The pan-European broadcasting festival celebrating the best European broadcasting programmes and Europe’s cultural diversity, will take place October 18-25 in Potsdam. The Prix Europa awards will be announced October 27.

Sweden has the most nominations (8) among Nordic countries running for best TV programmes. Two series are vying for Best TV Fiction: 

  • Caliphate (SVT/Filmlance), for which Gizem Erdogan and Amed Bozan received 2 Kristallen awards for their outstanding performances. The drama became the biggest hit ever on SVT’s streaming platform SVT Play.
  • Limboland (UR/Storyfire), shown last November on SVT and UR Play.

Two documentary films are competing in the TV Iris category celebrating cultural diversity: 

  • Josefin & Florin (Mantaray Films), winner of a Guldbagge 2020 Best Editing 
  • The Beautiful Game (B-Reel Films), selected at the last CPH:DOX 

Three public service mini-series compete for TV Documentary Programme: 

  • Gold fever-The Quiet Heist at the Royal Coin Cabinet (SVT), awarded Best TV Documentary at the Kristallen 2020 
  • Witnesses (SVT) 
  • Digital Planet: Integrity Lost (UR)

Meanwhile Mission Investigate: The Arla Dairy Farm is running for Best TV Current Affairs.

Norway has four TV nominations. 22 July (NRK), winner of the 2020 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, is vying for Best TV Fiction.

Two series are running in the TV Iris section: 

  • Immigrant-ish, NRK’s buzzed about comedy drama about three Norwegian friends rooted in different cultures is set to premiere September 21. 
  • Rawdah (NRK) about a Norwegian-Somalian supermodel, single mum and nurse premiered last March. 

Suicide on Instagram (Part 1) is running for Best TV Documentary. 

Finland has three TV nominations: 

  • Peacemaker (Yle), vying for Best TV Drama. The Finnish pubcaster’s ambitious political thriller about peace negotiations, just aired on Yle Areena September 4 and on Yle 1 September 6. The series is produced by MRP Matila Röhr Productions. 
  • Logged In is running for Best TV Documentary 
  • MOT: Tracking Your Used Garments for Best TV Current Affairs

The Yle/Mediapro crime drama The Paradise also produced by MRP Matila Röhr Productions, is representing Spain at the Prix Europa-Best TV Fiction category.

Meanwhile Iceland is showcasing the highly anticipated political series The Minister, vying for Best TV Fiction. The Sagafilm series starring Olafur Darri Ólafsson premieres September 20 on RÚV.

The series 22 July, The Paradise and the documentary Josefin & Florin were supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

For the full list of Prix Europa nominations, check: