Maria Karlsson Thörnqvist is the writer and the director of the youth drama series Festen. The series, which is now in its third season, targets teenagers. A target group Maria, who has lead and developed numerous projects for children and youth for the Swedish public broadcaster SVT, is particularly fond of. It is a hard group to please, but there are still ways to do it. Maria started to work for SVT in 2010. Before that she worked as an independent dramaproducer for several years.