Saturday, August 30, 2008

2 Birds Qualifying for The Oscars Pre-selection

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has published the rules for The 81st Academy Awards.
One of the rules for the Shorts is
“The film must have participated in a competitive film festival as specified in the Academy Festival List, and must have won a best-in-category award. Proof of the award must be submitted with the entry. The Academy’s Short Films Awards Festival List may be obtained from the Academy and is available on the Academy’s Web site.”

In August 2008 did Smáfuglar (2 Birds) take part at MELBOURNE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (AUSTRALIA) and got The Award for The Best Fiction Short Film

This means that Smáfuglar ( 2 Birds) is in the pre-selection for The 81st Academy Awards


Smáfuglar ( 2 BIRDS ), has got the honor of being chosen for THE FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW: program of the 35th Telluride Film Festival.

FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW (FOTs) comprises four separate programs of short films: "Student Prints," "Calling Cards," Great Expectations," and "SHOWCase for Shorts."

2 birds is in Great Expectations that the festival describes
"We have especially high hopes for these gifted directors, who we believe will be making outstanding feature f ilms in the not-so-distant future."

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Telluride Film Festival

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Two Awards in Noci

Smáfuglar (2 Birds) was honored with to awards at The 3rd Noci International Short Film Festival that took place 21-23 august , in Noci in the Puglia region of southern Italy.

The Best International Film Award &
The Award of the Puglia Region

where received by the director Rúnar Rúnarsson that attended the Festival

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

2 Birds in Copenhagen

Smáfuglar (2 Birds) will take part of the FUTURE SHORTS program in Copenhagen. The screenings take place at Gloria Biograf the 26. and 27. of august 2008 at 20.30.

This will be the Danish premier

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Official Selection in La Ciotat

The 7th International Best of Short Films Festival will take place 11- 14 september in La Ciotat France.
A mythical place that saw the twilight of Michel Simon, 80 years after the birth of the Lumiere's cinematograph with the “Arrival of the train at La Ciotat”,

The Festival of rewarded short films from both hemispheres in 2007/2008 are in The official Selection for The Grand Prize, The « Golden Sun » awarded by the international jury

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Reykjavik International Film Festival

From a press release

"The Reykjavik International Film Festival is pleased to announce that Rúnar Rúnarssons short film, 2 birds (Smáfuglar), will be shown at this years festival. The film has been praised worldwide as one of the years best shorts. It was selected for the competition at the Cannes festival this year. Only 9 films out of approximately 5000 were selected. The list of prizes and nominations it has received is already truly impressive, for instance the film recently was awarded at the Dokufest festival in Kosovo.

2 birds is an unflinching look at the painful transition from childhood to the stark reality of adulthood. The story is simple in itself about a group of kids looking for some escapism, which has some terrible repercussions. Runar’s writing is filled with great observations and under his direction the teenagers turn out to be real characters, and not saturated by the nostalgic reminences of adulthood, as so often is the case. They drink, they long, they curse, have a rich and complicated inner life, yet they lack experience and the maturity to be fully independent individuals.

Although the surroundings and story are completely different, thematically it is a companion piece to Runar’s award winning and Oscar nominated short, The Last Farm (Síðasti bærinn í dalnum), where the main protagonist makes the ultimate sacrifice out of love. In that way, 2 Birds is a logical next step in the prolific collaboration between Runar and Zik Zak Filmworks and the second film in their Crossroad Trilogy.

RIFF considers it a great honour to be the first to show 2 birds in Iceland."

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Best Short Film In Kosova

Smáfuglar (2 Birds) was awarded The Best Short Film at DOKUFEST The 7th International Documentary and Short Film Festival In Kosova.

The secund award this weekend makes this the 10 international award for Smáfuglar (2 Birds) which also has been nominated for The Golden Palm at Cannes and is nominated for the European Film Academy Awards that take place in December.

DOKUFEST, The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film event in Kosova. The Festival is organized in August in the picturesque and historical town of Prizren which attracts numerous international and regional artists. In this annually organized festival films are screened twice a day in two open air cinemas as well as in two regular cinemas.

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Friday, August 8, 2008


at the award ceremony for the best MIFF shorts awards that took place Friday 8th of August at

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)one of the oldest festivals in the world and an iconic Melbourne event. MIFF hosts a feast of cinematic delicacies from over 50 countries for nineteen days each Winter, heavily garnished with a range of parties and special events that cast a celebratory mood over the city. The Festival enjoys annual admissions of more than 182,000, making it one of Melbourne's significant public events.
MIFF shorts is one of the most highly regarded short film competitions in the Asia Pacific region. This Oscar qualifying competition attracts the best short films from around the world. Brief and brilliant, local and international these shorts are a discovery of new voices, stories and talent.

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Smáfuglar In Sarajevo

Smáfuglar (2 Birds) are among The eight European film academy award - shorts -nominees 2008 that are screened in a special program at The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival that runs from the 15-23 of August.
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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Official Selection in Milano

Smáfuglar ( 2 Birds)is one of the 48 short films taking part in this year's Milano Film Festival international competition. Among the 2,206 shorts submitted.
The short films will be screened from September 12-21 2008 at the Teatro Strehler, at the Teatro Dal Verme, and in the Parco Sempione.
To see the list of the films selected for the 2008 Short Film Competition, please visit

Official Selection in Noci

Smáfuglar ( 2 Birds) are in the Official Selection for the 3rd International Film Festival NociCortinfestival that takes place in Noci Italy between 21-23 of August.

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