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10 WorKs in Development titles

WorKs in Progress titles

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Schl of Hope

Iron The Coming Sky: Race

Fleak from Another Dimension

Blding Eyes

Laugh or Die

East Of Sweden

The Mercurius Of Molenb k

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Poanndy

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SCREENINGS INDUSTRY PROGRAM CLUBS & NETWORKING EVENTS

THEATRES SAVOY Kasarmikatu 46 KINOPALATSI Kaisaniemenkatu 2 ANDORRA Eerikinkatu 11 ORION Eerikinkatu 15

13:45

16:00

The Other Side of Hope, 98’ Kinopalatsi 6 Tom of Finland, 116’ Kinopalatsi 6

18:30-20:00 FFA 2017 OPENING SCREENING

Punk Voyage, 100 min. Savoy Theatre

MAIN VENUES

HOTEL RADISSON BLU PLAZA Mikonkatu 23

DUBROVNIK BAR Eerikinkatu 11

22:00 - 02:00 CLUB

20:00 - 23:00 OPENING PARTY

LÖYLY Hernesaarenranta 4 G LIVELAB Yrjönkatu 3

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Radisson Blu Plaza

Skateboarding, Freedom and Responsibility Club Dubrovnik Bar


Wednesday

Thursday

09:30 - 15:15 WORKS IN PROGRESS

09:00 - 10:00 25% CASH REBATE INFO SESSION

Kinopalatsi 12

For international producers only!

09:30 10:00

Registration Welcoming words by Jaana Puskala Who is who? First round of Works in Progress pitchings (5)

10:00 - 11:30 NORDIC FLAIR

1st Roundtable Sessions Radisson Blu Plaza (By Invitation Only)

10:15 11:00

10:00 - 11:30 FFA INDUSTRY PANEL

12:15 - 13:15 LUNCH

Radisson Blu Plaza

13:00

Hobbyhorse Revolution, 90’ Orion

14:00

Star Boys, 82’ Kinopalatsi 7

13:15

14:45

G Livelab Livestream available

11:45 - 12:45 LUNCH

Radisson Blu Plaza

13:00 - 14:30 FFA INDUSTRY PANEL

Second Round of Works in Progress pitchings (5) Works in Development (10)

Being Repped

G Livelab Livestream available

13:00

15:30 - 18:00 ONE ON ONE MEETINGS

VOD from A, B, C to X, Y, Z and Å too

Radisson Blu Plaza

Angel of the North, 90’ Kinopalatsi 2

13:00

Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara, 90’ Orion

15:00 - 16:30 NORDIC FLAIR

18:00 - 23:00 SAUNA DINNER AT LÖYLY

19:00

19:15

Opening words by Jenny Cooney (HFPA)

16:00

Announcing the Works in Prgress Winner

16:00

21:30 - 23:00 INDUSTRY SCREENING

Virality, 111’ Kinopalatsi 6 Miami, 119’ Kinopalatsi 9

17:00 - 18:30 NORDIC FLAIR AWARD CEREMONY AND INTERVIEW Gloria

Kino K-13 international guests only!

22:00 - 02:00 ESTONIA CLUB

2nd Roundtable Sessions Radisson Blu Plaza (By Invitation Only)

(By invitation Only)

Dubrovnik Bar

19:00 - 20:00 NORDIC FLAIR NETWORKING MIXER

Radisson Blu Plaza For Nordic Flair attendees and international guests only! 3


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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................................7 GENERAL INFORMATION....................................................................................................................... 8 FINNISH FILM AFFAIR LINE UP FICTION...................................................................................................................................10-18 DOCUMENTARIES................................................................................................................. 18-24 A SELECTION OF SCANDINAVIAN, RUSSIAN AND ESTONIAN FILMS......................................................................................................25 INDUSTRY PROGRAM OPENING SCREENING...............................................................................................................26 WORKS IN PROGRESS SHOWCASE......................................................................................... 27 INDUSTRY PANELS.....................................................................................................................28 CASH REBATE INFO.................................................................................................................... 31 NORDIC FLAIR.............................................................................................................................32 NETWORKING EVENTS & CLUBS.............................................................................................33 WORKS IN PROGRESS FILMS.......................................................................................... 34-43 WORKS IN DEVELOPMENT FILMS................................................................................. 44-53 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS............................................................................................................55-58 MAP OF THE VENUES......................................................................................................................... 59

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Welcome to the Finnish Film Affair. The showcase event we started in 2012 has grown into a major film industry event bringing together Finnish filmmakers and international guests from all over the world. I couldn’t be more proud looking at what the event has become over the last six years. During the last FFA editions we have seen major international breakthroughs from several Finnish directors: Klaus Härö, Dome Karukoski, Selma Vilhunen, Juho Kuosmanen, to name a few. But even more important for the event’s success has been the growing ambition and energy among the Finnish filmmakers. I have no doubt in my mind that this is just a humble beginning and the world has plenty of more to hear and see from the Finnish filmmaking talent pool. That being said I write this text rather wistfully, because I am no longer directly involved with organizing the FFA. Luckily I didn’t move far from the festival, physically or metaphorically. I am still a member of the festival board and an unofficial godmother of the Finnish Film Affair even though I am no longer the CEO of the festival. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank all of you who made my years at HIFF so memorable and special. You know who you are. We hope you will have a Film Affair to Remember. Sara Norberg

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General Information GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ATTENDING INDUSTRY GUESTS

MEET THE STAFF ANNA MÖTTÖLÄ

You will find the Finnish Film Affair info at the lobby of Radisson Blu Plaza hotel, where all the international guests will be staying.

CEO of HIFF anna@hiff.fi +358 10 315 6102 +358 40 500 5101

Please note, that attending the events of the Finnish Film Affair requires a Finnish Film Affair accreditation and that in addition the events may require signing up in advance.

