The Finnish Film Foundation Granted Production Support to 26 Projects in May

June 5, 2018

Helsinki-filmi’s Mona, produced by Aleksi Bardy, received 700 000 euros. J-P Valkeapää (They Have Escaped, The Visitor) will direct and co-write with Juhana Lumme. The shooting is set for the summer and early autumn this year.

Marianna Films was awarded 710 000 euros for Master Cheng, scripted by Hannu Oravisto and directed and produced by Mika Kaurismäki, known for films such as The Girl King (2015) and Moro No Brasil (2002). The film is also funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The drama about a Chinese restaurant owner moving to a small town in Finland will shoot this summer. 

Snapper Films’ children’s film Vinski and the Invisibility Powder received 710 000 euros and is directed and produced by Juha Wuolijoki and scripted by Wuolijoki and Mauri Ahola.

The fourth installment in the popular children’s film series directed by Saara Cantell, Jill, Joy and the Sleeping Clock, was awarded 655 000 euros. Sami Keski-Vähälä is the screenwriter and Teea Hyytiä and Sari Lempiäinen will produce the film for Zodiak Finland.

The Estonian film Eric Stoneheart got 150 000 euros. The Finnish minority producer is Aleksi Bardy Helsinki-filmi. The film is produced by Riina Sildos for Amrion and Ilmar Raag will direct.

The Longest Day, produced by Sweden’s Bob Film, received 150 000 euros. Annalisa Schmuckli and Saana Räntilä from Empire Pictures are minority coproducers in Finland. The film is directed and scripted by Jonas Selberg Augustsén.

Feature Films

Director: J-P Valkeapää
Script: J-P Valkeapää, Juhana Lumme
Producer: Aleksi Bardy / Helsinki-filmi

Master Cheng (Mestari Cheng)
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Script: Hannu Oravisto
Producer: Mika Kaurismäki / Marianna Films

Vinski and the Invisibility Powder (Vinski ja näkymättömyyspulveri)
Director: Juha Wuolijoki
Script: Mauri Ahola, Juha Wuolijoki
Producer: Juha Wuolijoki / Snapper Films

Jill, Joy and the Sleeping Clock (Onneli, Anneli ja nukutuskello)
Director: Saara Cantell
Script: Sami Keski-Vähälä
Producers: Teea Hyytiä, Sari Lempiäinen / Zodiak Finland

Minority Coproductions

Erik Stoneheart (Erik Kivisydän)
Director: Ilmar Raag
Script: Livia Ulman, Andris Feldmanis
Producer: Riina Sildos / Amrion (Estonia)
Finnish minority co-producer: Aleksi Bardy / Helsinki-filmi

The Longest Day (Den längsta dagen)
Director: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Script: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Producer: Andreas Emanuelsson / Bob Film Sweden
Finnish minority co-producer: Annalisa Schmuckli, Saana Räntilä / Empire Pictures

All upcoming feature films

TV Series

The Peacemaker
Director: Antti-Jussi Annila
Script: Eriikka Etholén
Producers: Johanna Enäsuo, Marko Röhr / MRP Matila Röhr Productions

One-off Incident (Yksittäistapaus)
Director: Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Sonya Lindfors, Inari Niemi, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Aino Suni, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi
Script: Reetta Aalto, Maryan Abdulkarim, Alli Haapasalo, Sonya Lindfors, Inari Niemi, Raisa Omaheimo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Saara Särmä, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi
Producers: Elli Toivoniemi, Sanna Kultanen / Tuffi Films

MS Romantic
Director: Jani Volanen
Script: Jani Volanen, Tommi Korpela
Producer: Marko Talli / Yellow Film & TV

Sphere of Shadows (Varjojen kehä)
Director: AJ Annila
Script: Kirsti Manninen, Katri Manninen
Producers: Teea Hyytiä, Sari Lempiäinen / Zodiak Finland

All upcoming TV series


Hockey Dreams
Director: Janne Niskala, Oskari Pastila
Script: Janne Niskala, Oskari Pastila
Producers: Janne Niskala, Oskari Pastila / Vaski Filmi

Conductivity (Kapukoulu)
Director: Anna-Karin Grönroos
Script: Anna-Karin Grönroos
Producers: Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films

Jenni ja Tony
Director: Panu Suuronen
Script: Panu Suuronen
Producers: Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava / Oktober

Calling Mother (Soita äidille)
Director: Marianne Mäkelä, Heli Pekkonen
Script: Marianne Mäkelä, Heli Pekkonen
Producers: Marianne Mäkelä, Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen / Zone2 Pictures

The Law of Nature (Luonnonlaki)
Director: Verena Netzer, Mika Rantonen
Script: Mika Rantonen, Verena Netzer
Producers: Mika Rantonen / New Eyes Productions

The Vast Oceans (Merten valtakunta)
Director: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen
Script: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen
Producers: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen / Leading Note Pictures

Lady Time (Neiti Aika)
Director: Elina Talvensaari
Script: Elina Talvensaari
Producers: Jussi Rantamäki / Film Company Aamu

Longing Back Home (Längtan hem)
Director: Anna-Sofia Nylund
Script: Anna-Sofia Nylund
Producers: Claes Olsson / Nordic Film Pool

Carnival Pilgrims
Director: Mika Mattila
Script: Mika Mattila
Producers: Mika Mattila / Ideasthetic 

All upcoming documentaries

Short Films

From Matti With Love (Rakkaudella, Matti)
Director: Jarno Lindemark
Script: Jarno Lindemark
Producers: Patrik Sigmundt / Kaiho Republic

Two Corpses, One Beach (Kaksi ruumista rannalla)
Director: Anna Paavilainen
Script: Anna Paavilainen, Laura Birn
Producers: Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari / Bufo

Mother and Milk
Director: Ami Lindholm
Script: Ami Lindholm
Producers: Ami Lindholm / Osuuskunta Paperihattu

All Inclusive
Director: Teemu Nikki
Script: Teemu Nikki, Jani Pösö
Producers: Jani Pösö, Teemu Nikki / It’s Alive Films

The Stick (Keppi)
Director: Teppo Airaksinen
Script: Melli Maikkula
Producers: John Lundsten / TACK Films

All upcoming short films

All upcoming animated films