Erlingur Thoroddsen is an award winning writer and director born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland, and a graduate from Columbia University's MFA Film Directing Program. Erlingur’s films have screened at various international festivals such as South By Southwest, Outfest, BFI London Film Festival, Gothenburg International Film Festival, Puchon International Film Festival, and Screamfest.


Erlingur recently completed directing the feature film The Piper for Millennium Films, which he also wrote. Inspired by the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, this dark modern day fairytale tells the story of a composer who discovers that her latest concerto has summoned a deadly evil. It stars Charlotte Hope and Julian Sands with original music by renowned composer Christopher Young.

Prior to The Piper, Erlingur wrote the Blumhouse slasher film, Midnight Kiss, and wrote as well as directed the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller, Rift. Praised by Bloody Disgusting as a “must see” and hailed by Fantastic Fest as a “gorgeous, concentrated rumination on love and loss and the fear inherent in both,” Rift was awarded Artistic Achievement at the 2017 Outfest Film Festival, and will be reimagined by Netflix with an English language update, which Erlingur will write and direct. Erlingur has also written and will direct an adaptation of Icelandic crime-author Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s bestselling thriller Kuldi, scheduled for production in 2022.