Jesper W. NIELSEN – director/writer

NielsenThe multi-award winning Danish director/writer Jesper Nielsen is putting the finishing touches to the highly anticipated international 10-part tv series Greyzone, about the events leading up to a terror attack in Scandinavia, and  is a co-production between Danish, Swedish and German broadcasters. It is due to broadcast in the UK by ITV. He then goes on to direct the feature, The Exception, based on Christian Jungersen’s 2004 international hit psychological thriller. His first foray into the UK was as director of the BBC’s 6-parter Redwater for producer Vicky Wharton. He was also one of the directors on the Danish crime series Dicte which was screened on More 4 HD and Netflix.  His latest feature, The Day Will Come, had its world premier at The London Film Festival in October 2016 and has won prestigious awards in Hamburg, Copenhagen and Norway.

He is probably best known outside Scandinavia for his work on Borgen, DR’s international hit series shown in more than 90 countries while his mutli-award winning feature Okay (Bech Company) remains one of the most popular Danish films of all time. A year after its release he won the Dreyer Award, Danish cinema’s annual award for artistic merit, putting him in the illustrious company of Lars von Trier, Lone Scherfig, Susanne Bier and Thomas Vinterberg.

In all he has directed, written or edited more than 25 features and more than 70 episodes of tv drama.  He was the lead the director of TV2’s The Seaside Hotel,  set in a North Sea resort in the late 1920s – early 1930s, which remains one of the most popular Danish tv series of all time.

Jesper’s other major feature credits include Through A Glass Darkly for Norway’s 4½ Film; The Store Planer and Man Behind The Door, both for Angel Films. His earlier tv includes Lykke, a multi-episodic series about big business, also for DR; Pagten, a 20 episode family adventure; and Summer, which he also created and continued as head writer.

A graduate of the Danish National Film School, Jesper’ initial entry into the film business was as an editor but he quickly progressed into writing and directing and made his big breakthrough with ground-breaking films for children and teenagers in which he tackled subjects previously considered too adult. Children and progressive parents loved Veiled Hearts, The Boogieman, Little Big Sister and The Last Viking and they provided further impetus towards building his current successful career.

Through a Glass Darkly won both The Children’s and The Adult Jury’s Award at the 2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival as well as Norway’s Amanda Award.Okay was Nominated for The AFI Festival, Jury Award, The Bodil Award, Ghent Grand Prix, Locarno Golden Leopard, Nordic Film Prize, Denmark’s Robert Award and won Locarno’s C.I.C.A.E Award. He was Nominated for The Robert for Lykke and won it for Veiled Hearts.

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Awards – 9 wins & 11 nominations

2017  Robert Festival
 Won, Robert
Nominated, Robert
Best Director (Årets instruktør) Der kommer en dag (The Day Will Come)
2016 Hamburg Film Festival
2016 Norwegian International Film Festival
2013 Robert Festival
Nominated, Robert
Best Danish Television Series (Årets danske tv-serie) Lykke, DR Fiktion
2009 Amanda Awards, Norway
 Won, Amanda
Best Children’s or Youth Film (Årets barne- og ungdomsfilm)
2009 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
 Won, Adult’s Jury Award
Live-Action Feature Film or Video I et speil i en gåte
 Won, Children’s Jury Award – Certificate of Merit
Live-Action Feature Film or Video – Foreign Language I et speil i en gåte
2003 Bodil Awards
Nominated, Bodil
Best Film (Bedste danske film) Okay
2003 Copenhagen International Film Festival
Nominated, Golden Swan Manden bag døren
2003 Robert Festival
Nominated, Robert
Best Director (Årets instruktør) Okay
2002 AFI Fest
Nominated, Grand Jury Prize Okay
2002 Ghent International Film Festival
Nominated, Grand Prix Okay
2002 Locarno International Film Festival
 Won, C.I.C.A.E. Award – Special Mention Okay
Nominated, Golden Leopard Okay
2002 Nordic Council
Nominated, Nordic Council’s Film Prize Okay
1999 Bodil Awards
Nominated, Bodil
Best Film (Bedste danske film) Forbudt for børn
1998 Algarve International Film Festival
Nominated, Grand Prize of the City of Portimão Buldermanden
1998 Carrousel International du Film
 Won, Camério
Best Film Lykkefanten
1993 Robert Festival
 Won, Robert
Best Short/Documentary (Årets kort/dokumentarfilm) Hjerter i slør