LAURA LAAKSONEN

Finnish Film Affair Producer laura@hiff.fi +358 50 348 6132

Tickets: • Invited international guests: please refer to the separate instructions in your welcoming pack or ask FFA staff members (industry@hiff.fi). • Accredited Finnish film professionals: please refer to the information you received through the accreditation process.

JUULIA KLEMOLA

Finnish Film Affair Coordinator
 juulia@hiff.fi
 +358 44 055 0104

• Note that there is a restricted amount of tickets available per screening. All the films listed in this catalogue are subtitled in English and spoken in their original language.

ELINA HAKALA

Finnish Film Affair Assistant elina@hiff.fi +358 44 502 1291

ONLINE SCREENING LIBRARY: FESTIVAL SCOPE PRO

MARTA BALAGA

The Helsinki International Film Festival and the Finnish Film Affair have extended their collaboration with the online library platform Festival Scope. A rich selection of the festival titles and Finnish films are available for buyers and press delegates to view during the festival, and some afterwards as well. All buyer and media guests have received an email from join@festivalscope. com to access the service. Finnish Film Affair Line Up films have their own section under the HIFF library.

Finnish Film Affair Matchmaker +358 41 749 8544 +48 696 442 863 marta@hiff.fi

USEFUL CONTACTS FFA Info desk (19.-21.9.) at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza FFA phone +358 44 929 3551 FFA email industry@hiff.fi HIFF info desk at Yrjönkatu 27 Taxi +358 100 0700 Tourist information +358 9 3101 3300

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Finnish Film Affair Line up 2017


Line up / Fiction

THE ETERNAL ROAD Based on true events, The Eternal Road is an epic story of one man’s struggle for survival. Having witnessed the Great Depression that struck America, Jussi Ketola returns to Finland only to face growing political unrest. One summer night of 1930’s, nationalist thugs abduct Ketola from his home. Violently beaten and forced to walk the Eternal Road to Soviet Union, where cruelty seems to know no end, his only dream is to return to his family at any cost. Hope dies last.

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ORIGINAL TITLE IKITIE DIRECTOR AJ ANNILA GENRE HISTORICAL DRAMA DURATION 103 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH, RUSSIAN PRODUCTION COMPANY MRP MATILA RÖHR PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION BUDGET 3,3 MEUR LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY TRUST NORDISK CONTACT ILKKA MATILA ILKKA.MATILA@ MATILAROHR.COM +358 405011025

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR AJ Annila is an award-winning director from Finland who is best known for his unique choices. His first feature, Jade Warrior (2006), was a martial arts adventure film and the first Finnish film ever to get a theatrical release in China. His second feature, psychological horror Sauna (2008), was nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize.

EUTHANIZER Euthanizer tells the story of Veijo Haukka – a man who is merciful to animals but ruthless to humans. Including himself. He is a 50-year-old mechanic, whose second job is to put sick pets to sleep. Petri Kettu has a problem with his dog. He tries to kill it, but doesn’t have the stomach to do it. He pays Veijo to do the job. The only problem is that Veijo doesn’t kill healthy dogs. Later on, Petri sees Veijo with the dog. The dog is happy and very much alive. Petri gets furious. He has paid for the killing and he won’t be happy until the dog is dead. The conflict escalates and things get ugly. In the end, the only innocent is the dog.

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ORIGINAL TITLE ARMOMURHAAJA DIRECTOR TEEMU NIKKI GENRE DRAMA, CRIME DURATION 83 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY IT’S ALIVE FILMS PRODUCTION BUDGET N/A LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS

SALES COMPANY WIDE MANAGEMENT CONTACT JANI PÖSÖ JANI@ITSALIVE.FI +358 505829495

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Teemu Nikki is a self-educated filmmaker and a son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed tens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos, 3 feature films and 2 TV shows. That makes him a genre-free thus genre-enthusiastic director and storyteller.

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Line up / Fiction JILL, JOY AND THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER Jill and Joy are two ordinary girls, but they are exceptionally happy ones. Maybe because they get to live on Rose Lane in a house designed for them by Mrs. Rosebud. One day an orphanage opens near the girls’ house. A boy named Pekki runs away from the orphanage and ends up living in the girls’ gazebo. He tells the girls about the gloomy life in the orphanage and about its director. Jill, Joy and Pekki establish the Bandit Alliance and take action so that the orphanage will become a happy place once again. The McTinys and other residents of Rose Lane rush to help the Bandit Alliance. Once again, mystical Mrs. Rosebud turns out to be the person behind the magical miracles.

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ORIGINAL TITLE ONNELI, ANNELI JA SALAPERÄINEN MUUKALAINEN DIRECTOR SAARA CANTELL GENRE CHILDREN’S FILM DURATION 75 MIN.

STATUS COMPLETED LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY ZODIAK FINLAND OY PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,7 MEUR

SALES COMPANY ANNEX ENTERTAINMENT CONTACT TEEA HYYTIÄ AND SARI LEMPIÄINEN TEEA.HYYTIA@ ZODIAKFINLAND.FI +359 408312758

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Saara Cantell is a director and screenwriter. She has written and directed numerous short films as well as seven feature films – Unna & Nuuk (2006), the award-winning features Heartbeats (2010) and The Stars Above (2012) and recent box-office hits The Two and Only (2013) and Jill and Joy (2014). Cantell was voted Finland’s best film director in 2010, and she was also awarded a State Film Arts Prize jointly with the cinematographer Marita Hällfors. Her film Heartbeats received 7 nominations at the Jussi Awards, plus a nomination for a best director.

