Swedish Film Institute

Film Funding

The Film Funding department allocates funding for Swedish productions of feature films, shorts and documentaries, and works to promote Swedish film internationally. The department is made up of units for Production Funding, International, Distribution & Screening and the Creative Europe Desk Sweden, MEDIA Office, which provides information about EU funding for the audio-visual industry.

Production Funding

The Film Institute's production funding is aimed at professional producers, screenwriters and directors. It is distributed by film commissioners who work independently and evaluate projects both from an artistic and a financial viewpoint.

Currently, there are six commissioners: two for feature films, one for short films, one for documentary films, one for international co-productions and drama series, and one for Moving Sweden. The feature film commissioners can also award funding to films for children and young people and for documentaries. The commissioners have varied backgrounds, but are united in the fact that they each have a long and genuine experience of film production. Their mandate period is three years, with the possibility of a limited extension.

The Production Funding unit also included a production controller, who works closely with the commissioners, helping them to analyse the financial and technical aspects of any given project.

The film commissioners can take independent decisions on development funding, but for production funding the decisions are taken by the CEO. The commissioners put forward proposals backed up by relevant information to enable the CEO to reach a decision.

Distribution & Screening

The unit Distribution & Screening works strategically with Swedish audiences. Funding is distributed to distributors, screening organisations, film festivals and cinemas. The aim is to ensure that people across Sweden have access to a wide variety of current films and the opportunity to see films in cinemas. 


The International unit aims to promote Swedish film internationally, and members of staff spend much of the year travelling and visiting film festivals around the world. Its goal is for at least one Swedish film per year to be screened at the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Amsterdam (IDFA) and Clermont-Ferrand. International also works to promote Swedish film exports. 

Creative Europe Desk Sweden, MEDIA Office

Creative Europe is the EU's support programme for the cultural and creative sectors in Europe. The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe specifically supports the audio-visual industry in Europe: film, television and interactive media. Creative Europe Desk Sweden, MEDIA Office is the Swedish information office for the sub-programme, and is partly financed by the EU. Two members of staff provide information about the MEDIA programme's funding and courses, answer questions and give advice and tips to applicants.