Skip to content

Or try searching by Category and/or Location

Skjaldborg Documentary Festival: Celebrating the Power of Real Stories

Welcome to the Skjaldborg Documentary Festival, an annual celebration of the art of documentary filmmaking. From the 26th of May until the 29th of May 2023, the picturesque town of Patreksfjörður, Iceland, will come alive with the magic of storytelling through film. Skjaldborg is more than just a film festival; it is a vibrant platform that showcases a diverse range of compelling documentaries, inviting audiences to engage with thought-provoking stories from around the world. With its unwavering commitment to exploring both the extraordinary and the everyday, Skjaldborg has become a cherished event that sparks conversations, ignites curiosity, and celebrates the power of real stories.

The Opening Film: "Burma Storybook"

Each year, Skjaldborg carefully selects its opening film to set the tone for the festival. In one edition, the spotlight fell on "Burma Storybook," a documentary crafted by the festival's honored guests, Corinne van Egeraat and Petr Lorn. This 2017 film delves into the life of a writer living under a dictatorship, exploring the notion of whether the pen can be mightier than the sword. It serves as a poignant reminder of the power of storytelling and the challenges faced by those who dare to speak truth to power.

Exploring Different Perspectives

Skjaldborg Documentary Festival embraces a diverse range of films, both local and international, offering a comprehensive snapshot of the documentary landscape. From Icelandic filmmakers to renowned international artists, the festival presents an array of stories that touch upon sensitive and poignant subjects.

Icelandic Documentaries in Full-Length

Skjaldborg takes great pride in showcasing Icelandic talent. The festival presents three full-length Icelandic documentaries each year, offering a platform for local filmmakers to shine. Among the notable films this year are "Heimaleikurinn" by Smári Gunnarsson and Logi Sigursveinsson, "Skuld" by Rut Sigurðardóttir, and "Soviet Barbara" by Gaukur Úlfarsson. These films delve into various aspects of Icelandic society, exploring themes of community, personal struggles, and artistic endeavors. Through these local stories, Skjaldborg encapsulates the essence of Iceland's vibrant documentary filmmaking scene.

Beyond the Screen: Additional Events

Skjaldborg extends beyond traditional film screenings by incorporating additional events and activities. From group processions and award ceremonies to lively discussions and vibrant parties, the festival creates an inclusive and engaging environment for both filmmakers and audiences alike. The festival's collaboration with the Icelandic Film Archive allows attendees to discover captivating films from the country's rich cinematic history.

Skjaldborg Documentary Festival stands as a testament to the power of storytelling and the art of documentary filmmaking. Through thought-provoking films and engaging conversations, the festival invites audiences to expand their horizons, challenge their perspectives, and explore the world through a different lens. By showcasing a diverse range of stories, Skjaldborg celebrates the importance of authentic and impactful narratives, fostering a sense of empathy, understanding, and connection. For both filmmakers and documentary enthusiasts, Skjaldborg is an invaluable gathering that continues to shape the landscape of documentary cinema in Iceland and beyond.

Tickets to the festival are sold here 

Additional information can be found on  the official website for the festival.