Göteborg Film Festival announces new TV Prize for Best Script

The push and subsequent demand for Nordic television drama is growing, and now scriptwriters will be rewarded at the Göteborg Film Festival with the Nordisk Film and TV Fond Prize for Best Script.

The new award comes following another strong year in Nordic television, ranging from Norway’s Nobel to Iceland’s Trapped, plus Denmark’s Follow the Money and Sweden’s Springfloden, and Finland with The Red Couple. The interest in television particularly comes from the non-Nordic region, with the fandom of Nordic television still large in countries like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the USA and Australia, which will be getting the next big series Midnight Sun in December.

The winner of this new prize will receive SEK 200,000, which is from the funding body, the Nordisk Film and TV Fund. The award will be handed out to the scriptwriter(s) on the 2nd of February during Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision (February 1-2).The Nordic TV dramas will be selected by a jury of industry professionals and will be among high premium shows from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Jonas Holmberg, artistic director at the Göteborg Film Festival said: “Nordic TV drama maintains a high international level, so it’s a must for the Festival to continue to focus on drama series. It’s particularly exciting that the prize goes to the scriptwriter since strong scripts are the engines driving successful TV shows. And in the Nordic countries, we have many interesting scriptwriters who deserve more attention.”

Petri Kemppinen, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “We are the top financier of many cool, boundary-breaking Nordic TV drama series. By awarding this prize we want to highlight the best skills and imagination needed in creating characters and story layers that hook audiences. The Göteborg Film Festival is long-sighted and dynamic. They introduced their platform TV Drama Vision long before others, so it was obvious for us to choose them as partners.”

The TV Drama Vision is held parallel to the Göteborg Film Festival that will celebrate this year its 40th anniversary from January 27-February 6, 2017.

Pictured: Follow the Money, which screened in the television section in 2016.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.