French opening! We start off our evening program by showing episode one of the third season of the French spy series Le Bureau des Légendes (The Bureau). Dag Asbjørnsen from NFI, Marie Barraco from Série Series, producer Pierre Ziemniak and screenwriter Cécile Ducrocq talk about this universally acclaimed ultra-realistic political thriller about the most secret part of DSGE – the French equivalent to CIA, MI6 and Mossad, where secret agents spend years undercover in extremely dangerous areas of the world. Don't miss this!
Moderator: Jakob Berg, Communication Advisor at the Norwegian Film Institute.
17.00 Visit the Set of a Drama Series
This afternoon, a scene from the new NRK show En natt (more info below) is shot on the basketball turf next to the festival venue. This is your chance to experience hands-on how low-budget drama is produced.
18.00 About the Live Filming of En natt
Kristopher Schau and Øystein Karlsen (the duo behind Dag) try their hands at a saccharine dating comedy, in the new NRK series En natt. The result promises to be something quite different, and this evening they will shoot a scene just a stone's throw from Dansens Hus. Listen to series creator Øystein Karlsen talk about the series and the scene they will be shooting tonight. Moderator: Asbjørn Slettemark, Journalist.
18.15 Work in progress: Home Ground
Ane Dahl Torp plays the first female head coach in football's elite division in NRK's major new venture Home Ground on NRK. In the role as her assistant, we meet former football professional John Carew, who embarks on his first big job as an actor. Meet the unlikely coaching duo and series creator Johan Fasting, and watch the first clips from the NRK series. Moderator: Erik Solbakken, Program host and football fan.
18.55 Work in Progress: Advokaten
The man behind the Quick Cash trilogy has written a new script. The result is a thrilling series about a defense attorney on a gory mission of revenge in Stockholm's criminal underworld. The expectation level is high when director Geir Henning Hopland will be here to talk about the work on this long-awaited Viaplay series.
Moderator: Camilla Laache, TV critic at TV 2.
19.25 Watch the Filming of En natt
Live feed of the filming on the screen in the main assembly hall and on monitors in the intermission area.
19.40 Sneak Premiere: Roeng
What happens to a municipality that suddenly gets a windfall of four billion kroners? The team behind Lilyhammer gives you the series about the financially struggling municipality of Roeng, One day they discover movements in the municipal fund and fear a new bonds-and-stocks scandal. It turns out, however, that they have become filthy rich. See the first episode of the satirical drama and meet actor Fridtjof Såheim and series creator Anne Bjørnstad. Moderator:Asbjørn Slettemark, Journalist.
20.35 Vince Gilligan in Conversation with Hasse Hope
The series Breaking Bad won over a hundred awards, among them two Emmys for best drama series. At first, Vince Gilligan did not even believe that his series would make it to the airwaves. The series creator, director and producer talks about the landslide success and the spin-off Better Call Saul. Moderator: Hasse Hope, Program host and Norway's biggest Breaking Bad fanatic.
21.35 A Conversation about Monster
Spirituality and brutality confront each other in a world where nature is merciless in Monster, the autumn's main drama venture from NRK. Actors Bjørn Sundquist and Gørild Mauseth talk about the series and what it was like shooting in Finnmark, their home county in Norway. Moderator: Asbjørn Slettemark, Journalist.
21.45 Sneak Premiere: Monster
A young woman is killed in a rural community in the north, and the crime scene turns out to be a mass grave. A local police officer, Hedda, is put in charge of the case along with special investigator Joel. Panic, rumors, suspicions and the fear of being exposed spread rapidly in the small community. Nordiske Seriedager will show the first episode of Monster.
Conference Day Program for the Main Assembly Hall, Dansens hus
08.00 Breakfast Showing: Vikingane 2
We reward early birds with top-level Scandinavian humor and delicious breakfast! We show an episode of the second season of the NRK and Netflix hit show Vikingane (Norsemen). Fresh croissants from Nærbakst and juice from Tine will be served.
