The Finnish Film Fair (23-25 September) will this year present the inaugural Best Documentary Project Award, valued at €3000 and sponsored by AVEK. The cash prize is designed for spend on an international trailer.
The eight Finnish projects in this category are:
The Black Gold (dir. Petteri Saario) Citizen Jane Productions
Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle (dir. Suvi West) Vaski Filmi
Guardians of Creation (dir. Iiris Härmä), Guerilla Films
The Last of the Seagulls (dir. Tonislav Histov) Making Movies
The Mission (dir. Tania Moilanen) Danish Bear Productions
Snowball Effect (dir. Pauliina Punkki) Ida Productions
The Trans Syrian Express (dir. Alina Rudnitskaya) Illume, 317-Films, Arkana Studio
We Are Animals (dir. Saila Kivelä & Vesa Kuosmanen) Tuffi Films
The projects will be presented online on Thursday 24 September from 10:00-11:30 (Helsinki time) .
Finland’s biggest film industry event, the Finnish Film Affair, takes place 23-25 September as part of Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy. The event’s showcase day of upcoming Finnish films and Nordic talent will take place online on Thursday 24 September.
A third of the films presented in the overall programme are debut features.
This year’s edition of Finnish Film Affair will take over both Helsinki and the online sphere. The event will be attended by over 300 industry professionals, with local industry in attendance in Helsinki and 150 delegates online. The event’s guest list includes representatives from Netflix, HBO Europe, over 30 sales agencies as well as festivals such as Berlinale, Hot Docs and Sundance.
The event will showcase nearly 50 Finnish films, with 27 of them in development, production or post-production. Upcoming non-documentary projects in development include Lapland War by Aku Louhimies (Unknown Soldier), and animations Bear Park (dir. Leena Jääskeläinen & Kaisa Penttilä) and Malcolm Rocks (dir. Kari Juusonen). Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s comedy 70 is Just a Number and The Twin, the new horror feature by Taneli Mustonen (Lake Bodom), are presented in the Works in Progress section.
The event’s Nordic Selection, curated for the first time this year, highlights four fiction films by 1st or 2nd feature directors from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Included in the selection are Superposition, the first feature by Danish filmmaker Karoline Lyngbye and produced by Beo Starling’s Amalie Lyngbo Quist; and Quake, the first feature by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir and produced by Hlín Jóhannesdóttir from Ursus Parvus.
A third of the films presented in the event’s showcase and line-up are debut features. The overall percentage of programme titles with at least one non-male director is 58%. A third of the films presented in the event’s showcase and line-up are debut features.
The overall percentage of programme titles with at least one non-male director is 58%.