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Whale Valley
Whale Valley

Whale Valley

The film shows a pure love story between two brothers who live in a remote Icelandic fjord with their parents. When the younger brother, a little boy, witnesses a life or death moment involving his big brother it sets in motion the possibility of either a great tragedy or a turning point to better times in the brothers' lives.

Synopsis

Director's intention: My intention with Whale Valley was to show pure love between two brothers who live in a remote fjord. I wanted to show how their upbringing and surrounding effected them. I seek my inspiration from the contrast in the Icelandic nature, the great beauty and harshness and also the inner turmoil of a child/person who has no words for his feelings.

About the film

  • Type: Short Film
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 15 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Hvalfjörður
  • International Title: Whale Valley
  • Production Year: 2013
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Denmark
  • IMDB: Whale Valley
  • Website: http://www.whalevalley.com/
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: No
  • Production Format: Arri Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, HDSR, HDcam and Blu-ray

Crew

Cast

Company Credits

Festivals

  • Cross Roads Film Festival, Mississippi, Bandaríkin, 2016
  • Kurzfilmwoche, Regensburg, Þýskaland, 2016
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival, Bandaríkin, 2016
  • Festival international du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand, 2016
  • Zoom International Film Festival, 2016 - Award: Best Performance in Short Film.
  • Screen Machine, 2015
  • Short Matters!, 2015
  • Promofest, 2015 - Award: Special Mention.
  • Nordic Lights, 2015
  • Nordic Delight Festival, 2015
  • Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles, 2015
  • Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, 2015 - Award: The Bronze Egg
  • Amarcort, 2015
  • Hill Country, 2015
  • Fil'm Haf?zas?, 2015
  • MizzicaFILM Festival, 2015 - Award: Best short film.
  • Caserta independent film festival, 2015 - Award: Best short film.
  • Brooklyn Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Certificates of Outstanding Achievement - Male Actor: (Ágúst Örn B. Wigum).
  • One Shot Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Lake Como Film Festival, 2015
  • Certamen de Cortometrajes Por Caracoles, 2015
  • International Festival of Local Televisions, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Rural Carlos Velo, 2015 - Award: Best short film.
  • Internacionalni festival kratkog igranog filma, 2015
  • Festival Joven de Cortometrajes de Huétor Vega, 2015 - Award: Second prize. Best actor. Best screenplay.
  • OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Elche, 2015 - Award: European Prize for Best Short Film.
  • Festival internazionale di cortometraggi spiaggiati, 2015 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges Mas Sorrer, 2015
  • Muestra Nacional de Cine Independiente Otros Cines San Nicolás, 2015
  • Mostremp Cinema Rural, 2015 - Award: First prize.
  • Lucania Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival Europeo de Cortometrajes Villamayor de Cine, 2015
  • Portland Rising Film Festival, 2015
  • CEBU International FILM Festival, 2015 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Festival Brasil de Cinema Internacional, 2015
  • Avvantura Film Festival Zadar, 2015 - Award: Best Short Film.
  • Lessinia Film Festival, 2015
  • Muestra de Cine de Ascaso, 2015
  • Rahway Film Festival, 2015
  • CineFringe Film Festival, 2015
  • Portobello Film Festival London, 2015
  • Kraljevski filmski festival, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Curtametraxes de Bueu, 2015
  • Chefchaouen International Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Second prize.
  • Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, 2015
  • The International Cinematographers' Film Festival, 2015
  • North Carolina Film Award, 2015 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Full Bloom Film Festival, 2015
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival, 2015
  • El Corto del Año, Spáni, 2015 - Award: Distribution Award.
  • Kinofest International Digital Film Festival, 2015
  • ANTITUBE - Panorama des Cinemas du Present, Québec, 2015
  • Riurau Film Festival, 2015 - Award: Cinematography of the Year (Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson).
  • Basta Fest, Bajina Basta, 2015
  • Trani film festival, 2015
  • Cortosplash, Ítalíu, 2015 - Award: Special mention by the jury.
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Dosquebradas, 2015
  • Filmfest Eberswalde – Provinziale, 2015 - Award: Jury award for best short film.
  • Festival Internacional Del Cortometraje, 2015
  • Festival de Cine de Pamplona, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Puerto Madryn, 2015 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Nonèmaitroppo Corto, Argentínu, 2015 - Award: Ágúst Örn B. Wigum for best performance. Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson for best cinematography.
  • 11# Festifreak, 2015
  • Linea d'Ombra-Festival Culture Giovani, Salerno, 2015
  • Filmfest Eberswalde - Provinziale, 2015 - Award: Short Film Jury Prize.
  • Enkarzine, Spáni, 2015
  • Festival de Cine de Pamplona, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena, 2015 - Award: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson for best director.
  • Festival corti underground, 2015
  • The Santa Fe Film Festival, 2015
  • Brno 16, 2015
  • Family Film Project, Porto, 2015
  • FRONTALE Film Festival, 2015
