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

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”.

Contact: stina[a]


Mirjam Gelhorn


Mirjam Gelhorn is a producer based in Stockholm. She has a Bachelor degree in journalism from Södertörns University, and is an alumni from the post grad course Art & Architecture: Aspectivity at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Mirjam Gelhorn has been the assistant producer on several titles of which can be mentioned the feature docs TRANSNISTRA by Anna Eborn (Winner Big Screen Competition at Rotterdam IFF, Dragon Award for best Nordic Documentary at Gothenburg IFF, 2919), the short film MADRE by Simón Mesa Soto (Official Short Film Competition, Cannes 2016), OUAGA GIRLS by Theresa Traore Dahlberg (IDFA & 60+ festivals).

At Mantaray Film, she is currently producing the documentaries SILENCE IS WILD (working titel) by Elin Berge and Åsa Sjöström and MADAME KINAKROGS DOTTER (Sofia Curman) as well as the hybrid SMÅLAND’s by Tova Mozard, all in development.

Contact: mirjam[a]



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]


Maida Krak


Maida Krak, freelance producer and director educated at the University of Gothenburg. Krak has produced several films, both fiction and documentary. She is currently producing the documentary DRÖMMEN OM KLOCKBACKA (working titel), as well as working with several other international co-productions at Mantaray Film.  

Contact: maida[a]


Frida Neema Järnbert

Production Coordinator / Head of Archive / Postproducer

Frida Neema Järnbert is a production coordinator and researcher specialized in archives. After gaining experience at PALME (2012) 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.

Contact: frida[a]


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. Works as controller at Mantaray Film since 2009 and from 2015 as “verksamhetsledare” and Producer at Mantaray Impact.

Contact: par[a]