Sunday, September 25, 2016

Iceland submits SPARROWS for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

The Icelandic Film and TV Academy has selected Rúnar Rúnarsson‘s Sparrows as Iceland‘s entry for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Rúnarsson has previously had his short film The Last Farm nominated for Best Live Action Short Film Oscar in 2006.
Sparrows was written and directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson. It stars Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir and Kristbjörg Kjeld. It‘s score was composed by Kjartan Sveinsson and the film was produced by Nimbus Iceland and Pegasus Pictures. International sales are handled by Versatile Films.  Sparrows has had a strong festival run. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and has since won a total of 20 international awards, including the Golden Shell award for Best Film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival

Sparrows awarded in Frankfurt

The jury, that is made up equally of young film enthusiasts and film industry professionals, gave SPARROWS the award for the Best Feature Film 13+ at  the 39th LUCAS – International Festival for Young Filmlovers (18th-25th September 2016).
The actress Rakel Björk Björnsdóttir was in Frankfurt on behalf of the film.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

SPARROWS makes selection list for European Film Awards

The European Film Academy has announced the 50 films that are recommended for nominations for the European Film Awards 2016. Among them is Rúnar Rúnarsson‘s Sparrows.

Monday, September 5, 2016

The following five films have been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2016.

Under sandet (Land of Mine) – dir.: Mart­in Zand­vliet
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki) – dir.: Juho Kuosmanen 
Þrestir (Sparrows) – dir.: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Louder than Bombs – dir.: Joachim Trier
Efterskalv (The Here After) – dir.: Magnus van Horn

This is the thirteenth time that the Nordic Council Film Prize will be awarded.  The winners of the Nordic Council’s prizes will be announced and awarded at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen on 1 November.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grand Prix / Lessinia d'oro

The International jury of the 22nd Film Festival della Lessinia in Italy awarded the Grand Prix / Lessinia d'oro to “Sparrows” by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

The composer of the film, Kjartan Sveinsson accepted the awards on behalf of the film at the closing ceremony.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Official Selection in Jerusalem

The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17) is to include a new international competition strand.
Jerusalem has confirmed that it has already locked in the first two titles for the new competition, Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson’s San Sebastian winner Sparrows, and Danish Oscar contender A War by Tobias Lindholm.
Overall, the new competitive section will showcase around 10 carefully chosen feature films and devote itself to presenting their Israeli premieres.
JFF artistic director Elad Samorzik noted that the new competition intends to screen films from all different countries and of all different cinematic persuasions, and that quality and artistic distinction would be the main criteria for selection.
Samorzik also specified that, starting at the Berlin Film Festival, he would be on the lookout for films with a proven track record on the international festival circuit and with audiences.
Noa Regev, director of both the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Jerusalem Film Festival, stated: “International attendance is up in the last few years, and alongside that we’re seeking out new opportunities to add to the already significant body of prize categories.
“We’re really excited about what this means for the overall diversity and strength of the official selection and the compelling sidebar offerings we are currently expanding.”

Special Jury Award at Transilvania International Film Festival

Sparrows, the new feature from writer/director Rúnar Rúnarsson, won the Special Jury Award at the Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Sparrows is in the middle of a strong festival run. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and shortly thereafter won the Golden Shell award for Best Film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain. It has also won for Best Film in the 1-2 Competition at the Warsaw Internatioanl Film Festival. In total, the film has won 17 international awards. 
                                            Rúnar Rúnarsson with Wieland Speck at TIFF

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

International Competition in Edinburgh

The line-up for the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) has been unveiled this morning by artistic director Mark Adams and will take place June 15-26.
The competitive international competition highlights filmmaking from around the world that EIFF programmers term “imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition”. All are UK premieres, except Bahman Naman and The Fundamentals Of Caring, which are European premireres. Titles include:
  • The Actor, Satoko Yokohama (Jap)
  • Bahman Naman, Q (Qaushiq Mukherjee) (Ind)
  • A Conspiracy Of Faith, Hans Petter Moland (Den-Ger-Nor)
  • The Fundamentals Of Caring, Rob Burnett (US)
  • Go Home, Jihane Chouaib (Fra-Swi-Bel)
  • Halal Love (And Sex), Assad Fouladkar (Ger-Leb)
  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi (NZ)
  • The Lure, Agnieszka Smoczynska (Pol)
  • Saint Amour, Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kerven (Fra-Bel)
  • Sand Storm, Elite Zexer (Isr)
  • Sparrows, Runar Runarsson (Ice-Den-Cro)
  • Suntan, Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Gre)

Thursday, May 19, 2016


Sparrows by Runar Runarsson has been selected for The Official Competition of Transilvania International Film Festival (May 27-June 5)
more info

Sunday, May 8, 2016


The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 42nd annual 25-day Festival (May 19 - June 12, 2016).
“This year’s Festival is bursting at the seams with extraordinary talent and revelatory, exciting stories from all over the world,” says Carl Spence, SIFF Festival Director and Chief Curator. “We have more World, North American, and US premieres than ever before, as always bringing Seattle audiences the first opportunity to experience cinematic discoveries and essential masterpieces from all points of view.”
Sparrows by Runar Runarsson is among 13 films slected to the SIFF’s longstanding juried competitions for New Directors. more info

Monday, April 18, 2016

The French Trailer

ASC Distribution that are releasing Runar Runarsson Sparrows in France on july 13th. have launched the French trailer for the film

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hungarian release the 21. April

The Sparrows poster for the Hungarian release on 21st of April by Cinefil Co / Magyarország

Friday, April 8, 2016

Official Selection in Valence

Sparrows has been selected for the International competition of the 19th Le Festival International des Scénaristes 2016 that takes place in Valence / France. more info

