Entitled Dirty Diaries, the concept comes from feminist documentary filmmaker Mia Engberg, whose earlier films include Manhood (1999), a look at gender-bending in San Francisco; Bitch & Butch (2003), which examines whether it’s possible to make feminist pornography; and Selma & Sofie (2001), the first Swedish erotic film made by women.
“For me it’s an examination of erotic film from a totally different perspective; a feminist perspective,” said Anne-Marie Söhrman Ferm, an adviser with the Swedish Film Institute who helped decide which short films received funding.
“I think it’s a very exciting project with clearly artistic ambitions.”
Besides Dirty Diaries, six other short films shared an additional 2.1 million kronor in cultural support from the Swedish Film Institute’s first installment of quarterly subsidies. An additional 52 million in production supports were distributed among 15 feature length films.
Reached on her mobile phone in Paris by The Local, Engberg was unable to comment on the news as she was busy shooting yet another film.
Born in Stockholm, the multi-talented Engberg has also played bass with the hardcore feminist ska/punk band Vagina Grande. She also helped found Sexy Film, an independent film company that produces and distributes queer erotic movies.