The Finnish Film Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary

Exactly 50 years ago today, on October 15, 1969, the founding document of The Finnish Film Foundation was signed by the then Minister of Education Johannes Virolainen. The operations began in January 1970. The first employee was Kari Uusitalo (pictured), then 36 years old, known for his avid interest in Finnish film and the history …

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Finnish film week to be held for first time in Iran

The Embassy of Finland in Teheran and the Finnish Film Foundation organize a Finnish film week in Iran from 27.9. –4.10. Finnish films are shown in Tehran, Mashhad and Isfahan, which are the three largest cities of Iran. The films presented are modern Finnish films, classics and short films. The Finnish Film Foundation organizes similar …

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Finnish Film Affair’s Best Project Award to The Oasis of Now

Several upcoming Finnish films and projects in development were pitched on Wednesday at the film industry event Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki. The Finnish Film Foundation sponsored the Best Project  Award, worth 3000 euros, which was given to The Oasis of Now. The film was pitched by producers Jussi Rantamäki and Emilia Haukka from production …

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Dogs Don’t Wear Pants selected to BFI London and Busan International Film Festival

After debuting at Cannes Film Festival in May, J-P Valkeapää’s Dogs Don’t Wear Pants has now been selected to be screened at the BFI London Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival. Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker has also been selected to the BFI London Film Festival. BFI London Film Festival is one of Britain most …

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Interview with Zaida Bergroth: “I love to get out of my head”

Written by Marta Bałaga About to unveil her latest drama, Maria’s Paradise, in Toronto, the Finnish filmmaker talks about her entire career. Maria’s Paradise seems like a bit of a change, as you have never done a period drama before. Before, the furthest you have gone back in time was to the 1970s in your …

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Stupid Young Heart by Selma Vihunen selected as the Finnish Oscar candidate

Stupid Young Heart is directed by Selma Vihunen and written by Kirsikka Saari. Vilhunen and Saari’s short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for the Academy Award for the Best Short Film Live Action in 2014. The jury described the film as a humane and unusual love story of two …

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Komeetta heading to Toronto – an interview with producer Daniel Kuitunen

Helsinki-based production company Komeetta, founded in 2014 by Daniel Kuitunen and Kaisla Viitala, has a great start for their fall: the company has two films in the program of Toronto International Film Festival starting September 5th. Their first feature film, Maria’s Paradise, is a dark and timely story about a cult leader and her devoted …

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The Finnish nominee for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2019 is Aurora

The five nominees for the annual Nordic Council Film Prize were announced on August 20 at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. The Finnish national jury picked Aurora, the debut feature from writer-director Miia Tervo as the Finnish nominee. The film is produced by Max Malka for Dionysos Films. Aurora is an unconventional love …

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