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Fridrik Thór Fridriksson was born in 1954. Self-educated in filmmaking, he started making 16 mm short films while still at school. He ran the Icelandic University film club from 1974-1978 where he promoted popularized film classics and art films. He was also founder, editor and film critic of Iceland's first film magazine. Fridriksson was a driving force in establishing the Reykjavik Film Festival in 1978 and has been one of its leaders ever since. His films include: White Whales (1987), the OSCAR-nominted Children of Nature (1991), Cold Fever (1994), Movie Days (1994), Devil's Island (1996), Angels of the Universe (2000), On Top Down Under (2002), Falcons (2002), and Niceland (2004).