Welcome to the 12th edition of RIFF! We’re especially proud to be able to present a programme where the ratio of female to male directors is exceptionally positive – just like we set out to do. Filmmaking has been abnormally male-centered from the beginning and it’s time to do something about it. So let the women shine as the do in this year’s programme, both behind the camera and in front of the lens in juicy and multi-layered roles, either fictional or real. We are honoured to receive Margarethe von Trotta, who has been instrumental in expanding the scale of representation afforded to women in films.

All of this, of course, is not to cast a shadow on the men’s contribution, which is once again artful and important. Numerous up-and-coming directors will join us at the festival and we are very happy to welcome David Cronenberg who is one of the most original working film directors in the world today and over the past four decades.

Life is short and full of long and amazing films. And short ones too. So go to the movies! And while you’re at it, send kind thoughts to our sponsors and staff who have worked day and night to make the event come together. I’m tremendously grateful for their work.

Hrönn Marinósdóttir
Festival Director