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NFTF Prize 2018 Jury Walter Iuzzolino, Sofia Helin, Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros / PHOTO: Jesper Hallén

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

Five Nordic drama series have been selected to compete for the SEK 200,000 (€20, 000) Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, which will be presented at TV Drama Vision in Göteborg.

Press release Göteborg Film Festival/Nordisk Film & TV Fond January 10, 2018

To download full press release - click here.

The award for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be handed out for the second time in Göteborg. One drama series each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is nominated for the award, which goes to the main writer(s) of the series. The first two episodes of the nominated series will be shown to audiences at the Göteborg Film Festival, and the winners will be announced at the festival’s TV Drama Vision conference on January 31st, 2018.

This year's jury consists of Sofia Helin, Sweden, actress (Bron/The Bridge); Walter Iuzzolino, Italy/UK, TV executive/curator of the streaming service Walter Presents; and Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros, Finland, entertainment journalist, board member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association TV committee. 

Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond, said: “Initiating this prize a year ago was a great success. Buzz and debate rose on the appreciation of scriptwriters, creators of story layers and characters, and now we have a chance to witness how the writing has evolved. I think we need to look deeper into the process of mastering this skill, and highly trust TV Drama Vision and the Göteborg Film Festival in their efforts to create a great festival and professional conference."

Cia Edström, Head of Industry at Göteborg Film Festival, said: ”We are proud to again this year be presenting the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize at TV Drama Vision. As we all know, good scripts are key to successful TV drama, so we are especially happy that this award puts a spotlight on and rewards this profession.”   


BORDERLINER (Grenseland) Norway, 2017, 8 x 60’  
Nominated writers: Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal, Bjørn Ekeberg 
Created by: Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal  
Director: Gunnar Viken Producers: Håkon Briseid, Bård Fjulsrud
Produced by Monster Scripted for TV2 
International Distributor: DRG 
Faced with a tragedy in his family, honest Oslo cop Nikolai (Tobias Santelmann) decides to cover up a murder case to protect them. But when co-investigator Anniken (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) suspects foul play, he is trapped in a dangerous game on duty.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

Borderliner, Grenseland / PHOTO: Monster Scripted

DEADWIND (Karppi) Finland, 2018, 12 x 52’
Nominated writers: Rike Jokela, Kirsi Porkka, Jari Olavi Rantala
Director: Rike Jokela
Producers: Riina Hyytiä, Jojo Uimonen
Produced by Dionysos Films for YLE
International distributor: About Premium Content (APC)
Deadwind is a crime drama series mixing crime investigation and personal drama. The main character is Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala), a female detective in her 40’s who has just lost her husband and is left alone with two children to take care of.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

Deadwind, Pihla Viitala / PHOTO: Dionysos Films

THE LAWYER (Advokaten) Sweden, 2017, 10 x 44’
Based on an idea by Jens Lapidus, Hans Rosenfeldt, Michael Hjorth
Nominated writers: Karin Gidfors, Charlotte Lesche
Directors: Geir Henning Hopland, David Berron
Producers: Nicklas Wikström Nicastro, Joakim Hansson
Produced by SF Studios for Viaplay/TV3
International distributor: Studiocanal
Frank Nordling (Alexander Karim) is a young and exceptionally promising defense lawyer. When he learns the truth behind his parents’ death, his whole world unravels. When he finds out who was responsible, he feels compelled to seek revenge.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

The Lawyer Advokaten Alexander Karim / PHOTO: Sf Studios

RIDE UPON THE STORM (Herrens veje) Denmark, 2017 10 x 60’
Nominated writer: Adam Price
Director: Kaspar Munk
Producer: Camilla Hammerich
Produced by: DR Drama for DR
International distributor: Studiocanal
The character-driven drama explores good and evil and the spiritual journey towards seeking a greater meaning in life. The story centres on a family of priests that traces its roots back more than 250 years.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

Ride Upon The Storm Herrens Veje / PHOTO: Dr

STELLA BLÓMKVIST Iceland, 2017, 3 x 90’ or 6 x 45’
Based on the best-selling crime novels written under the pseudonym Stella Blómkvist
Nominated writers: Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Andri Óttarsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Director: Óskar Þór Axelsson
Producers: Kjartan Thor Thordarson, Anna Vigdís Gísladóttir, Thorhallur Gunnarsson
Produced by Sagafilm for Síminn/Viaplay
International distributor: Red Arrow International
Stella Blomkvist (Heida Reed) a ruthless and cunning lawyer, takes on mysterious and often dangerous murder cases and only loves rules when she's breaking them.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees and jury unveiled

Stella Blomkvist / PHOTO: Sagafilm

More information about the screenings of the nominated series Göteborg Film Festival: CLICK HERE.

For more information about the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize: Petri Kemppinen, CEO Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Press photos:

Cia Edström, Head of Industry, Göteborg Film Festival,, +46 70 872 23 73