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 


Mantaray Film AB
Kattgränd 10
118 25 Stockholm



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”.

Contact: stina[a]


Mirjam Gelhorn


Mirjam Gelhorn is a producer based in Stockholm. She is educated at
Södertörns University and the Royal Institute of Art. Among films she has worked with can be mentioned titles such as ALL OF OUR HEARTBEATS ARE CONNECTED THROUGH EXPLODING STARS (by Jennifer Rainsford, Vision Du reel, Hot Docs, Guldbagge for best sound design). and as associated producer, OUAGA GIRLS (by Theresa Traore Dahlberg, 60+ festivals, cinamatic release in Sweden, France, Spain), MADRE (by Simon Mesa Soto, nominated Palme d’Or for best short, Cannes 2016) and TRANSNISTRA (by Anna Eborn, Big Screen Award Rotterdam IFFR, Dragon Award Best Documentary Gothenburg IFF, Guldbagge for best documentary). She has previous experience as a film curator, editor in chief, producer at places like Turteatern, Doc Lounge Sthlm, and various cultural magazines.

Currently Mirjam  produces a slate of five films both documentaries and fictions, with directors such as Tova Mozard and Theresa Traore Dahlberg.
Contact: Mirjam Gelhorn



Maryam Ebrahimi

Director & Producer

The Emmy award-winning producer and director Maryam Ebrahimi was born in Tehran in 1976. She studied Art and Art theory at Art faculty in Tehran and continued her education in Sweden at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

Later she started to work as producer and director in the documentary field. She co-directed the documentary NO BURQAS BEHIND BARS (2012), set in an Afghan women’s prison, and produced I WAS WORTH 50 SHEEP (2010), and PRISON SISTERS. Her last feature as a director is STRONGER THAN A BULLET which premiered at IDFA 2017.

Maryam is a Chicken & Egg Award recipient 2021.

Contact: maryam[a]


Frida Neema Järnbert

Production Coordinator / Archive / Postproducer

Frida Neema Järnbert is an archive researcher and production & post coordinator. She has worked with research and clearance for films such as PALME (2012), INGRID BERGMAN - IN HER OWN WORDS (selected for Cannes Film Fesival 2015), CITIZEN SCHEIN (2017) and JOYCE CAROL OATES "A BODY IN THE SERVICE OF MIND" (2022) to mention a few.

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.

Contact: frida[a]


Pär Lindström

Controller, Producer

Pär Lindström has been controller at Mantaray Film since 2008 and also works as a producer for the Winds of Change project, since October 2023.

 He has previously worked in emergency aid for various NGO projects; but ha also a background as a freelance photographer and director. He is operation manager for the non-profit organization Mantaray Impact where he also gave birth to the communication project Ögonblick att minnas - film för levande samtal, a collaborative project between scientists in cognition impairment and professional filmmakers that resulted in over 25 films for people with dementia and material for relatives and care workers in order to better communicate with people with dementia, 2017-2021, funded by Arvsfonden.

Documentary film line Biskops-Arnö 1997-1998
Bachelor of Social Anthropology 1988-1989
Economics major 1980-1982

Contact: par[a]