Angelina Håkansson in #1 Swedish Box Office Hit “Ted – Show Me Love”

                        Angelina Håkansson as ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad with star  Adam Pålsson as Ted Gärdestad in “Ted – Show Me Love”

Congratulations to actress Angelina Håkansson (Elisabeth in Metal Girl)  on her role as Anni-Frid Lyngstad (the lead singer of ABBA) in the new Swedish film “Ted – Show Me Love”, which chronicles the life of  Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad.

[From Nordisk Film]: “Ted Gärdestad’s unmatched breakthrough is unprecedented in Swedish pop history. In the early 1970s Sweden was seized by total Ted fever and the whole country was fascinated by his joy, energy, talent and amazing songs… His music has in many ways defined Swedish pop, with genius lyrics by his brother Kenneth, filled with life, love, pain and hope.”

Helmed by Swedish Oscar-nominated director Hannes Holm (“A Man Called Ove”) and starring Adam Pålsson as Ted, the film opened on January 3, 2018,  “Ted – Show Me Love” and landed as #1 at the Swedish box office, beating out the U.S. films “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.

We look forward to more great work from Angelina and hope that we get to see “Ted – Show Me” Love sometime soon here!

See the official trailer below.

       Angelina Håkansson at premiere of Ted-Show Me Love & Official Poster                                                  Angelina Håkansson with director Hannes Holm




Mads Sjøgård Pettersen as Marius Grønnvoll in “12th Man” by Dir. Harald Zwart

Congratulations to Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (Olaf in “Metal Girl“) in the role of Marius Grønnvoll in “12th Man”, which opened Dec. 25, 2017 in Norway. The thrilling biopic story of survival of the Norwegian WWII resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud, “12th Man” stars Thomas Gullestad in the lead role along with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Marie Blokhus.

 Directed by Harald Zwart ( The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Karate Kid), the film was shot in Norway and Scotland and produced by Nordisk Film Production and Zwart Abeid. The film is set for North American distribution by IFC Films.

“Above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, the dramatic story of the young resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud, unfolds. Jan is the only one, out of twelve resistance fighters to escape the Germans, but the Gestapo is on his heels. Jan’s moral fiber, incredible strength and his courageous countrymen keeps him alive. But when he seeks refuge in a mountain cave and ends up being trapped by a blizzard for two weeks all hope seems lost. Nevertheless, Jan is recovered, weak, frostbitten and barely alive, but one question remains; will he make it to neutral Sweden before the Germans find him.” [courtesy TrustNordisk]   (Pictured: Marie Blokhus and Mads Pettersen in “12th Man”)

 Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in “12th Man”

To learn more about the Jan Baalsrud story see:


Swedish Actress Angelina Håkansson Joins the Cast of “Metal Girl” in the Supporting Role of Elisabeth

I’m pleased to announce that Swedish actress Angelina Håkansson has joined the cast of the feature film project Metal Girl in the supporting role of Elisabeth.

Angelina was born in Hudiksvall, a small town on the east coast of Sweden, and works internationally in film, TV, and theater.

In early 2018, Angelina will be seen in the Swedish film “Ted – Show Me Love” by director Hannes Holm whose film “A Man Called Ove” was a 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. In “Ted”, which tells the story of Swedish pop star Ted Gärdestad, Angelina plays the role of real-life character Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from the Swedish pop group ABBA. She is also starring in a new Swedish TV miniseries directed by triple Guldbagge* nominated director Josef Fares, which will also premiere in the new year.  (*Sweden’s Academy Award)

Growing up in Sweden, Angelina discovered her passion for acting and storytelling early in life when she participated in school plays and performances. She also spent time in southern California, where she lived with an American family and attended her senior year of high school.

After graduating, Angelina’s sense of adventure and her love for music took her to London. For eight years she presented and produced her own weekly radio show, Angelina’s Journey from Northern Lights to Desert Rock on British Radio. 

In London, she received her first acting training and later studied in Sweden and Los Angeles with various acting coaches.

Angelina currently is based in Stockholm and spends her time between Sweden, London, and Los Angeles.
About joining the cast of “Metal Girl”, Angelina says:
“The idea of a coming-of-age story told from a bold female perspective really appeals to me. I read every line of the Metal Girl script carefully since I wanted it to last longer. Perhaps it’s the delicate and subtle style combined with the unusual and vividly real characters that makes it so special. I instantly gravitated towards the role of Elisabeth. Despite her deeply troubled life situation, she has the courage to be completely open, loving, and transparent, which I truly admire.”

See more about Angelina at:
View her profile on IMDB

Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC , Winner of the 2017 ASC President’s Award, Joins “Metal Girl” as DP

I’m thrilled to announce that award-winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC joins the creative team of Metal Girl as Director of Photography. Nancy was the fourth woman ever voted into membership into the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In 2017, at The 31st Annual ASC Awards she received the prestigious ASC President’s Award, which is “traditionally given to film professionals who have in some way personified the organization’s motto of ideals — “Loyalty, Progress, Artistry” — not only through their work behind the camera, but as an ambassador of the filmmaking industry of the highest order.” Former recipients include Douglas Trumbull (“Blade Runner”), Albert Maysles (“Gimme Shelter”), Richard Edlund (“Star Wars” episodes IV, V, and VI), and Francis Kenny (“Justified”). Nancy is the first woman to receive this estimable award.

