Compass Films is proud to present the Arctic Residency, a residency for filmmakers only

Located in the most Northern village of Iceland, the Arctic Residency is under 500 metres from the Arctic Circle, in a small community with a population of just 189 whilst surrounded by some of the most beautiful nature and bird life that Iceland has to offer, just minutes away across the Melrakkaslétta peninsula.

About Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn is a small fishing village and because of its geographical location it has the longest days in Iceland during the Summer and the shortest ones during the Winter. In the village you can find all of the basic services such as health centre, pharmacy, swimming pool, grocery store, bank, post office, petrol station, garage, gallery, hotel and a pub. Although plenty of amenities, Raufarhöfn is still a remote village with the nearest town approx. 2 hours drive from the village.
Plenty of activites in and near the village include: horse riding, fishing from the harbour or nearby lakes, bird watching, sailing to the arctic circle and foraging for mushrooms or berries (seasonal).

About the Arctic Residency

We bought our little piece of heaven a few years ago and after a couple of years of renovations and after having completely fallen in love with our second home, we’re now ready to offer it to you. We want you to stay and enjoy our home away from home as much as we do, but don’t stop there – we want to offer our second home to filmmakers for free! Being filmmakers ourselves we understand the importance of getting away from all the distractions that everyday life brings, to be able to write that script you’ve always been thinking about or to edit your latest project in a new and relaxing environment. We also understand if you just want some time away to get inspired, to explore the area, breathe in the sea air, meet new people and hopefully return one day to make a film in the area.
We offer your the Arctic Residency for up to 3 months for free between the months of January – June and September – December, dates are flexible. We will arrange transport from the nearest town where you can drive to or take a domestic flight to, this town is Husavík. We offer a cleaner at the end of your stay but request that you treat the property with respect and keep it clean during your stay, all breakages must be reported and may need to be compensated.

We understand that sometimes it’s good to get away from the family to work but with our busy work & family life commitments, we understand that sometimes we just have to juggle both. We completely understand this and therefore offer our filmmaker residency to filmmakers and their family’s. A three-bedroom property with 1 king size bed, 1 double bed, bunkbeads and a sofabed (for 2) in the living room. A fully equiped kitchen, dining room, large living room, office and plenty of old cameras and DVDs to inspire you whilst you’re there.

How to Apply

It’s really easy…
All you have to do is fill out the form below and submit it and we’ll be in touch to let you know if your dates are available and to answer any more of your questions. Since we are offering you our second home, we might want to ask you a few more questions and possibly even ask for a reference too.
Just fill out the form below and please allow up to 28 days for a response. If you are in urgent need of visiting our residency, please specify this in the below form. We will respond to all applications within 28 days of submitting the below form and further information required via email.

The Arctic Residency is kindly supported by :

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April – December 2017 – OPEN


  • Short project description (max 400 words)
  • Resumé/CV
  • 1-2 Links to previous films (any genre)
  • Photograph – so we can share with your pick-up in Husavík

The deadline for residency stays from April – June 2017 is 1st April 2017.
The deadline for residency stays from September – December 2017 is 31st July 2017.

Applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 months residency.

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Nameyour full name
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GenreGenre of project you will work on at the residency and/or genre
Preferred length of stayyour full name
Dates of Stay - first choicePlease specify length of stay and start – end date
Mobile phone numberWith country code
Short Description of the project you will work on at the ResidencyIt’s also ok if you want to stay at the residency to be inspired for future projects.
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