Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT is lining up new documentary slots – with 52 per year dedicated to documentary, plus another 40 for music related documentaries. Emelie Persson, who has worked at SVT for the past 17 years, and as commissioning editor for SVT for the past six years, has worked on releasing films including Oscar-winner Searching For Sugarman, local hit A Thousand Pieces, as well as An Honest Liar and Pixadores.
“As a public service channel, you have to give audiences something else other than entertainment shows,” Persson said to ScreenDaily. She adds that Searching for Sugarmans Oscar changed a lot for Swedish filmmakers. She mentioned a number of projects that should receive international appeal, including:
- The Clip, directed by Victor Nordenskiold, is about two Mozambique dancers, Mario and Xavier, who were spotted on a YouTube clip and invited to collaborate with Beyonce.
- I Call Him Morgan, directed by Kasper Collin, follows Lee Morgan, a jazz musician working in New York who died young.
- Martha & Niki, directed by Tora Martens, follows two female hip-hop dancers who won the biggest international street dance competition, while The Ceremony, directed by Lina Mannheimer, is about French author Catherine Robbe-Grillet and her inner circle who take part in sadomasochistic ceremonies.