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Development grantees 2018

For the third year in a row, the grant in honour of Malik has been handed out. This year the grant and the 10 000 € go to the directors Tomas Stark and Erik Lavesson and their movie ”The Standard Man”. A big thank you to everyone who made an application for this year’s development grant!

About The Standard Man:
“The Standard Man” is about the search for the person behind the skeleton that stands in classrooms and hospitals worldwide. These thousands of copies are based on a human skeleton. But whose? It turns out to be quite difficult to find its origin. An osteologist has determined that the young man was between 18 and 24 years old when he died and an expert in historical facial reconstruction has developed a composite image of the man. Much of the investigation around the skeleton opens up to a number of leads to follow and develop. The film takes us back to a dark chapter of the anatomical science and its connection to the mass executions in prisons and camps during the nazi dictatorship. Starting in a childhood curiosity, a cinematic journey begins, with unexpected turns that raise questions about science, art, identity, and – highly current – ethical violations within the scientific classification.

The grant is € 10 000 for early stage development. The jury chose a project in the spirit of Malik and with international reach.

Johar Bendjelloul, founder (Sweden)
Marika Griehsel, filmmaker (Sweden)
James Marsh, filmmaker (UK)
Martichka Bozhilova, producer (Bulgaria)

The application for the 2018 grant for documentary film projects in the spirit of Malik Bendjelloul is now closed and will open again spring 2019.

Earlier grantees
Read more about earlier years grantees here:
2017 grantees Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin
2016 grantees Anastasia Kirillova and Jacob Frössén