Presented today at the Cannes Film Festival, the Swedish Film Institute launches an exclusive script initiative aimed at professional female Swedish screenwriters for the development of bigger budget feature films of high quality and with big audience potential.

The Swedish Film Institute has engaged in gender equality for a long time and will continue to do so. Our last gender equality report called The Money Issue (published in November 2018) found that the share of female screenwriters is less than 30% and in addition they don’t get access to the bigger budgets. Out of eight bigger budget Swedish films in 2018 there was only one female screenwriter. There is a similar challenge within the support system. The film commissioners receive fewer applications from female writers than from male writers. In addition many writers turn to tv and streaming today and we believe there is a need in general to strengthen the status for feature film screenwriters. We have decided to adress these challenges and work for change.

”We obviously have a lack of female voices and we need to change the numbers. This initiative will provide professional female screenwriters with muscles in the form of a network, and spark the desire to make big budget films and develop a project for the market to compete for” says Anna Serner, CEO of the Swedish Film Institute.

The new initiative is aimed at professional Swedish female screenwriters and the primary goal is to increase the number of big budget Swedish films written by women. The initiative will run for a period of 18 months and is divided into two phases. In the first phase the chosen participants will do research and investigate their idea for the potential film. They will get economical support for their work and for the needed research. Provided the research is successful and the idea has the needed dramatic statement, the second phase starts; the development of the script. During the second phase the chosen screenwriters will have a dramaturge assigned to their project. 

The screenwriter group will also benefit from, and take part in, a specially designed program to increase awareness and know-how concerning the task, building needed skills and establishing a business network. The program includes meetings between the screenwriter group and role models and other relevant persons from different perspectives of the industry. The group will also be present at tailor-made events to draw attention to themselves and the initiative.

For the first phase up to ten participants will be chosen, and for the second four to six. The initiative will be launched today and will be open for applications from 4 June. The chosen participants will be revealed in mid-September 2019.

Please visit our website for more info (in Swedish) 

For further questions, please contact:
Magdalena Jangard, Head of Production Funding at the Swedish Film Institute
magdalena.jangard@filminstitutet.se, +46 76 2322487

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