Ljósband Filmworks





About



ANNA MARÍA KARLSDÓTTIR

b. in Reykjavik 1962. Started her career in the film business at the Icelandic Film Fund in 1991 as Head of International Relations and was responsible for the promotion and festival participation of Icelandic films abroad. She also served as a board member of Scandinavian Films from 1994 to 1996.

Anna María then joined Iceland's leading production company the Icelandic Film Corporation as its Head of Production and Distribution in 1997 and was involved in the development, production and packaging of most of the company's films. Founder and owner of the distribution company Myndrettur ehf aka Græna ljósið 1997- 2004. She also served as the director of the Reykjavik Film Festival from 1998 to 2001. Chairman of the board of The Icelandic Film and TV Academy 2006-2007. Board member of the Association of Icelandic Film Producers since 2009.

She worked closely with director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson on the production of his feature ANGELS OF THE UNIVERSE which won six Edda Awards as well as the People's Choice Award as Best European Actor for Ingvar E. Sigurdsson at the European Film Awards. Anna María followed this with another feature by Fridriksson, FALCONS, starring Keith Carradine and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, which had its world premiere in the 'Contemporary World Cinema' section of the Toronto Film Festival in 2002.

Anna María co-produced two international projects: Saul Metzstein's GUY X, an adaptation of John Griesener's novel NO ONE THINKS OF GREENLAND, co-produced with the UK's Film and Music Entertainment and Spice Factory; and the co-production with Spice Factory and Movision Entertainment of Sturla Gunnarsson's BEOWULF & GREDEL, Iceland's largest productions to date, which is loosely based on Beowulf's 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem and stars Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgard and Sarah Polley.

In 2007 Anna María teamed up with fellow producer Hrönn Kristinsdóttir and they founded their own production company, Ljósband ehf.

FILMOGRAPHY - SELECTED FILMS:

Our Own Oslo (Okkar eigin Osló), directed by Reynir Lyngdal (2011). Producer.
Desember (Desember) directed by Hilmar Oddsson (2009). Producer.
Every Colour of the Sea Is Cold (Allir litir hafsins eru kaldir) by Anna Th. Rögnvaldsdóttir (2005) TV – mini series. Co-producer
Beowulf & Grendel (Bjólfskviða) by Sturla Gunnarsson (2005). Producer.
Guy X by Saul Metzstein (2005) Co-producer.
Cold Light (Kaldaljós) (2004) by Hilmar Oddsson. Producer
Falcons (Fálkar) (2002) by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Producer
Angels of the Universe (Englar alheimsins) (2000) by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Co-producer.
Ikingut (2000) by Gísli Snær Erlingsson. Co-producer.
Possibihlities (2002) (Möhöguleikar) – by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon. Co-producer.
Erró - North-South-East-West (2000) – by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon. Co-producer.

HRÖNN KRISTINSDÓTTIR

FILMOGRAPHY AS PRODUCER

Our Own Oslo (Okkar eigin Osló) - feature directed by Reynir Lyngdal. Released 2010
Thors Saga - documentary directed by Ulla –Boje Rasmussen. Released 2011 (co-producer)
December (Desember) - feature directed by Hilmar Oddsson. Released 2009
Skaftfellingur - feature documentary by Helgi Felixsson.Released 2009
Dreamland (Draumalandið) - feature documentary by Þorfinnur Guðnason. Release 2008 (co- producer)
Dolor (Harmsaga) - short film by Valdimar Jóhannsson. Released 2008-) Edda Nomination for “Best short film” 2008
Beneath the Stars - feature documentary by Helgi Felixsson realeased fall 2005.(co-producer) Edda Nomination for “Best documentary” 2006
A Writer with a Camera - 52 min documentary by Helga Brekkan released fall 2004. Edda Nomination for “Best documentary” 2006.
Pjakkur - short film by Valdimar Jóhannsson, released May 2004.
God,Smell and Her - feature film by Karin Westerlund, (co-producer)
Lost my Head - short film by Bjargey Ólafsdóttir. Released in 2005. Edda Nomination for “Best short film” 2006
The Magician - short film by Reynir Lyngdal. Released 2005. Edda award “Best short film”
Kissing - short film by Reynir Lyngdal shown at the European Film Academy Awards in Berlin 2003.
Regina - feature children musical comedy by Maria Sigurdardottir Released Dec. 2001, Official selection Kinderfilmfest Berlin 2002
Ikingut - feature family adventure, by Gisli Snaer Erlingsson Released Dec.2000, Official selection Kinderfilmfest Berlin 2001

OTHER

  • Association of Icelandic Filmproducers - Board-member from 2007
  • The Edda Award 2001 for the production of Ikingut
  • One of European Film Promotion “Producers on the Move”, at the Cannes Film Festival 2000
  • Line-producer, production manager and other positions in various Icelandic film projects from 1996-2006
  • Executive at the markerting and accquisation department at RUV 1993 (Icelandic National Television)
  • Free-lance journalism for diverse magasines and newspapers in Iceland
  • Various positions in TV-movies, features and shorts in Los Angeles from 1989-1992

EDUCATION

  • EAVE - production course 1998
  • University of Iceland - Degree in Practical Journalism 1995
  • Columbia College Hollywood - BA degree in Cinema 1991
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany - Literature and Theaterstudies 1985-1989