Sweden has some new Documentary Commissioners

We know you all love some business news, and today the Swedish Film Institute released a press release all about the institutes new documentary commissioners. It says:

Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda have been appointed documentary film commissioners at the Swedish Film Institute, taking over from Cecilia Lidin. The production funding section for documentaries will thereby be doubled, with two commissioners dealing with applications for funding.

Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda. Photo: Christina Wallin/Koanuka Film and Andrzej Szulkowski

Numerous Swedish documentaries have reached international acclaim in recent years. Among the titles are Oscar winner Searching for Sugar Man, Big Boys Gone Bananas!*, Belleville Baby and Concerning Violence.

Hjalmar Palmgren, head of the Production Funding unit:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to recruit two new consultants with a sound knowledge of Swedish documentary filmmaking and its place in the international arena. Klara and Antonio will complement each other well and be able to support the essential diversity of the genre. Klara will be joining the Film Institute early next autumn, and Cecilia Lidin has agreed to stay on in her current post until then.

Klara Grunning

Born in 1971, studied Art in Paris, specialising in Graphic Design and Photography. She also has a BFA in Film and Television from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since 2010 she has been a film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute, arranging funding for documentaries, many of which have been Danish-Swedish projects. Prior to that she worked ITVS in US during her 18 year stay there, and at Kudos Family Distribution in Norway as a VP distribution, and as producer and cinematographer for documentaries and also as a production consultant. Klara intends to spend some of her time based down in Malm√∂, thus helping to maintain the Film Institute’s nationwide commitments.

Antonio Russo Merenda

Born in 1966, is a film producer who studied Law, Film and Literature at the University of Rome between 1985 and 1991. He is a co-founder of Hysteria Film, which he has managed for 15 years. In 2012 he also founded Ginestra Film in Stockholm, working together with companies in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France and Poland. His numerous award-winning films include The Vodka Factory (Vodkafabriken), Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (Ingen riktig finne) and Colombianos.

Antonio Russo Merenda will take up his new post in January 2015.
Klara Grunning will take up her new post in September 2015.

For high definition press photographs and to get in touch with Klara and Antonio, contact [email protected]


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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.