Swedish film selection 2022

The Swedish Institute (SI) is pleased to offer a selection of Swedish films – feature length, documentary and short – for non-profit cultural screenings. For Swedish embassies and consulates we have together with the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) compiled complete sets of DCPs for screenings at cinemas and public auditoriums.

We will offer you to download films in a DCP format for physical screenings and for cinemas. We are also currently looking at opportunities to create film events online, more details will follow. The Blu-ray box will not be distributed in 2022.

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This year’s collection is highlighting contemporary Swedish feature films that have attracted attention both in Sweden and at some major international film festivals. The seven films are selected for their artistic qualities in collaboration with the cultural counsellors at several Swedish embassies. Current themes such as democracy, freedom of expression, gender equality and social equality are in focus.

The film portal

Presentations of all titles in the Swedish Film Selection
The film portal contains press photos, film trailers, posters and press material in digital format.

Instructions

The Swedish representations are encouraged to initiate specific, tailor-made film events in their region. SI supports the representations and is open to discussing ideas, possibilities and requirements. For a successful film event, please carefully read and follow these instructions:

How to create film events 2022

Technical information

Questions and answers (Swedish and English)

Subtitling

The films are all subtitled in eight languages; English (uk), French, Spanish (las), Portuguese (pt), Turkish, German, Russian and Chinese (sim).

Embassies that need subtitles in additional languages and wish to hire local translators can apply for financial support. Find application form below. Contact Lars Hedenstedt for more information about the full procedure.

Information for other organisations

The film packages are made available for Swedish embassies and consulates only. Anyone can access information about them, but to order or view the films you will need a password. If you are not a foreign mission and wish to show a Swedish film outside of Sweden, please contact your local Swedish foreign mission. If you represent a Swedish foreign mission but do not have a current password, please contact films(a)si.se.

All inquiries from established international film festivals regarding movies other than the ones offered by the Swedish Institute should be referred to the international department of the Swedish Film Institute.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

Kindly note that you need to apply separately at the Film Portal to retrieve the requested films. Below application form does not give you access to the films. This application concerns financial support for film events surrounding the screening. 

To apply for financial support for events surrounding the screening, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited, and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the material.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact person at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please send an email to films(a)si.se or Lars Hedenstedt.

LGBTQI in film

This toolkit includes recent films with an LGBTQI theme that can be borrowed from SI and shown at film festivals or other occasions.

Queering Sweden – from 1917 until today

Sweden has a long history of voicing queer people in film, already in 1917 the first film with queer content was released – Mauritz Stiller’s Vingerne. Along with the passage of time and changes in society, the film industry has become more and more progressive. During the past decades the representation of LGBTQI people in Swedish film has increased. We have seen such groundbreaking films such as Fucking Queers and Show me Love and more recently, international successes like Something Must Break and With Every Heartbeat have been touring the world  and winning awards for their cinematic value, innovation and bravery.

The Swedish Institute and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme offering a wide range of perspectives, from shorts and documentaries to feature films. It covers everything from an important time document of the HIV epidemic in Don’t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves via the struggle for trans rights in Just a Normal Person to Aniara – a queer space odyssey.

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The films

Feature rainbow film “My Father Marianne” from the Film Selection 2021

When Hanna’s beloved father, the priest with the big beard, tells her that he’s really called Marianne, Hanna’s world falls apart. None of her courses in norm creativity can help; she hates Marianne who has stolen her dad away. But for Marianne there’s no turning back; she has to be who she really is – finally.

Genre: Feature, Fiction
Year: 2020
Duration: 110 minutes
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish
See trailer (Swedish only)
See more information at the database for Swedish Film Selecion.

Topp 3

An animated romantic comedy about love, charts and dreams of the future in the hinterlands of northern Sweden. In his last year of high school, completely ordinary Anton falls hopelessly for David, but is love enough when you want to live totally different lives?

Genre: Fiction, Animated
Year: 2019
Duration: 45 minutes
Subtitles: English
See trailer

The Swedish Institute provides digital access to the film. Now you have an opportunity to show it in an online film festival. If you have any questions, please contact Asta Rantanen.

Living. Loving.

In 2013, the world’s first senior residence for HBTQ people opened in Stockholm. Agneta, Ingbritt and Thomas move in. They have all had dreams and desires in a time of oppression and constraint. When they begin their lives in the senior residence, they gain new perspectives about themselves and their worldview.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2018
Duration: 83 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish
See trailer

Girls Like Us

Five Swedish transgender girls talk about themselves: their inner lives, dating, parties and everyday life. It’s about Saga, Vanessa, Xenia, Ivy and Heidi – all with different backgrounds and different experiences. We are all more than the gender we are assigned. What you have between your legs does not define you as a person.

