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The Reykjavík International Film Festival: Iceland’s Undiscovered Gem

While everyone was wrapping up Fantastic Fest coverage or indulging in all the New York Film Festival has to offer, I packed up and headed off to Iceland for the Reykjavík International Film Festival. Dario Argento, Beasts of the Southern Wild, a slew of incredible independent films and the chance to screen my own short in front of the RIFF crowd, all while right in the heart of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen in my life. RIFF 2013 – get planning!

Iceland 101

For those of you who aren’t geography savvy, Iceland is located in the North Atlantic, just northwest of the United Kingdom. Not the best place for a volcano to blow during the Cannes Film Festival. However, while we were all flipping out about filmmakers and patrons getting to and from France, tourists and Iceland natives alike enjoyed yet another incredible sight to add to the country’s list of breathtaking views.

When it’s time to sit back, schmooze and relax, drinks of choice include some of the best coffee and beer I’ve tasted. A picky eater when it comes to meat, I often skipped over the lamb, whale and horse, but indulged in salmon with a wonderfully delicate flavor and a dessert tradition, super thin pancakes topped with jam, sugar and whipped cream, and rolled up neatly before eating.

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