The Ingmar Bergman Foundation Circa 2005


For a number of years this was the Ingmar Bergman Foundation's website.
Content is from the site's archived pages.

The current Ingmar Bergman Foundation's website is found at:
2018 marks the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. The 100-Year Jubilee is already underway across the globe.


The Ingmar Bergman Foundation

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation was set up in 2002 by the Swedish Film Institute in conjunction with the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Sveriges Television and AB Svensk Filmindustri.

It all started with Ingmar Bergman donating his archive to the Swedish Film Institute to be administered by an independent foundation. Forty-five packing cases containing manuscripts, notebooks, plot summaries, sketches, photographes and behind-the-scenes footage relating to eighteen of his films, arrived in Stockholm from his home on the island of Fårö. And there was more to follow.

The objective of the foundation is to administer, preserve and provide information about Ingmar Bergman’s collected artistic works. The foundation also aims to promote interests in, and awareness of, Sweden as a nation of culture and film. It ensures that Ingmar Bergman’s work is comprehensively documented and properly managed, and that material relating to his life and artistic works is available for research, exhibition and documentary purposes.

Ingmar Bergman Foundation
P.O. Box 27126
SE-102 53 Stockholm
+46 (0)8 665 11 76

Ingmar Bergman 2003 Foto: SFI.

Ingmar Bergman 1918 - 2007 

At age 89, one of the world's most prominent film-makers has passed away. Astrid Söderbergh Widding, head of Ingmar Bergman Foundation, comments: Ingmar Bergman’s passing away represents a loss of unfathomable magnitude. His artistic accomplishments were ground-breaking, unique – but also of a scope that covered film and theatre as well as literature. He was the internationally most renowned Swede, and just a few months ago his artistic achievement was incorporated into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. We remember him as a very bold person, always present, often biting in his comments. But he was often one step ahead of his contemporaries. Even when he grew old surprises from Fårö were not unexpected. I believe it will take some time before we fully understand that he is no longer with us, but also the importance of his art to other people. The steady stream of letters arriving here at the Ingmar Bergman Foundation since its inception testifies to that.

In memory of Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman’s donation of his private archive for research which, until 2056, is a unique public gift, has become of primary importance since his death. This is a gold mine for those interested in Bergman’s artistry and in the relation between film, theatre and television, music and literature. It gives new insights into the creative process and the complex relation with the private.

This is a gift with responsibility. The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, which has a mandate to manage the collection, is working to prepare the material for research and via the website, Ingmar Bergman Face to Face, spread the knowledge of Bergman’s artistic achievements. Currently the work is predominantly financed by revenue from theatrical productions of Bergman’s work, which Bergman donated to the Foundation, and partly through other donations.

In order to preserve and make the material accessible, urgent conservation, not least digitisation, is required. The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, therefore, invites both individual and institutional donations in honour of Ingmar Bergman to support this invaluable cultural resource. The Foundation will establish an official register of all donors.



Ingmar Bergman
Face to Face

Launched in September 2005 (the English language version in May 2006), Ingmar Bergman Face to Face, at, is the most comprehensive website and database on the works of Ingmar Bergman.

The website Ingmar Bergman Face to Face is the world’s most comprehensive collection of facts, analyses, essays, images and audio files relating to the art of Ingmar Bergman. Both an introduction to and an in-depth study of Bergman’s work, the website provides a meeting-point for people all over the world who share an interest in his work, young enthusiasts and distinguished film scholars alike.

The collection of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation comprises extensive materials in different media, offering a unique insight into Bergman’s creative processes. By digitizing selected parts of this material, visitors to the website is invited into a journey through various Bergman productions in film, theatre, literature, radio and television, with excerpts from drafts and sketches, preliminary and finished scripts, directorial instructions, casting notes, production charts and photographs documenting rehearsals and shootings, etc. The productions’ aftermath is also documented through PR material, reviews, award listings and in-depth analyses of the specific works. The website is the natural spot from which visitors reaches the unique database.

Bergman is one of a few filmmakers whose work creates its own universe. His films – and his productions in other media – create this universe through recurrent themes (e.g. the role of the artist or the family institution), stylistic features (facial close-ups), specific milieus (Dalarna, the Stockholm archipelago, Fårö), actors (Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann), sources of inspiration (August Strindberg, Victor Sjöström), and so forth.

A fundamental aim of Ingmar Bergman Face to Face is to explore this universe and to provide the visitor with a deeper understanding of elements associated with Bergman’s work.

Since 2006 Ingmar Bergman Foundation is also the administrator of Bergman's manuscripts, frequently staged in theatres all over the world. Ingmar Bergman Face to Face therefore keeps a section called On Stage, presenting where and when Bergman plays are being performed.

The project is funded by the The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.


