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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled


Five Nordic drama series have been selected to compete for the SEK 200,000 (€20,000) Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, which will be presented at TV Drama Vision in Göteborg.

The award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be handed out for the second time in Göteborg. One drama series each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is nominated for the award, which goes to the main writer(s) of the series. The first two episodes of the nominated series will be shown to audiences at the Göteborg Film Festival, and the winners will be announced at the festival’s TV Drama Vision conference on January 31, 2018.

This year's jury consists of jury president Walter Iuzzolino, Italy/UK, TV executive/curator of the streaming service Walter Presents; Sofia Helin, Sweden, actress (Bron/The Bridge); and Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros, Finland, entertainment journalist, board member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association TV committee.




Sofia Helin



Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros



Walter Iuzzolino



Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond, said: “Initiating this prize a year ago was a great success. Buzz and debate rose on the appreciation of scriptwriters, creators of story layers and characters, and now we have a chance to witness how the writing has evolved. I think we need to look deeper into the process of mastering this skill, and highly trust TV Drama Vision and the Göteborg Film Festival in their efforts to create a great festival and professional conference."

Cia Edström, Head of Industry at Göteborg Film Festival, said: ”We are proud to again this year be presenting the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize at TV Drama Vision. As we all know, good scripts are key to successful TV drama, so we are especially happy that this award puts a spotlight on and rewards this profession.”






Juliette Binoche, Angelo Chricchi


Iceland, 2017
3 x 90’ or 6 x 45’
Based on the best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Stella Blómkvist
Nominated writer: Jóhann Ævar Grímsson
Director: Óskar Þór Axelsson
Producer: Kjartan Thor Thordarson
Produced by Sagafilm for Síminn/Viaplay
International distributor: Red Arrow International

Stella Blomkvist (Heida Reed) a ruthless and cunning lawyer, takes on mysterious and often dangerous murder cases and only loves rules when she's breaking them.


Alicia Vikander, Johan Bergmark

THE LAWYER (Advokaten)

Sweden, 2017
10 x 44’
Based on an idea by Jens Lapidus, Hans Rosenfeldt, Michael Hjorth
Nominated writers: Karin Gidfors, Charlotte Lesche
Directors: Geir Henning Hopland, David Berron
Producers: Nicklas Wikström Nicastro, Joakim Hansson
Produced by SF Studios for Viaplay/TV3
International distributor: Studiocanal

Frank Nordling (Alexander Karim) is a young and exceptionally promising defense lawyer. When he learns the truth behind his parents’ death, his whole world unravels. When he finds out who was responsible, he feels compelled to seek revenge.





Finland, 2018
12 x 52’
Nominated writers: Rike Jokela, Kirsi Porkka, Jari Olavi Rantala
Director: Rike Jokela
Producers: Riina Hyytiä, Jojo Uimonen
Produced by Dionysos Films for YLE
International distributor: About Premium Content (APC)

Deadwind is a crime drama series mixing crime investigation and personal drama. The main character is Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala), a female detective in her 40’s who has just lost her husband and is left alone with two children to take care of.



RIDE UPON THE STORM (Herrens veje)

Denmark, 2017
10 x 60’
Nominated writer: Adam Price
Director: Kaspar Munk
Producer: Camilla Hammerich
Produced by DR Drama for DR
International distributor: Studiocanal

The character-driven drama explores good and evil and the spiritual journey towards seeking a greater meaning in life. The story centres on a family of priests that traces its roots back more than 250 years.





BORDERLINER (Grenseland)

Norway, 2017
8 x 60’
Nominated writers: Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal, Bjørn Ekeberg
Created by: Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal
Director: Gunnar Vikene
Producers: Håkon Briseid, Bård Fjulsrud
Produced by Monster Scripted for TV2
International Distributor: DRG

Faced with a tragedy in his family, honest Oslo cop Nikolai (Tobias Santelmann) decides to cover up a murder case to protect them. But when co-investigator Anniken (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) suspects foul play, he is trapped in a dangerous game on duty.



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