Since 2009 the Nordic film composers from the five Nordic countries have met twice a year.
As part of the strategy to put more attention to Nordic Film Music the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award was invented.
Each of the Nordic countries has been given a free hand to develop an individual profile, collaborative partners and arena for the award ceremony.
From 2010 through 2014 the price has been handed once in each of the Nordic countries in conjunction with a film festival.
The winners of the HARPA award 2010 – 2014 and the prize of 10.000 euro have been:
2010 Gothenburg Dani Strömbäck (Finland) for the music to the Finnish film “Letters to Father Jacob” (Finland)
2011 Copenhagen Gaute Storaas (Norway) for the music to the Norwegian film “Elias og jakten på havets gull”
2012 Reykjavik Fredrik Emilson (Sweden) for the music to the Swedish film “Kronjuvelarna”
2013 Trondheim Tuomas Kantelinen (Finland) for the music to the Finnish film “Puhdistus” (“The Purge”).
2014 Espoo Matti Bye (Sweden) for the music for the Swedish film “Faro”
From 2016 the HARPA is handed out without a money-prize.
2016, Berlin Atli Örvarsson for his music for the film “Rams’ and Honor award to Icelandic Johann Johannsson.
2017, Berlin and Cannes Sune Martin for his music for “Land of Mine” and Honor award to Bent Fabricius-Bjerre.
2018, Berlin, Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland) for his score to Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson feature film Under the Tree.
2019, Berlin, Davíð Þór Jónsson and his director Benedikt Erlingsson for their cooperation and creating the score for Woman at war.