Whale Valley


  • 2013
  • Iceland
  • 15 mins
  • Icelandic

Short Film Competition

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
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Whale Valley shows a strong bond between two brothers who live in a remote fjord with their parents. We look into their world through the eyes of the younger brother and follow him on a journey that marks a turning point in the brothers’ lives.

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland 1982. He graduated in Fine Art from the Icelandic Art Academy. Thereafter, he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. Gudmundur works as a filmmaker and a part-time teacher in film and fine art. His short films have collected 50 international awards and over 200 nominations.


2013 Cannes Film Festival (France) – Special Mention
2013 Giffoni Film Festival (Italy) – Golden Spike Award
2013 Percé International Film Festival LES PERCÉIDES (Canada) – Grand Prix for Best Short Fiction
2013 Reykjavik Film Festival (Iceland) – Best Icelandic Short and Best Sound in an Icelandic Short
2013 Ghent Flanders Int. Film Festival ( Belgium) – Best European Short Film
2013 Chicago International Film Festival ( USA) – Special Mention
2013 Hamptons Film Festival (USA) – Golden Starfish for Best Short Film
2013 Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland) – Best Short Fiction
2013 Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia) – Jury’s Special Mention
2013 Brest European Short Film Festival (France) – European Prize of the Regional Council of Brittany
2013 Arcipelago – International Festival of Short Films and New Image (Italy) – Special Mention of the Jury

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