Nordic Council Film Prize nominees

The nominees will be announced during the opening of New Nordic Films.

Announcement of the Nordic Council Film Prize nominees

The nominees of this year’s Nordic Council Film Prize will be announced during the Opening of NEW NORDIC FILMS at The Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund on August 22nd.

Photo: Grethe Nygaard

Photo: Grethe Nygaard

The prize is awarded annually to an artistically significant, Nordic-produced full-length feature film with distribution. The film must have had its premiere between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. The DKK 300,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors. 

CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond Liselott Forsman will present the nominees at the opening of New Nordic Films.

About the Nordic Council Film Prize

Purpose: The Nordic Council prizes aim to increase interest in culture and in collaboration on environmental issues, to recognize outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives and to raise the profile and increase the visibility of Nordic co-operation.

Criteria for nomination: The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, distinguish themselves by their artistic originality, and combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art.

National and Nordic jury: Each national jury consists of three members appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers of Culture). The members are selected from prominent figures whose work relates analytically and critically to film.

Each national jury has a three-year tenure, and the members of the national juries for 2023 are:

Denmark: Heidi Hilarius-Kalkau Philipsen*, Jacob Ludvigsen, Amalie Næsby Fick

Finland: Mikaela Westerlund*, Kalle Kinnunen, Kaisu Isto

Iceland: Jóna Finnsdóttir*, Guðrún Helga Jónasdóttir, Björn Þór Vilhjálmsson

Norway: Inger Merete Hobbelstad*, Emilio Sanhueza, Anne Gjelsvik

Sweden: Emma Gray-Munthe*, Caroline Cowan, Gunnar Bergdahl

The Nordic jury is made up of the chairs (*) of each of the national juries.

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The nominees for the year 2023 were as follows:

• Denmark: "Empire" – Directed by Frederikke Aspöck, written by Anna Neye and

Frederikke Aspöck and produced by Pernille Munk Skydsgaard, Nina Leidersdorff

and Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen for Meta Film. (WINNER)

• Finland: "Bubble" – Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä , written by Reeta Ruotsalainen

and Aleksi Salmenperä, produced by Minna Haapkylä for Rabbit Films

• Greenland: “The Edge of the Shadows” - Directed and written by Malik Kleist,

produced by Nina Paninnguaq Skydsbjerg for PaniNoir / Imalik Film.

• Iceland: " Driving Mum " – Directed and written by Hilmar Oddsson, produced by Hlín

Jóhannesdóttir for Ursus Parvus.

• Norway: " War Sailor " – Directed and written by Gunnar Vikene, produced by Maria

Ekerhovd for Mer Film.

• Sweden: "Opponent " – Directed and written by Milad Alami, produced by Annika

Rogell for Tangy.

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