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Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

The award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series

43:e festivalen
24 Jan -
3 Feb, 2020

'All the Sins' wins the 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen, writers of All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit), are the recipients of the 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize.

This year’s award is the third annual award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The NOK 200 000 prize is awarded the main writer(s) of the series. Six drama series –two from Norway and one each from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden- was nominated for the award.  Read more about the nominated series under Nominees 2019

An addictively intriguing crime thriller about complex relationships and small town prejudices. After a ten-year absence, Detective Lauri Räihä is sent to investigate the murders of two men in the small northern town where he grew up. Lauri seeks answers to the case only to discover other truths about himself, his home town, and whether one has the power to forgive all sins.

Scriptwriter Merja Aakko worked 15 years as a journalist specialized in human interest stories and social issues before she entered film industry. All the Sins is her debut TV drama series

Mika Ronkainen born 1970, is a writer-director who works with fiction, documentaries and theatre. All the Sins is Ronkainen’s debut TV drama series. Ronkainen was selected among Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch in 2013. He won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary at Göteborg Film Festival in 2013 for Finnish Blood Swedish Heart.

Jury statement:
“The jury had a difficult time deciding between six very different shows that all showed creative ambition and a desire to move Nordic drama forward.
In the end we decided to give the award to the show that in our opinion took the most risks in storytelling and originality in character development.

The winning series showed us a community under pressure and found new ways to deconstruct and play with the crime genre.

The 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize goes to All the Sins

This year’s jury consists of Finnish actress Laura Birn (The Innocents, A Walk Among the Tombstones), Swedish actor Alexander Karim (The Lawyer, Tyrant, Zero Dark Thirty), Swedish/American journalist and TV and podcast producer Christina Jeurling Birro (Pop Culture Confidential) and British content consultant and producer Justin Judd (Hulu, Content Media Corporation, Nevision)

All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit) credits:
Finland, 2018, 6 episodes x 45 mins
Writer: Merja Aakko, Mika Ronkainen
Director: Mika Ronkainen
Producer: Ilkka Matila
Produced by MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy for Elisa Viihde
International distributor: SKY Vision

Sygeplejeskolen

The New Nurses

Nominated writers: Claudia Boderke, Lars Mering

Denmark, 2018, 6 x 40’
Nominated writers: Claudia Boderke, Lars Mering
Director: Roni Ezra
Producer: Senia Dremstrup
Produced by SF Studios for TV2 Charlie / TV 2 Denmark
Nordic distributor: TV 2 Denmark
International distributor: REInvent Studios
In 1952 matron Margrethe launches a controversial experiment at Fredenslund Hospital: To train men as nurses. The young soldier Erik persuades Margrethe to accept him as a part of the programme, and as he joins the first mixed-gender class the upper-class girl, Anna, catches his attention. The new students want to make a difference but they are up against rigid rules, prejudices and antiquated conventions.

Kaikki synnit

All the Sins

Nominated writers: Merja Aakko, Mika Ronkainen

Finland, 2019, 6 x 45’
Nominated writers: Merja Aakko, Mika Ronkainen
Director: Mika Ronkainen
Producer: Ilkka Matila
Produced by MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy for Elisa Viihde
International distributor: Sky Vision
An addictively intriguing crime thriller about complex relationships and small town prejudices. After a ten-year absence, Detective Lauri Räihä is sent to investigate the murders of two men in the small northern town where he grew up. Lauri seeks answers to the case only to discover other truths about himself, his home town, and whether one has the power to forgive all sins.

Flateyjargátan

The Flatey Enigma

Nominated writer: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir

Iceland, 2018, 4 x 52’
Nominated writer: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir
Directors: Björn B. Björnsson
Producers: Anna Vigdís Gísladóttir, Björn B. Björnsson, Þórhallur Gunnarsson
Produced by Sagafilm / Reykjavik Films for RÚV
International distributor: Sky Vision
In the spring of 1971, Johanna, a professor of Nordic Studies is accused of murder. To prove her innocence Johanna has to solve the enigmatic riddle of The Book of Flatey, a medieval manuscript about the Kings of Norway. On her journey to solve the riddle, Johanna will have to delve deep into darkness and heartache.

Kielergata

Kieler Street

Nominated writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes, Patrik Syversen

Norway, 2018, 10 x 45’
Nominated writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes, Patrik Syversen
Directors: Patrik Syversen, Cecilie A. Mosli
Producers: Anne Kolbjørnsen, Ole Marius Araldsen, Kornelia Lund
Produced by Anagram Norway
For TV2 Norway
International distributor: ITV International
Former criminal Jonas has assumed a new identity and lives in Scandinavia’s least criminal town, but the facade starts falling apart when he realizes that several other inhabitants have hidden identities. And they’re all willing to do anything it takes to protect their new lives.

Lykkeland

State Of Happiness

Nominated writer: Mette M. Bølstad

Norway, 2018, 8 x 45’
Nominated writer: Mette M. Bølstad
Based on a concept by Siv Rajendram Eliassen, after an idea by Synnøve Hørsdal
Directors: Petter Næss & Pål Jackman
Producers: Synnøve Hørsdal and Ales Ree
Produced by Maipo Film for NRK
International distributor: DR Sales
It’s the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger, Norway. International oil companies have been test drilling for years, but nothing has been found and they are in the process of leaving. Stavanger lives off fish, and the North Sea is emptying out. Something has to happen. The town is in crisis. The night before Christmas 1969, the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. Phillips Petroleum has found the largest sub sea oil basin in history. And everything is about to change.

