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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2021

For the 5th consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be presented during the Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision industry event.  

Five Nordic drama series have been announced as nominees for the Prize. The award goes to the series' main writer(s). The first episode of the nominated series will be included in the Göteborg Film Festival programme. The five Nordic drama series nominated will compete for NOK 200,000 (€ 20,000). The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on 3 February 2021 during the online edition of TV Drama Vision.

Liselott Forsman, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond says: “The Fund is extremely proud to celebrate Nordic script writing, in partnership with Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision, by shedding extra light on the talents behind these five enchanting narrations. The variety of form and expression shows the present high Nordic quality in multiple genres, in old, new and mixed ones. Congratulations to all nominees!”

Cia Edström, Head of TV Drama Vision at Göteborg Film Festival says: “In this time of social distancing, engaging and diverse stories that bring us together is more important ever. The Göteborg Film Festival is very proud to present the nominees for the fifth Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize.”

This year’s Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury that will select the winner, consists of the Israeli Emmy Award-winning producer and Head of International Content Development at The Mediapro Studio Ran Tellem (Homeland, The Head), Danish Festival Director of THIS - Future Stories & Engagement and Aarhus Series Felicia Elisabeth Jackson, and acclaimed Swedish actor Evin Ahmad (The Rain, Beyond Dreams, Snabba Cash reboot).

Scroll down for full information about the nominees, the prize and previous year's winners and nominees.

NOMINATED 2021

Cry Wolf

2020
  • Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen, May El-Toukhy, Samanou Sahlstrøm, Niclas Bendixen
  • Producer: DR Drama, Claudia Saginario
  • Country: Denmark
  • Original title: Ulven kommer

Cry Wolf

Nominated writer: Maja Jul Larsen

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NOMINATED 2021

Cargo

  • Director: Matti Kinnunen
  • Producer: Fremantle Finland, Kirsi Hatara, Rea Dominicy, Joonas Hytönen
  • Country: Finland
  • Original title: Rahti

Cargo

Nominated writer: Matti Kinnunen

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NOMINATED 2021

Sisterhood

  • Director: Silja Hauksdóttir
  • Producer: Sagafilm, Tinna Proppé, Hilmar Sigurðsson, Kjartan Thor Thordarson
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Systrabönd

Sisterhood

Nominated writer: Jóhann Ævar Grímsson

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NOMINATED 2021

Welcome to Utmark

  • Director: Dagur Kári
  • Producer: Paradox, Finn Gjerdrum, Stein Kvae
  • Country: Norway
  • Original title: Velkommen til Utmark

Welcome to Utmark

Nominated writer: Kim Fupz Aakeson

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NOMINATED 2021

Thin Blue Line

2021
  • Director: Sanna Lenken, Anders Hazelius, Mikael Hansson
  • Producer: Anagram Sverige, Martin Persson, Erik Magnusson
  • Country: Sweden
  • Original title: Tunna blå linjen

Thin Blue Line

Nominated writer: Cilla Jackert

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About Nordic Film & TV Fond Prize

Purpose
Nordic Film & TV Fond Prize's purpose is to strengthen Nordic drama series internationally and put the spotlight on the scriptwriter's important role in Nordic drama series. 

The competition is part of Göteborg Film Festival's focus on TV-drama. The series nominated for best script is part of the festival's Nordic Light: TV Drama section. The nominated scriptwriters are usually invited to GFF to participate in e.g. seminars and meet the festival audience in connection with the screenings. The plans for 2021's digital edition of GFF is still to be announced.

The prize-winning drama series
The winner will be announced during TV Drama Vision, 3 February 2021. The winner receives NOK 200,000 (approx.€ 20,000) and the winning script writer(s) will during the year be invited to various festivals by GFF.

Previous winners are Sara Johnsen (22 July), Merja Aakko & Mika Ronkainen (All the Sins), Adam Price (Ride Upon the Storm) and Mette M. Bølstad & Stephen Uhlander (Nobel).

Criteria for nomination
A selection group will shortlist a number of series, from that list five series will be chosen to compete for the Nordic Film & TV Fond Prize. One from each Nordic country. First seasons will be prioritised.

The jury
The jury will consist of minimum three experienced professionals (e.g. journalists, script writers and bestselling authors). At least one of them of non-Nordic origin. The jury's decision will be based on the script and at least 2-3 episodes of the series. This year’s jury consists of Ran Tellem, Felicia Elisabeth Jackson and Evin Ahmad.

Event Dates

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

CEO
Liselott Forsman
liselott@nftvfond.com

Göteborg Film Festival

Head of Industry
Cia Edström
cia.edstrom@goteborgfilmfestival.se