Change of Dean at The Icelandic Film School

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, who has been the Dean of the Icelandic Film School for the past five years, will be leaving his post on September 1st

During this period, Friðrik Þór has led great and varied progress. The school moved to a new future building at Suðurlandsbraut 18 with excellent facilities for all school activities. The success of graduation films in recent years has been very good with a number of awards from around the world, and graduated students have left their mark on the large-scale development of the film and television industry in this country

One of the biggest recognition was when the world famous Julliard School of Art in New York requested a collaboration with The Film School for the production of film music for selected graduation films. Since 2020, work has been done on the transfer of the school to university level, and this autumn the school has started working as a full-fledged research university. Friðrik Þór is still active in film production and intends to return full force to filmmaking

Börkur Gunnarsson, the head of the Screenwriting and Directing department, has been appointed Dean from September 1st to January 1st. An advertisement for a new Dean will be published in the European Economic Area at the end of next month, and the aim is for the recruitment to be completed on the 10th of November and for the new Dean to start work in the beginning of the spring semester

Börkur Gunnarsson is educated in filmmaking from the prestigious FAMU in the Czech Republic, in the Czech department. He also has a degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland and is completing an MBA from the University of Reykjavík. Börkur has been very active both as a film director and writer in the past decades. He has taught regularly at The Film School throughout the years, but since 2020 he has been the head of the Screenwriting and Directing department, where he has achieved very good results.