Den inre cirklen

The Inner Circle

Nominated writer: Håkan Lindhé

Sweden, 2019, 8 x 45’
Nominated writer: Håkan Lindhé
Co-writers: Anna Platt & Maja Winkler
Directors: Anders Hazelius, Håkan Lindhé
Producer: Håkan Hammarén
Produced by Fundament Film for Viaplay
International distributor: DRG
The Swedish political elite have all gathered at ‘Almedalen week’, the world famous political forum. The Prime Minister is expected to stand down. But who will be her successor? David Ehrling, Minister for Enterprise, sees the opportunity to fulfill his life long dream. But does he have what it takes? Is he willing to pay the price? And is it really worth it?

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series is presented by Göteborg Film Festival, the first of its kind in the Nordic region. 5-7 drama series from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is each year nominated for the award, which goes to the main writer(s) of the series. The prize worth € 20,000 is funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

The Nordic countries have stood out lately as one of the most engaging regions for drama series in the world. As a result of TV Drama Vision, Göteborg Film Festival has established itself as the most important meeting place in the Nordics for the international TV industry. In 2016, a new section Nordic Light: TV Drama was introduced within the festival programme, showcasing a wide range of new Nordic TV drama. The Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize is the another step in the festival’s commitment to drama series.

Winner 2019

All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit)

Screenwriters: Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen

Finland

Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen, writers of All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit), are the recipients of the 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize. Directed by Mika Ronkainen and produced Ilkka Matila (MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy) for Elisa Viihde. International distributor: SKY Vision.

The 2019 jury consisted of Finnish actress Laura Birn (The Innocents, A Walk Among the Tombstones), Swedish actor Alexander Karim (The Lawyer, Tyrant, Zero Dark Thirty), Swedish/American journalist and TV and podcast producer Christina Jeurling Birro (Pop Culture Confidential) and British content consultant and producer Justin Judd (Hulu, Content Media Corporation, Nevision)

All nominated series 2019
All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit), Finland. Nominated writers: Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen (2019 winner)
The Flatey Enigma (Flatey Jargátan), Iceland. Nominated writer: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir
The Inner Circle (Den inre cirkeln), Sweden. Nominated writer: Håkan Lindhé

Kieler Street (Kielergata), Norway. Nominated writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes, Patrik Syversen
The New Nurses (Sygeplejeskolen), Denmark. Nominated writers: Claudia Boderke, Lars Mering
State of Happiness (Lykkeland), Norway. Nominated writer: Mette M. Bølstad

Winner 2018

Ride Upon The Storm (Herrens Veje)

Writer: Adam Price

Denmark

Adam Price, writer of the Danish TV series Ride Upon the Storm (Herrens veje), was the recipient of the 2018 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize. Directed by Kaspar Munk and produced by Camilla Hammerich at DR Drama for DR. International distributor: Studiocanal.

The 2018 jury consisted of jury president Walter Iuzzolino, Italy/UK, TV executive/curator of the streaming service Walter Presents; Sofia Helin, Sweden, actress (Bron/The Bridge) and Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros, Finland, entertainment journalist, board member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association TV committee.

All nominated series 2018
Ride Upon the Storm (Herrens veje) Denmark. Nominated writer: Adam Price (2018 winner)
Stella Blómkvist, Iceland. Nominated writers: Jóhann Ævar Grímsson, Andri Óttarsson and Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
The Lawyer (Advokaten), Sweden. Nominated writers: Karin Gidfors and Charlotte Lesche
Deadwind (Karppi), Finland. Nominated writers: Rike Jokela, Kirsi Porkka and Jari Olavi Rantala
Borderliner (Grenseland), Norway. Nominated writers: Megan Gallagher, Alexander Opsal, Bjørn Ekeberg

Winner 2017

Nobel

Writers: Mette. M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander

Norway

The first Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize in 2017 was awarded to Nobel (Norway) written by Stephen Uhlander and Mette M. Bølstad. The series is directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and produced by Håkon Briseid and Tone Rønning from Monster Scripted.

The 2017 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury consisted of Head of Jury Lars Blomgren Managing Director at Filmlance (Sweden), LA-based Swedish-American producer Gudrun Giddings from G4C Innovation (USA), Drama Consultant Isabelle Pechou (Denmark/France) and Film/TV critic Leena Virtanen (Finland).

All nominated series 2017
Nobel, Norway. Nominated writers: Mette. M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander  (2017 winner)
The Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen), Sweden. Nominated writer: Jesper Harrie
The Day Will Come (Der kommer en dag), Denmark. Nominated writer: Søren Sveistrup
Love and Order (Myrskyn Jälkeen), Finland. Nominated writer: Kaarina Hazard and Leea Klemola
Prisoners (Fangar), Iceland. Nominated writers: Ragnar Bragason and Margrét Örnólfsdóttir

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