beyond the human story

one week of cinema and film-related experience in the icelandic westfjords. on the threshold of documentary and fiction we will explore fear, love and death together.

we believe in narration transgressing existing category guidelines to tell a deeper truth about life. this magic core of cinema will be revealed in the city of hólmavík.

in the whole preparation and festival period there will be a permanent arts center in the city open all time during these three months – producing creative energy with an artist in residence program, movie screenings, concerts, exhibitions and workshops. the festival will be open and free for everyone!

visit us

Hólmavík is the largest fishing village on the Strandir coastline in the Icelandic Westfjords. It has a population of 506 people, a municipal service centre for the surrounding neighbourhood, a good harbour and actually one of the most modern shrimp factories in the world. While the Inhabitants in the countryside surrounding Hólmavík live mostly on sheep farming the main industry is based on small fishing vessels that take a brave battle against the increased capitalism in the globalised fishing industry.
The village provides you with a Tourist Centre, a small airport, a swimming pool, camping grounds, restaurants, guesthouses, shops, golf course and a horse rental just outside the village – and last but not least a seal habitat within easy walking distance.

Besides the basic facts the Strandir area has an exciting and tragic history of witchcraft, witch-hunting and sorcery shown in the local Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft. The very cultural life in Holmavík offers choirs, a drama society, the Geislinn and HSS sports society, a community centre for young people – to name but a few. And that’s pretty much it.

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Latest News

Holy shit!

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The sky looks like god has some holes in his panties. A beam of light touches our freshly written press note. Holy shit! – the golden era of public relations has begun. Read and wonder!

What we do in the shadows.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

A part of our team is on screening tour to sow the seeds of our festival. The movies are chosen with the necessecary perfidious mindset. And indeed, everything is going according to plan: Images become flesh, ember, honey, – melt down our walls, leading us back into the garden we hardly remember. So beware the ides of july, Húsavík, Akureyri, Hjalteyri, ísafjörður, Reykjavík, Reykholt!

Very »Weird games«.

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

We are at the »Weird games« in Hólmavík: Maybe we are witnessing the strangest high-performance sports of the universe. For sure it´s a lesson in matter of beauty, grace and poetry.


the team

arne rawe
co-founder, director

Kurt Heuvens
co-founder, production director

Viktoría Rán Ólafsdóttir
co-founder, production director

Tim Turiak
co-founder, director of marketing & pr

Ingibjörg Benediktsdóttir
Manager of local Cooperation

Annika Bethan
program supervision

Katharina Efremov
visual communication & pr

Jana Jantzen
marketing & pr

Katja Möltgen
communication & pr

Mats Kubiak
graphic design

Tobias »Dagger« Diehl
Artistic sound & visuals

Tobias Textor
Artistic sound & visuals

Marlo Koethschneider
technical supervision

Ruben Voss
technical supervision

Ásbjörn Nói Jónsson

Artists in Residence

Vegard Beyer
artist in residence

Lola Clavo
artist in residence

Mariana Echeverri
artists in residence

şirin şimşek
artists in residence

contact us

in iceland:
Arne Rawe

in Germany:
Jana Jantzen
+49 (0) 176 84 87 16 62


Turtle e.V.
c/o Arne Rawe
Kopernikusstr. 53
40225 Düsseldorf
Sitz und Registrierung:
Sitz Düsseldorf, Vereinsregister des AG Düsseldorf Nr. 11186
Satzungsmäßige Vertreter (Vorstand):
Arne Rawe, Kurt Heuvens, Jana Jantzen

Dipl. Des. Arne Rawe
institut bild.medien
Fachbereich Design
Fachhochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Georg-Glock-Str. 15
40474 Düsseldorf, Germany
+49 (0) 211.43 51-216

Thank you

We would like to thank the following contributors! – on our knees with tears in our eyes:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Asmus
Geraldine Cormerais
Susanne Diesner
Christoph Münks
Stefan Feldkeller
Marc Kloubert
Jan Kraemer
Simon Liersam
Steffen Preuß
Jan Schulte
Marzena Skubatz
Töfie Soma
Ómar Sverrisson
Valdis Thor
Esther Ösp Valdimarsdóttir
Prof. Britta Wandaogo
Our sponsoring partners 2015:

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