The Finnish Film Foundation gave production support to 20 new films and series

March 12, 2020

The production support amounted to nearly 6,5 million euros in total.

The Board of The Finnish Film Foundation granted production support to 20 projects in March. Three of the projects were supported through the 50/50 scheme which is aimed at films with big box office potential that have secured at least 50% of the funding.

There were four minority co-production projects: Boy From Heaven, the next feature film from the Swedish director Tarik Saleh, Swedish filmmaker Elisabeth Marjanović Cronvall’s short film The Reptilian Brain, and two Nordic sports documentaries: Kids Cup from Norway’s Line Hatland, focusing on a popular youth football tournament, and Raise the Bar, about a girls’ basketball team in Iceland, by Guðjón Ragnarsson.

Two of the feature film projects have already started shooting. Zaida Bergroth’s biopic Tove will have its domestic premiere in October. Juho Kuosmanen is shooting his sophomore feature Compartment Number 6 in Russia.

Full list of supported projects:

Feature Films

Boy From Heaven
minority co-production
Director & writer: Tarik Saleh
Producers: Kristiina Åberg, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
Finnish co-production company: Bufo
Support sum: 150 000 €

Compartment Number 6 (Hytti numero 6)
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Writers: Andris Feldmanis, Livia Ulman
Produers: Jussi Rantamäki, Riina Sildos, Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd
Production company: Film Company Aamu
Support sum: 750 000 €

Friday (Perjantai)
Director: Alli Haapasalo
Writers: Daniela Hakulinen, Ilona Ahti
Producers: Elina Pohjola, Leila Lyytikäinen
Production company: Citizen Jane Productions
Support sum: 712 000 €

Love on the Spot (Rakkautta ennen valomerkkiä)
Director: Reetta Aalto
Writer: Anna Ruohonen
Producer: Sari Lempiäinen
Production company: Zodiak Finland
Support sum: 650 000 €

Omerta 6/12 (6/12)
Director: Antti J. Jokinen
Writers: Antti J. Jokinen, Mika Karttunen
Producers: Antti J. Jokinen, Evelin Penttilä, Mikko Tenhunen
Production company: Cinematic Productions
Support sum: 800 000 €

Reunion 3 (Luokkakokous 3)
50/50 support
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Aleksi Bardy
Producers: Jukka Helle, Markus Selin
Production company: Solar Films
Support sum: 640 000 €

Super Furball 2 (Supermarsu 2)
50/50 support
Director: Joona Tena
Writers: Paula Noronen, Joona Tena
Producers: Marko Talli, Olli Haikka
Production company: Yellow Film & TV
Support sum: 714 200 €

Director: Zaida Bergroth
Writer: Eeva Putro
Producers: Aleksi Bardy, Andrea Reuter
Production company: Helsinki-filmi
Support sum: 850 000 €

Wedding of the Century (Vuosisadan häät)
50/50 support
Director: Marja Pyykkö
Writer: Aleksi Bardy
Producer: Aleksi Bardy
Production company: Helsinki-filmi
Support sum: 484 999 €


Clouds (Pilvet)
Director & writer: Tuija Halttunen
Producers: Niina Virtanen, Pasi Hakkio
Production company: Wacky Tie Films
Support sum: 94 000 €

Fragments of Humanity
Director: Elli Rintala
Writers: Ari Matikainen, Elli Rintala
Producer: Ari Matikainen
Production company: Kinocompany
Support sum: 92 000 €

Kids Cup
minority co-production
Director & writer: Line Hatland
Producers: Ingvil Giske, Ari Matikainen
Finnish co-production company: Kinocompany
Support sum: 22 000

The Light Snatcher (Valonsieppaaja)
Director: Charlotte Airas
Writers: Charlotte Airas, Kimmo Kohtamäki
Producer: Kaarle Aho
Production company: Making Movies
Support sum: 35 000 €

Raise the Bar
minority co-production
Director & writer: Guðjón Ragnarsson
Producers: Margrét Jónasdóttir, Outi Rousu
Finnish co-production company: Pystymetsä
Support sum: 32 000 €

Sorrow Tamers (Surunkesyttäjät)
Director, writer & producer: Mina Laamo
Production company: Koko Production
Support sum: 75 000 €

The Spoils of Tamminiemi (Tamminiemen pesänjakajat)
Producer: Oskar Forstén
Director & writer: Arthur Franck
Production company: frankforstén
Support sum: 132 000 €

Short Films

Darkness (Pimeä)
Director & writer: Elena Näsänen
Producer: Danai Anagnostou
Production company: Kenno Filmi
Support sum: 65 000 €

Reconstruction (Rekonstruktio)
Director & writer: Pia Andell
Producer: Aino Halonen
Production company: Of Course My Films
Support sum: 65 000 €

The Reptilian Brain (Reptilhjärnan)
minority co-production
Director & writer: Elisabeth Marjanović Cronvall
Producers: Cecilia Björk, Emilia Haukka
Finnish co-production company: Film Company Aamu
Support sum: 12 000 €


Next of Kin – The Unborn
Director: Akseli Tuomivaara
Writers: Minna Panjanen, Valeria Richter
Producers: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Pilvi Kuusrainen
Production company: Bufo
Support sum: 110 000 €

Image: Clouds (Wacky Tie Pictures)