Swedish government schedules new production incentives for 2022
Amanda Lind, Sweden’s Minister of Culture and Democracy, has announced that new production incentives will be introduced for the nation’s film and television industries. Lind detailed that in 2022 the incentive would be capped at USD11.6 million, or SEK100 million.
The proposal is expected to be approved by the Riksdag, Sweden’s national legislature, in December 2021, and the government hope that the announcement will attract more foreign projects to the country over the next few years while, at the same time, allowing an increased number of Swedish film and television productions to take place within the region.
In turn, the new incentives are designed to create more jobs and generate new investments – the hospitality industry, for example, strongly support the boost it will provide in the post-pandemic climate – thereby safeguarding the expertise of Swedish nationals as well as boosting local economies with external funding opportunities from foreign parties.
Criteria to qualify for the new Swedish incentive has not yet been revealed to the public, and it is also not yet known which government authority would administer the incentive. However, Daniel Chilla, Stockholm Film Commissioner at Film Capital Stockholm, recognises both the financial and cultural possibilities of the new scheme, commenting: “Now our creative skills, efficient production, our beautiful and interesting locations will be at the centre of the discussion instead of our lack of incentives…It will help us reboot after the pandemic and we will be able to keep more Swedish productions in Sweden and Stockholm as well as attracting international productions.”
Several Nordic countries have in recent years been more successful than others in terms of attracting shoots. Iceland, Norway and Finland all offer an attractive 25% incentive whereas Denmark still has no incentive despite years of industry lobbying. Mikael Svensson, Head of Film Commission at the regional fund Film i Skåne/Southern Sweden Film Commission, is therefore especially pleased by Sweden’s recent breakthrough, explaining to Screen: “In my opinion we should be satisfied with this proposal. I have been lobbying for incentives since 2008 and this is an important and great step forward… Finally Sweden will be visible on the international incentive map.”
Film commissions in Sweden include: Film Capital Stockholm, Film I Väst, Film I Skåne/South Sweden Film Commission, Sweden Film Commission, Gotland Film Commission and Swedish Lapland Film Commission.
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