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Geytin (Faroese film festival)

Geytin is an annual Faroese film festival that recognises the best in Faroese film. The one-day festival, held in the Nordic House, was first held in 2012 and has been held annually since. The prizes are given to a Faroese film instructor for a short film that lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

The main prize is named after Herálvur Geyti, who was better known as Geytin. Geytin travelled around the Faroe Islands in 1960s and 1970s to show the people of the Faroe Islands films. This was a time before cinemas or TV were common on the islands.

The awards

The winner of the Geytin award receives DKK 25,000 from the Nordic House and a statuette, depicting the original person ‘Geytin’. The statuette is designed by Astrid Andreassen, Herálvur’s daughter-in-law, and David Geyti, Herálvur’s grandson. A panel of judges are tasked with choosing the winner of the Geytin award.

A second award is also presented at the festival. This award is decided by the festival’s audience. It is sponsored by the Tórshavn City Council and the winner receives DKK 10,000.

All the nominated films are screened during the festival. Some films are in English and others in Faroese. The spoken language of the festival is Faroese.