When Rabbits Fly

A family of three (plus one rabbit) loses their social housing due to the father lying about being confined to a wheelchair and are subsequently forced to move into a cardboard box on top of Iceland's highest high rise.

Desperate to keep the family together and with a baby on the way, Steingrímur, the head of the family comes up with a devious plan that could either save his family, or tear it apart completely.

About the film

  • Type
    Short Film
  • National Premiere Date
    May 28, 2011, Bíó Paradís
  • Genre
    Drama, Comedy
  • Length
    21 min. 23 sec.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Þegar kanínur fljúga
  • International Title
    When Rabbits Fly
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color

Company Credits


  • 2012
    Encounters International Short Film Festival, Bristol, Britain, - Award: Audience Award.
  • 2012
    Slamdance Film Festival, Utah, USA
  • 2012
    Brussels Short Film Festival
  • 2011
    Reykjavik International Film Festival

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland
    Bíó Paradís, 2011