About Tempo

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 and transmedia 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 six 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 and Short Dox Radio.

In 2007, Tempo was elected as one of Dagens Nyheter På Stan’s “Stockholm’s Heroes” and prior to the 2008 Guldbagge Award Ceremony (the Swedish equivalent to the Academy Awards) Tempo’s Programme Director Melissa Lindgren and Festival Director Agneta Mogren were members of the jury for short and documentary film.

The festival has been staged at a number of major venues in Stockholm including Kulturhuset, Filmhuset, Södra Teatern, the Finnish Institute and the film theatres Sture and Zita, amongst others. Since 2008, Tempo has taken place at the beginning of March, at the Victoria and Rio cinemas on Södermalm in Stockholm. The 18th Tempo festival will be presented on 6th – 12th March 2017.

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Agneta Mogren, Festival Director

Melissa Lindgren, Program Director

Nominees for Tempo Short Award

Eight short documentaries are competing in the Tempo Short Award for the prestigious prize for best documentary short film about a maximum of 30 minutes. Of the eight nominees, two of them have premiere screenings during the Tempo Documentary Festival 2017. Read more about the nominees here!  

Nominees for Tempo Documentary Award

The nominations for Tempo Documentary Award is now official! It is one of the biggest competions for long documentaries (over 50 minutes). All the nominated films will be screened at the 18th edition of Tempo Documentary Festival which takes place from 6 to 12 March 2017. Read more about the nominees here!

Nominated for New Doc

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 are Swedish premieres during the festival: Izabela, Promise, Raised by Krump, See the Man, Selfie and shame. Learn more about all the nominees here!  

Kim opens Tempo!

"Kim" opens Tempo Documentary Festival in 2017 and thereby get world premiere! The film is a intimate portrait of Kim Anderzon, a feminist role model who became one of our greatest actors. She created a life where the theater was the focus of both relationships and family. Read more about the movie here!

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