Tempo Documentary Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Sweden. Founded in 1998, Tempo has since the start presented creative documentaries from all over the world, which would otherwise not reach the Swedish audience.
Tempo has established a unique forum for the presentation of documentary work across traditional boundaries – Film, radio, photography, VR as well as more experimental forms of expression. Between festivals, a number of different events are arranged with a documentary focus, such as seminars, debates, photo exhibitions, together with screenings and workshops for young people. The festival and other associated events are arranged and developed by the non-profit organisation Tempo Documentary Festival.
Tempo acts as the host for seven competitions: The Tempo Documentary Award, one of Europe’s largest documentary prizes, for best Swedish documentary, Tempo Short Award for best Swedish short documentary, Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, for best International documentary, New Doc, Tempo Pitch Short Dox Radio and Tempo Sound Award.
In 2007, Tempo was elected as one of Dagens Nyheter På Stan’s “Stockholm’s Heroes” and since the 2008 Guldbagge Award Ceremony (the Swedish equivalent to the Academy Awards) Tempo is part of the selection jury for best documentary and best short.
The festival has been staged at a number of major venues in Stockholm including Kulturhuset, Filmhuset, Södra Teatern, the Finnish Institute and the film theaters Victoria, Reflexen and Zita, amongst others.
Since 2008, Tempo takes place in the beginning of March. The 21th Tempo festival will be presented on March 8th – 14th 2021.