LAW OF THE LAND A remote Finnish village in Lapland, just across the Swedish border. A retiring police officer learns that his illegitimate son has been released from prison and is terrorizing the area. The young man has found out the big family secret and seeks for revenge by assaulting people close to the police officer – including his other legitimate son. The hatred between the two brothers leaves the area in a state of vengeance and violence forcing the villagers to take the law in their own hands. While trying to prevent the brothers from killing each other, the police officer is forced to face his past mistakes.

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ORIGINAL TITLE ARMOTON MAA DIRECTOR JUSSI HILTUNEN GENRE FICTION, DRAMA, WESTERN DURATION 90 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, SWEDISH PRODUCTION COMPANY MAKING MOVIES PRODUCTION BUDGET 2,4 MEUR LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS

SALES COMPANY LEVEL K CONTACT KAI NORDBERG KAI.NORDBERG@ MAMO.FI + 358 40 5073936

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Jussi Hiltunen is a Finnish director and writer. Born in 1984 in Rovaniemi, he graduated from Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences. His short film All Hallows’ Week (2011) was presented at Berlinale and awarded at Tampere International Short Film Festival. He also directed short films Legacy (2014) and Winterheart (2015).

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LOLA UPSIDE DOWN Lola Upside Down is based on a novel by Monika Fagerholm. It’s a story about four young girls living in a small town in Finland, Flatnäs. It’s a town run by a patriarchal hierarchy, which also shadows the girls’ lives. Money and power are concentrated to a few families, and others have to abide by their rules. Even though the girls are in the center of the story, the adult men also play a great role. Each girl has an important father figure, and the main theme of the series is growing up into womanhood in a male dominated world.

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ORIGINAL TITLE LOLA UPPOCHNER DIRECTOR ULRIKA BENGTS GENRE TV SERIES DURATION 6 X 55 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE SWEDISH PRODUCTION COMPANY LÅNGFILM PRODUCTIONS FINLAND LTD PRODUCTION BUDGET 1.4 MEUR LOOKING FOR ACQUISITIONS / READYMADE & REMAKE SALES

SALES COMPANY YLE SALES CONTACT MARIA KIVINEN / YLE SALES MARIA.KIVINEN@YLE.FI +358 405442404

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Ulrika Bengts is a Finnish film and theatre director. She was educated at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and has directed dozens of short films, TV series and documentaries. Her first feature film Iris premiered in 2011 and was one of the first Finnish-Swedish feature films aimed at children. The series Lola Upside Down (2016) is her latest work

LOVE & FURY In 1980’s Helsinki, a city just about to burst with young energy and rebellion, two young writers determined to conquer the world fall madly in love. For Inka, their love affair puts everything in motion: she finds her own voice – and becomes a sensation. The intensity of their love has a different affect on Juhana, who starts to lose control. At the height of the relationship Inka starts to suspect that being madly in love may actually be driving Juhana mad.

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ORIGINAL TITLE SYYSPRINSSI DIRECTOR ALLI HAAPASALO GENRE DRAMA DURATION 90 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY SOLAR FILMS PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,4 MEUR

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

SALES COMPANY EYEWELL CONTACT RIMBO SALOMAA RIMBO.SALOMAA@ SOLARFILMS.COM +358 405501770

Alli Haapasalo is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. She received acclaim for writing and directing On Thin Ice, her thesis film for the Tisch School of the Arts. It was nominated for Prix Europa in 2012. Other selected filmography includes festival favorite Ilona – The Girl Who Had No Problems and drama Hurricane, Brooklyn. Love & Fury is her feature debut.

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LOVE AND ORDER Finland is not recovering after the devastating superstorm Tuula. Besides the damages in infrastructure, also people are flipping out. Especially men. Carnal love seems to hit on these highly sensitive beings like a plague. How is society going to survive from it? How about men themselves? When human bondings are weakening, police inspector Rauni Kolehmainen makes an effort to keep the world from falling apart. Love and Order is an emotional catastrophe series for television written by Kaarina Hazard and Leea Klemola.

23.9. | 14:30 | KORJAAMO KINO

ORIGINAL TITLE MYRSKYN JÄLKEEN DIRECTOR LEEA KLEMOLA GENRE TV SERIES DURATION 3 X 50 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY AAMU FILM COMPANY PRODUCTION BUDGET 800 000 EUR LOOKING FOR BROADCASTERS, FESTIVALS

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT JUSSI RANTAMÄKI RANTAMAKI@ AAMUFILMCOMPANY.FI +358 40 7355977

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Leea Klemola (b. 1965) is a Finnish acress, director and playwright. In her plays she breaks the bounds of theatre, creating forms of expression which are new, unabashed, and honest. Klemola’s works examine shame, the body and sexuality, as well as love and community.

MIAMI Miami is the story of two sisters who have grown up separately. The older sister, Angela, 29, is an exotic dancer with her own touring dance group. The younger one, Anna, 21, on the threshold of adulthood, lives in a small town working
in sales. When their father dies, Anna looks for and finds Angela. The fascinating, high-strung Angela asks the timid Anna to accompany her on tour and, before long, trouble from Angela’s past catches up to them and the sisters’ love is put to the test.

21.9. | 16:00 | KINOPALATSI 9

ORIGINAL TITLE MIAMI DIRECTOR ZAIDA BERGROTH GENRE DRAMA DURATION 90 MIN.

STATUS COMPLETED LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY HELSINKI-FILMI OY PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,165 MEUR

SALES COMPANY LEVEL K CONTACT MIIA HAAVISTO MIIA.HAAVISTO@ HELSINKIFILMI.FI +358 50 527 7172

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Miami is Zaida Bergroth’s (born 1977) third feature. Her previous films (The Good Son and The Last Cowboy Standing) have been screened at festivals including the TIFF and has received awards at the Pusan International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and many others.

