Transatlantic Talent Laboratory

The TransAtlantic Talent Lab is for young talents from Europe and America who want to meet up with other like-minded individuals in Reykjavík and make first hand contact with film producers and other professionals for help and consulting on your first feature film. You'll be given the chance to pitch your project to a number of experienced producers in attendance.

The Talent Lab will take place on the 30th of September until 4th of October. Four action packed days, during which you will participate in masterclasses and discussions with well established names in the film industry. Education and entertainment will go hand in hand. The schedule is stuffed with great films, workshops, events and seminars.

We are now open for application to the next festival Talent Lab. Click here.

The Lab

RIFF's Transatlantic Talent Lab capitalizes on the geographical location of Iceland resting between Europe and North- America as an ideal meeting point for young filmmakers from across the globe. Here you'll connect with seasoned professionals in the film industry as well as other aspiring filmmakers as you receive advice and share thoughts about making the jump from short films to full-length features.

The Crew

Distinguished film-industry professionals such as the directors Dario Argento, Cédomir Kolar, Jim Jarmusch, Milos Forman, Ulrich Thomsen, BélaTarr, Lone Scherfig, Paprika Steen, Richie O'Donnell, James Marsh, Arto Halonen, Baltasar Kormákur, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jessica Hausner, Giorgos Lanthimos, director and editor Valdis Oskarsdottir, director and festival consultant Peter Wintonick, and Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey have all conducted panel discussions for previous Talent Lab participants. Geoffrey Gilmore, the director of Tribeca Film Festival was chairman of the International Jury for RIFF 2012.

The Process

The threefold motto of RIFF “Innovation, Networking, Dialogue” is perfectly manifested in the activities of the Talent Lab: the Lab highlights and promotes the innovative works of young filmmakers, fosters and facilitates the networking necessary to promote their work to buyers and distributors, and gives them an opportunity to participate in a dialogue and exchange ideas and thoughts with young people from across the World.

The Golden Egg

In addition, the best film from each year's Talent Lab participants is honored by a special jury of film professionals with an award called The Golden Egg, providing additional significance to the entire event. The films submitted for The Golden Egg should be no longer than 30 minutes long and made after January 1st, 2012. A jury will select a number of films for the Competition. You can upload it to Vimeo and send us the link when you apply.


The fee for overseas participants is ISK 90,000,- (approximately  750 $ / 560 €). The fee covers accommodation, breakfast and lunch, festival pass, parties and all seminars and discussions.  The fee for residents is ISK 40,000,- The airfare is not covered by the festival.

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