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Nordic Council Film Prize 2017

Films eligible for the Filmprize 2017 must be Nordic-produced full-length feature films with cinema distribution, and have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. 

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.

Scroll down for a presentation of the 2017-nominees, more infomation about the Film Prize, our Film Events and contact information.



  • Director: Christian Tafdrup
  • Producer: Nordisk Film Production, Thomas Heinesen
  • Country: Denmark
  • Original title: Forældre


When their son Esben moves away from home, middle-aged Danish couple Kjeld and Vibeke are left with a sense of uncertainty and lack of purpose. In an attempt to reignite the magic of their younger days, they move into the old student apartment where they first fell in love. The experience changes them in strange and unexpected ways. Literally recapturing their youth, they wake up one morning to find themselves 30 years younger – and they are forced to recognise that the past they once knew might no longer exist.

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Little Wing

  • Director: Selma Vilhunen
  • Producer: Making Movies, Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho
  • Country: Finland
  • Original title: Tyttö nimeltä Varpu

Little Wing

Little Wing tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who is rapidly approaching adulthood while her mother Siru (Paula Vesala) refuses to grow up. One night, Varpu has had enough of her horse-riding friends and her mother. She steals a car and drives north in search of the father she has never met. Finding him awakens something in both Varpu and Siru, and they begin to realise the roles they play in each other’s lives and in the world.

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  • Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
  • Producer: SF Studios Production/Join Motion Pictures, Anton Máni Svansson, Lise Orheim Stender, Jesper Morthorst, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Hjartasteinn


In a remote Icelandic fishing village, teenage boys Þór and Kristján experience a turbulent summer of emotional discovery and sexual awakening. As one tries to win the heart of a girl, the other begins to recognise new feelings toward his best friend. As summer ends, and harshness of Icelandic nature starts to reassert itself, the time has come to leave the playground and face adulthood.

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Hunting Flies

  • Director: Izer Aliu
  • Producer: The End, Khalid Maimouni
  • Country: Norway
  • Original title: Fluefangeren

Hunting Flies

Hunting Flies is a political metaphor about the rise and fall of dictatorship set in a classroom over the course of one intense day. Ghani, an idealistic teacher, loses his job on the first day of school. Making one last attempt to get it back, he locks his students inside the classroom, forcing them to resolve a generation-long conflict between their villages.

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Sámi Blood

  • Director: Amanda Kernell
  • Producer: Nordisk Film Production, Lars G. Lindström
  • Country: Sweden
  • Original title: Sameblod

Sámi Blood

Fourteen-year-old Elle Marja is a reindeer-herding Sámi girl. Confronted by the racism of the 1930s and demeaning racial examinations at her boarding school, she starts to dream of another life. But to realise her dream, she must become someone else, which means severing all ties with her family and culture.

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About Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council prizes aim to increase interest in culture and in collaboration on environmental issues, to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives and to raise the profile and increase the visibility of Nordic co-operation.

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 2016 and 30 June 2017. 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 for 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 2017 are:

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

Finland:    Jaana Puskala*, Harri Römpötti, Mikaela Westerlund

Iceland:    Silja Hauksdóttir*, Börkur Gunnarsson, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Norway:   Inger Merete Hobbelstad*, Kalle Løchen, Britt Sørensen

Sweden:   Kristina Börjeson*, Emma Gray-Munthe, Gunnar Bergdahl

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

Event Dates

Icelandic Film Prize event
7 - 13 September 2017

Bio Paradis, Reykjavík

Contact: Hrönn Sveinsdóttir

Finnish Film Prize event
14 - 24 September 2017

Love & Anarchy - Helsinki Int. Film Festival

Contact: Anna Möttölä

Danish Film Prize event
18 - 21 September 2017

Øst for Paradis, Aarhus

Contact: Rikke Johnsen

Swedish Film Prize event
20 - 22 October 2017

Best of Norden, Stockholm

Contact: Åsa Jacobsson

Norwegian Film Prize event
28 - 29 October 2017

Nordisk Filmhelg, Oslo

Contact: Jan Langlo

Award Ceremony
1 November 2017

Nordic Council Prizes 
Finlandia House, Helsinki


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