Bjarnarblús, winner 2018 NWF





    We open for all submissions in April on FilmFreeway.


    The Northern Wave International short film festival is a juried competition, open to any independent or student filmmaker worldwide. Works will be considered for competition only if they are of a total running time of 35 minutes or less, and were completed after January 1, two years prior to the festival. The Festival committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.
    All selected short films are in competition and we accept all forms of short films, documentary, fiction and animation. Video art and experimental films are not part of the official competition and have a special exhibition room.
    The festival has three award categories, foreign films, Icelandic films and Icelandic music videos.


    The Northern Wave International Film Festival only accepts online preview copies of the film. We no longer accept dvd’s. We do make an exceptions for submissions from countries with poor internet connections. For further information contact us on
    A completed entry form must be submitted with each project. Multiple submissions by the same director and/or Production Company are accepted, but a separate completed form must accompany each film.
    All submitted promotional materials become the property of the The Northern Wave International Short Film Festival and its presenting organization. These materials cannot be returned. By submitting this material and signing the release form, you acknowledge The Northern Wave IFF right to copy any material for the festival’s non-commercial use only.


    All awards are presented at the close of the second night program of public exhibitions, saturday night.
    The awards are:
    Best foreign film Best Icelandic film Best Icelandic music video

    All short films screened as Official Selections are eligible for the awards.


    By signing the entry form, the filmmaker gives the The Northern wave International Short Film Festival permission to use all submitted promotional materials, including but not limited to film stills, descriptions, director’s biography and film screening history in any and all forms of media for the express purpose of festival promotion and publicity. Please note: The Northern Wave International Short Film Festival may petition filmmakers to use clips from Official Selection Films for both television and Internet publicity. However, the festival, will limit footage to less than one minute, and will not authorize television broadcast of any footage without the direct consent of the filmmaker and/or producers.