Nominees for Tempo Documentary Award 2017

Nominees for Tempo Documentary Award is now official! In Sweden, the competition is one of the largest for documentaries. All the nominated films will be screened during Tempo Documentary Festival March 6th–12th, 2017. The award ceremony will take place on March 11th. 

Tempo Documentary Award Nominations 2017:

Letter to a Serial Killer by Manal Masri

Citizen Schein by Maud Nycander, Jannike Åhlund & Kersti Grunditz Brennan

The Bald Primadonna by Fredrik Egerstrand & Tintin Anderzon

After Inez by Karin Ekberg

Heart Norsjö by Sophia Josephson & Lisa Josephson

A Bastard Child by Knutte Wester

I Called Him Morgan by Kasper Collin

Ouaga Girls by Theresa Traoré Dahlberg

Shapeshifters by Sophie Vuković

Prison Sisters by Nima Sarvestani

The Return by Zahavi Sanjavi

The Traffic Lights Turn Blue Tomorrow by Ragnhild Ekner

Tempo Documentary Award is organized in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute and Influence Film Club. The price is SEK 75 000 and goes to the film’s director. The prize is awarded to the winner at the closing gala on Saturday, March 11.
The entire festival program and tickets will be released on February 8th.

Nominees for Tempo Short Award 2017

Eight short documentaries are competing in the Tempo Short Award contest and two of them have premiere screenings during the Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. The bus from Norway is about the special bus tours from Norway to Sweden because of the meat sales in Sweden. Secret Heart is a personal story in which the filmmaker seeks out the man who had fled from the Balkans with whom she had an unfinished love story with more than 20 years ago.


19 876 steps in Auschwitz / Birkenau by Johanna Bernhardson

6 Degrees of Mustafa Arhan by Axel Petersén

Letters to Sweden by Salad Hilowle

The bus from Norway by Bo Pärletun

Secret Heart by Johanna Aust

Spermwhore by Anna Linder

Because the world never stops  av Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck

The Swedes by Manolo Diaz Rämö

Tempo Short Award is organized in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute and Film Stockholm / Mälardalen Region. The price is SEK 25 000 and goes to the director of the film.

All the nominated films screens during the Tempo Documentary Festival March 6 to 12, 2017. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, 11 March.

Nominated for New Doc 2017

New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s talent award for promising but as yet unestablished Swedish filmmakers. Nine films are nominated in the competition, and many of them have a Swedish premiere during the festival: Izabela, Promise, Raised by Krump, See the Man, Selfie and Exile.

Izabela is twenty-two and the mother of five year old twins. Like many other Romanies from poor parts of Romania, she has left her children with relatives in her home village to try to raise money elsewhere. In the film Izabela you will see the hard life she lives in Sweden and also when she returns home.

In the film The Promise we will meet Majsan and Helle, who are both over 80 years when they finally get married in church, but it doesn’t take long until they are not able to live together –  but the love is still strong.

In Raised by Krump we get to know an urban dance movement in Los Angeles – called “krumping”. Some of the area’s most iconic dancer explains how dance and the community around it has helped them on the right course in life. Also in the film See The Man dancing have a great importance for the personal development for these football players in Östersund FK.

The contemporary phenomenon of posting photos of yourself in various poses has become a form of feminist activism on social media and this is examined in Selfie – Pose, Click, Upload, Repeat. The filmmaker in Exile, however, goes back in time and through her grandmother, who was born in Tornedalen, she seeks the common roots in northern Sweden and in the minority language Meänkieli.

Nominated for New Doc 2017

Babushka by Margarita Sheremet

Izabela by Ylvaa Johansson and Anna-My Novotny

Knaster by Neil Wigardt

The promise by Paula Gustafsson

One Ticket Please of Matiss Kaza

Raised by Krump of Maceo Frost

See the Man by Jose Miguel Jimenez

Selfie – Pose, Click, Upload, Repeat by Gilda Naumanen & Matilda Svedberg

The shame by Josephine Anderson Raattamaa

The price is 70 000 SEK, of which 30 000 in technical support, and will be assigned to a new promising director of an upcoming film project. The prize is awarded in partnership with Filmbasen / Film Stockholm, Cloud Film / Culture in the West, Film i Dalarna, Film in the East, Filmpool Jamtland, Filmpool North and Culture in Halland – Film.

All the nominated films is shown during the Tempo Documentary Festival March 6 to 12, 2017. The prizes will be awarded on Saturday, 11 March.

The entire festival program and tickets will be released on February 8.

“Kim” opens this year’s Tempo Documentary Festival

Kim opens this year’s Tempo Documentary Festival! Twelve feature-length documentaries have been nominated for the Tempo Documentary Award. The opening film The Bald Primadonna is a portrait of Kim Anderzon, a feminist role model with a big ego. A woman who decided to do it all by herself, and who became one of Sweden’s greatest actresses. A whole life on stage. Then one day, cancer.


The Bald Primadonna will have its world premiere, as will Letter to a Serial Killer, a thrilling story about the killer Peter Mangs and Sweden of today; After Inez in which we follow a young couple who have just lost their newborn baby and Heart Norsjö which depicts two fifteen-year-old girl friends’ lives in a depopulated northern village and their dreams for the future.

