Nima Yousefi
Nima Yousefi. Photo by Hobab.

Nima Yousefi – Producer on the Move 2021

International Department

The Swedish Film Institute and EFP (European Film Promotion) have appointed Nima Yousefi to represent Sweden in the 2021 edition of Producers on the Move.

20 of Europe's most current and interesting producers are invited by the EFP to participate in a series of online workshops and seminars to exchange ideas between 17 and 21 May.

Nima Yousefi grew up with parents who worked in film and theatre in both Iran and Sweden. He studied Economics and Philosophy at the Stockholm University School of Business and focused his experience into filmmaking. He is now CEO and producing partner at Stockholm-based production company HOBAB.

Yousefi’s works as a producer includes feature films like Selma Vilhunen's Stupid Young Heart, which premiered at TIFF and won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale 2019, and A White, White Day by Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason which was awarded at the 2019 Critics Week in Cannes.

Yousefi recently completed production on Nathalie Álvarez Mesén's feature debut Clara Sola and Hanna Bergholm's Hatching. Currently, he is raising finance for Mika Gustafson's debut Sisters and has Álvarez Mesén's second feature in development.

– I have followed producers on the move participants and their work with admiration, and as I move forwards in my career it’s an honor to be able to participate this year. So far, all my experiences as a producer have been within international co-productions, partly from financial necessity, but mostly for the love of strengthening creative collaborations across borders because movies for me are all about storytelling as a collaborative art form where the end result can be a visceral experience offering a nuanced view of the world, says Nima Yousefi.

Previous Swedish Producers on the Move include Erik Hemmendorff, Lizette Jonjic, Marie Kjellson, Jon Nohrstedt, Fredrik Heinig, David Herdies and Frida Bargo.