(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).

Sign up here: 

Reed more about what the industry pass includes here!

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.

Support for new quality cinema!


Tempo Documentary Festival are very pleased to tell you that we, together with Folkets Bio and Festivalcentrum, are a part of one of the film organizations in Stockholm that thanks to support from Stockholm Stad will be able to examine the possibilities to open new quality cinemas in Stockholm.

Stockholm needs more independent cinemas to show more quality films, and to screen them during a longer period, and are very excited to get the chance to work with this.

And the winners are…

During our gala at Bio Rio six awards and three honourable mentions was handed out. Congratulations to all winners!

Read more about the jurys here.

The winners are:

Tempo Documentary Award

Martha & Niki by Tora Mårtens

Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Mr Gaga by Tomer Heymann
Read the motivation here

Hedersomnämnande Stefan Jarl International Documentary Award

Flotel Europa by Vladimir Tomić
A Flickering Truth by Pietra Brettkelly

Tempo Short Award

The Body is a Lonely Place by Ida Lindgren

Hedersomnämnande Tempo Short Award

The loony-bin! by Moa Junström

New Doc

Hotel Kristineberg by Roxane von Gerber Hedayat och Moa Kjellstrand

Hedersomnämnande New Doc

The Family by Ika Johannesson

Short Dox Radio

Mikael född 1975 by Simon Moser

Hedersomnämnande Short Dox Radio 

Påtvingat liv by Taina Adolfsson


Tempo Pitch

Josefin & Florin by Ellen Fiske and Joanna Karlberg

11th of March at Tempo Documentary Festival!

The festival is now entering a busy weekend at all the festival venues and places. Among other Noncitizen continues today with it’s seminars and dinner while Where Dreams Cross holds the festival’s second outdoor viewing.

10th of March at Tempo Documentary Festival!

Tempo Documentary Festival is half-way in and is now beginning to screen some of the more popular films from it’s program. Don’t miss todays master class with Pietra Brettkelly, the premiere of Johan Palmgrens latest the Taxiklubben and much more. 


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