EUFCN Spotlight on: Film in Iceland

Film in Iceland is the Icelandic Film Commission. Since its foundation in 2001, it has been assisting productions wanting to film in a land that can assume many roles, from mythical worlds to strange planets.

In recent years, Iceland has been gaining a higher profile in the international film and TV industry thanks to unique landscapes and expert local crews.

Film Commissioner Einar Hansen Tomasson presents a brief overview of past and present projects in Iceland and the advantages of filming there.

What are the biggest productions you have ever supported in your territory?

Flags of Our Fathers directed by Clint Eastwood. The film was shot at Stóra Sandvik, a big black sand beach, a perfect replica for Japan’s volcanic island of Iwo Jima. In that same area called Reykjanes peninsula, about 45 minutes from Reykjavik, mountains, caves and canyons featured as additional locations.

Fast & Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious was shot on Lake Myvatn, a frozen lake in the north of Iceland, and in the harbour area of a peaceful fishing town called Akranes.”

Which main productions were shot recently in Iceland or were postponed due to the global emergency? 

“The production of Netflix series Katla, described as a “supernatural volcano drama” resumed in late April. Icelandic drama series Blackport is currently being filmed in the Westfjords, following health regulations.

Recent productions filmed in Iceland include Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, The Tomorrow War, and the film adaptation of the novel Good Morning, Midnight, starring George Clooney and Felicity Jones.”

What do you think is something unique Film in Iceland can offer?  

“Experience and connections. In Iceland, anything can be arranged with one or two phone calls. We are quick on our feet and direct in our approach. ”

How do you see the future of the audiovisual industry?

“The future is bright.”

Are you interested in filming in Iceland?

The European Film Commissions Network is a non-profit association that supports and promotes the European film industry and culture. It currently represents 94 European film commissions and film institutions from 30 different countries.