SFI exec to become head of production

LONDON — Scandi major Svensk Filmindustri has named Charlotta Denward as its head of production.

Denward is director of production funding and promotion at the Swedish Film Institute, where she has served since 2006.

She will join Stockholm-based Svensk in November to replace veteran exec Borje Hansson, who is leaving after four years in the job. She reports to Svensk CEO Rasmus Ramstad.

Hansson most recently co-produced Lars Hallstrom’s thriller “The Hypnotist” with Peter Possne, which was co-financed by Svensk and the SFI. “The Hypnotist,” starring Mikael Persbrandt, is Hallstrom’s first Swedish film for 25 years. It will premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival before it opens Sept. 28 in Sweden.

Denward is one of Scandinavia’s most experienced film producers and financiers. She worked as a film commissioner at the SFI, backing Lukas Moodysson’s debut “Fucking Amal,” before becoming a producer at Filmlance, and then returning to the SFI as production chief. During her second stint at the SFI, the public funder backed “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels.

“Denward’s experience … makes her the perfect production chief for Svensk,” said Ramstad. “Charlotta will be responsible for a business that has the ambition to lead and develop film production in Sweden.”

“My years at the SFI have been fun, educational and interesting,” commented Denward. “I have seen the Swedish film industry from a holistic perspective, but now I cannot wait to get out and make a movie again.”

Upcoming Svensk projects include “The Paganini Contract,” a sequel to “The Hypnotist,” directed by Kjell Sundvall, which is in pre-production to shoot this fall.

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