45:e festivalen 28 jan - 6 feb, 2022

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

The award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series

45:e festivalen
28 Jan -
6 Feb, 2022

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize nominees 2022

Five Nordic drama series are nominated for the NOK 200,000 (€20,000) Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award, presented during Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on February 2, 2022 at TV Drama Vision, Göteborg Film Festival’s conference event and series market.



Nominated writer

Izer Aliu, Anne Bjørnstad

Norway, 2021, 8×45’
Nominated writers: Izer Aliu, Anne Bjørnstad
Broadcasters: NRK, ARTE France
Produced by: Rubicon
Producers: Mikael Diseth, Fridrik H. Mar
Directors: Izer Aliu, Aurora Gossé, Brwa Vahabpour
Premiere: October 2021
Sales: Banijay Rights

Countrymen follows a group of young men from inner city Oslo, who move to a farm in picturesque Telemark. While pretending to be driven by a shared interest for agriculture, their real intention is something entirely different. One thing leads to another, and against their will the guys from Oslo end up as founders of Norway’s first halal cheese making business. Countrymen is a story about community and belonging, and about finding meaning in your life where you least expect it.



Nominated writer

Auli Mantila

Finland, 2022, 8×45’
Nominated writer: Auli Mantila
Broadcaster: Yle
Produced by: Tekele Productions
Producers: Miia Haavisto, Tia Talli
Director: Auli Mantila
Premiere: March 25, 2022
Sales: Reinvent

A journalist wants to trace a microchip found in baby food. Her inquiries lead her to the illicit horse trade in Europe. A bank manager makes a mistake. When she fails to cover it up, she falls prey to something bigger. A border control veterinarian goes missing. An insurance investigator wants to know what happened. Transport is a story about ordinary people who all have their skin in the game.


The Shift

Nominated writer

Lone Scherfig

Det største
Denmark, 2022, 8×40’
Nominated writer: Lone Scherfig
Broadcaster: TV 2
Produced by: Creative Alliance
Producer: Malene Blenkov
Directors: Lone Scherfig, Ole Christian Madsen, Søren Balle
Premiere: May 2022
Sales: Beta Film (World Sales), TV 2 Denmark (Nordic territories)

The Shift, an emotional, contemporary workplace drama, transpires in a maternity ward: a special, almost secret arena, where a vast majority of us still at some point spends the most crucial hours of our lives. Throughout a busy and stressful workday, they experience their biggest conflicts and most heartfelt joys, while striving to meet sky-high professional and personal standards.



Nominated writer

Tove Eriksen Hillblom

Vi i villa
Sweden, 2022, 6×30’
Nominated writer: Tove Eriksen Hillblom
Co-writers: Henrik Schyffert, Maria Nygren
Broadcaster: Discovery + / Kanal 5
Produced by: FLX
Producer: Lejla Besic
Director: Henrik Schyffert, John Nordling
Premiere: Spring 2022
Sales: TBD

Couple dinners with endless talk of pointless home renovations. Playing padel tennis. Quality time and shared family calendar. Anders’ dreams are long gone and he’s sick of trying to fit into an existence he loathes. The charade of middle-class adulthood could well have continued, however, until Anders finds out his daughter is being ostracized at school and has had enough. Desperate in his yearning for change he starts harassing his neighbours.



Nominated writer

Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mikael Torfason

Iceland, 2021, 8×50’
Nominated writers: Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Mikael Torfason
Broadcasters: RÚV, ARTE France
Produced by: Vesturport
Producers: Nana Alfredsdóttir, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Nina Dögg Filippusdóttir
Directors: Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, María Reyndal
Premiere: December 26, 2021
Sales: About Premium Content

Russia has oil. Africa has gold. Iceland has fish. Set in the 1980‘s in a small Icelandic fishing village, the story follows a married couple, Harpa and Grimur, as they build a small fishing empire along with their childhood friends. Due to the introduction of a new fishing quota system in the country, where the fishing grounds are privatized, the struggle for power results in a feud of jealousy, greed and betrayal. A collective venture, that mirrors true events as they played out and dramatically changed the political landscape in Iceland, creating the country’s first billionaires.

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. Each year a selection of outstanding drama series from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is nominated for the award, which goes to the main writer(s) of the series. The Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award is worth NOK 200,000 (€20,000) is funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize was announced at an award ceremony during the online edition of TV Drama Vision and went to the Danish series Cry Wolf

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 2021

Cry Wolf

Maja Jul Larsen


Maja Jul Larsen, writer of Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), was the recipient of the 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize. Directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, May El-Toukhy, Samanou Sahlstrøm and Niclas Bendixen, produced by Claudia Saginario (DR Drama). Sales by DR Sales. The 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury consists of Swedish actor Evin Ahmad (Snabba Cash), THIS – Future Stories & Engagement Felicia Elisabeth Jackson , Head of International Content Development at Mediapro Studio Ran Tellem.

