th Northern Wave International Film festival taking place on the weekend of the 26th to the 28th of October. We want to thank everyone who sent in their film.

The festival received over 200 international submissions and over 80 Icelandic submissions.

Our international pre-selection team is now working hard on the selection for the festival and is about to finish the international preselection and will notify the representatives shortly.

Judging from the quality of the films the festival has received this year and the honorary guest, to be announced soon, we are expecting a great festival this year!

NW2018 is open for Submissions

We are happy to announce the dates of the 11th Northern Wave International Film Festival 2018. The festival will be celebrated on the weekend of the 26th to the 28th of October 2018. The festival will be located in The Freezer theater in Rif in Snæfellsnes, Iceland.

We are now open for submissions. Find all the information here


Award winner NW17

Best Icelandic short film

Munda directed by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Best Icelandic music video

Life as a wall by Jay Taylor directed by Thoracius Appotite

Besta foreign film

Odd & Maud(Norway) directed by Michael Axelsson(Sweden)

Besti fish course

Restaurant Langaholt, Snæfellsnes



Honorary guests



To celebrate our 10 year anniversary and to finally have reach a double digit number, we are proud to present our two powerhouse honorary guests, producer, writer and actress Monica Lee Bellais (U.S.A.) and Icelandic actress Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Edda Björvinsdóttir is one of Icelands most beloved actresses and comedian. She got raving reviews from her performance in “Under the tree” that premiered at the last Venice International film festival, where she shows a new side of her in an extremely dramatic role.

On Saturday the 28th of October, Edda Björgvinsdóttir and Monica Lee Bellais will do a talk about their experience working in the industry. They will touch upon subject such as the current situation with sexual assault in the industry in the U.S., and how Hollywood can learn anything from Iceland and vice versa. Monica has worked with Hollywood’s biggest stars as an actress, screenwriter and most recently as an executive producer on the film “Wakefield,” which starred Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) in the leading role. Monica’s focused on building a bridge between the industries in both countries and to promote young talented filmmakers.