Nancy has received numerous other awards and accolades and has filmed countless features, many of which have premiered at Sundance and other top film festivals. She “was honored with the Best Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance for the film November, directed by Greg Harrison starring Courteney Cox. She also shared the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance for My America…Or Honk If You Love Buddah, and she garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography on the acclaimed Celluloid Closet for HBO. In addition, Schreiber was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Chain of Desire and was recognized in 2000 by Variety magazine as one of “10 DPs to Watch.” Well regarded in the industry, Schreiber was chosen as director of photography for Visions of Light, a stunning documentary on the art of cinematography, an early high definition film.”

Other films include Folk Hero & Funny Guy, directed by Jeff Grace, which premiered in competition at Tribeca, 2016.  She filmed The Nines, for John August, with Ryan Reynolds, Melissa McCarthy, Hope Davis and Octavia Spencer; Motherhood with Uma Thurman; and Loverboy directed by Kevin Bacon, with Kyra Sedgwick, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Marissa Tomei. Additional independent films she shot include: Serious Moonlight with Meg Ryan, Tim Hutton, Justin Long and Kristin Bell (Tribeca), Everyday, directed by Richard Levine, with Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Eddie Izzard (Tribeca); as well as Neil La Bute’s Your Friends and Neighbors, with Ben Stiller, Catherine Keener, Aaron Eckhart, Amy Brenneman, Jason Patric and Natasha Kinski.

Her recent television work includes ABC’s The Family with Joan Allen and Alison Pill, and the FX show, Better Things, staring Pamela Adlon, produced by Louie C.K. She was also the DP on the series, The Comeback, with Lisa Kudrow.

About joining the creative team of “Metal Girl”, Nancy says:
“I’m attracted to projects that are all about the story and the script, and I thoroughly enjoyed “Metal Girl” on first reading. Copenhagen is a city I greatly admire, and I love shooting period films. I enjoy working on independent films where I am supporting the personal vision of the director and look forward to shooting this interesting project.”

See more about Nancy at:
View her profile on IMDB
Watch a montage of her beautiful work


Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in Prix Europa Award-winning TV Mini- Series “Nobel: Peace. At Any Cost.”

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen in “Nobel”

Congratulations to Mads Sjøgård Pettersen (who plays Olaf in Metal Girl) for his role in the award-winning Norwegian TV mini-series “Nobel: Peace. At Any Cost.” 

A drama set between war-torn Afghanistan and Oslo, Norway, “Nobel” won the 2016 Best European TV Movie or Mini-Series Of the Year at the Prix Europa.

Since 1987, Prix Europa (the largest European broadcasting festival) awards the best European Television, Radio and Online productions annually highlighting the latest trends in European media. It also promotes European programs and supports their continental distribution and use.  “Nobel” has been sold to over 200 countries, following a deal with international rights distributor DRG.  It can now be seen in the U.S. streaming on Netflix.

“Nobel” focuses on “Erling Riiser (Aksel Hennie), a Norwegian soldier in the Special Forces (FSK). He and his platoon are in action in Afghanistan with orders given by NATO and the Norwegian Foreign Office. Then Erling and his soldiers/friends are suddenly involved in a tricky political conspiracy. This has great impact on his life, his family and also in the end, Norway as a nation.”

Mads plays the role of Håvard Bakkeli, one of a small band of Norwegian Special Ops deployed to Afghanistan, which also includes Norwegian actors Eirik Evjen, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Kyrre Hellum and Rolf Kristian Larsen.  Other key cast members include Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st), Tuva Novotny (Crimes of Passion), Christian Rubeck (The Heavy Water War), Danica Curcic (Silent Heart) and Odd-Magnus Williamson (Kon-Tiki).

Mads Sjøgård Pettersen is currently filming “12th Man”, the true life story of the Norwegian WWII saboteur Jan Baalsrud, directed by Norwegian born Hollywood director Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Karate Kid, The Pink Panther 2).

Directed by Per-Olav Sørensen
Written by Mette M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander
Produced by Håkon Briseid

Watch the fantastic and exciting drama NOBEL on Netflix:


“Metal Girl” Screenplay Advances to Semi-Finals of the Diverse Voices Screenwriting Contest By WeScreenplay

Metal Girl Films is pleased to announce that the feature script “Metal Girl” has advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Diverse Voices Screenwriting Contest by WeScreenplay. The new competition of WeScreenplay, which had its inaugural run in Spring 2016, was created to promote and encourage diverse voices and stories. These are stories “that are told from perspectives – through the author and/or characters – that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today”.  The contest accepts underrepresented points of view in any format: Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts.

