With 2015 wrapping up, it’s time to find out which Nordic films were most popular among viewers around the globe. Our Nordi Awards (very creative name, we know!) are designed to award the Nordic films fans all around the world were captivated by, loved, admired, and made us glad we ventured out to film festivals everywhere! Our first annual awards had a very successful response rate, with over 680 responses in total. While 92% of voters were from non-Nordic countries, we are glad to see that there are some Nordic citizens enjoying Nordic films too!

The clear winners of the awards was Men and Chicken, the Danish film starring many notable actors that we have grown to admire over the years. The film took out Danish Film of the Year and Favourite Nordic Film of the Year, so congrats to the team!

Here are the winners of the 2015 Nordi Awards:

Mænd og Høns Nikolas Bro, Søren Malling, Nikolas Lie Kaas & Mads Mikkelsen Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen Produced by Tivi & Kim Magnusson M&M Production Photo Credit Rolf Konow

Nordic Film of the Year: Men & Chicken

Danish film of the year

Winner: Men & Chicken

Runner up: The Salvation

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Finnish film of the year

Winner: The Girl King

Runner up: 1944

 

Virgin Mountain

Icelandic film of the year

Winner: Virgin Mountain

Runner up: Life in a Fishbowl

 

Miss Julie

Norwegian film of the year

Winner: Miss Julie

Runner up: The Disappearing Illusionist

Underdog

Swedish film of the year

Winner: Underdog

Runner up: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

 

The Bridge

TV series of the year

Winner: The Bridge

Runner up: Wallander

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Documentary of the year

Winner: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Runner up: The Look of Silence

 

 

Director of the year

Winner: Anders Thomas Jensen

Runner up: Roy Andersson

 

Actor of the year

Winner: Mads Mikkelsen

Runner up: Pilou Asbaek

 

Actress of the year

Winner: Paprika Steen

Runner up: Malin Buska

 

Tell us about Scandinavian film overall:

“The movies that part of the world are EXCELLENT! But They need more distribution. For example, I’m form México, we find it very difficult to get these movies.”

“Always a creative and exciting filmmaking land! And such gorgeous scenery and actors! I am addicted to the artistic offerings from you each year!”

“Amazing film, the transformation of the characters are fantastic. The Danish’s dark satire has much of an appeal to even the american audience.”

“I really love both nordic drama and humour, the unique way of storytelling the writers and directors have is just amazing and I just can’t get enough!”

“Great selection, and I only wish I could see all of them.”

“Still the best films/casts/script-writers in the business! 2014 was an amazing year for Nordic films, but 2015 has been even better, with so many more amazing films and TV series being produced. Keep up the good work!”

“different from other hollywood movies i watch. really refreshing”

“The standard of Scandinavien film and TV remains high and Danish tv is particularly outstanding.”

“Very exciting, can’t wait for 2016”

“Better than ever. Please be careful not to become like US cinema. Nordic films are different and that is what makes them so, so, so good.”

“My top 7 favourite movie directors are from the nordic countries,and eventhough I am not remotely ‘nordic’ I love the cinematography,The films are unique,innovative and fun,plus you can learn all the languages.Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish national treasure and nordic cinema should celebrate him.And the techniques used by Ingmar Bergman and Roy Anderson helped me evolve as an amateur filmmaker.So no matter how boring my job is as a dentist,coming home to watch a scandinavian film is the best part of my day,i just hate it that no one here understands the art of filmmaking,Thank you Scandinavian directors for existing and doing your work.”

“Nordic Films and cinema are among my besties!”

 

 

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