Today sees the release of Facts and Figures, the Swedish Film Institute’s comprehensive statistical report on film and the Swedish film market in 2020. This year’s report shows the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with falling cinema attendance and fewer cinema releases generally. Interest in film has, however, remained strong, with a shift in film consumption to streaming services.
“2020 was a challenging year for Swedish film, to say the least. The whole value chain was affected by everything from productions being cancelled or suffering increased costs, to distributors and screening organizations losing out on earnings. Digital development rocketed during the pandemic. While the year can certainly be summed up as one of crisis, there has been high interest in watching film, not least Swedish film. Cinema closures and release cancellations do not seem to have dampened consumer demand for film content – in fact if anything, the opposite is true. During the year, film viewing via video on demand increased dramatically, and digital services accounted for the lion’s share of film consumption in 2020,” says Josefin Schröder, Strategic Analyst at the Swedish Film Institute.
Highlights from the report:
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