Rúnar Rúnarsson

/B. 1977

Director. Born 20 January 1977 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009.

Rúnarsson's short film "The Last Farm" (2004) received an Oscar nomination, and his two student films, "2Birds" (2008) and "Anna" (2009), have received multiple awards and were selected for the Cannes Festival.

Rúnarsson made his feature debut with "Volcano" (2011), selected for Cannes Directors' Fortnight and winner of numerous international awards.

The feature film "Sparrows" (2015) was screened at multiple festivals all over the world and took home the award for best film in both Sao Paolo and San Sebastian, and Rúnar Rúnarsson was awarded the Silver Hugo for best new director at Chicago International Film Festival.

Filmography

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Film Year Function Category
Sparrows 2015 Direction DK/Feature
Ártún 2014 Co-producer Short fiction
Seven Boats 2014 Executive producer DK/Short fiction
Whale Valley 2013 Co-producer DK/Short fiction
Wulkan 2012 Direction Feature
Anna 2009 Direction DK/Short fiction
2 Birds 2008 Direction Short fiction
The last farm 2004 Direction Short fiction
Leitin að Rajeev 2002 Direction Documentary
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Awards and nominations

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Award Release year Festivals Film
FIPRESCI AWARD:
Runar Runarsson
2016 Göteborg International Film Festival 2016 Sparrows
Grand Prix 2016 Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 2016 Sparrows
Grand Prix - Jury Prize:
Runar Runarsson
Birgitte Hald
Mikkel Jersin
2016 Mamers en Mars FF 2016 Sparrows
The Golden Taiga (Best film):
Runar Runarsson
Birgitte Hald
Mikkel Jersin
2016 Khanty-Mansiisk, Spirit of Fire FF 2016 Sparrows
Audience Award 2016 Scope100 2016 Sparrows
Special Jury Award 2016 Transilvania International Film Festival 2016 Sparrows
Best Director 2016 Pula Film Festival 2016 Sparrows
Best Film 2016 Pula Film Festival 2016 Sparrows
Best Feature Film 13+ 2016 Frankfurt Lucas International Children's Film Festival 2016 Sparrows
Best Film 2015 San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
1-2 Competition Main Award:
Runar Runarsson
2015 Warsaw International Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Silver Hugo - New Directors Comp.:
Runar Runarsson
2015 Chicago International Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Film 2015 Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Screenplay 2015 Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Film 2015 Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Actor 2015 Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Cinematography 2015 Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Press Prize 2015 Les Arcs European Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Artistic Achievement Award 2015 Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2015 Sparrows
Best Feature Film 2012 Bradford Film Festival 2012 Wulkan
Best Feature Film:
Runar Runarsson
2012 Espinho Festival de Cinema e Vídeo Jovem 2012 Wulkan
Best Director:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Transilvania International Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Best Actor:
Theódór Júlíusson
2011 Kazakhstan Eurasia IFF 2011 Wulkan
Fipresci:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Reykjavik Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Church of Iceland Award 2011 Reykjavik Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Golden She-Wolf - Best Feature:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 2011 Wulkan
Quebec Critics Association - Best Feature Intl. 2011 Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 2011 Wulkan
Silver Hugo - New Directors Comp.:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Chicago International Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Best Feature Film:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Valladolid International Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award: Best Feature:
Runar Runarsson
2011 Denver International Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
Best Actor:
Theódór Júlíusson
2011 Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 2011 Wulkan
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date Film
Filmfestival Oostende 09-09-2016 Sparrows
Filmfestival Oostende 09-09-2016 Sparrows
Pula Film Festival 20-08-2016 Sparrows
Pula Film Festival 20-08-2016 Sparrows
Gimli Film Festival 20-07-2016 Sparrows
Gimli Film Festival 20-07-2016 Sparrows
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 07-07-2016 Sparrows
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 07-07-2016 Sparrows
Bogota Independent Film Festival 01-07-2016 Sparrows
Bogota Independent Film Festival 01-07-2016 Sparrows
Taipei Film Festival 30-06-2016 Sparrows
Taipei Film Festival 30-06-2016 Sparrows
