42:a festivalen 25 jan - 4 feb, 2019

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

Nordens första pris för bästa TV drama manus

42:a festivalen
25 Jan -
4 Feb, 2019


Ride Upon the Storm

Writer: Adam Price

Adam Price, writer of the Danish TV series Ride Upon the Storm (Herrens veje), is the recipient of the 2018 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize – this was announced at a ceremony at Göteborg Film Festival tonight.

This is the second time the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, is given out. The SEK 200 000 prize goes to the main writer of the series.

Ride Upon the Storm is a character-driven drama that 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.

Adam Price co-wrote the Emmy award winning series Nikolaj and Julie (DR), before becoming the creator of the highly successful Borgen (DR), which was sold to more than 80 countries and won awards such as a BAFTA, a Prix Italia, a Fipa d’Or, as well as the Danish TV award for Best Drama for three consecutive years. Price was Head of Drama for TV 2 Denmark between 2001-2005 and is co-owner of SAM Productions since 2014.

Jury statement:
The first time the three of us met for lunch and sat down to discuss the selected programmes, each one of us had a clear winner in mind. The problem was – were we talking about the same show? Five hours later, we discovered we were… so in many ways, it was the simplest task ever… all we ended up doing was discussing the series for hours, telling each other why we had loved it so much and why it meant so much to us.

All the nominated programmes are exceptional examples of Scandinavian storytelling at its best, showing breadth and scope but also superb crafting. But the winner stood out for a very simple reason – it is unlike any Scandinavian show we had ever seen before.
A bold, original approach to a deeply unfashionable subject.
An innovative push into a genre that does not mirror the hugely successful Scandi formula for fast, slick thrillers.
We all felt this was a piece of television destined to transform and refresh the Scandi canon.

Quite simply, it was a show with a beating heart and soul.
For all of us, the plot was almost insignificant (we hope the writer won´t take this personally). Very quickly, all we cared about was the characters, their emotional life, their troubles and dilemmas.

TV drama at its best is an art form as magnificent and dignified as a Caravaggio or a Rembrandt. Some artists are fashionable, others are Masters. One thousand years from now, in an imaginary Museum of TV Masterpieces, this programme will come to represent what it was like to live in Scandinavia in 2018… not what was trendy or what was considered pretty – but what was true.

The fact that such a story would be written, and commissioned by a big terrestrial broadcaster is nothing short of miraculous. But then again, the writer probably does believe in miracles.

This year´s Nordisk Film and TV Fond Prize for Best TV drama script worth 200,000 Swedish crowns goes to RIDE UPON THE STORM.

This year’s 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.

Ride Upon the Storm credits:
Denmark, 2017, 10 x 60’
Writer: Adam Price
Director: Kaspar Munk
Producer: Camilla Hammerich
Produced by DR Drama for DR
International distributor: Studiocanal

Nordisk Film & Tv Fond Prize Jury

For the second year, Göteborg Film Festival is presenting an award for Best TV Drama Script to the main writer(s) of a Nordic series screened at the festival, the first of its kind in the Nordic region. The prize worth € 20,000 is funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

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).

The Nordic countries have stood out lately as one of the most engaging regions for TV drama series in the world. As a result of the industry seminar TV Drama Vision, the Göteborg Film Festival has established itself as the most important meeting place in the Nordics for the international TV industry. During the 39th edition, a new section Nordiskt ljus: 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 TV drama.

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