"In a global film climate where the position of quality films is getting more and more uncertain, organisations like European Film Promotion are increasingly important. EFP is a good platform, not only to promote Swedish film and talent, but also to increase the status of European cinema worldwide.”
Interview with Pia Lundberg (Head of International Department at the Swedish Film Institute) during the San Sebastian International Film Festival, September 2012
Facts & Figures (2012)
Population 9,6 million
Number of feature films produced 30
Number of documentaries produced 12
Number of co-productions min. 9 / maj. 8
Admissions 18,4 million
National Market Share 22,1%
Screens total 816
Major national film funds Swedish Film Institute, 4 Regional funds
The Swedish Film Institute (Svenska Filminstitutet SFI) established in 1963, is a foundation whose operations are regulated by an agreement between the state on one side, and the film- and television industry on the other. The agreement is based on the principle that those who exhibit films should contribute to the financing of new Swedish films.
The main tasks of the Swedish Film Institute are:
to support the production of Swedish quality films
to promote the import, distribution and exhibition of quality films
to preserve films and materials of interest to cinematic history
to promote Swedish cinematic culture internationally
The Swedish Film Institute promotes Swedish cinema internationally via its International Department which handles festivals, international relations and the presentation of film focuses. The International Department also publishes information material for the international market including the magazine Swedish Film.
The Institute sometimes cooperates internationally with the film institutes of other Nordic countries under the umbrella Scandinavian Films.
Scandinavian Films, the umbrella organisation of the 5 Nordic Film Institutions, is one of the 10 founding members of EFP. The Swedish Film Institute became an individual EFP member in 1998.