Swedish Film Institute Facts and Figures 2013

facts and figures 2013

The Swedish Film Institute has now published its report Faces and Figures 2013. The report has confirmed that last year was a strong year for Swedish film despite certain financial difficulties in the industry. Overall, Swedish film is promoting increased gender equality:

Facts and figures 2013 includes an overview of all the Swedish feature films that went on theatrical release during the year. The statistics also cover international film releases in Sweden and the languages they were filmed in.

The share of films with women directors increased – 27 % of all Swedish fictional features released during the year, 38 % of which were awarded production funding by the Swedish Film Institute. New statistics show that 15 % of all films released (including international films) had a female director. Yet they also show that whereas an almost equal number of Swedish films had mixed leading roles or a male lead, there were far fewer films with a woman in the leading role.

The number of admissions for Swedish films increased and the Swedish market share rose to 24.8 % – Monica Z was the Swedish film with the highest box office figures.  2013 was also notable for the international success for Swedish films such as Searching for Sugar Man,The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedWe are the Best! and Beyond Beyond. Swedish films had a strong presence at international film festivals, and South Korea was the country to which most Swedish films were sold during the year.

Compared with the previous year, fewer films received funding from the Swedish Film Institute in 2013. The films had lower budgets (even counting automatic funding), itself an indicator of financial difficulties in the industry and a cause of some uncertainty for the future. Yet the number of Swedish feature films released during the year was the highest of the century so far. Despite an increase in the number of films without funding, the Swedish Film Institute provided almost a quarter of an average budget for a Swedish feature length fictional film. Apart from the production companies themselves, this makes the Swedish Film Institute the primary financial backer of Swedish films.

In terms of technology the figures show that by the end of 2013 about 91% of cinema screens were digitized. There is a continuing interest in 3D films, with the admissions to 3D films increasing somewhat compared with 2012. There was a decline, however, in the sales of films on DVD and BluRay.

The report is available for download as a pdf file here.

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.