Mantaray Film

About Mantaray Film

Mantaray Film produces complex, character-driven DOCUMENTARY FILMS based on strong visual language and unique access. Our films range from deeply personal stories told from an inside perspective to films of investigative style. We have invested in the accounts of women, both in front of and behind the camera and is today one of the foremost documentary production companies in Europe today.

Since 2011, Mantaray Film runs its own DISTRIBUTION, enabling the screening of films and audience/director discussions in smaller towns all around Sweden as well as the major cities.

We regularly CO-PRODUCE films with selected production companies in Europe and beyond. 

Movies in Mantaray Film are developed with the support of the
Creative Europe Media Slate 2016-2018.


Mantaray Film AB
Kattgränd 10
118 25 Stockholm

Phone: +46 8 640 43 45



Stina Gardell


Stina Gardell is a director and producer of documentary film, educated at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 2005, she founded the production company Mantaray Film and has, as a producer received a number of prestigious film awards e .g. Guldbaggen, Kristallen, Ikaros and Silverfjärilen. Internationally, Stina Gardell has twice been rewarded Best Documentary at Prix Italia, in 2007 for The Nun and in 2012 for He think’s he is the Best. The latter also got a special mention at Prix Europa.

Stina Gardell has previously worked as a producer for the Swedish pubilc service broadcaster, where she produced 11 radio documentaries and directed 5 documentary films, among others, See Me, 2000, The Perfect Arab, 2004 and Cornelia, the Rainbowchild, 2005. She is also the producer/project manager of the outreach initiative ”Mobila dokumentärredaktionen”.



Anna Weitz


Anna Weitz works at Mantaray Film since 2012. She studied documentary filmmaking at Biskops-Arnö Folkhögskola and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a graduate of EAVE Producers Workshop 2014 and Britdocs Impact Producers Lab 2016.

She was associate producer on Mantaray Film's INGRID BERGMAN IN HER OWN WORDS (Dir. Stig Björkman) and produced DETAINED (Dir. Chakraborty & Persson)/RåFILM) which won the Swedish Film Academy Award for Best Documentary 2015.

Current projects include THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE (Dir. Frans Huhta Karlsson), JOSEFIN & FLORIN (Dir. Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg) and a documentary about the Swedish rapper Silvana Imam (Dir. Christina Tsiobanelis, Olivia Kastebring, Mika Gustafson) that she produces together with Stina Gardell.



Mette Aakerholm Gardell

Producer & Artistic Director / Drama

Mette Aakerholm Gardell has a background as a director and producer of documentary films and TV series. She has also been a Project Manager at "The Film Room" at the Swedish Film Institute and film festivals.
As a lecturer at film schools in Norway and Sweden, her subjects are personal storytelling and dramaturgy.

Mette is a producer, talent coach and developer, using an approach inspired by her training in Integrative therapy - a method of creativity development techniques with a focus on sustainability, holistic thinking and co-correspondence / interaction.



Isis Graham

Associate Producer

Isis has worked at Mantaray Film since the spring of 2017 as Stina Gardell’s Associate Producer.

In 2013, she co-founded HICCUP: The Hub For Curators and Creatives United in Production. Through HICCUP she engages as a producer, artist, curator, writer, and editor on a wide-scope of projects and events. Previously she was the Head of Production at Influence Film, where she supported character driven feature-length documentaries through audience development, investments, and non-profit grants.

Isis has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The University of Colorado and graduated from Stockholm University’s International Master’s Program in Curating Art, including Management and Law. In 2016, she attended Britdoc's Impact Producer’s Lab.


Frida Neema Järnbert

Production Coordinator / Head of Archive

Frida Neema Järnbert is a production coordinator and researcher specialized in archives. After gaining experience at productions such as PALME (2012) and ASTRID (2014) she took on the responsibilty as Head of Archive for Mantaray Film's INGRID BERGMAN - IN HER OWN WORDS (selected for Cannes Film Fesival 2015). 

Frida has a bachelor's degree in film studies and is educated in film- and documentaryfilm production at Stockholm Filmskola respective Luleå University of Technology.



Pär Lindström


Pär Lindstrom has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics at Stockholm University. He has been working for NGO's with emergency and developing projects in Africa and Northern Iraq. He has thereafter worked as a photographer, director and producer for ten years. Eduacted at Bishop Arnö Folkhögskola.

Works as an office manager for Mantaray Film since the spring of 2009, whose main task is to manage the financial planning, control of the company and film projects, finances and marketing associated with distribution.