(Un)truth is the theme of Tempo Festival 2017!

(Un)truth is the theme of Tempo Documentary Festival 2017!

The main theme of the 18th edition of Tempo Documentary Festival is (un)truth, a subject reflected in a variety of films, radio presentations, photography and seminars during Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. The topic is naturally intertwined with the art of documentary storytelling – whose reality is being presented and how do we approach the truth while telling a story. The highlights of the international programme include “I Am Not Your Negro, a depiction of the African-American history and the reality of being black in the US nowadays. La Chana is a touching portrait of an aged, yet still passionate flamenco dancer. Gaza Surf Club gives us a chance to follow a group of young Palestinian surfers. This year’s Tempo presents around 40 international films in the total selection of over 100 documentaries during the festival held 6th–12th of March 2017.

“Tempo 2017 puts the notion of truth under the magnifying glass and goes deep in to the borderland between the authentic and the fabricated”, says the festival director Agneta Mogren. “We also want to go beyond the documentary genre and look at the concept of truth from a broader perspective, including politics, media and history.”
“We give a central space to stories of personal truths and asks questions about the individual constructions of truth. During one week of Tempo Documentary Festival it is completely allowed to stretch the (un)truth!” says Melissa Lindgren, the programme director of Tempo.
Full program will be released 8th of February.

Tempo Audio Nights; Radio Rookies from NPR!


Tempo Documentary Festival and White Architects have the pleasure to invite you to an exciting evening discussion about radio storytelling and gentrification when Radio Rookies visits Tempo Audio Nights on December 1!

Present in Stockholm we’ll have Caitlin Pierce (producer of Radio Rookies and Freakonomics Radio) as well as 15-year-old Corinne Bobb-Semple, who has participated in the program. She will be presenting her documentary “Family Affair: Living a Bed-Stuy Gentrification Story” which will spark off a wider discussion about radio storytelling and gentrification. Additionally, White Architects promise to treat us all to some wine and snacks! The conversation with Caitlin and Corinne starts at 6:30 pm and will be moderated by Viktoria Walldin from White and Mohamed El Abed from Soundtelling. The discussion will be held in English.

Radio Rookies is New York Public Radio:s (NPR) initiative to let new, young storytellers take their place in the radio airwaves. The project provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their worlds. Since 1999, the project has been conducting workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories. The Rookies’ documentaries have aired on several major radio channels, among some “This American Life”.

Read more about Corinne and the workshops here!

When: December 1’st. The doors will open at 6 pm.
Where: Floor 6 in the office of White; Östgötagatan 100
How: The event is free, but registration beforehand is mandatory. N.B restricted number of seats! Register here!

How to get to WHITE:
The big glass house by Hammarbyslussen, under the bridges in Skanstull. You can get in at the ground floor at Östgötagatan 100, or take the small bridge right into the building from Skansbron. We will see you at floor 6!

Get your industry pass today!

We are happy to welcome you to Tempo Documentary Festival 2017! Register now for early bird prizes, get access to the whole program for only SEK 700 (before tax).

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Submission for Swedish films now open!

All submissions are now closed.

Tempo Documentary Award
The award for feature length documentaries over 50 minutes. The price sum is 75000 SEK and the award is supported by The Swedish Film Institute and Influence Film Club.


Tempo Short Award
The award for short documentaries of maximum 30 minutes. The price sum is 25000 SEK and the award is supported by the Swedish Film Institute.


New Doc
The award for new talents within Swedish film. The price sum is 70000 SEK including a 30000 SEK check for technical costs from FilmCentrum Riks. The Award is supported by Filmpool Jämtland, Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, Filmpool Nord och Kultur i Halland-Film, FilmCloud/Kultur i väst och Film i Dalarna.
For questions please contact:
Melissa Lindgren (Program director)

Breakfast and Film Talk: About Jordbrosviten by Rainer Hartleb

Tempo Documentary Festival, Folkets Bio and Filmrummet are proud having presented a breakfast and talk on the theme “The Long View”.
Richard Kilborn, Professor in Media and Communication, Stirling University, Scotland and filmmaker Rainer Hartleb talked about the Jordbro films, their origin, form and content and discussed them in comparison to two other long run documentaries; Seven-Up (UK) and Die Kinder from Golzow ( Germany).

The Jordbro films, both the box and to watch on video on demand, will soon be available at


Tempo Audio Nights with Starlee Kine 21/9!

Tempo Audio Nights are very proud having presented a talk and meet-up with Starlee Kine at the 21st of September -16.

Starlee Kine (born 1977 in California) is an American public radio producer and writer. Her other work has been featured on This American Life and Marketplace. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and California Sunday. On April 30, 2015, Gimlet Media announced Kine would be the host of its new podcast, Mystery Show. The show’s first episode was released on May 22, 2015. During the first season we Starlee solved the unbearable mysteries – how tall is Jake Gyllenhaal, why is Britney Spears reading a completely unknown book and why would you want to have  “I love 9/11” written on your vanity plate.

Listen to Mystery Show here!
See an interview with Starlee Kine här!

Tempo Audio Nights continues during the fall 2016 with other exciting international guests. Where and when will be announced here, so keep yourself updated! Tempo Audio Nights are supported by Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm stad. This special evening was in collaboration with Generator Stockholm.

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