Last year, the Swedish Film Institute introduced the Wild Card initiative, a new development grant offering fresh film school graduates the opportunity to explore a feature film idea. Wild Card will continue this year in its efforts to locate tomorrow’s unique Swedish filmmakers. The application process opens mid-June, and the winning projects will be announced at the Stockholm International Film Festival’s talent day in November.
Directors Fanny Ovesen (Laura), Jerry Carlsson (Fires) and Ernst De Geer (Hypnosis) were the first Wild Card grant recipients, awarded at a ceremony at last year’s Stockholm International Film Festival. Fanny Ovesen’s Laura (produced by B-Reel Films) has since gone on to receive funding from the Nordic Film & TV Fund, and at the Stockholm Feminist Film Festival earlier this year, won the ANNA Award, SEK 100,000 for a film project that increases gender equality and the representation of women in film. Ernst De Geer has signed a contract with Garagefilm International, (Amateurs, The Heart) for his work on feature film Hypnosis. Jerry Carlsson and Verket Produktion are currently working on feature-film project Fire. All three plan on filming animatics this summer.
‘Wild Card was such a major success that we never doubted whether to repeat it again this year! Last year’s grant recipients have all presented us with very promising works. It feels incredibly exciting to continue helping to cultivate future Swedish filmmakers, and very fun to further our collaboration with the Stockholm International Film Festival. Wild Card is our form of a super supportive graduation gift to emerging filmmakers, an opportunity for them to escape the summer heat and fine-tune their best ideas,” explains Helen Ahlsson, film commissioner for Moving Sweden at the Swedish Film Institute.
Wild Card is a development grant for newly graduated film directors (from 2019) from any post-secondary film course. The grant is allocated for a visual study for a feature or hybrid fiction film. The Wild Card initiative sets out to locate unique filmmakers from various film courses, and to give newly graduated directors the chance to quickly get their film wheels rolling after completing their education.
Winning projects will be awarded a development grant of SEK 400,000 each. The selection committee consists of Swedish Film Institute talent agents and fiction film commissioners in the following categories: children and youth, short films and new formats, feature films and Moving Sweden. The application process opens in mid-June and closes on 17 September 2019. The winning projects will be announced on November 13th, talent day at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
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Helen Ahlson, Film Commissioner Moving Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 8 665 12 26
Lina Norberg Johansson, Head of Talent, email@example.com, +46 8 665 12 27
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