Learn filmmaking in Iceland

Open for application fall 2021

Why This Film School?

We at The Icelandic Film School welcome you to study the art and craft of film and screen.

The school offers unique and extensive expertise bringing you some of the best professional education and training in the film and screen industry.

Our personalized approach enables the student to achieve maximum results.
We are located in Reykjavík where all distances are short and the ever-changing nature of Iceland is never far away: 
A true source of inspiration and creativity. 

Join us for an extraordinary adventure and experience in the study of the craft and art of film and the wonders of cinema.

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Welcome to The Icelandic Film School

Directing & Producing

This diploma offers a diverse, challenging curriculum in directing and producing for film, television and other media. During two years of study you'll explore the main roles and functions of both professions through a number of practical exercises, including short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries and various television formats.

Creative Technology

Cinematography, editing, sound editing, and visual effects (vfx) form the technical fundamentals of all filmmaking. During this 120-credit diploma study (two years) students acquire professional skills in these four disciplines. A unique education, practical, valuable, and highly sought-after training in the rapidly growing film and television industry.

Screenwriting & Directing

This is a versatile and creative course of study in the fields of writing and directing for the screen. You'll learn various methods for developing your ideas and writing scripts for feature films, shorts, television, and other visual media.


You will learn the basic techniques and methods of acting for stage and screen. We encourage our students to explore their individual creativity and place special attention on dance, physical expression and singing.
The foundation for either an acting career in film, television or on the stage.

Always Open for Admissions

We accept applications at all times, all year round.

Film Program in Iceland

The program is for most part practical and Iceland provides the ideal creative setting and atmosphere at this safe and brilliant location.

Close Industry Connections

All teachers and instructors at IFS are active professionals in the industry. IFS is also in formal collaboration with production companies and TV stations that offer internships after graduation.

Campus Reykjavík

The Nordic island nation, Iceland, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers, and black-sand beaches. The capital, Reykjavik, home to the majority of the population, runs on geothermal power and offers a renowned nightlife scene as well as a rich cultural life. The glaciers in the Vatnajökull and Snæfellsnes national parks are popular for ice climbing, hiking, and snowmobiling.


The art of acting with Thorsteinn Bachmann

Thorsteinn Bachmann is not only an incredibly versatile actor that has tackled various roles, both the human and animal kind, but also a highly valued teacher for numerous years that has led a new generation of actors towards their dreams.

Organized procedures towards University certificate

Work is being done by a stringent plan at The Icelandic Film School as we move towards a University certification. Yesterday we held a meeting regarding the titled positions within the academic personnel, and in attendance were the employees that have put themselves forward for the first four titled positions; that is of lecturers, docents and professors at the school.

Iceland’s entry to this years Eurovision has been revealed

Iceland’s entry to Eurovision this year has premiered and among the stellar folks that had a part in making the video for Dadi Freyr and Gagnamagnid, are quite a few students of The Icelandic Film School

We Make Movies

We are proud to present some of the finest works by our students done during their studies. To go to the movies should be a memorable experience.
We invite you to see some of these works.

Why IFS?

IFS has developed a special two-year program ensuring that each student acquires a firm professional grounding at the end of his or her studies. Most students arrive at the school as beginners but graduate as professionals, ready to assume their duties in the field of filmmaking or specialize further in their continuing studies.

IFS is a member of Cilect, the international organization of leading film schools in the world. Cilect.org

Life after IFS

Students have a vast array of options having completed their studies: Further specialization, jobs in the film- and television industry, or even running their own companies. Their education can also be put to use as supplementary knowledge in other fields, even in different areas.

Open for Application

Join us for an extraordinary adventure and experience in the study of the craft and art of film and the wonders of cinema.

We accept applications at all times!

All year round.