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How to get distribution as an artist

Filmform is the only Swedish organization dedicated solely to the distribution and preservation of artists’ moving image practices. Within an international perspective, the organization is one of the oldest of its kind. Since 1950, Filmform has been promoting experimental film and video art through a wide-ranging network of institutions, producers, and curators across the world. Filmform is committed to the protection of the artists’ right and artistic integrity.

Submission

As an artist working with moving images, you have the opportunity to become part of the archive and get access to Filmform’s expertise and extensive distribution channels. You should be working professionally and have documented experience. Please note that the application is open for all artists from or currently working in Sweden.

Submission is free and open throughout the year. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, with a processing time of around six months.

To enter a submission, please click on the link below and provide us with the relevant details. You will be asked for the following information:

  • Contact details
  • Title, length, year and original format of the submitted work(s)
  • Instructions for digital preview (preferably online preview link)
  • CV and brief descriptions or other texts about the submitted work(s)

Please use the Google form to apply for distribution here.

After submitting your work, an acquisition group consisting of film and art professionals together with external advisers will decide whether to include it in Filmform’s distribution collection. The group will evaluate the submission in terms of its distinctive artistic qualities, formal experimentation as well as its coherence within the rest of the collection. When decisions have been reached, Filmform will inform all applicants via email. Submitted work(s) will either be admitted to distribution, kindly declined, or be given the opportunity to be included in Filmform’s reference archive. Works that have been included in the reference archive are available for researchers to preview on site at Filmform but are not available for distribution. Please note that older as well as newer works can be submitted for distribution, Filmform’s collection contains titles from 1924 up to the present.

Once admitted to the distribution catalogue, a contract stipulating the terms of agreement will be signed by Filmform and the artist. Filmform deals with sales of immaterial licenses and does not hold exclusive copyright for any titles in our distribution catalogue. The copyright is owned by the artist. The contract will be valid until further notice, with the possibility for termination within three months. However, distribution orders that may already have been confirmed within these three months will not be cancelled.

Central to Filmform’s operation is artists and filmmakers’ right to compensation for works screened publicly at theatres, festivals, galleries and in educational contexts. We therefore base our rates on ‘MU-avtalet’. Apart from supplying curators and institutions with screening copies, still images and text material, Filmform also provides artists with support and consultation in various situations relating to sales and/or screenings of moving images. Being a long-term member of the global DINAMO-network, Filmform works closely with organizations such as LIMA, AV-Arkki and continuously presents works in distribution at IFFR and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.

All rental fees are paid as royalties every December. The full amount will go to the artist. Only administrative fees are charged by Filmform. Please find below the standard rental fees:

Per title:

1–15 min: 600 SEK
15–30 min: 900 SEK
30–60 min: 1200 SEK
Over 60 min: 1800 SEK

Subsequent screening in the same place: 50% discount per title
Subsequent screening in the same program or context but in another venue: 75% per title

Educational screening

50% discount on all prices listed in the Single screening section above. Some exceptions may apply.

Exhibition (looped installation)

Installation price rates will vary according to the size of the venue/renter including the number of participating artists and number of weeks. The rates are based on “MU-avtalet”, a national agreement that guarantees originators right to compensation. To learn more about “MU-avtalet” and the different rates, please do not hesitate to ask us or see the attached PDF’s

40% off on all prices listed in the Single screening section above. Some exceptions may apply.

Exhibition (looped installation)
Installation price rates will vary according to the size of the venue/renter including number of participating artists and number of weeks. The rates are based on “MU-avtalet”, a national agreement that guarantees originators right to compensation. To learn more about “MU-avtalet” and the different rates, please do not hesitate to ask us or see the attached PDF’s

MU-avtalet: Svenska
MU-avtalet: English

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