The Finnish Film Foundation supports 15 new films and two series

December 22, 2020

The Board of The Finnish Film Foundation awarded nearly 3,7 million euros in production support to 17 productions in December.

The productions include four feature films, seven documentaries, four short films and two series. Two of the shorts and one series are animated. Two of the documentaries and one animated series are international minority coproductions.

Out of the feature films, two are debut features for their directors. Aleksi Delikouras will direct Witness the Fitness for Yellow Film & TV and Niklas Lindgren’s debut feature will be Bad Women for Tekele. Some of the other filmmakers among the recipients include Marja Pyykkö, Aku Louhimies, Juho Kuosmanen, Sami van Ingen and Mika Taanila.

The supported projects

Feature films

Bad Women (Huonot naiset)
Director: Niklas Lindgren
Screenwriters: Karoliina Lindgren, Niklas Lindgren
Producer: Miia Haavisto
Production company: Tekele Productions
Support sum: 750 000 €

Ski Girls (Skimbagirls)
Director: Marja Pyykkö
Screenwriter: Misa Palander
Producers: Liisa-Penttilä Asikainen, Pete Eklund
Production company: Kaiho Republic
Support sum: 655 000 €

The Wait (Odotus)
Director: Aku Louhimies
Screenwriters: Inka Kallén, Aku Louhimies
Producers: Andrei Alén, Kaarina Gould, Aku Louhimies
Production company: Backman & Hoderoffn
Support sum: 290 000 €

Witness the Fitness (Punttikomedia)
Director: Aleksi Delikouras
Screenwriter: Pekko Pesonen
Producers: Olli Haikka, Marko Talli
Production company: Yellow Film & TV
Support sum: 750 000 €


Directors: Hannu Kontturi, Yvonne Debeaumarché
Screenwriters: Hannu Kontturi, Yvonne Debeaumarché
Producers: Vera Olsson, Elodie Polo-Ackerman
Production company: Aito Media
Support sum: 65 000 €

Game of Minds
Directors: Petri Luukkainen, Jesse Jokinen
Screenwriters: Jesse Jokinen, Petri Luukkainen
Producers: Liisa Karpo, Marianne Mäkelä
Production company: napafilms
Support sum: 146 000 €

international minority coproduction
Director: Eri Mizutani
Screenwriters: Eri Mizutani, Paulina Lewicka
Producers: Anna Fam, Niklas Kullström
Production company: Polished Productions (Poland)
Finnish co-production company: Hillstream Pictures
Support sum: 19 000 €

Monica in the South Seas
Directors: Sami van Ingen, Mika Taanila
Screenwriters: Sami van Ingen, Mika Taanila
Producer: Jussi Eerola
Production company: Testifilmi
Support sum: 70 000 €

Silas, My Silas
international minority co-production
Director: Julie Madsen Bezerra
Screenwriter: Julie Madsen Bezerra
Producers: Katrine Sahlström, Sonja Lindén
Production company: Good Pictures Company (Denmark)
Finnish co-production company: Avanton Productions
Support sum: 30 000 €

Snowball Effect (Kittilä)
Director: Pauliina Punkki
Screenwriter: Pauliina Punkki
Producers: Kaisa Astikainen, Pauliina Punkki
Production company: Ida Productions
Support sum: 120 000 €

We Are Animals
Directors: Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen
Screenwriters: Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen
Producers: Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt
Production company: Tuffi Films
Support sum: 120 000 €

Short films

Distant Planet (Kaukainen planeetta)
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Screenwriter: Juho Kuosmanen
Producers: Jussi Rantamäki, Otto Kylmälä
Production company: Film Company Aamu
Support sum: 80 000 €

Director: Teppo Airaksinen
Screenwriter: Leo Viirret
Producers: John Lundsten, Melli Maikkula
Production company: TACK Films
Support sum: 140 000 €

My Gravitation (Gravitaationi)
Director: Heta Okkonen
Screenwriter: Heta Okkonen
Producers: Mika Koskinen, Tomi Riionheimo
Production company: Indie Films
Support sum: 30 000 €

The Piano Lesson (Pianolektion)
Directors: Nils-Erik Ekblom, Tom Norrgrann
Screenwriters: Tom Norrgrann, Nils-Erik Ekblom
Producers: Tom Norrgrann, Nils-Erik Ekblom
Production company: Ten Thousand Hearts
Support sum: 30 000 €


Enemy of the People (Kansan vihollinen)
Director: Mikko Kuparinen
Screenwriters: Timo Varpio, Laura Suhonen
Producers: Roope Lehtinen, Hannu Kalliolahti, Saara Kankaanpää
Production company: Fire Monkey Productions
Support sum: 200 000 €

Stories from the Backwoods
international minority coproduction
Director: Leevi Lemmetty
Screenwriters: Leevi Lemmetty, Richie Conroy
Producer: Tamsin Lyons
Production company: Ink and Light (Ireland)
Finnish co-production company: Muste ja Valo
Support sum: 150 000 €