Over the past five years, Moving Sweden has granted funding to several acclaimed, high-profile films and series which have been screened on TV, in cinemas and at festivals around the world. In a development of the project, the focus is now shifting to feature-length films, the aim being to help find the great Swedish film talents of the future.
Moving Sweden, a collaboration between the Swedish Film Institute and national public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), is an initiative that aims to enable filmmakers to seek new stories and move the audience with strong narratives. To date funding has been awarded to films with a running time of 30, 45 or 60 minutes, as well as short series for TV. The films have been shown on SVT, and the most recent productions shown in the summer of 2017 attracted double the viewing figures of previous years.
Since the beginning in 2013, 38 films and two short TV series have been awarded funding. Some of the films made as part of Moving Sweden are David Sandberg’s now cult short Kung Fury, which world premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes 2015 and now has an upcoming feature-length American sequel; I Will Always Love You Conny, a prize winner at the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival – director Amanda Kernell’s debut feature was Sámi Blood, which was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label and the Fedeora for Best Young Director at the Venice Film Festival in 2017; Jesper Ganslandt’s Jimmie, which opened this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam; and Julia Thelin’s Tweener which competed at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
At a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival today, it was announced that Moving Sweden will now develop into a focus on feature-length films. The aim of the new funding is to stimulate the renewal and strengthen the regeneration of Swedish film. By investing in films made on a low budget, the goal is to develop and support Swedish film, enabling more creative scope and less financial risk. Moving Sweden aims to reach out nationwide to filmmakers and support a diverse array of stories and perspectives.
Filmmakers can apply for funding for feature-length films, i.e. those of at least 60 minutes running time. The project targets producers, directors, and screenwriters of any age who are starting out in their career and have already shown their cinematic voice; funding is awarded to debuting filmmakers and filmmakers with no more than one previously produced feature-length film.
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“Moving Sweden has been a tremendous success and is absolutely crucial to the talent development in Swedish film. We are delighted to now be launching support for the longer format, something both the talent and the industry have been calling out for,” says Anna Croneman, Head of Drama at SVT.
“Limitations can be super frustrating in the beginning but they often make you sharpen your eye on the project and bring out new ideas for storytelling, both in a visual and narrative sense. Is the story entertaining and moving enough to be worth telling? Filmmakers and producers will hopefully be more bold, now that we can fully finance and greenlight their dreams quickly” says Helen Ahlsson, Film Commissioner Moving Sweden, The Swedish Film Institute
Moving Sweden offers funding for both development and production. The development side has a total budget of SEK 6 million a year, while the figure for production is SEK 16 million a year. In its first stage the project will run for two years, starting in spring 2018, and should lead to 3-7 feature-length films per year.
Applications for development funding as part of Moving Sweden are open from today, 11 May. The deadline for the first round of production funding applications is 13 August.
For questions regarding Moving Sweden, please contact:
Helen Ahlsson, Film Commissioner, the Swedish Film Institute, email@example.com, +46 70 482 08 52
Anna Croneman, Head of Drama, SVT, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 70 592 81 68
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