Meet the 5 nominated
candidates for the Nordic
Council Filmprize 2016!

Nordic Council Film Prize 2016

The 5 nominated candidates for Nordic Council Film Prize 2016 are now announced!

Films eligible for the Filmprize 2016 must be Nordic-produced full-length feature film with cinema distribution, and have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. 

The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday November 1st in DR Concert Hall, Copenhagen.


Land of Mine

  • Director: Martin Zandvliet
  • Producer: Mikael Rieks
  • Country: Denmark
  • Original title: Under sandet

Land of Mine

As WW2 approaches an end, a group of German POWs – boys rather than men – are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task: the defusing and clearing of land mines along the Danish coast. The boys, who have had little or no training, soon discover the war to be far from over.

Inspired by real events, Land of Mine reveals the untold story of a tragic moment in post-war history.

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

  • Director: Juho Kuosmanen
  • Producer: Jussi Rantamäki
  • Country: Finland
  • Original title: Hymyilevä mies

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Summer 1962. Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, the road to fame and fortune lies waiting for him. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.

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  • Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Producer: Mikkel Jersin
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Þrestir


Sixteen-year-old Ari is living with his mother in Reykjavik when suddenly he is sent to the remote West Fjords to live with his father. He finds that his relationship with his father has become difficult, and his childhood friends have changed. In these seemingly hopeless surroundings, Ari must rise to the occasion and find his own way.

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Louder Than Bombs

  • Director: Joachim Trier
  • Producer: Thomas Robsahm
  • Country: Norway
  • Original title: Louder Than Bombs

Louder Than Bombs

An upcoming exhibition to celebrate photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son, Jonah, back to the family home, compelling him to spend more time with his father, Gene, and his withdrawn younger brother, Conrad, whom he hasn’t seen in years. With the three of them under one roof, Gene tries to connect with his sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings for the woman whom they all remember very differently.

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The Here After

  • Director: Magnus von Horn
  • Producer: Madeleine Ekman
  • Country: Sweden
  • Original title: Efterskalv

The Here After

When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to starting his life afresh. However, in the local community, his crime is neither forgotten nor forgiven. John’s presence brings out the worst in everyone around him and a lynch-mob atmosphere slowly takes shape. Feeling abandoned by his former friends and the people he loves, John loses hope and the same aggressions that previously sent him to prison start building up again. Unable to leave the past behind, he decides to confront it.

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About Nordic Council Film Prize

The purpose of the Nordic Council prizes is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and in environmental co-operation, as well as to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives. The prizes seek furthermore to raise the profile of Nordic co-operation and increase its visibility.

The prize-winning film
The winner of the prize will each year be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council. The prize is awarded to an artistically significant, Nordic-produced full-length feature film with cinema distribution. The film must have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016. The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.

Criteria for nomination
The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, distinguish themselves by their artistic originality, and combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art. 

National and Nordic jury
Each national jury consists of three members appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers of Culture). The members are selected from prominent figures whose work relates analytically and critically to film.

Each national jury has a three-year tenure, and the members of the national juries for 2016 are:

Denmark:   Per Juul Carlsen*, Jakob Wendt Jensen, Eva Novrup Redvall

Finland:    Jaana Puskala*, Harri Römpötti, Outi Heiskanen

Iceland:    Hilmar Oddsson*, Börkur Gunnarsson, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Norway:   Silje Riise Næss*, Kalle Løchen, Britt Sørensen

Sweden:   Jannike Åhlund*, Jon Asp, Kristina Börjeson

The Nordic jury is made up of the heads (*) of each of the national juries.

Event Dates

Icelandic Film Prize event
14 - 18 September 2016

Háskólabíó, Reykjavík

Contact: Ísleifur Þórhallsson

Finnish Film Prize event
15 - 25 September 2016

Love & Anarchy - Helsinki Int. Film Festival

Contact: Sara Norberg

Danish Film Prize event
9 October 2016

Grand Teatret, Copenhagen

Contact: Kim Foss

Swedish Film Prize event
10 - 16 October 2016

Best of Norden, Stockholm

Contact: Åsa Jacobsson

Norwegian Film Prize event
22 - 23 October 2016

Nordisk Filmhelg, Oslo

Contact: Jan Langlo

Nordic Council Filmprize event
1 November 2016

Nordic Films at PIX, Copenhagen

Contact: Freddy Neumann / Louise H. Johansen /

Award Ceremony
1 November 2016

Nordic Council Prizes 
DR Concert Hall, CPH

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