WeScreenplay defines “diverse voices” as ” 1.) Writers who have been shown to be under-represented by the WGA diversity report: ethnic minority writers, female writers, and writers over 40.” And  “ 2) Stories starring characters that are generally untold because of the misconception that they don’t perform well in the box office: ethnic minorities, women (especially in traditionally “male” roles), women over 40, LGBTQ members, senior citizens, faith-driven characters, or any stories that don’t appear on the normal studio slate.”

Diverse Voices is also a contest that gives back. For each Diverse Voices entry, WeScreenplay donates $3 to Books For Kids  “to ensure that children of every background and all starts in life have a chance to become storytellers.” With over 500 entries in the Fall 2016 Diverse Voices contest, WeScreenplay raised $1,533 for the Books for Kids Foundation.

Diverse Voices Finalists and Winners receive a total of $5,000 in cash and prizes. These prizes are geared towards developing the writer, with The Grand Prize Winner and some category winners being promoted to producers, agents, and managers. All Finalists will be publicly announced as well.

According to the announcement in Indiewire of the winners of the Spring 2016 Diverse Voices contest, there are “over 30 companies who’ve requested the winners, including Cross Creek Pictures, MarVista, Echo Lake, and Bellevue. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 writing grant, but all category winners (TV, Feature, Web-series, Short) will receive 3-months of development with Wescreenplay members who have experience at places like HBO, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Netflix, and NBC.”

Finalists (the top 20 scripts) will be announced on December 15, 2016. The five winners– The Grand Prize Winner and  Winners of the Feature,  Television, Short, and Web Series categories–will be announced  on January 15, 2017.

wescreenplay-logo-squareAnnouncement of the winners of the first round of 2016 Diverse Voices in Indiewire:


#8! Special Mention/Finalist: I Filmmaker International Film Festival, Marbella, Spain

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“Angelito in Your Eye” has received its 8th official selection as Special Mention / Finalist from the 2016 I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain.  While not screening at the festival, “Angelito in Your Eye” is still eligible for an award nomination. Now in its second year, the I Filmmaker International Film Festival, located in Marbella, Spain, screens short and feature films, documentaries, and music videos. The festival runs from Dec.4-8, 2016.

7th Official Selection: 2016 BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival










Short film “Angelito in Your Eye” has received its 7th Official Selection for the 2016 BLOW-UP Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival.  According to the festival guidelines: “An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the BFF judging panel, and if it wins its category, it will be screened to the public. The screening categories include: Best Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Animation, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Student Film, Best Experimental Film. We will also be screening a majority of the finalists.” Award Nomination decisions will be announced October 10-15, 2016. I’m so honored to be considered for this wonderful arthouse award and festival.

“Metal Girl” Screenplay Finalist at Nottingham Film Festival, 2016

nottingham-festival-logo-header“Metal Girl” Screenplay is One of Three Finalists for the Nottingham International Film Festival
Screenplay Competition 2016

Exciting news! Writer/Director Judy Sandra’s feature film script “Metal Girl” is one of the three finalists in Nottingham International Film Festival’s screenplay competition. The festival, in its inaugural year, takes place in Nottingham, UK  on October 7-9, 2016. The winner will be announced on Sunday October 9th at the festival’s closing awards ceremony. The recipient of the Best Screenplay Award will  receive an official Robin Hood award, Final Draft 9 and their work presented to U.K independent executive producers.

According to the official festival announcement, “the quality of screenplays has been really high making this a really tough decision”.

About the festival (from the NottIFF press materials):

“Nottingham’s motto of ‘virtue outlives death’ is as bold as the many stories that have been told about this world famous city. Its rich history of story will be at the very core of a film festival that will seek out the most amazing narratives from around the world. With an ambition to match its creative past, NottIFF is steadfast and determined to make its international film festival one that can stand up and be counted alongside any of the richest and established that already exist on the planet.

The international filmmaking community will descend in and around Sherwood Forest, to celebrate the inaugural official selection and indulge in world and UK premieres, story sharing work studios and after parties, filmmaker talks, and a closing award ceremony that will reward excellence and originality.

Distribution representation, film professionals, press attendance and most importantly a passionate platform for great lasting stories, The Nottingham International Film Festival 2016 will be the first of many in a new annual dynasty to remember.”



“Metal Girl” Screenplay Makes Semifinals in TMFF Screenplay Competition

TMFF screenplay competitionThe screenplay for the feature film “Metal Girl” by Judy Sandra has made the semifinals round of judging in the Glasgow, Scotland based The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) June-July Screenplay Competition. The competition is held bimonthly in conjunction with the monthly short film online competition of TMFF, which is an IMDB qualifying award festival. The screenplay competition judging runs in steps from quaterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists and grand winner. 

The TMFF Screenplay Award is sponsored by the screenplay software company Final DraftⓇ  The Screenplay Award Winner receives a copy of Final DraftⓇ 9 License software (worth $250) and The Monthly Film Festival trophy. 

The Finalists will be announced on August 25, 2016. The three First, Second, and Third Place Winners will be announced on August 29, 2016.