PEOPLE NEWS: Washington Square Films Signs Swedish Director Jakob Ström


Ström’s skills across all genres can be seen in his cinematic work for brands including CARE, Suntrust Foundation and LIDL, among others

Last Updated: February 12, 2020 5:55 pm GMT
(New York, NY--February 12, 2020) New York-based commercial and film production company Washington Square Films has signed Jakob Ström for U.S. representation. A short film, commercial and music video director with decades of industry experience, Jakob Ström’s natural talent for uncovering humanity and genuine emotion across all genres can be seen in his cinematic work for brands including CARE, Suntrust Foundation and LIDL, among others.

His 2015 short film “Dear Daddy” for CARE Norway--an organization advocating for women’s rights across the globe--went viral, taking in over 400 million views worldwide for its raw, harrowing look into the trauma of domestic abuse and sexual assault hiding in plain sight. The short, which was translated into 10 languages, won several international awards, including a Gold and Silver Lion in Cannes, a Grand Prix at the New York Festival, a D&AD White Pencil, a Silver CLIO Award, two Grand Prix Awards and one Gold Award at the CRESTA Awards, one Silver and two Gold Awards at the London International Awards, one Gold and one Silver Eurobest Award.

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Notes Washington Square Films Director of Marketing & Sales/Managing Director Jonathan Schwartz, “When I saw ‘Dear Daddy,’ I was blown away by the storytelling and visuals. It is evident in all of Jakob’s work. The response to the work is incredibly strong.”

Adds Ström, “I’m encouraged by the dynamic team at Washington Square Films and their legacy of compelling film and commercial work. I can’t wait to work with the company to further amplify their offerings in ads and branded content.”

Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, he jetted stateside at the age of 22 to study at the Academy of Arts College San Francisco for four years, graduating with his Bachelor in Advertising/Design. He then returned to Sweden and worked as an award-winning Art Director, snagging among many accolades the Silver Egg Award for print (2002), a Nordic Advertising Festival Golden Swan for Humor, Eurobest Gold Film award, Gold Clio Student Award, Two Gold The Bridge Awards and one Silver Midas Award. Among his series work is the successful comedy series “Torpederna” (2014), which he created and directed several episodes and was praised by viewers and critics alike. In 2016, the series won the Kristallen Award for ‘Best Comedy Series’.

Ström has also directed numerous episodes over two seasons for the popular Swedish detective drama series “Jordskott,” and is currently working on his latest series creation, “War” as a creator, writer and director.

About Washington Square Films
Over its 15-year tenure, Washington Square Films has grown to be considered one of the most respected production companies in the industry. Boasting a sharp eye for talent, a high level of integrity and a discriminating downtown New York sensibility, the company has produced award-winning independent films and commercials, as well as forged a thriving entertainment management division. On any given day, the seasoned producers and managers at Washington Square Films are likely to be working with some of the most revered actors and promising directors in the business.

From its headquarters on New York City’s Bowery, and satellite office in Los Angeles, the company manages and collaborates with an internationally recognized roster of writers, directors and A-list talent in entertainment and advertising. Washington Square Films receives regular accolades at The Academy Awards, Peabody Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes and Cannes Lions, along with selection for top International festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Berlin and Locarno, and continues to break new ground in creative production.


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