SF Studios

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AB Svensk Filmindustri
SF Studios
FormerlySvensk Filmindustri (1919-2017)
Type Subsidiary
IndustryFilm, television
PredecessorAB Svenska Biografteatern
Filmindustri AB Skandia
Founded27 December 1919;103 years ago (1919-12-27) [1] by merger (as Svensk Filmindustri)
Area served
Key people
Michael Porseryd (CEO)
ProductsMotion pictures, television series
Owner Bonnier Group
Parent Bonnier Entertainment
Website sfstudios.se
The gate to SF's headquarters at Filmstaden in Solna outside of Stockholm Filmstaden Solna Sweden.jpg
The gate to SF's headquarters at Filmstaden in Solna outside of Stockholm

SF Studios is a Swedish film and television production and distribution company (both Swedish and international) with headquarters in Stockholm and local offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London. The studio is owned by Nordic media conglomerate, the Bonnier Group. The largest film studio in Sweden, [2] it was established on 27 December 1919 as Aktiebolaget Svensk Filmindustri (AB Svensk Filmindustri) or Svensk Filmindustri (SF), and adopted its current name in 2016.



SF Studios was founded in 1919 through a merger between AB Svenska Biografteatern and Skandia Filmbyrå AB. From 1942 to 1961 Carl-Anders Dymling was the company's President. In 1946 the melodrama Sunshine Follows Rain was released, earning the studio's largest profit of the sound era. [3] SF produced most of the films made by Ingmar Bergman, as well as a long list of films by other filmmakers such as Mauritz Stiller, Victor Sjöström, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Bo Widerberg, Lasse Hallström and Bille August. The majority of film adaptations of the works by children's author Astrid Lindgren have been produced by SF.

More recently, SF Studios has produced the Academy Award-nominated film A Man Called Ove. The studio produces film and tv-series and has production divisions in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and since 2017 in the United Kingdom. In 2020, SF Studios released its first international film production Horizon Line.

SF also distributes foreign films in the Nordic countries and has deals with Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures and STX Entertainment in the United States and StudioCanal in France.

SF was owned by Hufvudstaden AB  [ sv ] from 1970 until 1973, when it was sold to the newspaper firm Dagens Nyheter. Since 1983 SF has been owned by the Bonnier Group. In 1998, SF was divided into two separate companies, the production and distribution company AB Svensk Filmindustri and the cinema chain SF Bio (later Filmstaden)

In 2020, SF had linked a distribution deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to handle titles across the Nordic and Baltic regions. [4]

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  1. "Om SF" (in Swedish). AB Svensk Filmindustri. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  2. Fornas, Johan; Becker, Karin; Bjurstrom, Erling; Ganetz, Hillevi (2007). Consuming Media: Communication, Shopping and Everyday Life. Berg Publishers. p. 160.
  3. Nordic National Cinemas. p.188
  4. Keslassy, Elsa (2020-11-16). "SF Studios Signs Distribution Deal With Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2021-11-09.


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