Hilmar Oddsson, the Dean of the Icelandic Film School, completed his studies from the Munich Film University, HFF, in 1986. He has directed (and co-written) five films (including "As the Beast Dieth" and "Cold Light", both of which have won a number of local and international prizes) and a host of telefilms and shorts, in addition to making a number of documentaries ("The Dieter Roth Puzzle") and directing more than a hundred TV shows. He has written a number of articles about films and has discussed film on TV.
Hilmar has taught at the Icelandic School of Drama and now at the Icelandic FIlm School. Also he has conducted a number of filmmaking courses. Hilmar is also known for his music, was on the board of directors at the Icelandic Symphonic Orchestra for over eight years and has composed music for records, theater and few of his own films.