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A MOMENT IN THE REEDS A Moment in the Reeds is an intimate drama about the chance encounter of two men by the Finnish lakeside. Leevi, who has left Finland behind to study abroad, returns for the summer to help his father renovate the family lake house. Tareq, a Syrian asylum seeker, has also been hired to help, and when Leevi’s father returns to town on business, the two young men give into their mutual attraction, spending a few midsummer days discovering one another. A Moment in the Reeds casts the long-marginalised voices of sexual and ethnic minorities centre-stage in a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.

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ORIGINAL TITLE A MOMENT IN THE REEDS DIRECTOR MIKKO MÄKELÄ GENRE DRAMA DURATION 108 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANY WILD BEAST PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION BUDGET N/A LOOKING FOR FESTIVALS, SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT MIKKO MÄKELÄ MIKKO@ WILDBEASTPRODUCTIONS .CO.UK +44 7838993542

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Mikko Mäkelä is a London-based filmmaker. Prior to his debut feature, he has directed music and fashion promos alongside working as an editor in drama and commercials. He received his BA from the University of Nottingham and his MA from University College London.

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE The paths of a Syrian refugee and a Finnish travelling salesman cross in the asphalt jungle called Helsinki.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Aki Kaurismäki, born in 1957 in Orimattila, has become the most recognizable Finnish director and screenwriter. He gained worldwide attention with Leningrad Cowboys go America. He won multiple awards, including the Grand Prix of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival for The Man Without a Past, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Silver Berlin Bear for The Other Side of Hope.

19.9.| 13:45 | KINOPALATSI 6

ORIGINAL TITLE TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN DIRECTOR AKI KAURISMÄKI GENRE DRAMA DURATION 98 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH, ARABIC PRODUCTION COMPANY SPUTNIK OY PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,6 MEUR

SALES COMPANY THE MATCH FACTORY CONTACT WWW.THE-MATCHFACTORY.COM

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THE SIXTH TIME The Sixth Time is a tragicomedy about two sex addicts: a woman who knows how to say yes and a man who doesn’t know how to say no. Annika is a private detective and not very good at her job. Ricky is a real estate agent who really knows how to sell. He needs two calendars: one for work and the other for women. The two meet when Annika stumbles over Ricky’s street sign. Once inside the apartment, they skip formalities. All Annika wants is sex and for Ricky that is just fine. Their relationship is based on a mutual understanding – until the sixth time. The Sixth Time is a portrait of grown-up people of our time, who happily mess up their lives.

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ORIGINAL TITLE KUUDES KERTA DIRECTOR MAARIT LALLI GENRE TRAGICOMEDY DURATION 108 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, SWEDISH PRODUCTION COMPANY HUH HUH-FILMI PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,085 MEUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT MAARIT LALLI MAARIT.LALLI@ HUHHUHFILMI.FI +358 505469094

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Maarit Lalli is a Finnish director, screenwriter and producer. In the beginning of her career she directed several awarded short films and worked as a writer and a director for several popular TV series. Her first feature film Almost 18 won the Jussi Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Film and Best Director in 2013.

STAR BOYS Star Boys is a powerful story of two families being torn apart by disintegrating moral values when the sexual revolution arrives at a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland. The film takes us inside the lives of two families through the eyes of the children, 13-yearold Star Boy singers, forced to observe the consequences of their parents’ sexual liberation and endless need for love and freedom. Following a fateful toga party, nothing is the same and the boys’ confusion erupts violently. Star Boys, whilst dealing with heavy themes, is ultimately a warm and positive survival story portraying the persistence and capacity of children to get over even most difficult experiences in life. Its style could be described as magic realism.

20.9. | 14:00 | KINOPALATSI 7

ORIGINAL TITLE KAIKEN SE KESTÄÄ DIRECTOR VISA KOISO-KANTTILA GENRE DRAMA DURATION 82 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY SILVA MYSTERIUM PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,45 MEUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT MIKA RITALAHTI MIKA.RITALAHTI@ SILVAMYSTERIUM.FI +358 40 707 4848

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Visa Koiso-Kanttila is one of the most acknowledged documentary film directors in Finland and Scandinavia, a maker of often taboo-breaking films. Star Boys is his debut as a fiction director and scriptwriter – the story is inspired by his own childhood memories from the 1970s.

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TATU AND PATU Tatu and Patu is a family comedy based on Finland’s best selling children’s book series. Tatu and Patu are clever brothers form Oddsville, where things are usually done a bit differently. Tatu and Patu are invited to the big city to experience Christmas time with their best friend, 9-yearold Veera. Things get complicated when Veera is late at the railway station and the boys enter the city on their own. What follows is an adventure full of nutty incidents as the friends try to find each other. Tatu and Patu is a warm and funny film about friendship and how it’s okay to be weird or different. The film has become a true phenomenon in Finland with over 300.000 admissions.

19.9. | 13:00 | SAVOY THEATRE

ORIGINAL TITLE KANELIA KAINALOON, TATU JA PATU! DIRECTOR RIKE JOKELA GENRE CHILDREN’S FILM DURATION 70 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY DIONYSOS FILMS PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,4 MEUR LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY SHORELINE ENTERTAINMENT CONTACT MAX MALKA MAX.MALKA@ DIONYSOSFILMS.FI +358 50 573 0861

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Rike Jokela is an award winning director, writer, and cinematographer with over 20 years of experience in TV and cinema. He has directed more than 15 TV series and 5 TV films, along with numerous TV-shows, pilots, format, and specials. He has won several Venlas (the Finnish equivalent of the Emmys) and has once been nominated for Prix Europa, twice for Rose d’Or and won Gran Prix at Eurobest in 2014.

