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Country profile: Sweden

Country profile: Sweden

27 December 2020

Stockholm’s industry programme trains the spotlight on Ukraine

Stockholm 2022 – Stockholm Industry Days

Stockholm’s industry programme trains the spotlight on Ukraine

A jam-packed, three-day roster of new projects, industry insights and networking will unspool at Sweden’s main autumnal festival  

09 November 2022

REPORT: Nordisk Panorama Forum 2022

Nordisk Panorama 2022

REPORT: Nordisk Panorama Forum 2022

We take a closer look at seven of the non-fiction projects pitched recently at the Malmö-based gathering  

30 September 2022

REPORT: Nordisk Panorama Work-in-Progress 2022

Nordisk Panorama 2022

REPORT: Nordisk Panorama Work-in-Progress 2022

We discover some more details about three of the projects close to completion that were showcased at this year’s gathering in Sweden  

29 September 2022

At Nordisk Panorama’s Town Hall, the industry hopes for the best but expects the worst for the future of Nordic documentaries

Nordisk Panorama 2022

At Nordisk Panorama’s Town Hall, the industry hopes for the best but expects the worst for the future of Nordic documentaries

While young filmmakers demand more support from streamers and broadcasters, the industry decision makers are split between envisioning a bright 2032 and a gloomy, ten-year winter  

28 September 2022

At Nordisk Panorama, Swedish film-fund representatives discuss their programmes for fostering new filmmaking talents

Nordisk Panorama 2022

At Nordisk Panorama, Swedish film-fund representatives discuss their programmes for fostering new filmmaking talents

What are “new voices”? How can talent programmes help them step into the professional arena? These were the two main questions tackled by the panellists at the event  

27 September 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

Industry / Market - Sweden/Belgium/Norway

EXCLUSIVE: Magnus Gertten’s documentary Nelly & Nadine sells to five new territories

After premiering at the Berlinale and being selected for over 40 festivals, the picture will now be distributed theatrically in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Austria and Israel  

29 August 2022

Sweden boasts more streaming subscriptions than ever, Mediavision reveals

Industry / Market - Sweden

Sweden boasts more streaming subscriptions than ever, Mediavision reveals

During the past quarter, Swedish household penetration for paid streaming services amounted to 61%, resulting in a significant 5% increase on 2021 figures  

26 August 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Série Series 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Backed by the EU and launched at this year’s Série Series, the effort aims to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent  

07 July 2022

Cineuropa asks the experts: “Why is piracy increasing in the Nordic countries?”

Industry / Market - Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Norway

Cineuropa asks the experts: “Why is piracy increasing in the Nordic countries?”

According to the latest figures published by Mediavision, 17% of all people aged 15-74 in the region illegally streamed or downloaded films and TV episodes last month  

28 June 2022

Film i Väst publishes “Creative Overload”, a new report on writing and directing in the golden age of content

Industry / Market - Sweden/Europe/USA

Film i Väst publishes “Creative Overload”, a new report on writing and directing in the golden age of content

We take a look at Wendy Mitchell’s latest report on the challenges and opportunities of working in a world where the divide between theatrical features and episodic content for platforms is growing  

24 June 2022

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

Industry / Market - France/Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

Studiocanal seals a film output deal with Scanbox Entertainment

The agreement will see Studiocanal’s slate of movies released in the Nordic countries, including the likes of Cédric Klapisch’s Rise and Eric Lartigau’s This One Summer  

23 June 2022

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

Nine European public funds launch New Dawn to increase diversity in film

CANNES 2022: Due to be set in motion at the Marché du Film on 22 May, in its first year, the new joint effort will grant total bursaries of €900,000  

20 May 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

The Saudi Film Commission plans to attract foreign productions

Industry / Market - Sweden/Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Film Commission plans to attract foreign productions

Abdullah Al Eyya Al-Qahtani, the CEO of the Saudi Film Commission, presented the organisation’s initiatives and its future plans during the recent Malmö Arab Film Festival  

11 May 2022

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Norway/Finland/Denmark/UK

The UK's BritBox set to launch in Scandinavia on 28 April

The streaming service’s rich slate of audiovisual productions will include Britbox Originals, exclusive new series and TV classics  

25 April 2022

Norway’s Uncle Egg – Searching for Dad is the winning pitch at m:brane

M:brane 2022

Norway’s Uncle Egg – Searching for Dad is the winning pitch at m:brane

Dubbed an immediate “want to see”, the project by Torfinn Iversen was given the €2,500 Pitch Award, with Uganda’s Paparazzi granted a Special Honorary Mention  

18 March 2022

Getting to the heart of human nature – m:brane 2022 does science

M:brane 2022

Getting to the heart of human nature – m:brane 2022 does science

Found in films of all types, science is almost always present, as demonstrated during a day of exploration, providing a successful launch for a further chapter for m:brane  

