Gothenburg’s TV Drama Vision aims to provide answers to key questions

– The platform includes premium sessions on building a sustainable drama industry, exploring new avenues for creative producers, changing business models and storytelling

black water by Mikael Marcimain, one of the works in progress presented (© Apple Tree Productions)

Taking place in a hybrid format and returning to the Stora Teatern on February 2 and 3, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision aims to provide answers to key questions, such as how to meet the need for higher-end drama series while securing a sustainable industry, how to nurture creative talent and bring new production capabilities to the current rate of growth without compromising healthy working conditions, and addressing what the future holds for independent theater producers and co-productions, among other topics .

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TV Drama Vision’s guest of honor is an award-winning Italian director-producer-screenwriter Luca Guadagnino, who will share his experiences in an exclusive master class. Nostradamus’ keynote will focus on healthy work in a sustainable industry, presented by Johanna Koljonen. In the same order of ideas, Lars Blomgren, Head of Scripted at Banijay, will discuss how the company is disrupting the ever-changing broadcast landscape by championing sustainable creativity and collaboration. CEO of Sagafilm Kjartan Thor ThordarssonEVP and Chief Content Officer of NENT Group Filippa Wallestamagent and partner at Albatros Agency Martina Osterling and CEO of REinvent Rikke Ennis discuss how to find common ground, new solutions and a way to collaborate across the value chain, in a sustainable way.

Another panel will focus on how to stay relevant to audiences by creating and funding stories that incorporate aspects of diversity and sustainability. Meanwhile, a panel of creative producers will explore the significant shifts in the industry that have taken place in the past year, accelerated by the pandemic, and how that has reshaped production conditions. “Coordinating Nordic Sustainability” will, as its title suggests, focus on how to coordinate sustainability strategies at a pan-Nordic level, as in March the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Nordic Eco Media Alliance (NEMA) will launch a renewable partnership around green turning.

With spotlights on Finland and Russia, the platform will also feature a comprehensive landscape of Finnish players and commissioners, as well as Moscow-based streaming service START. A range of Nordic broadcasters and streamers (SVT, YLE, NRK, DR, Viaplay, Elisa Viihde, Netflix, TV2 Danmark, TV4 C More and MTV C More) will present some of their upcoming series and their plans for the future. As always, the annual Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize will be awarded at the end of TV Drama Vision.

Regarding the selection, two projects currently at the work in progress stage are presented. swedish director Mikael Marcimain (Skyline [+see also:
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) will present his drama in six episodes black waterbased on the novel by Kerstin Ekman. It tells the story of the lives of three people, shaped and influenced by a random incident – ​​the murder of two tourists – which changes the fates of the characters, for better or for worse (see the news). The other project is the Faroese crime series Tromdirected by Kasper Barford and David Oskar Olafssonwhich follows a journalist who returns home to the Faroe Islands after receiving a call from a local activist, claiming she is his daughter, to find her body (read the news).

In addition, five Nordic series in development are featured on TV Drama Vision. Inside your border through Simon Elvas tells a fictional story based on an arms deal Sweden made with Thailand in 2013, just months before the Thai government was overthrown in a military coup. Two projects come from Finland: Quarrel through Marlon Saares, in which two students and fencers travel back in time to 1661 to rescue a student sentenced to death for learning Arabic with suspicious speed; and The great unknownthe untold story of Sally Salminen, a young woman who writes an award-winning novel while working as a maid in 1930s New York and becomes famous overnight, directed by Inca Rousi. Similarly, Iceland has two projects: as long aif we livein which a former queen of pop, now a struggling mother in a lapsed marriage, misses the thrills of her past life, written by Anita Briem; and Homepage Is Ohere the HEarth Isin which three middle-aged siblings find themselves in a complex situation when their parents are diagnosed with cancer, created and directed by Tinna Hrafnsdottir.

Four European projects in development have also been selected. From Germany comes golden traina family drama with mysterious overtones, by Matthias Lutthardtas good as Faded awaywritten by Mikael Torfason: Set 20 years after the collapse of East Germany and the disappearance of her father, a Reykjavik woman struggles with judgment. In Jinxfrom Croatia, written by Maja Pek-Brunjes and Mario Kozinaa young female Roma detective is sent to investigate a series of reprisals in a troubled Croatian-Roma community, and in This is not Sweden through Aina Clotet and Mar Coll, from Spain, two parents move to an idyllic suburb of Barcelona to raise their daughters “consciously”, but when the son of a mother much admired in the community commits suicide, fear begins to set in. Finally, The Stolen Childrenfrom Chile, which follows the discovery of a network of traffickers of Chilean children to foreign couples, completes the selection.

Here is the complete list of projects selected for the 2022 edition of TV Drama Vision:

Work in progress

black water (Sweden)
Director: Mikael Marcimain
Screenwriters: Maren Louise Kaehne, Karin Ahrrenius
Producers: Helen Lindholm, Piv Bernth (Apple Tree Productions)
Broadcaster: SVT
Sales: ITVS
Premiere: January 2023

Trom (Denmark/Faroe Islands)
Directors: Kasper Barford, David Oskar Olafsson
Screenwriters: Torfinnur Jakupsson, Donna Sharpe
Producers: Rikke Ennis, Jon Hammer (Reinventing Studios, KYK Pictures)
Co-producers: Andrew Eaton, justin thompson (ARTE)
Broadcaster: Viaplay and DR
Sales: About Premium Content
Premiere: February 2022

Projects in development

as long aif we live (Iceland)
Scriptwriter : Anita Briem
Producers: Hordur Runarsson, Arnbjorg Haflidadottir (Glass River)
Executive producers: Hans-Jørgen Osnes (Molis), Marianne Furevold (NRK)
Broadcaster: Channel 2 Iceland (Stöð2)
Sales: Eccho rights
Premiere: Q1/Q2 2023

Quarrel (Finland)
Director/screenwriter: Marlon Saares

golden train (Germany) – in collaboration with Series Mania
Director: Matthias Lutthardt
Scriptwriter : Tali Barde
Producer: Olivier Damian (27 Films Production GmbH)

The great unknown (Finland)
Director: Inca Rousi
Scriptwriter : Beata Harju
Producer: Tanja Rousi (Photos Onerva)

Homepage Is Ohere the HEarth Is (Iceland)
Director: Tinna Hrafnsdottir
Screenwriters: Tinna Hrafnsdóttir, Otto Geir Borg
Producers: Guðný Guðjónsdóttir, Kidda RokTinna Hrafnsdóttir (Polarama, Freyja Filmwork)
Broadcaster: Siminn
Premiere: Easter 2023

Inside your border (Sweden)
Director/screenwriter: Simon Elvas

Jinx (Croatia) – in collaboration with CineLink, Sarajevo Film Festival
Screenwriters: Maja Pek-Brunjes, Mario Kozina
Producer: Daniel Peck (Anti talent)

The Stolen Children (Chile) – in collaboration with Conecta Fiction
Director: Matias Bize
Screenwriters: Camila Villagran, Maria de la Luz Urriola
Producers: Maria Elena Wood, Jaime Sepulveda (MEGA Media and Maria Wood Productions)
Distributor: MEGA

This is not Sweden (Spain)
Directors: Aina Clotet, Mar Coll
Screenwriters: Dani Gonzalez, Valentina Viso
Producers: Marta Baldo, Sergi CameronAina Clotet (Nanouk Films, Funicular Films)
Broadcaster: TVE

Faded away (Germany)
Scriptwriter : Mikael Torfason
Producers: Britta Hansen, Franziska Lindner (Red pony pictures)
Executive producer: Sven Sun
Distributor: ZDF

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