The short form drama series SWIPE (writer/director: Martijn Winkler, producer: Mandy Lim – VERTOV) is the only Dutch production to be nominated for the prestigious media prize Rose d’Or (Golden Rose) in the Social Media Video Series category. The Rose d’Or has been awarded since 1961 and is considered one of the most important European prizes in the field of broadcast media.
This year’s Rose d’Or Awards has nominees in different categories, such as Chernobyl (HBO), Killing Eve (BBC) and Sex Education (Netflix), with The Bridge actress Sofia Helin as chair of the jury, and Lenny Henry presenting the awards ceremony on December 1st in London.
SWIPE, which was broadcast on the YouTube channel of NPO 3 and NPO 3.nl, tells seven separate-but-connected stories, told through smartphones. Stories of people in their twenties who fail to oversee the consequences of their smartphone use. They witness an accident, are the unwilling protagonists of a video that goes viral or start dating via their smartphone.
The drama series is told from the perspective of the smartphone, using all the apps that are popular among young people to propel its narrative. Each episode has a different character and a different phone with a “live” character: the character operates the device, receives real push notifications, apps and makes selfies.
SWIPE is a spinoff of the short film #tagged, which was selected in competition at more than 50 film festivals worldwide and was also nominated for the Rose d’Or in 2018. The series won several awards at home and abroad, including the Netherlands Film Festival, HollyWeb Festival, the Toronto Webfest, NYC Web Fest, the NZ Web Fest and Cannes Showcase. The short film #tagged also won various international prizes, amongst which the Japan Prize, a Webby Award and the Grand Prize at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.
The series is a production of VERTOV, written and directed by Martijn Winkler.