Steven Meyers will be the first head of Film Department at the IUA, but the establishment of the department has been on the agenda of the university since it was founded at the turn of the century so his hiring is a turning point in the history of Icelandic cinema.
Steven completed a BA in sociology from the University of Michigan, a diploma in filmmaking from the Academy of Film and Television (FAMU) in Prague, and an MFA in film directing from the Columbia University School of the Arts. He has established himself as a recognized professional in screenwriting and film consulting. Steven has worked as a consultant at the Icelandic Film Centre since 2013, and earlier worked as a screenwriter and script consultant for various film producers since 2007. In addition, Steven has written and directed five short films, which have been screened at the Palm Springs Short Film Festival and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, among others.
Steven has extensive teaching experience in both screenwriting and directing and has organized and taught in a variety of filmmaking workshops both in Iceland and abroad, for students and professionals alike, and has been a leading voice in efforts to bring university-level film education to Iceland. As part of these efforts, he has served on steering groups for both film curriculum development at the university level and for the establishment of a film department at the Iceland University of the Arts.
The hiring of Steven Meyers is a turning point in the history of Icelandic cinema. Steven will be the first head of Film Department at the IUA, but the establishment of the department has been on the agenda of the university since it was founded at the turn of the century.
A long-awaited milestone has therefore been reached in Iceland, as this important medium is now given the space to develop along with other artistic disciplines at the university level.
We welcome Steven and wish him well in the development of filmmaking within the community of the arts at the IUA, in close collaboration with the professional field both within Iceland and abroad.