09.00 What can TV dramas learn from true crime?
Crime stories from real life cause people all over the world to flip their lids from excitement. What can TV dramas learn from the true crime genre? Quite a lot, Madeleine Baran believes. She is the woman behind the award-winning podcast In the Dark, which made it to the top of the podcast list in Norway. Currently, Baran is working on Season 2. Moderator: Cecilie Asker, Culture Journalist at Aftenposten.
09.45 Vince Gilligan in Conversation with Thomas Seeberg Torjussen
How do you produce high quality drama, episode by episode, season by season? The man behind Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul talks about the working day of a showrunner and the creative aspect of making a television series. How does Vince Gilligan create characters? What procedures, hints and tricks can he give us? Moderator: Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, Scriptwriter and director.
10.45 Diagnosis: Hollywood
Mammon, Frikjent and Home Ground director Cecilie Mosli comes straight from Hollywood, where she directed an episode of Grey's Anatomy. How does the American television industry differ from the Norwegian? Mosli presents fresh observations.
Moderator: Mona B. Riise, Journalist and Hollywood expert.
11.00 Is Nordic Noir Dead?
Many believe Nordic noir has peaked. What does the creator of The Bridge, one of the pioneers of the genre, think about that statement? The Swedish-Danish crime series has been shown in over 170 countries, and early next year will see the premiere of the fourth and last season. Show creator Hans Rosenfeldt gives his verdict on the future of Nordic noir, talks about the success with The Bridge and shows fresh clips.
Moderator: Vegard Larsen, Program host at NRK.
11.30 Drama Executives' Summit
Viewer patterns changing, production models disintegrating, new platforms appearing almost weekly. The challenges to television dramas line up for the channels. Head of Dramas Christopher Haug from Norwegian TV 2, Ivar Køhn from NRK,Josefine Tengblad fra TV4, Katrine Vogelsang from Danish TV 2, Piv Bernth from DR and Anne Croneman from SVT to talk about the future of the television drama. Will they have a message to the industry? How can we best help them?
Moderator: Guri Heftye, Festival Manager for Nordic Media Days.
13.15 The television year that changed everything?
Over the past year, the decline in linear television viewership has been dramatic, while streaming has increased. In other words, there is a big change in how the audiences watch live images. And this no longer applies just to young people. To what extent must the industry change to stay in tune with the public? And do we fully understand what is going on? NRK Analysis presents freshly acquired figures and summarizes what they mean to the industry.
With: Håkon Lund Sørensen, Media Analyst at NRK.
13.30 When Algorithms Take Over
Data-driven algorithms based on user data are about to make the streaming services into the personal TV channels that people always dreamed of. Who will win the battle to have the smartest player? And what does this development mean for the industry? Nicolai Flesjø from NRK TV, Christian Birkeland from TV 2 Sumo, Torbjørn Aamodt from Get, Mohan Pakkurti from Viaplay and Trine Fjellberg Falnes Dplay get together for a conversation about shared pleasures and challenges.
Moderator: Joacim Lund, Technology Commentator at Aftenposten.
14.00 "Tinder for TV Shows": Ideas Seek Partners
What will be the next must-see show from Scandinavia? Is there a new Frikjent in the offing, or perhaps a Nobel? Production companies from Norway, Sweden and Denmark visit us, and each of them has seven minutes to present their latest projects under development. On-stage are, amongst others, Good Company Films,The Oslo Company, Anagram Norge, Sam Productions and Yellow Bird.
15.00 The Characters We Love. But why?
A director, an actor and a series creator have compiled their top three list. Who are their favorite characters from TV series - and why just these? With actor Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones), series creator Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen (Mammon) and director Yngvild Flikke (Heimebane). Moderator: Mona B. Riise, programleder i NRK.
