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This year’s winners at the Tempo Documentary Festival!

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The winners of the various contests at the Tempo Documentary Festival’s twenty-first edition have been selected. During Saturday night, the winners in seven competition categories received their awards at the prize gala held at Teater 3 in Stockholm. Several of these documentaries are presented in the programme on Sunday.

Here are the names of the winners and those who received an honourable mention, including the motivation of the jury for the respective prizes:

TEMPO DOCUMENTARY AWARD

Tempo Documentary Award is one of Sweden’s largest documentary film competitions. The prize of SEK 75,000 goes to the film’s director. The competition is organised with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Ninosca – The Woman and the Emigrant’s Song by Peter Torbiörnsson

Motivation of the jury: Craftsmanship in its ultimate form, a monumental document that spans 40 years. We praise the perfect cinematography and a work, based on trust built over time, where insightful and penetrating images give us a close study of human conditions, the power of the individual and everyone’s shortcomings. A sorrowful song about social injustice and a woman’s indomitable struggle for a dignified life. 

Honourable mention 

Scheme Birds by Ellen Fiske & Ellinor Hallin

Motivation of the jury: We are deeply moved by a skilfully crafted film characterised by respect, patience and sensitive considerations. In a brutal reality with strong evaluation systems and hierarchies, we follow the life of a charismatic person – a journey. The unbearable rawness contrasts with lyrical beauty and interpersonal warmth. We bow down to two directors who, with determination and patience, have established trust and who have given us Scheme Birds.

STEFAN JARL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD

The Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award is for the best international documentary. The prize is EUR 2,000. The competition is organised with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Winner 

La Mami by Laura Herrero Garvin

Motivation of the jury: A rich film about friendship and labour – in a style that has both aesthetic and sociological qualities, simultaneously built on cinematic tradition and making something new. An invited gaze into a locked room where we are able to see the reality of a vulnerable social group in Mexico. La Mami does what art is supposed to do: it invites us to expand our horizons through finding beauty in unexpected ways.

Honourable mention

Overseas by Sung-A Yoon

Motivation of the jury: A reminder of the simple elegance of the documentary form. The film succeeds in capturing rarely documented voices and faces with candour and dignity. An engaging view of world politics from a micro perspective.

TEMPO SHORT AWARD

Tempo Short Award is the competition for the best documentary in short format. The prize of SEK 25,000 goes to the film’s director. The competition is organised with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Röster om vår tid by Per Wichmann 

Motivation of the jury: Open, thought-provoking and visually strong. Our choices and our society’s consumption are finely shaped by the film’s characters. They, like most of us, express their concerns and dreams while ecological, economic and societal changes are ongoing. A great example of how to present complex questions and thoughts in the short format.

Honourable mention

Sällskapet – intervjuer från alltings mittpunkt by Malin Erixon

Motivation of the jury: Sällskapet is a skilfully-composed film that manages its chosen topic without falling into the usual traps. With humour and sharpness we clearly see how difficult it can be for some people to say “I don’t know”. With well-made animations and a confident tone, this is a vital voice for our time.

NEW DOC

The prize is SEK 40,000 and is awarded to a new promising director for an upcoming film project. The prize is awarded in collaboration with Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, Film i Öst, FilmCloud/Kultur i Väst, Film i Dalarna, Film Västernorrland, and Kultur i Halland – Film.

Winner 

Petra & Peter – en syskonsaga by Johanna Aust

Motivation of the jury: This year’s winning film ties a bow around reality about family, history, heritage and the environment. The film does not claim to provide any general answers to existential questions, but instead we are led into an open exploration of two siblings who were once invincible, but who in various ways fall victim to their baggage. What do you do when you are finally left alone with your story? How do you deal with things that cannot be satisfied?

SHORT DOX RADIO

In Short Dox Radio, ten radio documentaries of a maximum three minutes’ length compete for SEK 5,000. The winning documentary will also take part in the Nordic short dox competition which will take place in Sweden later this year. The prize is a collaboration with the production company Munck, which offers studio time and a producer to help create the winner’s next audio documentary. The award was founded by Bengt Bok, professor of radio production at Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola.

Winner

All by Myself by Åsa Secher

Motivation of the jury: Dynamic both in tempo and mood and with high technical skill, a personal story is created with great recognition. A humorous insight into the various elements of the single life.

Honourable mention

Stereo by Emilie Birket-Smith

Motivation of the jury: With an experimental form and an original theme, the documentary provides several playful ’a-ha’ moments. A story that harnesses the full potential of the media to provide new insights. 

TEMPO SOUND AWARD

This prize is awarded to the short film, among the competition films in the Tempo Short Award, which has the most thoughtful and creative soundscape. The prize consists of SEK 60,000 to be used in Momento Studio, corresponding to about two weeks in the studio with a sound designer.

