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Director Katrín Björgvinsdóttir and writer Mie Skjoldemose winners of Special Mention Prize at Nordic Talents

The Icelandic director Katrín Björgvinsdóttir and Danish writer Mie Skjoldemose, from The National Film School of Denmark, won the Special Mention Prize for their TV-series project Queen Ingrid at Nordic Talents last night.

Nordic Talents 2019 took place in Copenhagen from September 4 - 5. Nordic Film & TV Fund selected fifteen projects for its Pitch Competition and two prizes, The Nordic Talents Pitch prize and The Nordic Talents Special Mention, were handed out by this year's jury. 

Queen Ingrid tells the story of Ingrid, a single, 33-year-old alpha-female who has never been in a relationship. When her best friend moves out to start a family, Ingrid feels all alone and decides she wants to find love before it's too late.

The jury's reasoning for awarding Björgvinsdóttir and Skjoldemose reads as follows: "To stand out in a field where there already are may splendid works of reference is an almost impossible task to master. Looking for love, searching for the right one, finding ones place n the world is a well known motive. Or like May says we are breast fed with romantic tales of love and happiness. To bring originality and authenticity into this equation demands craftsmanship, maturity and genuine curiosity. We are happy to see all of this on display in this eminent work. A warm, witty and sharply observed story that took us by surprise by its thorough quality in every level.

Its a pleasure to award Queen Ingrid, written by Mie Skjoldemose and directed by Katrin Björgvinsdottir this years special mention."

The Nordic Talents Jury consisted of director May el-Toukhy (DK), producer and director of AVEK Ulla Simonen (FI), producer and managing director of Netop Films Grímar Jonsson (IS), film and TV commissioner at NFI Ståle Stein Berg (NO) and co-production director at London-based Twelve Town, Christian Wikander (SE) 

For further information about Nordic Talents 2019 visit Nordic Film & TV Fund's website.