We arrived just in time to meet up with Steinunn Gyðu- og Guðjónsdóttur, the project manager from Kristínarhús that participated in the panel after the screening of the documentary The Price of Sex. (interview coming soon) The film is about human trafficking and prostitution, and after the screening we attended a very interesting panel discussions led by Jóhannes Kr. Kristjánsson, journalists. Other participants in the panel were: Alda Hrönn , working as a police officer in Suðurnes. Alda directed the investigation of human trafficking issue that came up in the fall of 2009, Halla Gunnarsdóttir, a minister assistant and Hanna Eiríksdóttir, project management for UN Women in Iceland.
After the panel the award ceremony took place where filmmaker Börkur Sigþórsson was awarded for his short Come to Harm for the Best Icelandic Short Film and Tales of a Sea Cow by Etienne de France got a Special Jury Mention. Finally, Pawel Wysoczanski was awarded for his documentary We Will Be Happy One Day, that is the best Documentary Newcomer Award. The films were all screened, and afterwards the festival offered talented dj Helgi Svavar bringin us reggae beats accompanied with free beer tasting and fun.
We want to thank all the staff for taking us so well, snooping around this years festival, and hope to see you guys next year!
Now were off to the road, with the festival on the road, going east to Höfn í Hornafjörður. See you guys there this weekend at the ever so lovely screeningroom in Sindrabær.
Text/photographs: Ása Baldursdóttir