Masterclass: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Finding Creativity in Restraints

14/11 | WEDNESDAY | 16:00 | F22
Frankopanska 22
open to public

Many emerging filmmakers have a hard time financing their first feature and you often hear that no one wants to finance a first-time director. Getting a first feature made often requires filmmakers to work under many sets of constraints; whether they are financial, temporal or of other sorts. But, knowing your limits, understanding where your strengths and weaknesses lie, how to make the most out of what you have, can often help you reach greater results. Constraints require you to be creative and that can lead to more interesting and less obvious solutions.


He holds MFA from Columbia University, New York. His first feature film Á annan veg (Either Way, 2011) screened at film festivals all around the world (San Sebastián, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Thessaloniki) and was remade in the US as Prince Avalanche. Hafsteinn was selected as Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch in 2012. His third feature, Under the Tree, premiered at Orizzonti in Venice in 2017. It was the Icelandic candidate for Academy Awards that year.