Norwegian Film Institute supports six new drama series

The Norwegian Film Institute has awarded production subsidies to six new television dramas.

The first drama series is Wisting, a Norwegian drama series about lead investigator William Wisting who is trying to do good in the world and has dedicated his life to solving vicious murders in his small coastal town. However, when he is falsely accused of an incident, it has serious consequences on his life. The series was awarded 10.5 million NOK and is being produced by Cinenord Drama AS.

Secondly is the Kristofer Hivju [+]-starring Twin (pictured), which was announced earlier this year. The series stars Hivju as two twins, one who accidentally kills his twin brother and must take his identity to hide the crime. Twin was allocated 8.3 million NOK and is produced by Nordisk Film Production with Kristoffer Metcalfe and Erika Calmeyer directing.

The other drama series receiving funding are:

  • Women and Cava, which is about 47-year-old Merthe who must find a new meaning to life after her kids move out of home. Women and Cava is produced by Ape & Bjørn AS creators Liv Karin Dahlstrøm and Thorkild Schrumpf, and the series received 3.1 million NOK.
  • The Suspects, which follows NCIS investigator Stephanie who is struggling to solve a case and her lover, an undercover agent, is one of the five suspects. The series is produced by Monday Scripted AS and was allocated 2.6 million NOK.
  • Children of the Night features young vampires on a ship somewhere in Europe. They have, of course, gathered in the fight against extinction, and it is up to fourteen-year-old Alisa to save the species’ survival. Children of the Night is produced by Maipo Film AS with writers Maria von Heland and Mette M. Bølstad [+] allocated 1.9 million NOK.
  • A Night introduces us to Elisabeth and Jonas, who are on a date night which could signal the start of their future lives. A Night is produced by Viafilm AS and was allocated 1.2 million NOK.

“Norwegian drama production is experiencing a golden age, as evident in this application round where the Norwegian Film Institute has chosen to support six projects. The series are so different, with variations on the crime genre, a European children’s series with a high production value, comedies, dramas about love and relationships. We are also pleased that equality in Norwegian drama is better than ever. The number of women working in the scriptwriting, directing, or producing covered 49% of applications received, while the grant recipients were 52% female.” said Silje Riise Næss, the film commissioner for films and television series.

With this many TV series, we will certainly stay busy watching drama!

Which series are you most looking forward to?


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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.