THICK LASHES OF LAURI MÄNTYVAARA BFF rebels Satu and Heidi go around the Finnish archipelago sabotaging posh summer weddings as they preach that real love is not for sale – until Heidi falls head over heels for the dreamy ice hockey protégé Lauri Mäntyvaara. Suddenly Satu is alone with her revolution while Heidi only sees cute kittens and oiled muscles everywhere. Heidi’s big brother Henri provides unasked help – but is he and his Crocs just another kind of a threat? Love, friendship and the total upheaval of society are put to the final test in a clash of hockey, flamethrowers and a surreal sponsor cruise as Satu is forced to decide what she really, truly wants. And whether she dares to go for it.

21.9. | 13:00 | ORION

ORIGINAL TITLE LAURI MÄNTYVAARAN TUUHEET RIPSET DIRECTOR HANNALEENA HAURU GENRE FICTION, COMING OF AGE DURATION 95 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY AAMU FILM COMPANY PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,1 MEUR LOOKING FOR FESTIVALS, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY PREMIUM FILMS CONTACT JUSSI RANTAMÄKI RANTAMAKI@ AAMUFILMCOMPANY.FI +358 40 735 5977

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Hannaleena Hauru (b. 1983) is a Finnish filmmaker and media artist. Her short film If I Fall (2007) was awarded at Oberhausen, Tampere and Uppsala Film Festivals, while Whispering in a Friends Mouth (2010) premiered at Berlinale. Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara is her debut feature.

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TOM OF FINLAND Tom of Finland is a beautiful and fascinating filmic portrait of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), and his journey to international success. In the film, Touko returns after the Continuation War to his somber and moralistic home of Finland, where homosexuality is illegal. To entertain himself and his friends, he begins drawing sketches of chiseled, free, uninhibited
and proud gay men. The illustrations are considered a danger in Finland, so Touko stashes them away. He even hides them from his sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky), even though the siblings are very close. While working at an advertising agency, Touko falls in love with a dancer, Veli “Nipa” Mäkinen (Lauri Tilkanen), but they are forced to hide their relationship. Veli encourages Touko to show people his work, and so his drawings end
up taking him to Los Angeles via Berlin. In L.A. Touko finds an appreciative audience for his art with the help of his friends. Penned under the name ‘Tom of Finland’, the illustrations become wildly popular and spark a revolution.

19.9. | 16:00 | KINOPALATSI 6

ORIGINAL TITLE TOM OF FINLAND DIRECTOR DOME KARUKOSKI GENRE DRAMA DURATION 116 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH, GERMAN PRODUCTION COMPANY HELSINKI-FILMI OY PRODUCTION BUDGET 5 MEUR

SALES COMPANY PROTAGONIST PICTURES CONTACT ANNIKA SUCKSDORFF ANNIKA.SUCKSDORFF@ HELSINKIFILMI.FI +358 50 596 8089

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Dome Karukoski (b. 1976, Cyprus) is considered to be one of the most successful Finnish film directors. In 2013, he was chosen as one of the Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch. His six films have a total of 33 nominations in the Finnish National Film Awards, which he won for Home of the Dark Butterflies and Lapland Odyssey. They have sold to all continents.

UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Veikko is an old racist fart, who has ended up living in an suburban apartment block filled with colourful section of refugees and immigrants. Kamal is a 17-year-old boy, who’s fed up in life in Finland and his dream is to move to Nairobi, to live with his father. The only problem is that he doesn’t have a job or the money to buy the flight ticket. Veikko is ill and has decided to go and die in his summer cottage 300 km from Helsinki. Veikko hires Kamal to help him to get to his cottage with few turns on the way. Veikko and Kamal seem to have similar family issues. On the road Veikko and Kamal start to understand a bit more and both of them learn a lot – from each other.

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ORIGINAL TITLE SAATTOKEIKKA DIRECTOR SAMULI VALKAMA GENRE DRAMA DURATION 85 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY SOLAR FILMS PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,3 MEUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT RIMBO SALOMAA RIMBO.SALOMAA@ SOLARFILMS.COM +358 405501 770

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Samuli Valkama (b. 1974) graduated from the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki in 2005. His short films Alright Love and Feelings and Stuff have won several awards in different festivals, most notably Berlin Today Award. Love and Other Troubles (2012) was his feature film debut.

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VIRALITY Set in modern day Helsinki, Finland, Virality portrays the lives of several main characters confronted with viral themes. The film links emerging viral aspects in our modern day societies, such as the spreading of news on the internet, with the viral nature of life itself, as in the storyline of a cancer patient being treated with virotherapy. Being primarily a crime film, the main storyline centers around a bitcoin heist that connects the lives of the main characters. Character storylines involve a young rapper searching for a breakthrough, a policeman who falls for an aspiring musician with a promising international career, a hacker choosing his own path and a cancer patient and a banker who reconcile ten years after the end of their marriage.

21.9. | 16:00 | KINOPALATSI 6

ORIGINAL TITLE VIRAALI DIRECTOR THOMAS LAINE GENRE CRIME, DRAMA, ROMANCE DURATION 110 MIN.

STATUS COMPLETED LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION BUDGET N/A PRODUCTION COMPANY RUNOELMA FILMS

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT THOMAS LAINE RUNOELMAFILMS@ GMAIL.COM +358 40733 4222

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Thomas Laine was born in 1991 in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, he founded the production company Runoelma Works and has since produced one short film along with commercials and music videos together with his brother, Peter Laine. Virality is his first feature film.

MIIKA J. NORVANTO MIIKA@BLACKLION PICTURES.FI +358 50539 7399

Line up / Documentaries

ANGEL OF THE NORTH A film about Finland and Finnishness through one of the most beloved paintings of Finland, The Wounded Angel by Hugo Simberg. In the film numerous Finns tell about their thoughts about the painting. What are its “story” and origins. What does it tell about us, our history and also about our relationship with nature, faith and mercy?

