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.