Stockholm Film Festival Picks 3 Female Filmmakers to Vie for Award

The festival's $750,000 production prize, open to females only, also includes theatrical distribution and a slot at a future edition of the festival.

LONDON – Organizers have selected a trio of filmmakers to vie for this year's Stockholm Film Festival feature film award, a nod given to a female filmmaker who has made up to two movies previously.

The trio of projects vying for the prize are Marietta Von Hausswolf von Baumgarten's coming of age drama Wasted, actress, writer and director Gorel Crona's vacation drama Cayucoand the feature debut Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell), for Amanda Olofsson.

The winner is promised more than $750,000 in production support after the prize was established last year.

It is set up by the Stockholm International Film Festival with cellphone operator Telia as main sponsor and with support from The Swedish Film Institute, EuroSound, Dagsljus and SVT.

The winner will receive the nod at the Stockholm Film Festival's awards ceremony Nov. 17 and the finished film secures a world premiere slot during the Stockholm event.

The film also gets distribution by NonStop Entertainment to Scandinavian and Baltic countries and 14 days after its Swedish theatrical rollout, it will be shown exclusively in the Telia Digital-TV Video Store. 

Festival director Git Scheynius said: "To highlight female directors and provide a platform is a concrete way of letting new talents reach their audiences," while thanking the prize's backers.

Sofia Norlin was awarded the first Stockholm Feature Film Award in 2011.

Her movie is scheduled to premiere at the festival in 2013.