'She Monkeys' Director Lisa Aschan Wins First Stockholm Film Fund Prize for 'The Deposit'

She Monkeys Tribeca Film Still 2011

The prize, and its $800,000 awards purse, is intended to support up-and-coming female directors.

COLOGNE, Germany – Swedish director Lisa Aschan (She Monkeys) has won the inaugural Stockholm Film Fund and, with it, a $800,000 (5 million Swedish Krone) bursary towards her sophomore effort, The Deposit.

The Fund rewards female directors with fewer than two features to their credit by backing their latest project. The Fund is part of a larger goal set out by the Swedish Film Institute to ensure that at least 40 per cent of Swedish films are written, directed or produced by women. The winner has a year to finish her film in time for its world premiere at next year’s Stockholm festival. As part of the award, Sweden’s NonStop Entertainment will distribute The Deposit throughout the Nordic and Baltic territories.

The Stockholm Film Fund was set up by the festival together with local telco Telia, the Swedish Film Institute, NonStop Entertainment, Cinepost and Dagsljus.

The Deposit, a horror film set in an isolated world, is based on the play of the same name by Johannes Anyuru and Aleksander Motturi. Anyuru and Morrturi will co-write the script with Aschan. Aschan’s debut, She Monkeys, which traces the complicated relationship between two driven female athletes, won best narrative feature at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.