Swedish Film Institute May Require Sexual Conduct Training for Funding

The Swedish Film Institute may make it a requirement to have sexual conduct education before receiving funding, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The move comes after 600 Swedish actresses published a letter condemning harassment and sexual abuse in the industry.

The Swedish Film Institute has been a known promoter of gender equality in film and television, with Anna Serner a known public speaker for the cause. This new initiative was announced by Serner.

Yet to be ratified by the SFI board, Serner’s idea would require production companies to attend free educational seminars, likely one or two per year, that would cover issues such as sexual harassment, gender equality and diversity. Only companies that have attended the workshop will be able to apply for film funding from the policy.

If ratified, the policy would go into effect next year.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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.