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BLACK PORT wins Séries Mania Award in Berlin

Black Port, an Icelandic TV series currently in development, won the Séries Mania Award at the Berlinale CoPro Series pitching event, held as part of the Berlin International Film Festival. The award means the series will be a part of an out-of-competition section of France’s Séries Mania’s Co-production Forum. 

Black Port takes place in a small Icelandic fishing village between 1983-1991. Early on things are good for the people of the village, and the fishing industry is booming. As time goes by however, the government levies fishing quotas which become restrictive, and have a major impact on the quality of life experienced by those who previously had only known prosperity.

Laurence Herzburg, the founder of Séries Mania, announced the winner and had this to say about the project: „It’s a very strong local story, really located in this small town. It has strong characters, you can feel the dramatic tension, and it’s really well written. I think it has all the elements to be interesting for an international audience.”

Black Port will be directed by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Gísli Örn Gardarsson. It is written by Mikael Torfason and produced by Nana Alfredsdóttir, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson for Vesturport.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in January 2019.