Edinburgh International Film Festival 15-06-2016 Sparrows
Edinburgh International Film Festival 15-06-2016 Sparrows
Valletta Film Festival 03-06-2016 Sparrows
Valletta Film Festival 03-06-2016 Sparrows
Transilvania International Film Festival 27-05-2016 Sparrows
Transilvania International Film Festival 27-05-2016 Sparrows
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 25-05-2016 Sparrows
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 25-05-2016 Sparrows
Seattle International Film Festival 19-05-2016 Sparrows
Seattle International Film Festival 19-05-2016 Sparrows
Jeonju International Film Festival 28-04-2016 Sparrows
Jeonju International Film Festival 28-04-2016 Sparrows
Wisconsin Film Festival 14-04-2016 Sparrows
Wisconsin Film Festival 14-04-2016 Sparrows
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 07-04-2016 Sparrows
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 07-04-2016 Sparrows
Budapest Titanic International Film Festival 07-04-2016 Sparrows
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 07-04-2016 Sparrows
Lucca Film Festival 03-04-2016 Sparrows
Lucca Film Festival 03-04-2016 Sparrows
Ales Film Festival - Itinerances 18-03-2016 Sparrows
Mamers en Mars FF 18-03-2016 Sparrows
Ales Film Festival - Itinerances 18-03-2016 Sparrows
Mamers en Mars FF 18-03-2016 Sparrows
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 17-03-2016 Sparrows
Prague Febiofest, Int. Film, TV and Video Festival 17-03-2016 Sparrows
Sofia International Film Festival 10-03-2016 Sparrows
Sofia International Film Festival 10-03-2016 Sparrows
Khanty-Mansiisk, Spirit of Fire FF 26-02-2016 Sparrows
Khanty-Mansiisk, Spirit of Fire FF 26-02-2016 Sparrows
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 18-02-2016 Sparrows
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 18-02-2016 Sparrows
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival 03-02-2016 Sparrows
Scope100 03-02-2016 Sparrows
Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival 03-02-2016 Sparrows
Scope100 03-02-2016 Sparrows
Göteborg International Film Festival 29-01-2016 Sparrows
Göteborg International Film Festival 29-01-2016 Sparrows
Angers Premiers Plans 22-01-2016 Sparrows
Angers Premiers Plans 22-01-2016 Sparrows
Les Arcs European Film Festival 12-12-2015 Sparrows
Les Arcs European Film Festival 12-12-2015 Sparrows
Kerala International Film Festival 04-12-2015 Sparrows
Kerala International Film Festival 04-12-2015 Sparrows
Zagreb Film Festival 14-11-2015 Sparrows
Zagreb Film Festival 14-11-2015 Sparrows
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 13-11-2015 Sparrows
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 13-11-2015 Sparrows
Stockholm International Film Festival 11-11-2015 Sparrows
Stockholm International Film Festival 11-11-2015 Sparrows
Bratislava International Film Festival 07-11-2015 Sparrows
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 07-11-2015 Sparrows
Bratislava International Film Festival 07-11-2015 Sparrows
Minsk International Film Festival Listapad 07-11-2015 Sparrows
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 06-11-2015 Sparrows
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 06-11-2015 Sparrows
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 05-11-2015 Sparrows
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 05-11-2015 Sparrows
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 04-11-2015 Sparrows
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 04-11-2015 Sparrows
Braunschweig International Film Festival 02-11-2015 Sparrows
Braunschweig International Film Festival 02-11-2015 Sparrows
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 24-10-2015 Sparrows
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 24-10-2015 Sparrows
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2015 Sparrows
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2015 Sparrows
Torun, TOFFIFEST 18-10-2015 Sparrows
Torun, TOFFIFEST 18-10-2015 Sparrows
Chicago International Film Festival 15-10-2015 Sparrows
Chicago International Film Festival 15-10-2015 Sparrows
Warsaw International Film Festival 09-10-2015 Sparrows
Warsaw International Film Festival 09-10-2015 Sparrows
Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 07-10-2015 Sparrows
Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 07-10-2015 Sparrows
Reykjavik Film Festival 24-09-2015 Sparrows
Vancouver International Film Festival 24-09-2015 Sparrows
Reykjavik Film Festival 24-09-2015 Sparrows
Vancouver International Film Festival 24-09-2015 Sparrows
San Sebastian International Film Festival 18-09-2015 Sparrows
San Sebastian International Film Festival 18-09-2015 Sparrows
Toronto International Film Festival 10-09-2015 Sparrows
Toronto International Film Festival 10-09-2015 Sparrows
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 10-07-2012 Wulkan
