About Us


Join Motion Pictures (JMP) is an independent, boutique production company producing mainly director-driven feature films with high artistic quality and international appeal. The company was established in Reykjavík, Iceland in 2007 and is co-owned by producer Anton Mani Svansson and writer-director-producer Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. JMP started producing short films and music videos in 2007 with a focus on forging long-lasting working relationships with writer-directors, a dynamic that has resulted in over 160 awards for films sold to over 60 countries with premieres at A festivals around the world: Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, and IDFA. JMP films own 40% of the total international awards for Icelandic film & TV productions between 2013-2020. Furthermore, JMP's productions have received the following accolades: the European University Film Award in 2017, nomination for the Nordic Council Film Prize three years in a row (2017-2019), long list selection for European Film Awards in 2017 and 2019, Best Actor nomination for the European Film Awards 2019, and Iceland's contribution to the International Feature Award at the Oscars 2020. 

The Team

The People of JMP

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Anton Máni Svansson



Anton Máni studied psychology, philosophy, and scriptwriting at the University of Iceland before he began producing short films and music videos in 2004. He co-founded Join Motion Pictures in Reykjavik in 2007 with the goal of creating strong working relationships with writer-directors. Svansson is an EAVE European Producer Workshop graduate from 2014, was appointed EFP Producer on the Move in Cannes 2017, and won a Lorens Award for Best Producer the same year in Goteborg Film Festival for feature film HEARTSTONE. He is a member of the European Film Academy, a board member of ÍKSA - the Icelandic Film and TV Academy, and a board member of SÍK - Association of Icelandic Film Producers. 

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson



Gudmundur Arnar  graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy in Fine Art.  After graduation he moved to Denmark and studied screenwriting. His short films and feature debut have been selected for more than 200 festivals and have won over 100 international awards. Among these accolades are Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and a nomination for the European Film Awards. Gudmundsson developed and wrote his feature film HEARTSTONE during a Cannes Cinéfondation Residency.

Lára Theódóra Kettler

Junior Producer


Lára started out in live TV at the National Broadcasting Company of Iceland where she worked multiple roles, such as Script Supervisor and Assistant Producer on numerous productions. She studied at the National Film and Television School, in the United Kingdom, and graduated with a diploma in Production Management for Film and TV. During her studies at the NFTS, Lára's focus was on sustainable and green productions, a facet of the film industry she wishes to continue studying throughout her career. After graduation Lára has worked as a Production Manager and Co-Producer on short films. Lára made her way back to Iceland in 2020 and worked as Script Supervisor and Assistant to the Director and DOP on JMP's upcoming feature, Chicken Boy, before joining the company as Junior Producer.

Lola Leighton

Producer Assistant


Lola moved to Iceland in the fall of 2017 after having lived in New York City and Maine, where she studied literature and art. In the winter of 2019, after attending a screenwriting lab at the Reykjavík Feminist Film Festival led by producer Gabrielle Kelley, Lola began pursuing her passion for film in earnest. She started working at Stockfish Film Festival, held annually in Iceland at the beginning of March, and most recently worked as an assistant to the Print Traffic Coordinator at the 17th Edition of the Reykjavík International Film Festival. Lola joined JMP as a Producer Assistant in January of 2021.