All nominated series 2021
Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), Denmark. Nominated writers: Maja Jul Larsen (2021 winner)
Cargo (Rahti), Finland. Nominated writer: Matti Kinnunen
Sisterhood (Systrabönd), Iceland. Nominated writer: Jóhann Ævar Grímsson
Thin Blue Line (Tunna blå linjen), Sweden. Nominated writer: Cilla Jackert
Welcome to Utmark (Velkommen til Utmark), Norway. Nominated writers: Kim Fupz Aakeson

Winner 2020

22 July (22. juli)

Screenwriter: Sara Johnsen


Sara Johnsen, the writer of 22 July (22.juli), was the recipients of the 2020 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize. Directed by Pål Sletaune and produced by Elisabeth Tangen and Per Berge Engebretsen (NRK Drama). International distributor: Digital Rights Group(DRG). The 2020 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury consists of acclaimed Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro (Agent Hamilton, Kon-Tiki), Swedish actor Moa Gammel (Jordskott, Tommy), Polish award-winning producer and director Dariusz Jabłoński (Photographer, The Pleasure Principle) and Norwegian journalist Cecilie Asker (Aftenposten).

All nominated series 2020
22. July (22.juli), Norway. Nominated writer: Sara Johnsen (2020 winner)
Caliphate (Kalifat), Sweden. Nominated writers: Wilhelm Behrman and Niklas Rockström
Happily Never After (Pabbahelgar), Iceland. Nominated writer: Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
The Paradise (Paratiisi), Finland. Nominated writer: Matti Laine
When the Dust Settles (Når støvet har lagt sig), Denmark. Nominated writers: Dorte Høgh and Ida Maria Rydén

Winner 2019

All the Sins (Kaikki Synnit)

Screenwriters: Merja Aakko and Mika Ronkainen


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


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


Writers: Mette. M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander


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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Writer Maja Jul Larsen wins the 2021 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

Maja Jul Larsen, writer of Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer), is the recipient of the 2021 Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award – this was announced at an online ceremony during TV Drama Vision at the Göteborg Film Festival.

For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic Drama series, was handed out at the 2021 online edition of Göteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision. The NOK 200 000 award, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond goes to the main writer of the series.

Cry Wolf is the intense and emotional story of a teenage girl who has written a vivid school essay detailing her stepfather’s violent behavior. The parents deny the accusations, but who is lying – and who is telling the truth?

Maja Jul Larsen was born in Copenhagen in 1982. She graduated as a screenwriter from the National Film School of Denmark in 2007. She is primarily known for her work as a writer on acclaimed tv-shows such as The Legacy, Follow the Money and Borgen. Cry Wolf is her first show as a creator.

Jury statement about Cry Wolf “We watched some great television, script wise, direction wise and production wise. It’s been a great year for series, but one stood out. We are in a time where we are bombarded with content, so we looked for the unique story. This one was super smart, super intelligent with complex characters – who seem normal and dysfunctional at the same time.

There is no black and white in this show. The characters contain both good and evil.The series pilot tells the story, but leaves you with so much that you want to watch the rest. It questions you as a viewer. What should you believe? You both love and hate each character. – we believe them all, but they can’t all be telling the truth. It is complicated but gripping – this is why we have television!

The UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child: Children have the right to be brought up in a spirit of peace. Is this the case here? Can you always trust your children? The series focuses on what a family will do to survive, and how hard it can be for a social worker to protect children and their rights to a good childhood. This is public service as its best.”

This year’s Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize jury members comprise the Israeli Emmy Award-winning producer and Head of International Content Development at The Mediapro Studio Ran Tellem (Homeland, The Head), Danish Festival Director of THIS – Future Stories & Engagement and Aarhus Series Felicia Elisabeth Jackson, and acclaimed Swedish actor Evin Ahmad (The Rain, Beyond Dreams, Snabba Cash reboot).

Ulven kommer
Denmark, 2020, 8×58’
Nominated writer: Maja Jul Larsen
Broadcaster: DR
Produced by: DR Drama
Producer: Claudia Saginario
Directors: Pernille Fischer Christensen, May El-Toukhy, Samanou Sahlstrøm, Niclas Bendixen
Premiere: October 11, 2020
Sales: DR Sales

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