21.9. | 18:15 | KINOPALATSI 2

ORIGINAL TITLE POHJOLAN ENKELI DIRECTOR JEAN MICHEL ROUX GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 90MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANY MAKING MOVIES LTD PRODUCTION BUDGET 400 000 EUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, FESTIVALS

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT KAARLE AHO KAARLE.AHO@MAMO.FI +358 40 725 3936

Jean Michel Roux’s debut feature in 1997 was The Thousand Wonders of the Universe which was awarded the Best European Film at the festival of Rome and the grand prize at the festival of Malmö. In the early 90’s he discovered that many Icelanders believed in the existence of Elves and he directed a documentary Investigation into the Invisible World (2002).

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Line up / Documentaries

EVERY OTHER COUPLE ‘Neither of us knew that the same evening, we would be divorced. When it happened, it was a moment of clarity.’ Every Other Couple is a film about separation. Three excouples. Six ex-partners. Stories that deal with common past and life together after divorce: Children changing base. Christmas dinner together with the former family. Shake hands with the new love of the ex-wife.

17.9. | 14:00 | KINOPALATSI 6

ORIGINAL TITLE JOKA TOINEN PARI DIRECTOR MIA HALME GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 77 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY SAHADOK PRODUCTION BUDGET 215 000 EURO

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

SALES COMPANY JOURNEYMAN PICTURES CONTACT MIA HALME MIA@SAHADOK.FI +358 505961355

Mia Halme is a director and scriptwriter. She has been a professional independent filmmaker for fifteen years and her documentaries have been screened at festivals around the world. Her previous film Forever Young (2011) was awarded a Jussi award for Best Documentary.

BAD POLICE The leading character of the film, Veiko, who has worked for Russian and Estonian mafia, reveals his secret relationship with Jari Aarnio, former chief detective of Helsinki’s police antidrug unit. The stories of Veiko and other criminals introduce us to the illegal drug cartel run by Arnio, who is now accused of serious crimes.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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ORIGINAL TITLE PAHA POLIISI DIRECTOR PEKKA LEHTO GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 75 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED COUNTRY FINLAND

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, GERMAN PRODUCTION COMPANY ZONE2 PICTURES PRODUCTION BUDGET 294 196 EUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION

Pekka Lehto has pursued a career of great originality and courage. His feature films have included Palsa and the Naughty Hand, Game-Over and Flame Top. His feature documentaries have included the cult hit The Real McCoy. He has been awarded the Finnish State Film Prize several times and his films have won awards at many international festivals.

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN HANNU.VITIKAINEN @ZONE2.FI +358 490 576 9073

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Line up / Documentaries

THE GOOD POSTMAN A small and dying Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border is preparing for mayoral elections. At nights asylum seekers sneak in causing fear and unrest. The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries, has become the loophole of Europe. Two men decide to challenge the indifferent sitting mayor and run for mayor. They have different agendas; one wants to turn the village back to life by welcoming refugees, another wants to close down the border and turn back time to communism. They both soon learn that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.

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ORIGINAL TITLE THE GOOD POSTMAN DIRECTOR TONISLAV HRISTOV GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 82 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE BULGARIAN PRODUCTION COMPANY MAKING MOVIES PRODUCTION BUDGET 150 000 EUR LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY CAT & DOCS CONTACT KAARLE AHO KAARLE.AHO@MAMO.FI +358 407253936

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Tonislav Hristov is a Bulgarian filmmaker who has been living in Finland since 2001. In 2008, he directed his first documentary Family Fortune for YLE and Bulgarian National Television. His first feature length documentary Love & Engineering had its international premiere at Tribecca 2014. The Good Postman was selected to IDFA and Sundance.

HOBBYHORSE REVOLUTION Hobbyhorse Revolution by Selma Vilhunen is a funny and moving documentary about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby.

20.9. | 13:00 | ORION

ORIGINAL TITLE KEPPIHEVOSTEN VALLANKUMOUS DIRECTOR SELMA VILHUNEN GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 90 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANIES TUFFI FILMS, BAUTAFILM PRODUCTION BUDGET 401 750 EUR LOOKING FOR FESTIVALS, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY FIRST HAND FILMS CONTACT ELLI TOIVONIEMI ELLI@TUFFIFILMS.COM +358 40 172 1778

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Selma Vilhunen is an Academy Award-nominated director who started her professional career almost two decades ago. She has won the Tampere Short Film Festival national competition three times. Her short fiction film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. Her debut fiction feature Little Wing premiered at TIFF in 2016.

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Line up / Documentaries

KAISA’S ENCHANTED FOREST Awarded documentary film Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest is a poetic study into the friendship between a legendary Skolt Sámi storyteller Kaisa Gauriloff, and a Swiss writer Robert Crottet. It is set in the interface between truth and fiction, bringing together the age-old legends of the Skolt Sámi people and their destinies shaped by the Second World War. Though set in the past, the film and its themes are still remarkably current in this present day. Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest has been festival success and has been screened at several A-level festivals (including Berlin International Film Festival, Gothenborg International Film Festival, HotDocs International festival and many others) and has won many prestigious awards.

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ORIGINAL TITLE KUUN METSÄN KAISA DIRECTOR KATJA GAURILOFF GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 85 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FRENCH, SKOLT SÁMI, ENGLISH, GERMAN, FINNISH PRODUCTION BUDGET 333 000 EUR PRODUCTION COMPANY OKTOBER LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT SATU MAJAVA SATU@OKTOBER.FI +358 44 581 9910

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Katja Gauriloff is one of the prominent documentary filmmakers in Finland, and also a co-owner of the Oktober production company. Her earlier documentary Canned Dreams was premiered at Berlinale in 2012 and the most recently finished Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest has also been screened at for example in Berlinale 2017. Her films have been awarded and screened at various festivals around the world, for example in London BFI Film Festival, Gothenborg International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Silver Docs AFI (USA).

