Teachers & Instructors

The Icelandic Film School works with teachers and instructors who are working in the film industry.

This is a big group of professionals who are involved in the education every semester and are participators in sculpting directors, producers, cinematographers, sound artists, editors, screenwriters and the actors of the future. Many of them are regulars but sometime duty calls in the big world of cinema.

Hlín Jóhannesdóttir

Producing teacher

Hlín has worked as a film producer since 2001 and has had many impacts in her career. Currently she is finishing a feature film “Quake” which will premiere in 2021. She founded the production company “Ursus Parvus” in 2011. She has been on the board committee for IKSA ( Icelandic Film-and Television Academy) since 2015. In 2016 she was elected chairman and has had that position since.

Hlín will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Production 1 FRL105G

Production 2 FRL206G

Production 3 FRL307G

Production 4 FRL408G

First semester thesis project LST119G

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Börkur Gunnarsson

Directing teacher

Börkur has had many roles in his career. He has directed 5 documentaries, many short films, written 2 plays and has published books. He directed the movie “Rock Bottom” in 2013. He has written life and culture columns for major new media and been a movie critic as well. He has been on the jury selection for RIFF and was also their public relation representative.

Börkur will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Direction 2  LST202G

Direction 4  LST404G

Directing actors  LEI314G

4th semester final project LST425G

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Ninna Pálmadóttir

Directing teacher

Ninna is a young filmmaker with her whole career ahead of her. She graduated with an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2019. Her films have been screened at film festivals all around the world. Ninna won the Edda award in 2020 for best short, “Paperboy”.

Ninna will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Direction 1 LST101G

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Hilmar Oddsson

Directing teacher

Hilmar is one of the pioneers in filmmaking in Iceland. He premiered his first feature film in 1986. In his career he has directed many films, documentaries, radio plays and TV productions. He directed the film “Kaldaljós” which received 5 Edda awards and many other awards. Films he has directed have three times been chosen to represent Iceland at the Oscars.

Hilmar will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Film Grammar LST114G

Direction 4 HAN408G

4th semester final project HAN419G

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Brúsi Ólafsson

Screenwriting and editing teacher

Screenwriting 1 LST110G

Editing 1 SKT109G

Vera Sölvadóttir

Directing teacher

Vera has directed many films and music videos. She premiered her first full feature film in 2005. She has been awarded many times for her films. Vera has also been on juries for many film festivals and awards shows all around the world.

Vera will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Music Videos LST117G

First semester thesis project LST119G

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Baldvin Albertsson

Directing teacher

Baldvin is one of the founders of the production company “Tjarnargatan” and worked as a director and producer for them for 6 years. During those years he directed many commercials and was an important team member. He has worked in documentaries and has also taught acting for children and adults.

Baldvin will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Commercials LST118G

TV programs LST220G / LEI320G

Hrafnkell Stefánsson

Screenwriting teacher

Hrafnkell has worked as a screenwriter and director since 2008. He has written many scripts for short movies and many others in development. He was nominated for Edda awards for “Polite People” among his movies “City State” and “City State 2: Brave Men’s Blood” that have received many nominations.

Hrafnkell will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Screenwriting 2 LST211G

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Lee Lorenzo Lynch

History of art teacher

History of art LIS209G / SKT217G / HAN216G

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Jörundur Ragnarsson

Screenwriting teacher

Screenwriting 3 LST312G

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Curver Thoroddsen

Directing teacher

Curver is a self employed artist that has in his career put up all types of performances and art exhibits since 1993. He is a songwriter and has published and appeared on many records. He received the Icelandic Music awards for Record of the year in 2003.

Curver will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Experimentation LST315G

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Arnar Valdimarsson

Directing teacher

Arnar has been a media content producer and a website designer since 1997. He as broadcasted various CCP events for example EVE fanfest and EVE Vegas. He also held various positions at CCP, producer, director, editor or publicist. He founded “Ink hönnunarhús” an advertising agency in 2001.