15.30 The Big Drama Debate: The Battle of the Copyright
For the first time ever we will get the debate on the real drama that plays out in television these days – the fight for the rights! On stage there will be seven debaters: Monica Boracco from Dramatikerforbundet (the Screenwriters' association), Knut Alfsen from Skuespillerforbundet (the Actors' association), producer Håkon Briseid in Monster, Bjørn Brem from Filmforbundet (the Director's association), Sveinung Goligmo from the Norwegian Film Institute plus Arne Helsingen from broadcaster NRK and Trygve Rønningen from broadcaster TV 2. We look forward to diving into the politics and the intricate rights issues when we give you world premiere on the Norwegian TV rights debate. Moderator: Sarah Sørheim, Culture Editor at Aftenposten.
16:45 Pitchorama: Final of the Pitching Competition
All the submissions for Nordiske Seriedager's Pitching Competition have, after relentless sifting and winnowing, been pared down to ten solid ideas for new low-budget series. In this entertaining séance, you will hear the finalists give their three-minute pitches before the winner of NOK 25 000 for further development is named. Moderator: Brita Cappelen Møystad, Film critic and Program host.
Conference Day Program for the Small Assembly Hall, Dansens hus
09.00 Dramaturgy is Life!
"Drama is an imitation of men involved in a piece of action, in life", as Aristotle writes in his Poetics. Ivar Køhn shows how he uses dramaturgy in his own daily life, both privately and at work. He also offers a useful refresher of basic dramaturgical models.
Med: Ivar Køhn, dramasjef i NRK
09.45 Vince Gilligan in Conversation with Thomas Seeberg Torjussen
Live showing of the conversation with the Breaking Bad creator from the main assembly hall.
10.45 Master Class Sound Part one: The Sound of Snøfall
In terms of volume, Christmas calendars as television series line up among the biggest in Norway. And they aim at a wide audience - preferably everyone. Listen to Magnus Torkildsen (Sound Designer), Renate Bakke (Sound Designer), Henrik Skram (Composer) and Synne Teksum (Director) from last year's Advent success Snøfall on NRK Super talk about the challenge of creating the sound of falling snow. And about satisfying the audience the way they wanted.
Moderator: Jakob Berg, Communication Advisor at the Norwegian Film Institute.
11.30 Master Class Sound Part two: How to make music for TV dramas
Music is one of the most powerful tools at the disposal of content creators of television dramas to establish a contract with the audience. It is indeed a demanding discipline methodically, and for composers it is at the crossroads of traditional television and feature films. Composer Raymond Enoksen shares his insights into how he approaches a TV drama project. With: Raymond Enoksen, Composer of music for Hvaler og Helt perfekt.
13.15 Master Class Low Budget: How low can you go?
How do you develop a low-budget story? Why is a small budget sometimes better than a big budget? And how do you turn a low budget into an advantage? Low-budget expert Stephen Cleary presents the creative and financial opportunities inherent in the low-budget drama, giving writers, directors and manufacturers simple and effective tools for low-budget work.
With: Stephen Cleary, Manuscript and Film Producer. He has been in the industry for over 20 years, and led the development division at the UK National Film Agency before setting up Europe's largest private film development company, Arista. He is now Adjunct Professor in Film and TV at Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne.
15.00 Recent Shame Research: Stories, fans and communities
To many, Shame was not just a TV series, but a part of life and a place to be. What characterized the activity on the inside of this online universe? Meet the scientist who has conducted research on Shame for three years and knows everything about what actually happened with the audience. After the presentation there will be a brief discussion on what Shame has taught us with producer Marianne Furevold, Danish dramaturg Niels Fonseca and researcher Vilde Schancke Sundet.
With: Vilde Schanke Sundet, Postdoc of Film and Television Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.
15.45 Facebook as a Key to the Audience at Netflix
Vikingane was filmed in two languages, and Season 1 has now become The Norsemen on Netflix. But how can you make a small series from Norway stand out in the huge Netflix portfolio? Hear how the producers worked with the TIBE advertising agency to find relevant Facebook profiles that could make the series visible in gigantic USA.
With: Anders Tangen, Producer at Viafilm.
