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The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

Five Nordic drama series are nominated for the NOK 200,000 (€20,000) Nordic drama series screenwriting award, presented at Göteborg Film Festivals TV Drama Vision.

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

Five drama series from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden have been nominated for the prize, which will be awarded to the main writer.



The winner(s) will be announced at an award ceremony on the evening of February 1, 2023.

Liselott Forsman, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond says:
"On behalf of the Fund, I congratulate the nominated talents from the five Nordic countries. Today there is a richness of genres and styles in our region, which is clearly reflected in this year's selection. I look forward to hearing these gifted writers share their thoughts on stage in Gothenburg and, of course, to the jury's final reflections, who, once again, will have a tough job. I want to thank TV Drama Vision for a good collaboration on the award that sheds extra light on the important art of series writing."

Cia Edström, Head of TV Drama Vision at Göteborg Film Festival says:
“We are very pleased to announce this year's nominated series for the seventh annual screenplay award. This year’s selection of series truly shows the multifaceted quality of Nordic drama and the rich diversity of creative talent from the region.”

The 2022 winners of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize were writers Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Mikael Torfason for the Icelandic TV Drama Blackport (Verbúðin).

TV Drama Vision runs from February 1 – 2, 2023 in Göteborg's old opera house, Stora Teatern. Read more and get an accreditation here.

The 46th Göteborg Film Festival takes place from January 27 until February 5, 2023.

The nominated series are:

  • As Long as We Live (Svo lengi sem við lifum)
    Iceland, 6x40’
    Nominated writer: Aníta Briem
    Commissioner: Channel 2 Iceland
    Produced by: Glassriver
    Producer: Arnbjörg Hafliðadóttir
    Director: Katrín Björgvinsdóttir
    Sales: Eccho Rights
    Premiere: Q3 2023
    Beta, a once promising musician finds herself in a marriage at a breaking point, achingly lonely and struggling to be the mother she wants to be to her toddler in the attempt to live inside the neat little box she thinks societal norms require of her. When their new au-pair, a young man, starts to propose little “flirting-assignments” for them to do, Beta is in for a roller coaster ride…

The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

As Long As We live / PHOTO: Lilja Jons
  • Blackwater (Händelser vid vatten)
    Sweden, 6x58’
    Nominated writers: Maren Louise Käehne, Karin Arrhenius
    Commissioner: SVT
    Produced by: Apple Tree Productions
    Producer: Piv Bernth, Helene Lindholm
    Director: Mikael Marcimain
    Sales agent: ITV Studios
    Premiere: January 13 (SVT Play), January 15 (SVT 1)
    On a Midsummer’s night in 1973, two tourists are found murdered in a tent, far up in the mountains of Northern Sweden, near the small town of Blackwater. An incident that intersects the lives of three random people, intertwining their destinies for better and for worse. And which, after years of repression, is brought back to life, interfering with the lives they now lead. The series is based on Kerstin Ekman’s award-winning novel Blackwater (Händelser Vid Vatten).

The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

Blackwater, Handelser vid vatten, Jesper Sjolander, Cecilia Nilsson / PHOTO: Joe Maples
  • Carmen Curlers
    Denmark, 8x58’
    Nominated writer: Mette Heeno
    Commissioner: DR
    Produced by: DR Drama
    Producer: Stinna Lassen
    Directors: Natasha Arthy, Christian Tafdrup, Josefine Kirkeskov, Lisa Jespersen
    Sales agent: DR Sales
    Premiere: September 30, 2022, DRTV
    Carmen Curlers is about the entrepreneur Axel Byvang and his resourceful housewife Birthe Windfeld who starts the fastest growing enterprise in the world in the 1960s: Carmen Curlers. The story accelerates in 1963 when Axel stumbles across an invention: the electric curler. In spite of many obstacles, debts and the locals who think he is crazy, he and Birthe manage to create an international success.


The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

Carmen Curlers, Rosalinde Mynster, Morten Hee Andersen / PHOTO: Tine Harden
  • The Invincibles (Rosvopankki)
    Finland, 8x42-48’
    Nominated writer: Matti Kinnunen
    Co-writer: Mikko Reitala
    Commissioner: Elisa Viihde
    Produced by: Moskito Television
    Producer: Mari Kinnunen
    Director: Matti Kinnunen
    Sales agent: Fremantle
    Premiere: March 2023
    In the late 1980s as banking became unregulated in Finland, international capital and investment flowed into the country sparking the biggest banking war in Finnish history. Inspired by real life events, this drama thriller focuses on questions of justice, human dignity, and the might of money and power. What happens when greed gets out of control?

The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

The Invincibles, Rosvopankki, Pekka Strang, Amanda Pilke / PHOTO: Heikki Leis
  • Kids in Crime
    Norway, 8x22’
    Nominated writer: Kenneth Karlstad
    Co-writer: Audun Fagervold Hansen
    Commissioner: TV2 Norge
    Produced by: Einar Film Drama
    Producers: Brede Hovland, Teodor Sven Bø & Pål Kruke Kristiansen
    Director: Kenneth Karlstad
    Sales: Federation Studios
    Premiere: November 25, 2022
    Kids in Crime is an unusual coming-of-age series, set in the year 2001. The series is about the three teens, Tommy, Pål and Monica, who get into trouble after incurring a large debt to the local drug lord Freddy Hell. In the midst of this chaos, they move into a house, to party and use as much drugs as possible. But all parties come to an end, and this particular end could be bloody.

The nominees for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2023 are revealed

Kids in Crime, Jakob Oftebro / PHOTO: Einar Film Drama