THE LAST BOOKSHOP IN THE WORLD Four Europeans from different cultures and different fields of art travel in a mini bus with quality books of world literature in a desert-like landscape to find a distant place where they will establish “the world’s last bookshop”. The isolated place is just perfect for that purpose as there the printed books of the world will be much safer from the termites of entertainment industry and the internet than they are in urban cities. On their way to the unknown, the travelers speak about the importance of reading and about the books that changed them, all the while wondering why violent crime literature has gained popularity in the Western world.

16.9. | 16:15 | KINOPALATSI 10

ORIGINAL TITLE MAAILMAN VIIMEINEN KIRJAKAUPPA DIRECTOR RAX RINNEKANGAS GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 90 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, FINNISH PRODUCTION BUDGET 150 000 EUR PRODUCTION COMPANIES BAD TASTE LTD, SONORA ESTUDIOS LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT RAX RINNEKANGAS BTLIMITED@ BTLIMITED.FI +358 44 545 4926

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Rax Rinnekangas is a Finnish director and writer. Born in 1954 in Rovaniemi, he expresses himself through different art forms: films, books and photographs. He has directed many documentaries on art, music and literature and has published novels in Spain, Finland, France and Germany. Recipient of the Finnish National Literature Prize.

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Line up / Documentaries

NOKIA MOBILE

– WE WERE CONNECTING PEOPLE With Nokia’s innovations Finland was steered out of depression and into leadership of the cell phone world. In 2013 Nokia was sold to Microsoft; what were the decisions that led to the demise of one of the most successful technological businesses of modern times? A story told from the perspective of the inventors and engineers who worked in the company during its heyday.

23.9. | 16:00 | KINOPALATSI 7

ORIGINAL TITLE NOKIA MOBILE – MATKAPUHELIMEN TARINA DIRECTOR ARTO KOSKINEN GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 90 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANY ILLUME PRODUCTION BUDGET 332 000 EURO LOOKING FOR FESTIVALS, DISTRIBUTION

SALES COMPANY FIRST HAND FILMS CONTACT MARIANNE MÄKELA MARIANNE.MAKELA@ ILLUME.FI +358 504083325 (OFFICE +35891481489)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Arto Koskinen is a Finnish director and writer. Born in 1962, he graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Since 2003, he has been working as a Senior Lecturer for the Tampere Polytechnic University of Applied Sciences. Koskinen has completed 15 films, including The King Jari Litmanen (2012), which premiered at IDFA and The Handcuff King (2002), which won two Jussi Awards.

ONCE I WAS A DRAGONFLY

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ORIGINAL TITLE KESÄNI SUDENKORENTONA DIRECTOR ELLI TOIVONIEMI GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 64 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANY TUFFI FILMS PRODUCTION BUDGET 180 000 EURO LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT ELLI TOIVONIEMI ELLI@TUFFIFILMS.COM +358 401721778

Once I Was a Dragonfly is a film that follows Miikka Friman, 25, who has grown up with dragonflies. He was inspired at the age of six by a dragonfly that landed on his shoulder and his inspiration turned into a way of living which still almost two decades later drives him onto his expeditions. Miikka has been living his whole life with a camera on his hand, researching dragonflies and documenting the important milestones of his life. The film shows Miikka’s development from a young enthusiastic filmmaker into a grown man while revealing the trajectory of a dragonfly. Once I Was a Dragonfly is based on the archive material worth of more than 1500 hours by the protagonist Miikka and his family.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Elli Toivoniemi is the head producer and co-founder of Tuffi Films, and an EAVE graduate of 2013. Her films have been distributed, awarded and recognized in various countries and festivals such as TIFF, Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, Locarno and the Academy Awards.


Line up / Documentaries

FUCK OFF 2

- IMAGES FROM FINLAND

16.9. | 18:30 | ORION

ORIGINAL TITLE PERKELE 2 – KUVIA SUOMESTA DIRECTOR JÖRN DONNER GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 89 MIN.

STATUS COMPLETED LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY BUFO PRODUCTION BUDGET 347 000 EUR

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT HELENA MIELONEN HELENA@BUFO.FI +358 415323394

Fuck Off 2 – Images from Finland is Jörn Donner’s sequel to his film Fuck Off! Images from Finland (1971) and an attempt to depict the enormous change that has taken place in the Republic of Finland during these 45 years. The fundamental question is: in today’s Finland, is it worth living, dying, or fucking? In the centre of this subjective and egocentric story is the filmmaker himself. Fuck Off 2 – Images of Finland is connected to its predecessor through music. Many of the songs from the first film have now received new arrangements and new performers, but the lyrics have remained unchanged: they are just as current today as they were in 1971.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Jörn Donner (born in 1933) has had a distinguished career as a film director, producer, writer, and politician. Donner’s most famous films include Portraits of Women (1970) and Fuck Off! Images from Finland (1971). He has also won an Academy Award for producing Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (1982).

PUNK VOYAGE PKN (aka Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät), a band of four mentally disabled men, is still Europe’s nr. 1 punk rock act. However, the band’s leader is soon going to retire and everyone is about to set out to explore new territories. Feature-length documentary film Punk Voyage depicts the last years of this historical band. 19.9. | 18:30 | SAVOY THEATRE

ORIGINAL TITLE TOKASIKAJUTTU DIRECTORS J. KÄRKKÄINEN, J-P PASSI GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 85 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY MOUKA FILMI PRODUCTION BUDGET 640 000 EUR LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, FESTIVALS, BROADCASTER

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT SAMI JAHNUKAINEN SAMI@MOUKA.FI +358407314354

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS Jukka Kärkkäinen is a Finnish director and scriptwriter. His films The Living Room of the Nation (2009) and The Punk Syndrome (2012), co-directed with J-P Passi, got Jussi Awards for Best Documentary, the latter also winning Prix Europa. J-P Passi is a Finnish director, cinematographer and scriptwriter. Most recently, he shot The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016).