16.00 Melk and the Importance of Low-budget
One way of helping young talent to break through in the drama industry is giving them large-volume drama series to produce. With the new drama comedy Melk as the case study, the team behind reflects on the challenges they faced in production and on the importance of producing low-budget series. With showrunners Julia Schact and Ragnhild Helen Myntevik, plus CEO Anne Kolbjørnsen and creative leader Ole Marius Araldsen from production company Anagram. Moderator: Marte Spurkland, journalist
16.45 Master Class Character Development: From Holby City to Hartvig Nissen
The American dramaturge Laurie Hutzler's character development tool, "The Emotional Toolbox", is being used by more and more professionals worldwide. Both BBC's Casualty and NRK's Shame used her method extensively in the development of characters, which are based on nine archetypes. In this 75 minutes master class, Hutzler presents her tools and provides practical examples and tasks.
With: Laurie Hutzler, Screenwriter, Author and Dramaturge.
Do you suffer from withdrawal and want the Shame magic to last just a little longer? We have the perfect solution for your cravings! Listen to producer Marianne Furevold-Boland and actors Ulrikke Falch («Vilde»), Tarjei Sandvik Moe («Isak»), Ina Svenningdal («jente-Chris»), Josefine Frida Pettersen («Noora») and Carl Martin Eggesbø(«Eskild») summarize the biggest moments, the most important memories and the most poignant experiences from the world's largest Norwegian TV series. Moderator: Jonas Brenna, Content Manager at Aftenposten TV.
19.00 Sneak Premiere: Jul i Blodfjell
Watch the first episode of TVNorge's new satirical Christmas calendar series! Actors Trond Fausa Aurvåg and Jon Øigarden plus director Lars Kristian Flemmen talk about the project.
Moderator: Cecilie Asker, Culture Journalist at Aftenposten.
19.55 Sneak Premiere: Grenseland
To protect his family, homicide investigator Nikolai Andreassen has to cover up a murder. He is forced into a double game that escalates into more lies, crimes and killings. The drama series Grenseland is TV 2's major venture for the autumn of 2017 with actor Tobias Santelmann (Frikjent, Kon-Tiki and Homeland) in the leading role. Meet him and watch the first episode of the series before anyone else. Moderator: Vegard Larsen, programleder i NRK.
21.45 This Year's Shooting Stars: Adam Pålsson and Iben Akerlie
Join us when Nordiske Seriedager honors this year's shooting stars! Both of them have met with success in their home countries, and we believe that international breakthroughs are just around the corner. Meet Sweden's Adam Pålsson (The Bridge, Boys and Innan vi dör) and Norway's Iben Akerlie (Mammon, Victoria and Dag).
Moderator: Asbjørn Slettemark, journalist.
22.15 Nordiske Seriedager Awards
Denmark, Norway or Sweden - which country has produced this year's funniest humor series? Who has created the most captivating drama? We have put the decision into the hands of a jury of Nordic critics. For the second time, we present awards for the best Nordic comedy and drama series, last year won by Dag and Shame respectively. Read more about this year's nominees here. Program Hosts: Vegard Larsen and Mona B. Riise.
All-Day Long: Non-stop showings and Sneak premieres
Watch all the hottest TV series before everybody else: Enkeltstöten (TV4), Vår tid er nu (SVT), Bonusfamiljen (season two, SVT), Saltön (season four, SVT), Monster (NRK), Herrens veje (DR), 30 grader i februari (season three, SVT), Ack Värmland (season two, TV4), Roeng (TV2), Grenseland (TV2), Three Girls (BBC), ALEX (Viaplay) and Okkupert (season two, Viaplay) ... and more to follow!
Do you want a thorough introduction to Laurie Hutler's method of character development? As a participant in Nordiske Seriedager, you can sign up for a day-long seminar with Laurie on the following day at Westerdals. This is free for anyone holding a festival ticket for the industry seminar. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to fill up your toolbox!
Do you need a quiet corner for a meeting, or just a few minutes to yourself? Hendrix Ibsen is our festival cafe!
Across the yard and a mere 25 meters from the door of Dansens Hus, quality coffee and something to bite on is served. This is also a good place for a good chat with good colleagues and an opportunity to charge your phone.
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