Winner

Park by Lucia Pagano & Vanja Sandell Billström

Motivation of the jury: We are invited on an unexpectedly entertaining journey through the world of sound, which leaves us with a musical experience, even though the film contains no music. It feels obvious that the filmmakers had a clear vision of the role of sound in their creation process and that they dared to give the sound a central place in the story. Audio, especially in documentary films, is often under-prioritised and is often used simply to tie action and design together. This movie does the opposite.

TEMPO PITCH

Tempo Pitch is the competition for new documentary film ideas. The prize consists of SEK 90,000 in development funds. The competition is arranged in collaboration with SVT Dokumentär, The Swedish Film Institute’s documentary film consultants and Film Capital Stockholm.

Winner 2020

To the North by Jasmijn Kooijman

Motivation of the jury: With a light touch and a clear vision, the director takes us on a long journey. Through the friendship and obvious presence of the young protagonists, we not only get to know them, but we also get to see a Sweden in change; a Sweden that challenges us.

Press photos from the films are available here: tempofestival.se/press/

Group photos of the winners are available from 21.00 with more photos later in the evening.

Press contact/press photos: 

Louise Bodin, 070-152 56 65, louise.bodin@tempofestival.se

This year’s winners at the Tempo Documentary Festival!

The winners of the various contests at the Tempo Documentary Festival’s twenty-first edition have been selected. During Saturday night, the winners in seven competition categories received their awards at the prize gala held at Teater 3 in Stockholm. Several of these documentaries are presented in the programme on Sunday.

Here are the names of the winners and those who received an honourable mention, including the motivation of the jury for the respective prizes:

TEMPO DOCUMENTARY AWARD

Tempo Documentary Award is one of Sweden’s largest documentary film competitions. The prize of SEK 75,000 goes to the film’s director. The competition is organised with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Ninosca – The Woman and the Emigrant’s Song by Peter Torbiörnsson

Motivation of the jury: Craftsmanship in its ultimate form, a monumental document that spans 40 years. We praise the perfect cinematography and a work, based on trust built over time, where insightful and penetrating images give us a close study of human conditions, the power of the individual and everyone’s shortcomings. A sorrowful song about social injustice and a woman’s indomitable struggle for a dignified life. 

Honourable mention 

Scheme Birds by Ellen Fiske & Ellinor Hallin

Motivation of the jury: We are deeply moved by a skilfully crafted film characterised by respect, patience and sensitive considerations. In a brutal reality with strong evaluation systems and hierarchies, we follow the life of a charismatic person – a journey. The unbearable rawness contrasts with lyrical beauty and interpersonal warmth. We bow down to two directors who, with determination and patience, have established trust and who have given us Scheme Birds.

STEFAN JARL INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD

The Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award is for the best international documentary. The prize is EUR 2,000. The competition is organised with the support of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Winner 

La Mami by Laura Herrero Garvin

Motivation of the jury: A rich film about friendship and labour – in a style that has both aesthetic and sociological qualities, simultaneously built on cinematic tradition and making something new. An invited gaze into a locked room where we are able to see the reality of a vulnerable social group in Mexico. La Mami does what art is supposed to do: it invites us to expand our horizons through finding beauty in unexpected ways.

Honourable mention

Overseas by Sung-A Yoon

Motivation of the jury: A reminder of the simple elegance of the documentary form. The film succeeds in capturing rarely documented voices and faces with candour and dignity. An engaging view of world politics from a micro perspective.

TEMPO SHORT AWARD

Tempo Short Award is the competition for the best documentary in short format. The prize of SEK 25,000 goes to the film’s director. The competition is organised with the support of the Swedish Film Institute.

Winner 

Röster om vår tid by Per Wichmann 

Motivation of the jury: Open, thought-provoking and visually strong. Our choices and our society’s consumption are finely shaped by the film’s characters. They, like most of us, express their concerns and dreams while ecological, economic and societal changes are ongoing. A great example of how to present complex questions and thoughts in the short format.

Honourable mention

Sällskapet – intervjuer från alltings mittpunkt by Malin Erixon

Motivation of the jury: Sällskapet is a skilfully-composed film that manages its chosen topic without falling into the usual traps. With humour and sharpness we clearly see how difficult it can be for some people to say “I don’t know”. With well-made animations and a confident tone, this is a vital voice for our time.

NEW DOC

The prize is SEK 40,000 and is awarded to a new promising director for an upcoming film project. The prize is awarded in collaboration with Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, Film i Öst, FilmCloud/Kultur i Väst, Film i Dalarna, Film Västernorrland, and Kultur i Halland – Film.

Winner 

Petra & Peter – en syskonsaga by Johanna Aust

Motivation of the jury: This year’s winning film ties a bow around reality about family, history, heritage and the environment. The film does not claim to provide any general answers to existential questions, but instead we are led into an open exploration of two siblings who were once invincible, but who in various ways fall victim to their baggage. What do you do when you are finally left alone with your story? How do you deal with things that cannot be satisfied?

