In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations which have recently hit Scandinavia, the Swedish Film Institute has launched a program dedicated to educating producers and filmmakers about sexual harassment.
Organized by the institute in cooperation with actors’ and directors’ guilds and regional film funds, the full-day program will teach producers and filmmakers about what sexual harassment is and will define the types of behavior that are considered unacceptable in the workplace. Each participant in the program will receive a ‘green card,’ and the Swedish Film Institute will only give production or early-development funding to producers and filmmakers who have the card.
The program was announced just a few days after the publication of a report detailing sexual misconduct, harassment and bullying at leading Danish production company Zentropa, and a recent letter signed by nearly 600 Swedish actresses, including Alicia Vikander, which called out rampant sexual harassment and assault in the Swedish theatre and film industries.
Anna Serner, the CEO of the Swedish Film Insitute, said the program was much-needed in Sweden. “Sexual harassment absolutely needs to be defined to draw the line — it is still frequent to see men with power consciously using sexual harassment to get what they want and firm up their power,” said Serner.
“These days, I see some of these men who are known for their sexual misconduct who dare to point the finger at other men who are being accused, as if they were not even aware of the way they are behaving with women,” Serner said. “We hope the program will prompt some real change. We don’t want to see blood; we just want to see change.”
The program will launch in 2018.