GunHil is co-founded by Gunnar Karlsson and Hilmar Sigurdsson, long-time collaborators in creative ventures, ranging from advertising through design and into animation and film. GunHil started out of the basement of Gunnar’s house in Reykjavík on April 1st, 2012. After formation, GunHil was soon joined by Haukur Sigurjonsson to lead production and operate our Swedish wing and then Árni Geir Pálsson took a stake and became the chairman of the company.
In 2017, they sold the company to Sagafilm, Iceland’s oldest production company which Hilmar then lead for six years. Upon sale of Sagafilm in summer of 2023, the old partners bought back their animation company and headed back to base with the company.
In 2018, GunHil released the animated feature film ‘Ploey – You Never Fly Alone‘ to domestic success as well as being sold for theatrical distribution in over 70 countries. ‘Ploey’ holds the record for most attendees and biggest box-office revenue of any Icelandic Film. This was their second feature animation, as Hilmar produced and Gunnar visually created and co-directed ‘Legends of Valhalla – THOR‘ which was released in 2011. Prior to that, they had created and successfully put to market two half-hours ‘Anna and the Moods‘ (2007) and ‘The Lost Little Caterpillar‘ (2002) which was the first ever CGI Animated film made in Iceland and is still the most attended short in cinemas in Iceland.
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