SHORT DOX RADIO

In Short Dox Radio, ten radio documentaries of a maximum three minutes’ length compete for SEK 5,000. The winning documentary will also take part in the Nordic short dox competition which will take place in Sweden later this year. The prize is a collaboration with the production company Munck, which offers studio time and a producer to help create the winner’s next audio documentary. The award was founded by Bengt Bok, professor of radio production at Stockholms Dramatiska Högskola.

Winner

All by Myself by Åsa Secher

Motivation of the jury: Dynamic both in tempo and mood and with high technical skill, a personal story is created with great recognition. A humorous insight into the various elements of the single life.

Honourable mention

Stereo by Emilie Birket-Smith

Motivation of the jury: With an experimental form and an original theme, the documentary provides several playful ’a-ha’ moments. A story that harnesses the full potential of the media to provide new insights. 

TEMPO SOUND AWARD

This prize is awarded to the short film, among the competition films in the Tempo Short Award, which has the most thoughtful and creative soundscape. The prize consists of SEK 60,000 to be used in Momento Studio, corresponding to about two weeks in the studio with a sound designer.

Winner

Park by Lucia Pagano & Vanja Sandell Billström

Motivation of the jury: We are invited on an unexpectedly entertaining journey through the world of sound, which leaves us with a musical experience, even though the film contains no music. It feels obvious that the filmmakers had a clear vision of the role of sound in their creation process and that they dared to give the sound a central place in the story. Audio, especially in documentary films, is often under-prioritised and is often used simply to tie action and design together. This movie does the opposite.

TEMPO PITCH

Tempo Pitch is the competition for new documentary film ideas. The prize consists of SEK 90,000 in development funds. The competition is arranged in collaboration with SVT Dokumentär, The Swedish Film Institute’s documentary film consultants and Film Capital Stockholm.

Winner 2020

To the North by Jasmijn Kooijman

Motivation of the jury: With a light touch and a clear vision, the director takes us on a long journey. Through the friendship and obvious presence of the young protagonists, we not only get to know them, but we also get to see a Sweden in change; a Sweden that challenges us.

Press photos from the films are available here: tempofestival.se/press/

Group photos of the winners are available from 21.00 with more photos later in the evening.

Press contact/press photos: 

Louise Bodin, 070-152 56 65, louise.bodin@tempofestival.se

www.tempofestival.se 

www.tempofestival.se 

Nominated films for Tempo Documentary Award

8 films are nominated to Tempo Documentary Award, one of the most important prizes for documentary film in Sweden. The winner is awarded 75000 SEK in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institut. And the nominated films are…
Hamada by Eloy Dominguez Serén
Lindy the Return of Little Light by Ida Persson Lännerberg
Mating by Lida Mannheimer
The Swedish Greasers by Sebastian Ringler
The Revenge of the Diva by Emelie Jönsson and Gustav Ahlgren
The Heart is a Drum by Jacob Frössén
Transnistra by Anna Eborn
Waithood by Samori Tovatt

The Swedish Greasers to open the 20th edition of Tempo

The Swedish Greasers by Sebastian Ringler will have its world premiere at the Tempo Documentary Festival on March 4. The film shows a new generation within a sub culture that during decades was criticized in the media. The film fits very well in the overall theme for the festival, HERITAGE. The film is part of the competitive section Tempo Documentary Award, where the winning director(s) receives 75 000 SEK.

Sebastian Ringler is a director, editor and musician. He has directed music videos for artists like Avicii, Cazzette and Kiwi Lips. His debut documentary Big Love was awarded at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival. As an editor, Ringler has worked with director Christian Larson on documentary Take One and feature Leave The World Behind. He also edited director Karzan Kader’s renowned debut film Bekas as well as worked as supporting editor on Jonas Åkerlunds Small Apartments.

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Nominated films for Tempo Documentary Award

Ten Swedish documentaries have been nominated to the competition Tempo Documentary Award. The opening film is Rikard, a documentary about Rikard Wolff who recently passed away. He was one of Sweden’s biggest and most liked artists and also an icon within the LGBTQ-movement. Rikard is one of the documentaries that reflect the theme of the festival: Persona. It is also the Swedish premiere for Cinema Pameer that tells the story about a Cinema in Kabul and also gives us a peek into everyday life for the Afghani population.

