The Finnish Film Foundation sets Good Life goals by awarding over €1 million in production support - Production / Funding - Finland

Two feature-length fiction films, as well as four feature-length and two short documentaries, have received production support from the Fff in October. The Finnish Film Foundation (Fff) awarded over €1 million in production support this October, with the money going to two feature-length fiction films, as well as four feature-length and two short documentaries – this time including three minority co-productions. Firstly, the Dionysos Films production 70 Is Just a Number has been backed to the tune of €700,000. It is being written and directed by Johanna Vuoksenmaa, recently seen entertaining local audiences with the 2015 comedy Adult Camp. Another feature, Sagres – a minority co-production set to be helmed by Lovisa Síren and produced by Siri Hjorton Wagner – will be overseen by the omnipresent Tuffi Films and supported with €100,000. In the documentary field, the shorts Best Possible Life, directed by Jussi Sandhu and Ville Hakonen (Wacky Tie...
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'21 Ways' producer wins Finnish award

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Producer Riina Hyytiä named producer of the year at Finnish Film Week.

At the closing gala of the Finnish Film Week (Sept 20-26), producer Riina Hyytiä was named Producer of the Year for Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s divorce comedy 21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage (21 tapaa pilata avioliitto).

The comedy is the first Finnish feature by a female director to exceed 400,000 admissions, which only four films have achieved in the last 25 years.

Organised for the fourth time as part of the Helsinki International Film Festival-Love & Anarchy included 24 domestic productions introduced by the filmmakers.

It included previews of Ulrika BengtsLärjungen (The Disciple - Finland’s submission for the Oscars), Rax Rinnekangas’ Luciferin viimeinen elämä (The Last Life of Lucifer), Pekka Lehto’s Luciferin viimeinen elämä (The Surrealist and His Naughty Hand), Dome Karukoski’s Leijonasydän (Heart of a Lion) and Pirjo Honkasalo’s Betoniyö (Concrete Night).

More awards for industry professionals went to:

Director of the Year Simo Halinen for Kerron
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Finnish cinema looking beyond shores

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Finnish Film Affair event illustrating diversity of the current crop of features from the country.

The Finnish Film Affair, the industry strand of the 26th Helsinki International Film Festival, has returned for a second year and is highlighting the diversity of features emerging from the country.

“In the past Finnish directors would tell local stories to local audiences; now they try to find their place in international cinema,” said Sara Norberg, executive director of Hiff and Ffa.

“The Finnish Film Affair will illustrate this ‘movement’ and the current diversity of Finnish films.”

The three-day event, which wraps tomorrow, includes 250 film professionals, comprising sales agents, buyers, festival programmers and press. This figure includes 60 international representatives – up from 35 at last year’s inaugural event.

The programme includes 30 Finnish films, both recent and upcoming releases. It also features the presentation of 16 works-in-progress, of which eight will be pitched by the filmmakers, at the Finnish Film Foundation’s Kino K-13.

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Finnish Film Affair to showcase new Moomins

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Finnish Film Affair to showcase new Moomins
The second edition of the Finnish Film Affair, scheduled for Sept 24-26 in Helsinki, will again showcase hot local titles and works in progress.

This year’s event boasts an expanded guest list of sales agents, buyers and festival programmers, including representatives from Zdf/Arte, Celluloid Dreams, Wild Bunch, Hanway, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rotterdam and Locarno. About 200 industry experts will attend.

The first edition introduced the Finnish Film Affair to international decision makers,” said Sara Norberg, executive director of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, which launched the event. “We’re very proud that the success of last year’s works-in-progress and the positive buzz around the event has attracted even more interest from the international industry.”

The new films to be screened include Toronto-bound titles Concrete Night by Pirjo Honkasalo and Heart of Lion by Dome Karukoski, in addition to other festival selections such as Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart by Mika Ronkainen and Alcan Highway by Aleksi
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Johanna Vuoksenmaa Has One Foot Under

There’s just something about the Nordic sensibility that lends itself to dark comedies and here come one from Finland, Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s upcoming One Foot Under. The film revolves around Visa - a thirty five year old man, who has six months left to live - and his relationships with his girlfriend, the close friend impatient for Visa to die so that he can have a crack at said girlfriend, and the support group that Visa attends to prepare for the inevitable. In the wrong hands this could be mawkish stuff and pretty much unbearable to watch but the trailer for this has just arrived on the scene and it looks to balance things out nicely thanks in no small part to some very likable leads and a very dry delivery. Check it out below the break!
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