Arnar will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Multi-camera TV production LST322G

Tinna Hrafnsdóttir

Screenwriting teacher

Tinna has held many positions in the film industry, both as an actress and director. She landed her first role in a full feature film in 2007. She founded the theatre group “Háaloftið” and has acted for theatre for many years. She has also worked in production and she founded the production company “Freyja Filmwork” 2006.

Tinna will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Screenwriting 4 LST413G

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Halla Einarsdóttir

Documentary teacher

Documentaries LST424G

Documentaries HAN212G

Thesis project 2  HAN221G

Björn Ófeigsson

Cinematography teacher

Cinematography 1 SKT101G

Cinematography 2 SKT202G

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Kjartan Kjartansson

Sound teacher

Kjartan is one of our leading experts when it comes to sound. He has worked in the field since 1991. He has recorded and designed sound environment for many Icelandic movies and TV productions, “Trapped”, “Jar City”, “Cold Light”, Englar alheimsins”, “Children of Nature” just to name a few. He has as well been the head sound engineer on countless records

Kjartan will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Sound 1 SKT105G

Sound 2 SKT206G

Sound 3 SKT307G

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Vilius Petriak

VFX teacher

Image processing 3 SKT315G

First semester thesis project SKT122G

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Sólrún Ósk Jónsdóttir

Art direction teacher

Art direction SKT218G

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Bjarni Felix Bjarnason

Cinematography teacher

Cinematography 3 SKT303G

Cinematography 4 SKT404G

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Rob Tasker

VFX teacher

Image processing 3 SKT315G

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Olaf De Fleur

Screenwriting teacher

Olaf has worked in the film industry for over two decades as a director, producer and as an editor as well. He has done many documentaries and received Edda awards for two: “Blindsker” and “Africa United”. He also received an award for best film at the New York LGBT Film Festival in 2008 for his film “The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela”. He directed and produced films like “The Higher Force”, “Polite People”, City State” and “City State: Brave Men's Blood”.

Olaf will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Screenwriting SKT319G

4th semester final project SKT423

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Davíð Alexander Corno

Editing teacher

Davíð has worked in the film industry from the year 2000. He has worked in production and as an editor in various films for examples, “Sumarbörn” Mihkel”, “Woman at War” and “Quake”.

Davíð will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Editing 4 SKT412G

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Arnar Benjamín Kristjánsson

Producing teacher

Producing SKT420G

Producing HAN418G

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Heiðar Sumarliðason

Screenwriting teacher

Law and rules HAN109G

Dramatic Feature 1 HAN101G

Dramatic Feature 2 HAN202G

Dögg Mósesdóttir

Screenwriting teacher

Dögg has worked as a director and screenwriter the last 15 years. She has directed many music videos for local bands and is currently working on two TV series and two full feature films. She is one of the founders of Stockfish film festival, which is held every year in Iceland.

Dögg will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Different TV genres HAN110G

Dramatic TV series HAN211G

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Davíð Már Stefánsson

Screenwriting teacher

Ideas HAN419G

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Rúnar Guðbrandsson

Acting teacher

Rúnar is one of the most knowledgeable people we have when it comes to theatre studies  and the history of theatre. He has directed many theatre productions, both professional and amature. He founded and ran the theatre group Lab Loki for a few years. He has been nominated 4 times for the Gríma awards as director of the year and as author of the year.

Rúnar will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting 1 LEI109G

Acting 2 LEI210G

Acting 4 LEI412G

Acting workshop LEI219G

History of drama  LEI316G

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Þórey Sigþórsdóttir

Acting and voice teacher

Þórey has worked as an actress and director on stage since 1991. She has acted in production for the National Theatre in Iceland, Borgarleikhúsið and many other independent theatre groups. She is one of the founders and artistic director of the theatre group “Fljúgandi Fiskar”. The group has put on numerous productions that have been well received. The play “Breathe” that the group put on was nominated for the “Gríma” awards in 2017.

Þórey will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting and voice 1 - text LEI105G

Acting and voice 2 - text LEI206G

Acting and voice 4 LEI408G

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Guðmundur Elías Knudsen

Acting and motion teacher

Guðmundur has been a dancer for about 20 years. In these years he has been with the Iceland Dance Company till the year 2012. He has danced and been a dance coach in numerous productions at Borgarleikhúsið like “Footloose”, “Billy Elliot” and “Mary Poppins”. He was the choreographer for the play “Same Time, Next Year” and he was also assistant choreographer for the play “The Blue Planet” which received the Gríma award for best dance routine in a stage production.