The Collection

The private archive of Ingmar Bergman, donated to the Ingmar Bergman Foundation

Maaret Koskinen, Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, Stockholm university, and renowned Bergman scholar, had barely spoken to Ingmar Bergman until she contacted him regarding the publication of one of his early prose texts. In the midst of the conversation he said, almost in passing: “Listen, I have a room here at Fårö [his home, a small island in the Baltic Sea]. It’s about five by five metres square, and I have collected all kinds of stuff there. It’s a hell of a mess. Would you care to take a look at it?”

On arrival, Dr. Koskinen quickly realised that this ”mess” was an absolute goldmine. The collection contained private letters, business correspondence, notebooks and photographs. But above all, there were piles of drafts and scripts with hand-written director’s notes for both films and stage productions, as well as completely unknown plays, short stories and even an opera libretto written by a very young Bergman. Besides, behind-the-scenes footage relating to eighteen of his films have been donated to the archive, including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Scenes from a Marriage.

Maaret Koskinen informed Åse Kleveland, by then CEO of the Swedish Film Institute, of her findings. Ms. Kleveland presented with Bergman a plan for the preservation and administration of this unique collection. As a result, the archive was donated to the newly founded Ingmar Bergman Foundation, consisting of the Swedish Film Institute, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Sveriges Television and AB Svensk Filmindustri.

Now supplemented by preserved material from his work at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the collection is located on the premises of the Swedish Film Institute.

The mammoth task of identifying and cataloguing the extensive material is now well under way, and in 2007 a research database will be presented which will be accessible from the website Ingmar Bergman Face to Face.

The project is funded by the The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.



Before Ingmar became Bergman


An exhibition on the beginnings of a unique artistic career.
“Somewhere in the depths of my foolish soul I nurture one conceited notion: One day, perhaps – one day – something shining and beautiful will be prised out of all this wretchedness. Like a tiny, tiny pearl out of a big, black, ugly mussel shell. And if one day something beautiful might come from me, then I will have answered my calling in life.”

– Ingmar Bergman, 20 years of age, in a black oilcloth notebook dated 1938

Before Ingmar became Bergman is an affectionate and entertaining presentation of a young man’s first steps towards international fame and a tribute to his enduringly youthful outlook. With foretastes of his professional career in cinema, the theatre and literature, the exhibition traces the period “before Ingmar became Bergman” through links to the classic films to come and to the older Bergman, still currently active in his mid-80s. This first phase of Bergman’s artistic career is presented here to a general audience for the first time.

Before Ingmar became Bergman opened in Helsinki in 2003 and has toured a number of European cities, including Paris, Rome, Vienna, Turin, Sofia, Warsaw and Moscow. The tour ran until 2006.


Founding Members

Svenska Filminstitutet (The Swedish Film Institute) was founded in 1963, and has since played a leading role in Swedish cinema. Its aims include the promotion, support and development of film in its cultural and broader contexts, the allocation of grants for the production, distribution and public showing of Swedish films at home, and the promotion for Swedish cinema at international level. The Institute is also extensively involved in the preservation and promotion of Sweden’s cinematic heritage. Ingmar Bergman’s classic Fanny and Alexander was co-produced by the Swedish Film Institute.


AB Svensk Filmindustri (SF) is Sweden’s largest film production company. Founded in 1919, it enjoys a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best-known films and filmmakers in the history of cinema, including directors such as Mauritz Stiller and Victor Sjöström as well as numerous actors of international repute. AB Svensk Filmindustri has produced the vast majority of Ingmar Bergman’s films.

Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern (The Royal Dramatic Theatre) was founded by King Gustav III in 1788. Today, the Royal Dramatic Theatre is Sweden’s national stage, responsible for producing classic drama, new Swedish and foreign drama as well as drama for children and young people. During his career, Ingmar Bergman has directed over thirty plays for the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Between 1963 and 1966, he was the theatre’s chief executive.

Sveriges Television (SVT) operates five national and one European channel. The company’s objective is to provide public service television free of commercial interests. Ingmar Bergman has made numerous contributions to SVT, including the acclaimed 1973 series Scenes From a Marriage and a large number of theatre productions.



The Board
- Members

Astrid Söderbergh-Widding
Professor Cinema Studies, Stockholm University
Eva Bergman
Gunnar Carlsson
Head of Drama Department, Sveriges Television
Kerstin Calissendorff
Associate Justice, Supreme Court
Ulla Josephson Åberg
Head of Drama Department, Royal Dramatic Theatre 
Rasmus Ramstad
CEO, AB Svensk Filmindustri
Gunnar Svensson
Dean Faculty of Humanistic Studies, Stockholm University 
Linn Ullmann

- Deputies

Jan-Erik Billinger
Head of Cinemateket, Swedish Film Institute
Staffan Rydén
Vice President, Royal Dramatic Theatre
Tore Skarelid
Senior Vice President, AB Svensk Filmindustri