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The first screenings of nominees for the most prestigious Nordic film prize will be seen at HIFF in September. The films will be screened in all Nordic capital cities, beginning from Helsinki. The nominees will be announced at the same time in all Nordic countries on 4th September at 12pm Finnish time.

The Nordic Council Film Prize is awarded to an artistically valuable, Nordic-produced feature cinema film, which must be embedded to a significant degree in Nordic culture. A national jury appointed by the Ministry of Culture selects a nominee in each Nordic country. After the announcement of the nominees a combined Nordic jury selects the winning film by vote. The Nordic jury consist of Per Juul Carlsen (Denmark), Outi Heiskanen (Finland), Sif Gunnarsdóttir (Iceland), Silje Riise Næss (Norway) and Fredrik Sahlin (Sweden).

The 2011 Nordic Council Film Prize winner was Pernilla August’s Swedish film Svinalängorna (Beyond).

The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced during the Nordic Council meeting in Helsinki 31st October – 2nd November 2012.

More information can be found on the Nordic Council website.