Magazine article Screen International

Sweden’s SVT Houses Booming Doc Slate

Magazine article Screen International

Sweden’s SVT Houses Booming Doc Slate

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SVT, Sweden's national broadcaster, has documentary slots that would be the envy of many other countries.

The K Special arts and culture prime-time documentary strand alone has 52 slots per year. There are a further 40 music-related documentaries shown on the channel each year.

Emelie Persson, who has worked at SVT for the past 17 years, and as commissioning editor for SVT for the past six years, has worked on releasing films including Oscar-winner Searching For Sugarman, local hit A Thousand Pieces, as well as An Honest Liar and Pixadores.

"As a public service channel, you have to give audiences something else other than entertainment shows," Persson told ScreenDaily.

Of the 52 K Special projects per year, around six or seven each year are in-house productions, while another 15 tend to be Swedish productions or co-productions, with the rest international acquisition (usually pre-buys).

Searching For Sugarman's Oscar changed a lot for Swedish filmmakers, admitted Persson.

"You see other international funders approaching Swedish filmmakers more. …

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