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Sweden

Sweden Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Sweden? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Sweden? See below for an introduction to Sweden locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Stockholm is Sweden’s main production centre for crew, equipment and talent. Film locations of interest in Stockholm include Gamla Stan (old town), waterways, lakes, museums such as Skansen outdoor museum, manicured parks, and modern architecture.

Many films shoot in the north, south, and west of Sweden. Outside of Stockholm, locations of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers include Lapland mountain scenery and wilderness, Arctic Circle and Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), ice hotels, Bohuslän Coast glaciers and rock carvings, Gotland Island paths and beaches, Oresund Bridge and beautiful car commercial roads, Kalmar Castle, Drottningholm Palace, Foteviken Viking era re-enactment village, and Visby medieval city.  

Examples of films shot in Sweden include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Into the White and Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia.

Sweden Film Location Permits. Filming b-roll in Stockholm does not require permits as long as you are not asserting exclusive use of public space or interfering with trade. More complicated shoots that require street closures, laying track, large lights and builds, police assistance, use of weapon and pyrotechnics, or aerial filming can take up to 4 weeks to permit so allow plenty of lead time. Smaller shoots take about 5 days to permit. Our fixer / service producer can help clear a location for copyright permission, if required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Sweden has bitterly cold winters especially farther north. Summers have long daylight hours and can be hot in the south. July and August are the best months to film warm, sunny weather. Above the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun can be seen between mid-May and mid-June. The best time for filming the Aurora Borealis is between September and March. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Sweden is home to several interesting events including Midsommarafton (June), Malmo Festival (August), and The Nobel Prize Awards (December).

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Sweden.

Costs. Sweden is a relatively expensive place to shoot. In particular, Stockholm hotels and restaurants are very expensive by world standards. Sweden trades in the Swedish Krona. Our Swedish service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Sweden offers mainly Nordic looks. The Sami people are an interesting minority living in Lapland. Sweden also has sizable communities from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. All other talent looks are best brought in from abroad. Contact us for casting company recommendations in Sweden.

Crews. Sweden has a small but very professional pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of the highest international standard. Sweden has a good depth of key and support crew that speak fluent English.

Contact us if you are looking for a Stockholm based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Sweden.

Equipment. Sweden has a range of digital and film camera options, camera cars and mounts, Steadicam, and a good depth of lighting and grip equipment. Some specialized equipment may need to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Sweden is an ATA carnet country.

In terms of communications, Sweden has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.

Art department and set construction is of a very high standard. Set construction is on the expensive side.

Studios and backlots. Sweden offers a variety of facilities accommodating a range of productions. Contact us for studio recommendations that best suit your project.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Sweden.

Post Production. Sweden offers a very high standard of post production facilities. Contact us for recommendations.

Visas and Work Permits. Sweden is a member of the Schengen Area. Crews travelling on US passports can enter Sweden visa-free for stays of up to 90 days. Work permits are not required to film in Sweden.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Sweden also has an extensive rail and airport network. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Sweden.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Stockholm. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Safety. Sweden is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Sweden, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Sweden, please contact us.

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