Thursday, April 7, 2016

France release on July 13th

ASC Distribution are handling the french rights to release Runar Runnarsson's Sparrows in France on july 13th.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sparrows in Mexico

The Mexican distribution company Alphaville Cinema has secured the local rights for Sparrows. Its distributed under the name "Despegando a la Vida"

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Sparrows was this evening announced the winner of the 23th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRAGUE - FEBIOFEST by the jury.
More info

Monday, March 21, 2016

Official Selection in Lucca

Sparrows has been selected for the International competition of Lucca Film Festival that takes place between the 3rd and the 10th of April. This will be the Italian premiere. More info

Hungarian release the 21. April

Sparrows has a Hungarian release the 21st of April by Cinefil Co / Magyarország More info

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Grand Prix in Mamers

The Jury of the 29th edition of the European Film Festival in Mamers awarded the Grand prix for the best film to Sparrows. More info

Friday, March 18, 2016

Official Selection in Prague

Sparrows has been selected for The New Europe Competition at The 13th Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest

Official selection in Minneapolis

Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson has been selected for the Emerging Filmmaker competition at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, today announces its full slate of films for the festival, which runs April 7-April 23.

18th Wisconsin Film Festival

Sparrows will be screened in the New World cinema section at the 18th Wisconsin Film Festival 
More info

Le Festival Cinéma d’Alès

Sparrows has been selected for Le Festival Cinéma d’Alès – Itinérances more info

Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson, an Icelandic-Danish-Croatian co-production, will be screened in the ‘Spotlight on Iceland’ programme at the 20th Sofia International Film Festival in a section could which will be held from March 10th to 20th in Bulgaria’s capital.
more info

Official Selection in Mamers

Sparrows will be in the main competition at this year’s MAMERS en MARS European Film Festival, which takes place between the 18th - 20st of mars.
more info

The Golden Taiga Award

Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson was selected the winner of the "Golden Taiga", the main award of the 14th International film festival “Spirit of fire”, held in in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk in Siberia, Russia. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016


This year’s FIPRESCI award at the Göteborg Film Festival goes to Rúnar Rúnarsson for SparrowsThe prize is handed out by the International Federation of Film Critics and goes to one of the films in the competition Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.
The jury’s motivation: The award goes to an honest, unpredictable and beautifully crafted film about adolescents growing up in a small community subject to generational clashes. The winner of The Fipresci Award 2016 is Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

The jury included Blagoja Kunovski (Macedonia), Maria Ulfsak-Seripova (Estonia) and Jon Asp (Sweden). 
More info

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gala in Istanbul

The 15th Istanbul Independent Film Festival has chosen Sparrows for their Gala section that presents some of the most exciting and most talked about films of the year.
More info

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Scope100 winners picked by audiences

Scope100, a distribution project developed by Poland’s Gutek Film and Festival Scope, intended to rethink the acquisition and release processes for independent European films and stimulate the audience, has just announced the winning films from its partnered territories. In each country, 100 active film lovers were chosen to build the Scope100 community, watch ten carefully selected films online and vote in each country for the best one, which will then be released. Scope100 is an initiative developed in collaboration with Aerofilms (CzechRepublic),Stadtkino (Austria), Imagine (Belgium), Arthaus (Norway) and Cinefil Co (Hungary) and supported by the EU's Creative Europe Audience Development. After screening the films for a month, viewers are fully engaged in discussing and influencing marketing campaigns – trailers, loglines and bold original initiatives. Many of them offered will act as “film ambassadors”, cooperate with local media and introduce the winning film to the general public at preview screenings. Graphic designers among the audience are working on poster designs, which will be submitted to the producers, while bloggers will have an opportunity to conduct interviews with directors. The theatrical releases are planned for the coming month of June. Sparrows did well in the three countries that the film was available for. It was selected by the viewers of Norway and Hungary but where runners up in Belgium.
More info

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Official Selection in Göteborg

Göteborg Film Festival has announced the eight films competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic film are:
  • The Yard by Måns Månsson (Sweden)
  • Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet (Denmark)
  • Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland)
  • A War by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
  • Granny’s Dancing on the Table by Hanna Sköld (Sweden)
  • The Mine by Aleksi Salmenperä (Finland)
  • The Model by Mads Matthiesen (Denmark)
  • Welcome to Norway! by Rune Denstad Langlo (Norway)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG, announced today that Sparrows was apart of the highly-anticipated line-up for the 31st edition, which will run February 3rd to February 13th, 201
More info

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sparrows wins big in Les Arcs

At the closing ceremony at The Les Arcs European Film Festival sparrows was honored with the main award of the festiva,The Crystal arrow. On top of that did the film receive The Press Prize ,The prize for Best Cinematography has been awarded to Sophia Olsson for Sparrows and the award for best actor has been given to the Sparrows Atli Óskar Fjalarsson.‪#‎icelandicnewwave‬
More info

Atli a shooting star in Berlin

The European Film Promotion (EFP) has revealed the ten young actors that it has selected for the 2016 European Shooting Stars at the 2016 Berlinale.
The line-up for the 19th edition of Shooting Stars - with their nominated films - is as follows:
Belgium: Martha Canga Antonio (Black)
Croatia: Tihana Lazović (The High Sun)
France: Lou de Laâge (The Wait)
Germany: Jella Haase (Four Kings)
Spain: María Valverde (Exodus)
Iceland: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Sparrows)
Italy: Sara Serraiocco (Chlorine)
Netherlands: Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Beyond Sleep)
Greece: Daphné Patakia (Interruption)
Switzerland: Kacey Mottet Klein (Keeper)