Exclusive: Bonus Family (SE), Nobel (NO), Prisoners (IS), The Day Will Come (DK), and Love and Order (FI) have been nominated for the first Nordic TV Prize for Best Script.

The nominees were announced today by the Göteborg Film Festival that will screen the five Nordic TV dramas as part of its TV Drama Nordic Light Programme. The first Nordisk Film & TV Fond prize worth SEK 200,000 will be given out on February 2, 2017.

This year’s jury presided over by Swedish producer Lars Blomgren (Filmlance International), comprises L.A-based Swedish/US producer Gudrun Giddings, (G4C Innovation, Capital Entertainment Network), Drama Consultant Isabelle Péchou, (Drama Agency, Copenhagen) and Finnish journalist Leena Virtanen.

The 40th Göteborg Film Festival runs January 27 to February 6, 2017.

  • Sweden - BONUS FAMILY (Bonusfamiljen)
    Nominated screenwriter: Jesper Harrie
    Directors: Felix Herngren, Emma Bucht and Martin Persson
    Created by: Moa Herngren, Clara Herngren, Felix Herngren and Calle Marthin
    Produced by: FLX and SVT
    Producer: Frida Asp
    Executive Producers: Pontus Edgren, Eleonor Sager and Christian Wikander
    Original broadcaster: SVT
    10 x 45 minutes
    Bonusfamiljen features the couple Lisa (Vera Vitali) and Patrik (Erik Johansson), their three kids from previous relationships and ex-wife (Petra Mede) and husband (Fredrik Hallgren). The show portrays their complicated relationships and family constellation.
  • Norway - NOBEL
    Nominated screenwriters: Mette. M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander
    Director: Per-Olav Sørensen
    Produced by: Monster Scripted
    Producers: Håkon Briseid and Tone Rønning
    Original broadcaster: NRK
    Swedish broadcaster: SVT
    8 x 45 minutes
    In Nobel, two stories carefully intertwine as a returning soldier and family man (Aksel Hennie) becomes a pawn in a political international game. As the stakes grow higher he is forced to discover just how far one should go in the name of peace.
  • Iceland - PRISONERS (Fangar)
    Nominated screenwriters: Ragnar Bragason and Margrét Örnólfsdóttir
    Director: Ragnar Bragarson
    Created by: Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir and Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir
    Produced by: Mystery Productions
    Producer: David Olafsson
    Original broadcaster: RUV
    Swedish broadcaster: SVT
    6 x 50 minutes
    After a lifetime of mistakes, Linda (Thora Bjorg Helga) is sent to serve time in Iceland’s only women’s prison for a vicious assault that leaves her father in a coma. But no-one knows that she harbours a dark secret that could tear her family apart, a secret that could set her free.
  • Denmark - THE DAY WILL COME (Der kommer en dag)
    Nominated screenwriter: Søren Sveistrup
    Director: Jesper W. Nielsen
    Produced by: Zentropa Entertainment
    Producers: Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Louise Vesth
    Executive Producer: Marie Gade Dennesen
    Original broadcaster: TV2 Danmark
    Mini Series 3 x 45 minutes
    The year is 1967, and a blooming youth culture is on the rise. In a working-class neighbourhood of Copenhagen, the young brothers Elmer (Harald Kaiser Hermann) and Erik (Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt) are removed from their ill mother and put in the Gudbjerg Home for Boys. Here, Headmaster Heck (Lars Mikkelsen) practices his own brand of philosophy and regulation. From their very first day, the boys understand that their freedom is lost and a daily struggle for survival begins. Armed only with a vivid imagination and a fickle hope the brothers engage in the frightening battle against Headmaster Heck and his lethal tyranny.
  • Finland - LOVE AND ORDER (Myrskyn Jälkeen)
    Nominated screenwriters: Kaarina Hazard and Leea Klemola
    Director: Leea Klemola
    Produced by: Aamufilmi
    Producer: Jussi Rantamäki
    Original broadcaster: YLE
    Swedish broadcaster: SVT
    Mini Series 3 x 55 minutes
    Finland is not recovering after the devastating superstorm Tuula. Besides the damages in infrastructure, the population is also struggle to recover. Police inspector Rauni Kolehmainen tries to keep the world from falling apart.