The Ingmar Bergman Foundation

Our mission is to administer, preserve and distribute information on Ingmar Bergman and his works.

UNESCO has certified the inscription of The Ingmar Bergman Archives, The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, on the Memory of the World Register in 2007. The Register comprises archives and documents considered valuable to all humanity.

The story of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation began when Ingmar Bergman donated his archive – his life’s work – to the Swedish Film Institute, under the condition that they would be administrated by an independent foundation. And so it was that 45 moving boxes containing scripts, notebooks, sketches, photographs and letters arrived in Stockholm from Fårö, the very beginning of the Archives. Today, the Ingmar Bergman Archives consist of thousands of documents and around 10,000 letters to and from Bergman: a unique collection of material from over 60 years of continuous artistic activity. The Ingmar Bergman Archives are one of the world’s most comprehensive personal archives for an individual filmmaker, and were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation was created by the intiative of Bergman himself in 2002. The mission of the Foundation is to administrate the Ingmar Bergman Archives, as well as spread information about Ingmar Bergman and his works. The Foundation is furthermore engaged in promoting interest in, and knowledge about Swedish film and culture.  Jan Holmberg has been the CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation since 2010.

In addition, the Foundation owns the rights to Bergman’s scripts. If you’re interested in performing one of Bergman’s works, more information can be found here.

The Bergman Estate and Bergman Centre on Fårö

Please note that the Bergman Estate on Fårö and the Bergman Centre on Fårö are separate entities. Questions regarding their activities should be posed to the respective organisation(s).   

The Ingmar Bergman Archives

In accord with the Deed of Gift created by Ingmar Bergman, the material in the Archives has been made available for researchers and writers of good repute. For access to the Archives, permission must first be formally granted by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, after which the material may be studied in the Swedish Film Institute’s library. No material, including copies, may leave the premises. Additional conditions are specified in the application, which can be found here.

The Archives database - containing details on manuscripts, correspondence, production documents and more – is accessible to the public. Access to the documents themselves requires permission (see above). Start your search at ingmarbergmanarchives.se.

Marcus Lindeen doing research for his play The Archive for unrealisable dreams and visions. Photo: Sandra Qvist.

Members

The Swedish Film Institute (Svenska Filminstitutet) was established in 1963 by film critic and businessman Harry Schein, and has continued to play a leading role in the Swedish film world by supporting, promoting and endorsing films on both the Swedish and international levels. The Institute supports the production of new films, as well as distributing and representing Swedish films abroad.  The Institute is also, to a great extent, engaged in preserving and promoting Swedish film heritage.

The Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten) was established by King Gustav III in 1788. Present-day Dramaten serves as Sweden's national stage, staging classical drama, contemporary Swedish and international theatre, as well as plays for children and young adults. Ingmar Bergman served as Head of the Royal Dramatic Theatre between 1963 and 1966, and directed over 30 plays on this very stage throughout his extensive career. 

Swedish Film Industry (AB Svensk Filmindustri) is Sweden's largest film production company. Founded in 1919, it takes pride in its international fame, having produced some of the most well-known films and filmmakers in the history of film, with directors such as Mauritz Stiller and Victor Sjöström, as well as boasting many internationally-acclaimed actors. AB Svensk Filmindustri produced the lion's share of Ingmar Bergman's films. 

Swedish Television (SVT) has five national channels and offers international coverage. The company's mission is to provide viewers with a public service free from commercial interests. Ingmar Bergman contributed a number of his productions to SVT, including the highly-acclaimed 1973 TV series Scenes from a Marriage and numerous TV theatre productions.

Chairpeople of the Foundation, Past and Present

Åse Kleveland (2002–2007), former CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation came about through her initiative along with Bergman himself.

Astrid Söderbergh Widding (2007–2011), Professor of Film Studies, since 2012 she has served as the Vice-Principal of Stockholm University.

Jan-Erik Billinger (2012– ), Head of Film Heritage Department at the Swedish Film Institute.

Board of Directors

Jan-Erik Billinger
Swedish Film Institute

Daniel Bergman
Son of Ingmar Bergman

Christian Wikander
Swedish Television

Magnus Florin
The Royal Dramatic Theatre

Karin Helander
Stockholm University

Ann-Kristin Westerberg
AB Svensk Filmindustri

Mikael Brännvall
The Royal Dramatic Theatre (Alternate)

Henrik Grinbaum
Swedish Television (Alternate)

Jenny Stjernströmer Björk
AB Svensk Filmindustri (Alternate)

Mathias Rosengren
Swedish Film Institute (Alternate)

Berit Georgantopolous
Accountant (Permanent Adjunct)

Jan Holmberg
CEO (Permanent Adjunct)

Ulla Josephson Åberg
Former Head of Drama Department, Royal Dramatic Theatre (Permanent Adjunct)