Swedish Film Institute

The Swedish Film Institute (Swedish: Svenska Filminstitutet) was founded in 1963 to support and develop the Swedish film industry. The institute is housed in the Filmhuset building located in Gärdet, Östermalm in Stockholm. The building, completed in 1970, was designed by architect Peter Celsing.


The Swedish Film Institute supports Swedish filmmaking and allocates grants for production, distribution and public showing of Swedish films in Sweden. It also promotes Swedish cinema internationally. Furthermore, the Institute organises the annual Guldbagge Awards. The Swedish Film Database is published by the institute.

Through the Swedish Film Agreement, between the Swedish state and the film and media industry, the Government of Sweden, the TV companies which were party to the agreement, and Sweden's cinema owners jointly fund the Film Institute and thus, indirectly, Swedish filmmaking. The agreement ran from January 1, 2006, until December 31, 2012. The building also contains a large film archive and two theatres, named after Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, which regularly arrange screenings of classic films.

Managing directors


Chairmen of the Board

  • 1963–1967 Krister Wickman (1924–93)
  • 1967–1970 Roland Pålsson
  • 1970–1978 Harry Schein (1924–2006)
  • 1978–1981 Per Ahlmark (b. 1939)
  • 1981–1984 Bert Levin
  • 1984–1992 Hans Löwbeer (1923–2004)
  • 1992–1999 Åke Ahrsjö (b. 1929)
  • 1999–2005 Lisa Söderberg
  • 2005–2011 Håkan Tidlund
  • 2012–2014 Göran K Johansson
  • 2015–present Claes Ånstrand


See also


  1. "Board and management". Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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