Gävleborg’s rich cultural heritage and creative environments have encouraged the creation and establishment of vibrant creative industries. The region is home to many creative entrepreneurs that work in areas such as film, digital media, 3D animation and music.
Gävleborg offers potential new creative industry businesses the best conditions to develop and flourish. The region’s rich cultural life contributes to a constructive environment for creative businesses. Gävleborg’s cultural offerings include several state-of-the-art museums, art centers, theatres and a symphony orchestra. Award-winning public arts schools make it possible for talented young individuals to develop their skills. A strong cultural heritage provides a rich base for artistic expression. Innovative new technology makes it possible to work globally whilst enjoying the high quality of life and natural surroundings on offer in Gävleborg.
Gävleborg has a tradition of actively promoting creative industries through a long-term strategy aimed at creating the conditions such industries can thrive. Unique partnerships between business, academy, institutions and the public sector have been established that draw on the region’s cultural assets. Regional initiatives are typically implemented in cooperation with the Regional Development Council, the County Council (Landstinget), municipalities and other organizations.
Film and digital media industry
Gävleborg’s film industry consists of a large network of film post-production professionals, with expertise in film editing, sound, lighting and digital media. These highly competent film post-production professionals attract film production to the region, and a well-developed fiber optic network and state-of-the-art technology allows films to be edited immediately on-location in Gävleborg. An example of a recent blockbuster film is the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film, which was partially filmed in Gävleborg.
Galaxy of post-production
The Galaxy of Post-production is a membership organization that works to create a film post-production cluster in Gävleborg and Dalarna. The organization manages the project Gävleborg/Dalarna post-production of film and digital media, which aims to establish the region as an innovative center for the post-production of film and digital media. This is achieved through the development of a creative virtual environment with unique collaboration, as well as infrastructure and brokering for professional post-production of audiovisual material. All members are post-production professionals, such as editors, sound designers, effects specialists and animation artists.
Key professionals in Galaxy’s network
Håkan Karlsson – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Wallander
Sylvia Ingemarsdotter –Bergman
Martin Hunter – Stanley Kubrick
Bo Persson – Oscar nominated in the category Sound Mixing for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Kenneth Skoglund – James Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck, Aliens of the Deep, George Washington
Magoo 3D Studios
Magoo is a Söderhamn-based animation and design studio, which works with some of the most recognisable brands in the world. The company employs around 20 people at its offices in Söderhamn, and also has offices in New York. Magoo has received several awards in recent years, including the Cannes Lions Grand Prix for best commercial, the Roy awards for best special effects job and FWAʼs site of the year.
Gävleborg offers a unique range of unexploited film locations, from mountain to coastal landscapes, which are easily accessible from Stockholm and Sweden’s largest international airport – Stockholm-Arlanda. There is also an established network of companies in Gävleborg that can provide support with site locations, logistics, food, accommodation, etc.
Gävleborg Dalarna Production Services
Gävleborg Dalarna Production Services (GPS) manages and coordinates regional resources for film production and post-production. GPS aims to offer film producers holistic and comprehensive film production solutions in the region.