17 March 2022

The 2022 m:brane financing forum gets ready for all things pitching

M:brane 2022

The 2022 m:brane financing forum gets ready for all things pitching

A total of 25 wildly varied projects, all aimed at youth audiences, are to be presented, assessed and, for the lucky ones, rewarded at the m:brane Pitch Days, kicking off today  

16 March 2022

The 16th edition of m:brane is ready for three brilliant, exquisite and inspiring days in Malmö

M:brane 2022

The 16th edition of m:brane is ready for three brilliant, exquisite and inspiring days in Malmö

Now ready to kick off, for both digital and physical attendees, Malmö’s financing forum for youth media presents a fully loaded edition from 15-17 March  

14 March 2022

“To sleep or not to sleep with the enemy?” That is the question asked by Film i Väst’s new report on public film funding

Industry / Market - Sweden/Europe

“To sleep or not to sleep with the enemy?” That is the question asked by Film i Väst’s new report on public film funding

The study identifies the main challenges affecting public film funding, but also provides a series of recommendations to guide the actions of industry players and policy makers  

11 March 2022

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

Industry / Market - Sweden/Finland/Denmark/ Norway/Iceland/Netherlands/Poland/USA

Viaplay and NBCUniversal Global Distribution ink a multi-year content deal

The new partnership, covering more than 400 titles, will make Viaplay the exclusive streaming home of DreamWorks Animation series in all five Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Poland  

24 February 2022

“How do we save the producers and take good care of them?” wonder experts during “Future-proofing the Industry” panel

Göteborg 2022 – Göteborg Industry

“How do we save the producers and take good care of them?” wonder experts during “Future-proofing the Industry” panel

Panellists at Göteborg discussed the current challenges faced by European producers and the changes brought about by the US market  

08 February 2022

“It’s the time of quality and karma,” argue panellists at Göteborg

Göteborg 2022 – Göteborg Industry

“It’s the time of quality and karma,” argue panellists at Göteborg

Sustainability and mental health took centre stage during Johanna Koljonen’s Nostradamus keynote speech at the Swedish festival, as well as her conversation with Banijay’s Lars Blomgren  

08 February 2022

Blackport wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize at Göteborg

Göteborg 2022 – Göteborg Industry/Awards

Blackport wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize at Göteborg

The writers of the series, Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Mikael Torfason, were present to accept the €20,000 award  

03 February 2022

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

Industry / Market - Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Iceland

The Nordisk Film and TV Fond asks, “What future awaits Nordic features?”

The debate covered several key topics, including content, production volumes, and flexible funding models and distribution windows  

01 February 2022

Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision aims to provide answers to key questions

Göteborg 2022 – Göteborg Industry

Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision aims to provide answers to key questions

The platform includes high-end sessions about building a sustainable drama industry, exploring new paths for creative producers, changing business models and storytelling  

25 January 2022

Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market goes hybrid and unveils its selection

Göteborg 2022 – Göteborg Industry

Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market goes hybrid and unveils its selection

The leading Scandinavian market is gearing up for its 23rd edition, and will welcome the new projects by Björn Runge, Bille August and Malou Reymann, among others  

24 January 2022

HBO enjoys major growth in the Nordics and adds over 635,000 subscribing households following Max launch

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Denmark/Finland/Norway/USA

HBO enjoys major growth in the Nordics and adds over 635,000 subscribing households following Max launch

The new figures disclosed by Mediavision show that the streaming giant is now back in the region’s top three, with an average household penetration of just below 20%  

17 January 2022

Industry experts analyse the opportunities and the challenges brought about by the surge in VoD services in the Nordic countries

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/Norway/Denmark/Finland

Industry experts analyse the opportunities and the challenges brought about by the surge in VoD services in the Nordic countries

The NAGRA Kudelski webinar saw five panellists discussing audience engagement strategies, growth drivers, consumption trends and marketing content within the regional and international context  

02 December 2021

Stockholm kicks off three jam-packed industry days

Stockholm 2021 – Stockholm Industry Days

Stockholm kicks off three jam-packed industry days

Starting on Tuesday 16 November, the Stockholm Industry Days will explore streaming platforms, Swedish visions, gender diversity, mingling arrangements and more  

16 November 2021

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden/USA

NENT Group sells 12 production labels to Fremantle

The agreement covers one studio based in Denmark, three in Finland, six in Norway and two in Sweden  

04 October 2021

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

The Nordic platform is due to launch in the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, aiming to reach 12 million subscribers by the end of 2025  

22 September 2021

SF Studios seals a new distribution deal with Paramount Pictures

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden/USA

SF Studios seals a new distribution deal with Paramount Pictures

The Swedish production and distribution outfit will manage the American studio’s Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment products in the Nordic market  