Guðmundur will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting and motion 1 LEI101G

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Þórunn Erna Clausen

Singing teacher

Þórunn has been acting since 2001. She has acted on stage for both the Icelandic National Theatre and Borgarleikhúsið. Þórunn has traveled around the world both with theatre productions and also with her singing. She founded Vocal Art, a singing course where she teaches the complete vocal technique, but she is a certified singing coach from the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. She is also a songwriter, she has written numerous songs that have competed in the Television Singing Contest and also two songs that have been Iceland's contribution in Eurovision. Þórunn was nominated for the Gríma awards for her role in “Dýrlingagengið” and as well for the Edda awards for her role in the movie “Dís” and the series “Reykjavíkurnætur

Þórunn will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting and voice 1 - Singing LEI105G

Acting and voice 2 - Singing LEI206G

Acting and voice 3 LEI307G

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Sigrún Gylfadóttir

Acting teacher

Sigrún has acted both on stage and on screen. She was both with the National Theatre and Borgarleikhúsið. She was in the play “Tristan and Ísól” with the theatre group “Augnablik” and “Gallerí Njála” in the National Theatre. She also was in the movies “Stuttur Frakki” and “Benjamín Dúfa”. She was also in a christmas show in New York called “Christmas Revels” on Broadway. Sigrún has taught acting for children in elementary school and high school among acting courses for people of all ages.

Sigrún will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

First semester thesis project LEI118G

The profession and the future FOF202

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Kolbrún Anna Björnsdóttir

Acting and motion and screenwriting teacher

Acting and motion 2 - Dancing LEI202G / LEI303G

Acting and motion 4 LEI404G

Screenwriting LEI417G

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Valdís Arnardóttir

Acting and voice teacher

Acting and voice 1 - text LEI105G

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Bjartmar Þórðarsson

Singing teacher

Acting and voice 2 - Singing LEI206G

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Arna Magnea Danks

Stage combat teacher

Acting and motion 2 - Stage combat LEI202G / LEI303G

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Birna Rún Eiríksdóttir

Improv teacher

Birna has been a working actress since 2012 both on stage and on screen. She has been in movies such as “Jitters” and been in plays in Borgarleikhúsið for example “Sýningin sem klikkar” og “Ellý”. Birna has also been in the improv group “Improv Ísland” since 2016. Birna has received an Edda award for best actress in a supporting role for the TV series “Case”.

Birna will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Improv LEI213G

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Eric Reis

Acting teacher

Acting 3 LEI311G

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Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason

Acting teacher

Þorsteinn Gunnar has directed and acted in numerous of films. He has worked a lot as an acting coach for icelandic films and teaches acting for children and adults. He directed the film “Jóhannes” in 2009 and he has taken part in various film projects. 

Þorsteinn will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Scene acting LEI321G

4th semester final project LEI422G

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Rut Sigurðardóttir

Acting and motion teacher

Rut has been a photographer and cinematographer since 2015. Currently she is self-employed and has worked on numerous music videos and documentaries. She has also shot a lot of commercials for big corporations in Iceland. The documentary “UseLess - Documentary on Food and Fashion Waste” which she shot has received many awards including the Edda award for best documentary in 2018.

Rut will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting and motion 4 LEI404G

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Stefán Vilhelmsson

Acting and voice teacher

Stefán has worked a lot as an actor and as a voice actor and as well read audiobooks. He is a member in the theatre group “Lotta” and has put on numerous shows with them. Stefán is one of the founders of “Skýjasmiðjan” and “Frú Norma leikhúss”. He has also taught a lot in the performing arts, in elementary schools as well as acting courses for children and adults. Shows he has been a part of with the theatre group “Lotta” have won various awards like the Gríma awards.

Stefán will teach these courses in the spring semester 2021

Acting and voice 4 LEI408G