Tempo Documentary Award Nominations
Cinema Pameer by Martin von Krogh
A Good Week for Democracy (En bra vecka för demokratin) by Cecilia Björk
Living. Loving (Leva. Älska) by Mette Aakerholm Gardell
Lida by Anna Eborn
Lyubov – Love in Russia (Lyubov – kärlek på ryska) by Staffan Julén
Rikard by Julia Stanislawska
Silvana (Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat) by Mika Gustafson/Olivia Kastebring/Christina Tsiobanelis Stronger than a Bullet by Maryam Ebrahimi
That Summer (Den sommaren) by Göran Hugo Olsson
The Deminer by Hogir Hirori (co-director Shinwar Kamal)

Amongst the nominated documentaries is the documentary That Summer, which title refers to the summer of 1972. Through unique material it tells the story about the eccentric mother daughter duo little Edie and big Edie in their decayed home in the East Hamptons. The material was recorded in the years prior to the premiere of Grey Gardens (1975) by Peter Beard and Jackie Onassis’ younger sister Lee Radziwill, supposedly the start of a film that never was completed.

Love is a theme that runs through many of the nominated documentaries. The movie Live. Love (Leva. Älska) lets us meet some of the seniors at ”Regnbågens seniorboende”, Sweden’s first elderly home for people who identifies as LGBTQ. Many of seniors are forced back into the closet when they move to a facility for seniors, but at the Regnbågen (The Rainbow) new friendships, romances and lives form! In Lida we follow the life of an older woman from the Swedish speaking minority in Ukraine who starts a relationship with a Russian man. Lyubov – or love in Russia (Lyubov – kärlek på ryska) is built on a selection of the interviews Nobel prize winner Aleksijevitj has done for her upcoming book about love. Silvana (Silvana – Väck mig när ni vaknat) is an intimate love story and journey through the artist, feminist and anti-racist Silvana’s life in private and in the public eye.

As an opposite to love, there are also films about war. Stronger than a Bullet lets us meet Saed Sadeghi, a photographer who took pictures of the war between Iraq and Iran during the 80s and who’s photos have been used as war propaganda. Fakhir, an Iraqi father of eight is portrayed in The Deminer. He is a man who tries to save innocent lives by putting himself at risk when he disarms land-mines in war-torn Mosul.

In the documentary A Good Week for Democracy (En bra vecka för demokratin), we go to Sweden’s biggest political event: Almedalsveckan. The film directs our attention towards what happens behind the scene rather than what happens on stage. It shows us the nerves of the speakers during their preparations right before they enter the stage and narrates the huge media spectacle and how political events are depicted.

Tempo Documentary Award is arranged in cooperation with The Swedish Film Institute and Influence Film Club. The award is 75 000 SEK and goes to the director of the winning film. The full program and tickets are released February 7th at tempofestival.se

Nominated films for New Doc announced

New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s award to an emerging talent on the Swedish New Doc is Tempo Documentary Festival’s award to an emerging talent on the Swedish documentary film scene. Eight films are nominated and several have their premiere during the festival: All Things Disappear if you Close your Eyes, Image of a Traitor, Mothercity and On the Edge of Life. The award is for SEK 40 000 and goes to a promising director for a future film project. New Doc is arranged in collaboration with regional film centres Filmbasen/Film Stockholm, FilmCloud/Kultur i Väst, Film i Dalarna, Film i Öst, Filmpool Jämtland, Filmpool Nord and Kultur i Halland – Film.

All Things Disappear if you Close your Eyes by Ina Porselius
Image of a Traitor by Felice Hapetzeder
Maj Doris by Jon Blåhed Mothercity by Patricia Lorenzoni
My New Home is a Trailer by Jasmijn Kooijman
On the Edge of Life by Yaser Kassab
One Day in Aleppo by Ali Alibrahim
Zanryu by Towa Shimizu

Nominated films for Tempo Short Award announced

Nine films compete for the Tempo Short Award that goes to the best short, Swedish Nine films compete for the Tempo Short Award that goes to the best short, Swedish documentary. Two of the nominated films, The Second Shore and Bedford Brothers will have their premiere at Tempo. Tempo Short Award is arranged in collaboration with The Swedish Film Institute and Filmregion StockholmMälardalen. The award is SEK 25 000 and goes to the director of the film.

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The Second Shore by Åsa Sandzén Bedford Brothers by Mattias Olsson
Cops are Actors by Tova Mozard
Juck by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira
The Traffic Separation Device by Johan Palmgren
The Ambassador’s Wife by Theresa Traore Dahlberg
We others by Manolo Diaz Rämö and Sharmarke Binyusuf
As We’re Told by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel

Rikard opens Tempo Documentary Festival

The opening film 2018 is Rikard by Julia Stanislawska, a documentary about Swedish cultural icon Rikard Wolff  who recently passed away. He was one of Sweden’s biggest and most liked artists and also an fornt person within the LGBTQ-movement. Rikard is one of the documentaries that reflect the theme of the festival: Persona and will be competing in Tempo Documentary Award.

Submission closed

The submission to Tempo Documentary Festival is closed. The program for 2018 will be released on February 7. For submissions to upcoming editions please get back to us during the fall 2018.

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