28 July 2021

The New Dawn film fund beckons new voices into the film industry

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The New Dawn film fund beckons new voices into the film industry

CANNES 2021: The new scheme, initiated by the Netherlands Film Fund and the Swedish Film Institute, has just been announced in Cannes  

15 July 2021

The Göteborg Film Fund announces its first post-production selection

Cannes 2021 – Marché du Film

The Göteborg Film Fund announces its first post-production selection

CANNES 2021: The new films by Júlia Murat and Hussein Hassan, along with first-timer Philip Sotnychenko, are the first to receive support from the fund  

11 July 2021

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Institutions / Legislation - Sweden/Chile/Belgium/Norway/UK

Documentary Arica prompts intervention from UN Human Rights Rapporteurs

Lars Edman and William Johansson’s feature documents the devastation caused by a Swedish mining giant in a Chilean desert town  

02 June 2021

Swedish startup Ceretai launches ValueCine, a web platform delivering diversity statistics on audiovisual productions

Industry / Market - Sweden

Swedish startup Ceretai launches ValueCine, a web platform delivering diversity statistics on audiovisual productions

The initiative is being supported by SF Studios, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), Vinnova and Herflix  

19 May 2021

Nordic Council of Ministers eliminates all support for Nordisk Panorama in 2022

Industry / Market - Sweden

Nordic Council of Ministers eliminates all support for Nordisk Panorama in 2022

The non-profit organisation, representing Nordic documentaries and shorts, states that the decision came as a big surprise  

18 May 2021

France’s Séraphine wins Best Pitch at the 2021 M:brane Forum

M:brane 2021

France’s Séraphine wins Best Pitch at the 2021 M:brane Forum

For their exquisitely executed pitch of their animation project, producer Valérie Montmartin and director Sarah Van Den Boom were handsomely rewarded  

19 March 2021

M:brane’s lively panel talks include German humour, a Canadian focus and Europeans who want it all

M:brane 2021

M:brane’s lively panel talks include German humour, a Canadian focus and Europeans who want it all

Securing audiences in the European film landscape and getting good laughs all the way to the box office were some of the topics covered in the programme of panels  

18 March 2021

M:brane thinks outside and beyond the cinema box by talking science and nature

M:brane 2021

M:brane thinks outside and beyond the cinema box by talking science and nature

Great insights were to be had in Malmö when a group of visionaries shared their thoughts and ideas on how to show the world to a young audience  

18 March 2021

26 savvy youth projects ready for the 2021 M:brane Pitch Days

M:brane 2021

26 savvy youth projects ready for the 2021 M:brane Pitch Days

A two-day extravaganza of pitching sessions kicked off today at the M:brane youth forum in Malmö, with target ages ranging between 3 and occasionally even 99  

17 March 2021

M:brane presents a youth documentary workshop with straight, honest and fresh opinions

M:brane 2021

M:brane presents a youth documentary workshop with straight, honest and fresh opinions

Connecting creators, professionals and a target audience has been an ongoing, fruitful challenge at the RealYoung workshop, held for the seventh time at the M:brane Forum  

16 March 2021

The 15th edition of the M:brane Forum ready to kick off

M:brane 2021

The 15th edition of the M:brane Forum ready to kick off

Well-prepared and efficient after last year’s halt to proceedings, Malmö’s financing forum for youth media is getting ready to present a reenergised 15th edition  

15 March 2021

According to the Nostradamus Report, it is time to listen to kids

Göteborg 2021 - Göteborg Industry

According to the Nostradamus Report, it is time to listen to kids

During the 8th annual seminar presented during the Göteborg Film Festival, Johanna Koljonen focused on Transforming Storytelling Together. And sea shanties  

08 February 2021

TV Drama Vision explores whether the transformation of storytelling can save TV from obsolescence

Göteborg 2021 - Göteborg Industry

TV Drama Vision explores whether the transformation of storytelling can save TV from obsolescence

Johanna Koljonen and Walter Iuzzolino discussed current TV creativity, the role of streamers, how TV can survive into the future and how European content can travel  

08 February 2021

HBO Max aims to globalise local content

Göteborg 2021 - Göteborg Industry

HBO Max aims to globalise local content

An in-depth discussion at Göteborg’s TV Drama Vision gave a broader understanding of the changes that the launch of HBO Max in Europe will bring this summer  

05 February 2021

Maja Jul Larsen wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

Göteborg 2021 - Göteborg Industry/Awards

Maja Jul Larsen wins the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for Cry Wolf

The writer of the series has snagged the circa €19,000 award following the TV Drama Vision competition that included four other Nordic series  

04 February 2021

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