About Tempo Documentary Festival

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.

Tempo is also a forum for the documentary industry. During the festival week, there are several activities targeting professionals such as works in progress, seminars, master classes and Tempo Pitch for projects in early development. Since 2018, the festival also arranges Tempo Impact Conference on outreach and impat production. 

Between festivals, Tempo arranges several events with focus on documentaries, screenings, seminars and workshops for young people  


Tempo hosts the competitions Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award, for best international feature length documentary, Tempo Documentary Award, for best Swedish feature length documentary, Tempo Short Award for best Swedish short documentary, New Doc, Tempo Pitch, Short Dox Radio and Tempo Sound Award.  

Work with us

Do you want to be a volunteer at the festival?

Do you want to join us in creating the biggest festival in Sweden for documentaries? Become a volunteer at the upcoming edition of the festival. Get in touch during fall 2021 to be part of the festival in March 2022. 

You are social and responsible and like meeting our audience, answering questions,  selling tickets and helping out at screenings, social events and festivities during the festival.  

In return, you will get a festival pass that gives you access to everything at the festival upon availability, food when you work and not least be part of a great crowd! 

Does this sound interesting? Fill in this form

Send an e-mail to volontar@tempofestival.se if you have any questions! 

Other functions:

For spontaneous applications, contact Lisa Taube (Festival Director).


Festival Director

Lisa Taube

Program Director

Ulrika Bandeira

Board Tempo Documentary Festival

Jannike Åhlund (chair person)

Anna J Ljungmark

Bengt Bok

Ellen Fiske

Klara Grunning

Kristoffer Housset

Lisa Taube

Mónica Hernández Rejón


For questions regarding ticket sales during the festival: 

0771- 47 70 70

Festival Director:  Lisa Taube

Program Director: Ulrika Bandeira

Do you want to be a volunteer?

Send an e-mail to: volontar@tempofestival.se

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