Cannes Docs


Original title: Elevated

Directed by: Gustav Littorin

Produced by: Mario Adamson, Ashley J.Smith (Sisyfos Film, Sweden); Clara Harris (Sisyfos Film Production Ltd, Scotland)

Country of production: Sweden, Scotland

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: August, 2025

Budget: €677 345,67 (36% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, Sales Agents / Distributors, Buyers, Gap Financing


A group of outsiders on the autism spectrum strive to rise above their loneliness by building a community in the most unexpected of places – an elevator. Led by Andrew, the star of the elevator filming scene on YouTube, they use the magical multi-sensory experience of elevator riding to discover who they want to be and demand acceptance in a world that is not made for them.

Director’s profile:

Gustav Littorin is a filmmaker based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has previously directed the short documentaries Elevatours and Sara: en på 1,3 miljoner, as well as the fiction shorts Jag vill att vi stanna and Kasta Sten. While filming Elevatours in Finland, he met Andrew Reams, star of the worldwide elevator-filming community. Since 2019 he has been working on the feature documentary, Elevated, where he is an invited guest in the neurodivergent world of the elevator community. This autumn he will begin his final year in the bachelor’s program in Directing at Stockholm University of the Arts. Elevated is his feature debut.

Producer’s profile:

Clara Harris studied documentary filmmaking in Sweden before joining Sisyfos Film. Now based in her hometown of Edinburgh, she runs Sisyfos’ Scottish outpost. She produced the documentary shorts There’s Not Much We Can Do (Glasgow Short FF; Doc NYC) and Yellow is the Color of Happiness (Tempo Doc Fest). Mario Adamson and Ashley J. Smith are Artistic Directors of Sisyfos Film in Stockholm, Sweden. Rooted in animation, grown through documentary, Sisyfos seeks to flourish in fiction, XR, and experiential projects. Through creative collaborations with emerging and established filmmakers we make high-profile, award-winning stories for an international market. Mario and Ashley have produced acclaimed films such as Motherland (DOX:Award, CPH:DOX; EFA nomination), How to Save a Dead Friend (Grand Jury Award Doc NYC), and Scheme Birds (Best Documentary, Tribeca; Swedish Academy Award nomination)