Genre: Documentary
Year: 2016
Duration: 83 minutes
Subtitles: English
See trailer.

Girls Lost

Kim, Bella and Momo are three fourteen-year-old girls who discover a fantastic flower with magic qualities: by drinking its nectar they are transformed into boys and they enter a new world. At first they enjoy their newly found freedom, but soon Bella and Momo realize that there are downsides to it. Kim however gets seriously addicted…
Genre: Feature
Year: 2016
Duration: 106 minutes
Subtitles: English

She Male Snails

She Male Snails weaves intimate bath time conversations between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the writer Eli Levén together with the story of the Boy Hag – a fantasy world that centres on a person caught between two genders who creates a third in order to survive.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2012
Duration: 74 minutes
Subtitles: English

Something Must Break

A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and one is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian who Andreas loves and fears.
Genre: Feature
Year: 2014
Duration: 80 minutes
Subtitles: English

Becoming Ann-Christine

Åke was working as a priest within the Church of Sweden, living a seemingly normal life with wife and children. But deep down inside he knew that he was somebody completely different. This film is a personal story about coming out as a woman at the workplace, in the family and in society. It is about sexual identity, prejudice and the longing to be who you really are.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Just a Normal Person

Some people are born into the wrong body. Sam is one of them. This touching film is about everyone’s right to be who they really are. This film is Sam’s story.
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2015
Duration: 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Don´t Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves

A powerful drama about love in the shadow of AIDS, written by renowned Swedish author Jonas Gardell after his bestselling series of books with the same title. The series has won Swedish Kristallen Award, and the Audience Award at the Séries Mania Festival in Paris in April 2013, in competition with series such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2012
Duration: 3 x 58 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish

With Every Heartbeat

A family-oriented drama about finding your true identity. A moving, provoking and sometimes bittersweet tale, told with plenty of wit. The story centers on the main character Mia and the unwanted effects of a torrid love affair which will change her life forever.
Genre: Drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 105 minutes
Subtitles: English

Short rainbow films from the Swedish Film Box 2

The Swedish Institute’s Film Box 2 contains 7 short films with LGBTQ themes.

Feature rainbow film “A Holy Mess” from the Swedish Film Box 4

A Holy Mess asks the question how tolerant the tolerant Swedes are. A warm comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to “do things right”.

Feature rainbow film “Aniara” from the Film Selection 2020

Aniara is an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson’s epic science fiction poem by the same name. Aniara is one of the many spaceships used for transporting Earth’s population to their new home planet, Mars. Just as Aniara leaves the ruined Earth, it collides with space junk and is knocked off its course. Aniara’s passengers slowly realise that they’ll never be able to return to Earth but will continue onwards through an empty and cold universe forever.

Instructions

The Swedish Institute (SI) and Cinema Queer International Film Festival present a film programme with both short and feature length films, both fiction and documentary, covering topics such as the early days of the HIV epidemic and the struggle for transgender rights.

Embassies and consulates can borrow the Blu-Ray films from SI by filling out the application form below.

For a list of speakers that can be contacted for events as well as a list of international LGBTQI film festivals please contact Asta Rantanen.

Financial support

The Swedish Institute covers costs for screening rights for a maximum of two films at two occasions.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for translation of the film(s) and inviting Swedish guest speakers (travel costs and remuneration).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

How to report

After a completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Asta Rantanen.

Aiming for equal opportunities – Stories From Sweden

Meet Victoria Escobar, one of the founders of Changers Hub in Stockholm. Changers Hub is an association aiming to democratise success so that all young people have the same opportunities to realise their ideas and dreams. #storiesfromsweden

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

Creative nation – Stories from Sweden

The cultural and creative industries include architecture, computer games, design, film, photography, art, literature, marketing communication, fashion and textile, music and performing arts. These industries are an integral part of the modern image of Sweden, which is often associated with creativity, high-tech and innovation. Sweden is home to around 128 000 businesses in the cultural and creative industries, and together they account for more than SEK 20.5 billion of the country’s goods exports.

Stories from Sweden – Building the world’s tallest wooden building

Far up north, near the Arctic Circle, the Swedish city of Skellefteå is building its Sara Culture Centre in timber. 20 storeys high, the centre will stand as the world’s tallest wooden building. Meet architect Oskar Norelius, the creative mastermind behind the project.

