Stockholm Film Region Ups Its Ambitions
Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen, was involved in a record 20 projects in 2015 such as Charlize Theron’s vehicle The Coldest City. Alicia Vikander’s Euphoria is the latest international project co-produced.
Lisa Langseth’s Euphoria set to start filming in August, was co-produced by the regional film center for Stockholm and the Mälardalen region via its public fund Film Capital Stockholm and private fund Spellbound Capital.
“We have a unique set up compared to the three other regional production centres [FilmVäst, Filmpool Nord, Film i Skåne] as we offer co-financing from both private and public film funds,” says Filmregion’s CEO Anette Mattsson (pictured). “We have five film funds and the general approach is that each one can invest up to 10% of the budget of a selected project as top-up financing.”
2015 was a record year for the youngest Swedish regional production centre that spent a total of SEK 17.7 million in film production investment. The US spy thriller The Coldest City by David Leitch was among the biggest international projects for Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen that took a stake via the private fund Spellbound Capital. The Universal Pictures film is co-produced by Sweden’s post-production company The Chimney Pot.
Upcoming films backed by the Swedish capital region include Björn Runge’s The Wife starring Glenn Close, Pernilla August’s The Serious Game, Fanni Metelius’ debut feature The Boyfriend, Johan Brisinger’s I Love You-A Divorce Comedy, the Ingmar Bergman feature film and documentary series set to launch in 2018 for the centenary of the Swedish master, and the crime series Before We Die.
Looking ahead, Anette Mattsson says her ambition for Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen is to increase her budget – currently standing at around SEK 15M a year – and to attract more international projects in the Swedish capital that offers four film studios and is the home to 80% of all advertising productions and most film companies. Getting the government to introduce film tax incentives is high on her priority list. “Every film region in Sweden is pushing in that direction. I have a strong belief that this will happen when the Film Agreement will be in place in 2017,” says Mattsson.
Written by Annika Pham