Our digitization

Selection and Technical Guidelines


Films are selected for digitization by an Editorial Committee comprised of Swedish Film Institute personnel, and they consider factors such as children and young people's film, female creators, variation of rights holders, and different eras. The Editorial Committee works with the Film Studies departments at Swedish universities, as well as an external reference group comprising representatives from Stockholm University, the Swedish Federation of Film Societies, the National Library of Sweden and the Swedish Federation of Film Critics. Our approach is not so much that this is a selection, but that the selection eventually becomes an order of priority.


In our work to digitize the film collections and make them accessible, we want to work with and support other parties also involved in helping film to reach the general public. As the Film Institute now has the opportunity to digitize films on a larger scale, we set aside a certain proportion of the films being digitized every year for rights holders, who may request digitization of films that they plan to release and distribute. Rights holders may suggest film titles to Project Manager Lova Hagerfors, along with an outline of how the film will be distributed and in which screening platforms.

Technical Guidelines

The Swedish Film Institute has also drawn up a policy on how digitization takes place: the guidelines that govern the process with regard to the choice of starting material, and audio and image processing. The project's aim is to produce high-resolution digital masters, from which Digital Cinema Packages (DCP) can be made. Also from the digital masters, material can be produced for TV screening, DVD/BluRay release, VoD services and more, by the rights holder for each film. The aim is for the result to be as similar to the original as possible.