Íslenska

Fire on Heimaey

During the night of January 23rd 1973, a volcanic eruption broke out on Heimaey the biggest of the Westman Islands. A 1.6 km long fissure then opened up only 200 m SE of Iceland's most important fishing centre, the town of Westman Islands. Within a few hours about 5.000 people had been successfully evacuated. The film describes the eruption from beginning to end, showing the measures taken against the devastating lavaflow and tephra fall.

About the film

  • Type
    Documentary
  • Length
    28 min.
  • Language
    Icelandic
  • Original Title
    Eldur í Heimaey
  • International Title
    Fire on Heimaey
  • Production Year
    1974
  • Production Countries
    Iceland
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
    No
  • Production Format
    16mm
  • Color
    Yes

Company Credits

Festivals

  • 1975
    Mountaineering and Exploration Film Festival - Award: The Golden Neptune
  • 1975
    London Film Festival
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    International Short Film Festival Cracow - Award: Grand Prix. Golden Dragon.
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    International Filmweek, Brussel - Award: Best educational film
  • ????
    Thessaloniki Film Festival
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    Popoli Festival
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    Nyon Film Festival
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    Ekofilm Festival
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    International Scientific Film Festival Paris
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    Melbourne Film Festival

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