Watch the whole film about the world’s tallest wooden building.

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

 

Stories from Sweden – League of Legends world champion Maya Henckel -Trailer

Maya Henckel, the world’s youngest female esports professional, already has a League of Legends World Championship title under her belt. But the distance killer from Sweden is far from done. Maya aims to be the unquestionable best at LoL.

Watch the whole film about Maya Henckel here.

Watch all the videos on YouTube. 

The film is also available without text for local adaptations. Please contact Kristina Pernevill to receive the file.

If you want to know how to remove or add subtitles to videos you publish on Facebook, please refer to these instructions.

Digital Lucia celebration

Celebrate Lucia digitally with us! Find our films and more to help you get in the right mood during these challenging times.

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Swedish Lucia Celebration (2020)

Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (download from Vimeo, 1080p, 1.2 GB, approx. 15 minutes, 16:9 format)
Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (download from Vimeo, 720p, 636 MB, approx. 15 minutes, 16:9 format)

Kindy use the film as a whole and without adding local material or in any way editing it. Above film can be used for social media. If you are to use the material in any other way – check if a local licence is needed (list of organisations equivalent to the Swedish STIM). 

Trailer: Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (English text, download from vimeo, 16:9 format)
Trailer: Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (clean for local language, download from vimeo, 16:9 format)
Trailer: Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (English text, download from vimeo, 1:1 format)
Trailer: Swedish Lucia celebration – with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta (clean for local language, download from vimeo, 1:1 format)

Swedish Lucia celebration with Arabic text – trailer (download from vimeo, 1:1) and full film (download from vimeo, 16:9)

The films with the Adolf Fredrik’s music school in Farsta were produced with precautionary measures due to the ongoing pandemic.

Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters (2020)

Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters  (1:1 format with English text and voice over)
Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters (16:9 format with English text and voice over)
Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters (1:1 format without text )
Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters (16:9 format without text)

Scipt in English for Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters, slide by slide

Above film files Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters without text as well as the Script for film without text able Swedish embassies and consulates to add local language with the help of local graphic designers if needed. Kindly note that the Swedish Institute does not have the capacity to help out with adding text in local language.

Additional material (2020)

Cover image for IGTV (Swedish Lucia celebration)

Cover image for IGTV  (Lucia – lighting up Swedish winters)

Lucia song list (from Swedish Lucia celebration)

GIF with Lucia candles

Quiz questions for social media

Playlist Lucia Spotify

Pre-existing material

Films
Recipe for glögg 
Lucia for dummies

Images and stock video
A selection of Lucia photos
Stock video to create your own Lucia film

Text
Web article

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact Michael Skoglund.

To me there’s no other choice

The exhibition toolkit ‘To me there’s no other choice’ presents Swedish diplomat and businessman Raoul Wallenberg (1912-1947), widely recognized for helping save tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust during his diplomatic posting in Budapest.

Chronologically describing Wallenberg’s early childhood and education and leading up to his mysterious disappearance in 1945 via his often dramatic and painstaking rescue actions in war-stricken Budapest, the exhibition is meant as a platform for dialogue on issues concerning tolerance, democracy and moral courage. The main target groups are students and teachers.

The exhibition can of course also be used as a long-term backdrop exhibit.

The exhibition was initially produced in close collaboration with the Living History Forum and launched in conjunction with the centennial anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth in 2012.

To me there’s no other choice is part of SI’s specially adapted toolkits focusing on human rights and democracy, e.g. the Cube project, Welcome to Electionville and the Young courage award.

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Exhibition materials

Full exhibition (low resolution version, language: English) – After your application has been accepted, please contact SI to receive the print version files.
Exhibition layout guide
Exhibition text (in English for translation)
Discussion points (pdf)
Discussion points (text in English for translation)

Fact sheet

Raoul Wallenberg: one man can make a difference 

Films

Raoul Wallenberg’s War (2013, documentary 45 min)
Kindly contact Asta Rantanen at SI for more information.

Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg (1990, drama)
Kindly contact filmloans@filminstitutet.se for DCP format with English subtitles.
No DVD copies are available.

Press images

View and download press images in reproduction by Karl Gabor.

Due to restricted copyright it is strictly forbidden to publish or otherwise publicly re-use images and/or illustrations included in the toolkit material.

Financial support

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum 40,000 SEK for production of the exhibition, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speakers.

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, contact Henrik C. Enbohm.

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