New round of funding from the Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute has announced its new round of funding, with big-name directors included in the list.

First is Roy Andersson, with his upcoming film About Endlessness. This is Andersson’s continuation of Songs from the Second Floor, You, the Living and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. The film has received 12 000 000 SEK in funding and aims to remind us how fragile and beautiful our existence is. And with that in mind, we are reminded to safeguard this infinite treasure and pass it on.

Helena Bergström, who released A Holy Mess in 2015, has written and directed Vilken Cirkus, in which the mournful Hugo falls into a circus on its last legs – and magic happens. The film received 6 500 000 SEK in funding.

Next is Abbe Hassan and Ivica Zuback with The Gold Chain, which tells the story of six-year-old Adam in a bombed-out Syria. He finds a gold chain which he believes will get him some food and water, but no one believes him and suddenly others claim the chain is theirs. The film received 450 000 SEK in funding.

You can find the full list of titled that received funding on the Swedish Film Institute website. 

Image from About Endlessness (Om det oändliga). Photo: Studio 24



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.