Mikael
Torfason

Mikael is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and novelist.

Mikael Torfason is a Series Mania Grand Prize winner, and the writer of eight novels, ten plays, two mini-series, a Netflix Original, and three feature films.

He wrote and co-created the TV series Blackport (Series Mania Winner, Serielizados Winner, Best Nordic TV Drama Winner), and wrote the series Valhalla Murders (BBC 4 and Netflix).

His plays have won numerous theatre prizes in Europe and Scandinavia and premiered in houses like the Burgtheater in Vienna, Volksbuhne in Berlin and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Mikael has also written and directed two films, Made in Iceland and Returning to Lulu. Mikael wrote and co-produced the film Agnes Joy. Mikael is also an established novelist. One of his novels, Ferox, has been adapted for screen. The film was directed by Thor Omar Jonsson and received 5 nominations at the Edda Film Awards in Iceland.

Mikael Torfason was born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Television

Writer & Creator 

Blackport
8 x 55"
Director Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson & Maria Reyndal
Starring
  • Nina Dogg Filippusdottir, Gisli Orn Gardarsson & Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson.
  • Africa has gold, Columbia has Cocaine, Iceland has fish.

    Blackport won Grand Prize at Series Mania in 2021, Grand Prize at Serielizados in Spain the same year, and Torfason was awarded with the 2022 Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival for the series.

    Vesturport / Turbine Studios for RUV (Iceland), Arte (France and Germany), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), SVT (Sweden).

    Writer 

    Creator Thordur Palsson, Thora Hilmarsdottir & David Oskar Olafsson

    Police profiler Arnar is sent back home to Iceland to investigate the country's first serial killer case.

    Nominated for 13 Edda Awards (including best screenplay).

    True North Productions / Netflix for Netflix, BBC 4

    Film

    Writer & Director & Creator 

    Producer Skuli Fr. Malmquist & Thor Sigurjonsson

     A story of teenagers realizing themselves and others.

    Nominated for Best Film and Best Photography at The Götenburg Film Festival. Nominated as Best Film at Digital Film Festival in Berlin. Nominated as Best Film at the International Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nominated for three Edda Awards, including best film and screenplay (won best actor).

    Zik Zak Filmworks
    Producer Co-produced with Birgitta Bjornsdottir, Gagga Jonsdottir
    Writer Co-written with Gagga Jonsdottir, Silja Hauksdottir & Jóhanna Friðrika Sæmundsdóttir
    Starring
  • Donna Cruz
  • Coming of age story of a girl who was adopted shortly after birth and brought to Iceland.

    Won six Edda Awards in Iceland (including best film and best screenplay). Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2020. Iceland’s entry for the 93rd Academy Awards.

    Vintage Pictures
    Producer Arnar Benjamín Kristjánsson, Thor Sigurjonsson & Mikael Torfason

    Eva has spent the last 10 years in and out of insane asylums. Now she is back and has to conquer both her fears and insanity so she can return to her daughter Lulu.

    Zik Zak Filmworks
    Starring
  • Elma Stefania
  • Short Film.

    Burgtheater

    Theatre

    Writer 

    Director Jacqueline Kornmüller
    Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
    Director Thor Arnarsson

    An adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

    Volksbuhne in Berlin
    Director Thor Arnarsson
    The City Theatre in Dortmund
    Director Thor Arnarsson
    The National Theatre of Norway
    Director Thor Arnarsson
    The State Theatre in Hannover & The Burgtheatre in Vienna
    Director Thor Arnarsson

    Nominated for Best Play at the Grima Theatre Awards.

    The City Theatre in Reykjavik
    Director Thor Arnarsson

    Nominated as Best Play at the Hedda Gabbler Theatre Awards. Won Best Play at the Nat&Dag Theatre Awards in Oslo.

    The National Theatre of Norway
    Director Thor Arnarsson

    Won 10 Grima Theatre Awards, including Best Play.

    The City Theatre in Reykjavik
    Director Una Thorleifsdottir
    The Icelandic National Radio Theatre
    Director Una Thorleifsdottir

    Nominated as Best Play at the Grima Theatre Awards.

    The Icelandic National Theatre & The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC
    Director Hilmir Gudnason
    The City Theatre in Reykjavik