Galway International Film Festival, Film Fleadh 10-07-2012 Wulkan
Espinho Festival de Cinema e Vídeo Jovem 01-07-2012 Wulkan
Espinho Festival de Cinema e Vídeo Jovem 01-07-2012 Wulkan
Seattle International Film Festival 17-05-2012 Wulkan
Seattle International Film Festival 17-05-2012 Wulkan
Bradford Film Festival 19-04-2012 Wulkan
Bradford Film Festival 19-04-2012 Wulkan
CPH PIX 12-04-2012 Wulkan
Rome Independent Film Festival 12-04-2012 Wulkan
CPH PIX 12-04-2012 Wulkan
Rome Independent Film Festival 12-04-2012 Wulkan
Brisbane Australian Cinémathèque 11-04-2012 Wulkan
Brisbane Australian Cinémathèque 11-04-2012 Wulkan
Hong Kong International Film Festival 21-03-2012 Wulkan
Hong Kong International Film Festival 21-03-2012 Wulkan
SAGA NORDICA Paris Cine Nordica 08-03-2012 Wulkan
SAGA NORDICA Paris Cine Nordica 08-03-2012 Wulkan
Belgrade International Film Festival 24-02-2012 Wulkan
Belgrade International Film Festival 24-02-2012 Wulkan
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 17-02-2012 Wulkan
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 17-02-2012 Wulkan
Glasgow Film Festival 16-02-2012 Wulkan
Glasgow Film Festival 16-02-2012 Wulkan
Portland International Film Festival 09-02-2012 Wulkan
Portland International Film Festival 09-02-2012 Wulkan
Göteborg International Film Festival 27-01-2012 Wulkan
Göteborg International Film Festival 27-01-2012 Wulkan
Los Angeles Scandinavian Film Festival ASFLA 06-01-2012 Wulkan
Los Angeles Scandinavian Film Festival ASFLA 06-01-2012 Wulkan
Palm Springs International Film Festival 05-01-2012 Wulkan
Palm Springs International Film Festival 05-01-2012 Wulkan
Ankara Festival on Wheels 03-12-2011 Wulkan
Ankara Festival on Wheels 03-12-2011 Wulkan
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 23-11-2011 Wulkan
Goa - Int. Film Festival of India 23-11-2011 Wulkan
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 18-11-2011 Wulkan
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 18-11-2011 Wulkan
Ris Orangis Festival du cinéma européen en Essonne 15-11-2011 Wulkan
Ris Orangis Festival du cinéma européen en Essonne 15-11-2011 Wulkan
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 10-11-2011 Wulkan
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 10-11-2011 Wulkan
Leeuwarden Noordelijk Film Festival 09-11-2011 Wulkan
Leeuwarden Noordelijk Film Festival 09-11-2011 Wulkan
Sevilla Festival de Cine 04-11-2011 Wulkan
Sevilla Festival de Cine 04-11-2011 Wulkan
Denver International Film Festival 02-11-2011 Wulkan
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 02-11-2011 Wulkan
Denver International Film Festival 02-11-2011 Wulkan
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 02-11-2011 Wulkan
Valladolid International Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Valladolid International Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Sao Paulo Int. Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Kiev Molodist Int. Film Festival 22-10-2011 Wulkan
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 20-10-2011 Wulkan
Vienna Film Festival, Viennale 20-10-2011 Wulkan
Haifa International Film Festival 13-10-2011 Wulkan
Hamptons Film Festival 13-10-2011 Wulkan
Haifa International Film Festival 13-10-2011 Wulkan
Hamptons Film Festival 13-10-2011 Wulkan
Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 12-10-2011 Wulkan
London Film Festival 12-10-2011 Wulkan
Montreal, Festival International Nouveau Cinema 12-10-2011 Wulkan
London Film Festival 12-10-2011 Wulkan
Chicago International Film Festival 06-10-2011 Wulkan
Chicago International Film Festival 06-10-2011 Wulkan
Reykjavik Film Festival 22-09-2011 Wulkan
Reykjavik Film Festival 22-09-2011 Wulkan
Kazakhstan Eurasia IFF 19-09-2011 Wulkan
Kazakhstan Eurasia IFF 19-09-2011 Wulkan
Helsinki Film Festival 15-09-2011 Wulkan
Helsinki Film Festival 15-09-2011 Wulkan
Athens International Film Festival 14-09-2011 Wulkan
Athens International Film Festival 14-09-2011 Wulkan
Riga Arsenals 10-09-2011 Wulkan
Riga Arsenals 10-09-2011 Wulkan
Toronto International Film Festival 08-09-2011 Wulkan
Toronto International Film Festival 08-09-2011 Wulkan
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 21-08-2011 Wulkan
Haugesund, Den Norske Filmfestivalen 21-08-2011 Wulkan
Warsaw, Era New Horizons Film Festival 21-07-2011 Wulkan
Warsaw, Era New Horizons Film Festival 21-07-2011 Wulkan
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 01-07-2011 Wulkan
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 01-07-2011 Wulkan
Munich International Film Festival 24-06-2011 Wulkan
Munich International Film Festival 24-06-2011 Wulkan
Transilvania International Film Festival 03-06-2011 Wulkan
Transilvania International Film Festival 03-06-2011 Wulkan
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Registration of festival participation and awards

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