  • Arlington International Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival de Cine de Madrid, 2015
  • La imagen de los Pueblo, 2015
  • International Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival de Cine de Santander "Corto y Creo", 2015 - Award: Best Short Film.
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival Internacional de Jovenes Realizadores de Granada, 2015
  • Muestra internacional de cine independiente Surmic, 2015
  • 8th Alternative Film Festival and Community "The Image of the People", 2015
  • Konstanzer Kurz Film Spiele, 2015
  • Cambuquira Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Kalpanirjhar Foundation, 2015
  • Shaan-e-awadh International Film Festival, 2015
  • 24fps International Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, 2015
  • Tehran Short Film Festival, 2015
  • EyeCatcher International Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival de Cine de Villa de Leyva, 2015
  • Ícaro Festival Internacional de Cine en Centroamérica, 2015
  • Cinemaforum Film Festival, 2015
  • Magma International Short Film Festival, 2015
  • Festival Tous Courts, 2015
  • Grand OFF, 2015
  • 7th International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture, 2015
  • Tabor International Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Golden Nights, Paris, 2014
  • Ischia Film Festival, 2014
  • Two Riversides Art and Film Festival, 2014
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, 2014
  • Mecal International Short Film and Animation Festival, 2014
  • San Joaquin International Film Festival, 2014
  • Antarctic Short, Documentary and Animation Film Festival, 2014
  • Mons International Love Festival, 2014
  • Portland International Film Festival, 2014
  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2014 - Award: Short film of the year. Nominated for Cinematography of the year (Gunnar Auðunn Jóhannsson). Nominated for Actor of the year (Ágúst Örn Wigum).Nominated for Set design of the year (Júlía Embla Katrínardóttir). Nominated for Director of the year (Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson).
  • Omaha Film Festival, 2014
  • Akbank Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival de Chicoutimi - Regard sur le court-métrage au Saguenay, 2014
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, 2014 - Award: Special Mention.
  • Dresden Film Festival, 2014
  • Skandinavische Filmtage Bonn, 2014
  • New Media Shorts Festival (KingBonn), 2014
  • Seattle International Film Festival, 2014
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Fabriano Film Fest, 2014
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, Tokyo, 2014
  • SouthSide Film Festival, 2014
  • Euganea Festival, 2014
  • Locarno International Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix, 2014
  • Kulturmødet, 2014
  • Tallgrass Film Festival, 2014
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, 2014
  • Latin American International Film Festival of Santiago de Chile, 2014
  • Alcine Film Festival, 2014 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, 2014
  • Prague International Short Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival du film d'éducation d'Evreux, 2014
  • Festival International du Film de Pau, 2014
  • Riga International Film Festival, 2014
  • International Short & Independant Film Festival Dhaka, 2014 - Award: Best film for International competition.
  • European Film Awards (Latvia), 2014
  • Vilnius International Film Festival, 2014
  • Bradford International Film Festival, 2014
  • Riverrun International Film Festival, 2014
  • Go Short International Film Festival, 2014
  • Rooftop Films, 2014
  • Maremetraggio International Shorts Film Festival, 2014
  • Sydney Film Festival, 2013
  • Giffoni Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Golden Spike Award
  • Love & Anarchy - Helsinki International Film Festival, 2013
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Best short fiction.
  • Hamptons Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Golden Starfish for Best Short Film.
  • Film Fest Gent, 2013 - Award: Best short film.
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Best live action short.
  • Kaohsiung Short Film Festival, 2013
  • Les Perceides Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Grand Prix for best short fiction.
  • Zagreb Film Festival, 2013
  • Tofifest, 2013
  • Abu Dhabi Middle East International Film Festival, 2013
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2013
  • Athens International Film Festival, 2013
  • Melbourne Film Festival, 2013
  • Dokufest, 2013
  • Sao Paulo Int. Short Film Festival, 2013
  • Montréal World Film Festival (Festival des Films du Monde), 2013
  • Odense Internationale Film Festival (OFF), 2013
  • Calgary International Film Festival, 2013
  • Malmö Nordisk Panorama, 2013
  • Centre Phi, 2013
  • Chicago International Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Special Mention
  • Un festival c'est trop court!, 2013
  • Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, 2013
  • AFI FEST - American Film Institute, 2013
  • Images en vue, 2013
  • Brest European Short Film Festival, 2013 - Award: European Prize of the Regional Council of Brittany.
  • Brisbane International Film Festival, 2013
  • Northern Wave, 2013
  • Izmir Short Film Festival, 2013
  • Ajyal Youth Film Festival, 2013
  • Leuven Short Film Festival, 2013
  • International Festival of Short Films and New Images, 2013 - Award: Special Mention of the Jury.
  • Whistler Film Festival, 2013
  • Festival De Cinéma Européen des Arcs, 2013
  • Nashville Film Festival, 2013
  • Cannes Film Festival, 2013 - Award: Official Selection - Short Films Competition. Special Mention award.

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