Friðrik Þór Friðriksson directed Iceland's first and only film nominated for the award so far, Children of Nature.

Iceland has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1981. The first film to be sent to AMPAS by Iceland was Land and Sons which was released in Iceland in 1980. Since then, Iceland has sent in a film every year.

Only one Icelandic film, Börn náttúrunnar (Children of Nature), directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, has received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. However, a second, Djúpið (The Deep), made the nine-film shortlist in 2012, and a third, Síðasti bærinn (The Last Farm) by Rúnar Rúnarsson, was also nominated for Best Live Action Short in 2006.

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's films have been selected to represent Iceland six times- more than any other Icelandic director. Ágúst Guðmundsson, Baltasar Kormákur and Hrafn Gunnlaugsson have each represented Iceland four times. In 1990, Guðný Halldórsdóttir became the first Icelandic woman to represent the country.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[3] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[4] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Iceland for review by the Academy for the award by year.

The Icelandic nominee is chosen annually in September by the Icelandic Film and Television Academy, which is also responsible for the Edda Awards.[5] All films were primarily in Icelandic.

English title Icelandic title Director Result
Land and Sons Land og synir Ágúst Guðmundsson Not nominated
Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli Útlaginn Ágúst Guðmundsson Not nominated
Inter Nos Okkar á milli: Í hita og þunga dagsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not nominated
The House Húsið Egill Eðvarðsson Not nominated
When the Raven Flies Hrafninn flýgur Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not nominated
Deep Winter Skammdegi Þráinn Bertelsson Not nominated
The Beast Eins og skepnan deyr Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
White Whales Skytturnar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
In the Shadow of the Raven Í skugga hrafnsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not nominated
Under the Glacier Kristnihald undir jökli Guðný Halldórsdóttir Not nominated
The Adventures of Paper Peter Pappírs Pési Ari Kristinsson Not nominated
Children of Nature Börn náttúrunnar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Nominated
As in Heaven Svo á jörðu sem á himni Kristín Jóhannesdóttir Not nominated
The Sacred Mound Hin helgu vé Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not nominated
Movie Days Bíódagar Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
Tears of Stone Tár úr steini Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
Devil's Island Djöflaeyjan Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
Blossi/810551 Blossi/810551 Júlíus Kemp Not nominated
Count Me Out Stikkfrí Ari Kristinsson Not nominated
The Honour of the House Ungfrúin góða og húsið Guðný Halldórsdóttir Not nominated
Angels of the Universe Englar alheimsins Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
The Seagull's Laughter Mávahlátur Ágúst Guðmundsson Not nominated
The Sea Hafið Baltasar Kormákur Not nominated
Noi the Albino Nói Albínói Dagur Kari Petursson Not nominated
Cold Light Kaldaljós Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
Ahead of Time Í takt við tímann Ágúst Guðmundsson Not nominated
Children Börn Ragnar Bragason Not nominated
Jar City Mýrin Baltasar Kormákur Not nominated
White Night Wedding Brúðguminn Baltasar Kormákur Not nominated
Reykjavík-Rotterdam Reykjavík-Rotterdam Óskar Jónasson Not nominated
Mamma Gógó[6] Mamma Gógó Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
Volcano[7] Eldfjall Rúnar Rúnarsson Not nominated
The Deep[8] Djúpið Baltasar Kormákur Made shortlist
Of Horses and Men[9] Hross í oss Benedikt Erlingsson Not nominated
Life in a Fishbowl[10] Vonarstræti Baldvin Zophoníasson Not nominated
Rams[11] Hrútar Grímur Hákonarson Not nominated
Sparrows[12] Þrestir Rúnar Rúnarsson Not nominated
Under the Tree[13] Undir trénu Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson Not nominated
Woman at War[14] Kona fer í stríð Benedikt Erlingsson Not nominated
A White, White Day[15] Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur Hlynur Pálmason Not nominated
Agnes Joy[16] Agnes Joy Silja Hauksdóttir Not nominated
Lamb[17] Dýrið Valdimar Jóhannsson Made shortlist[18]
Beautiful Beings[19] Berdreymi Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson Not nominated


  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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