Line up / Documentaries

PURITY & DANGER Five Finnish sex workers tell us about their work. In reenacted interviews, they walk us through the process of selling and buying sex. For them, sex work is above all just work: sometimes boring, sometimes fun, sometimes interesting, sometimes hard – but always autonomous. Yes, the fear is always present, they say, but it is neither the clients nor the law enforcement they fear. Their greatest fear is us – the others. And the stigma they so readily are branded with.

22.9. | 16:00 | KINOPALATSI 6

ORIGINAL TITLE PUHTAUS JA VAARA DIRECTOR ELINA TALVENSAARI GENRE DOCUMENTARY DURATION STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH PRODUCTION COMPANY AAMU FILM COMPANY PRODUCTION BUDGET 157 000 EURO LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT

SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT AAMU FILM COMPANY JUSSI RANTAMÄKI RANTAMAKI@ AAMUFILMCOMPANY.FI +358 40 7355977

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Elina Talvensaari (b.1978) is an anthropologist-turnedflmmaker from Helsinki. Her short flm How to Pick Berries opened at Venice Film Festival and was nominated for EFA’s Best Short Film award. Purity and Danger is her graduation film from Aalto University, written together with a Berlin-based photographer-writer Mauro Fariñas.

WAR / PEACE War/Peace documentary film is re-introducing radical student activists from the late 60s. Ex-leaders of The Weather Underground movement Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn are controversial characters in the United States based on public opinion. For decades the government and press have tried their best to silence these minds. The world is changing and nobody can predict what is to come. This film will serve as a historical reminder of what happened the last time a group of young minds planned to take over the government in the United States. The film is also asking a question: How can we make a change if peaceful demonstration is not effective and violence only brings more violence?

CONTACT PRODUCER FOR A SCREENING LINK

ORIGINAL TITLE WAR/PEACE DIRECTOR INDERJIT KAUR KHALSA GENRE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY DURATION 60 MIN. STATUS COMPLETED

LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH PRODUCTION COMPANY GREENLIT PRODUCTIONS PRODUCTION BUDGET 177 322 EUR LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION

WORLD SALES FLAME DISTRIBUTION CONTACT ESSI HAUKKAMAA ESSI.HAUKKAMAA@ GREENLITPRODUCTIONS .NET +358 44 9744 548

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Inderjit Kaur Khalsa is a Finnish yoga instructor, author, actress and director who previously went by the name Mervi Rannikko. In 2014, she debuted with the documentary The Boys of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

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Finnish Film Affair A SELECTION OF SCANDINAVIAN, RUSSIAN AND ESTONIAN FILMS

PARENTS

THE GIANT

THE SQUARE

19.9.2017 | 20:00 | Kino Tapiola 20.9.2017 | 18:30 | Kinopalatsi 7

15.9.2017 | 16:15 | Kinopalatsi 10 16.9.2017 | 14:00 | Kinopalatsi 6 20.9.2017 | 21:15 | Kinopalatsi 9 24.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kinopalatsi 8

24.9.2017 | 18:15 | Savoy Theatre

Denmark 2016, Dir. Christian Tafdrup, 86 min

Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark 2017, Dir. Ruben Östlund, 142 min

Sweden, Denmark 2016, Dir. Johannes Nyholm, 86 min

A HUSTLER’S DIARY

HUNTING FLIES

HEARTSTONE

15.9.2017 | 18:45 | Kino Engel 2 16.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kinopalatsi 6 18.9.2017 | 16:00 | Kinopalatsi 7 20.9.2017 | 18:45 | Kino Engel 2 23.9.2017 | 21:15 | Korjaamo Kino Kulmasali

16.9.2017 | 18:45 | Kino Engel 2 18.9.2017 | 16:00 | Korjaamo Kino Kulmasali 19.9.2017 | 21:15 | Korjaamo Kino Elokuvasali 21.9.2017 | 17:45 | Kino Tapiola

20.9.2017 | 18:30 | Kinopalatsi 8 21.9.2017 | 20:00 | Kino Tapiola 23.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kinopalatsi 6

Sweden 2017, Dir. Ivica Zubak, 97 min

Norway 2016, Dir. Izer Aliu, 109 min

Iceland, Denmark 2016, Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, 129 min

NOVEMBER

SAMI BLOOD

A GENTLE CREATURE

18.9.2017 | 18:15 | Korjaamo Kino Kulmasali 20.9.2017 | 20:45 | Andorra 23.9.2017 | 21:00 | Korjaamo Kino Elokuvasali 24.9.2017 | 21:00 | Orion

16.9.2017 | 18:30 | Savoy Theatre 19.9.2017 | 17:45 | Kino Tapiola 20.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kesäkino Engel

19.9.2017 | 15:30 | Savoy Theatre 20.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kinopalatsi 2 22.9.2017 | 21:00 | Korjaamo Kino Elokuvasali

Norway, Sweden, Denmark 2016, Dir. Amanda Kernell, 110 min

Estonia, Netherlands, Poland 2017, Dir. Rainer Sarnet, 110 min

Russia, France, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands 2017, Dir. Sergei Losnitza, 143 min

BEYOND DREAMS (DRÖM VIDARE)

WINTER BROTHERS

CLOSENESS (TESNOTA)

19.9.2017 | 18:30 | Orion 21.9.2017 | 18:30 | Kino Engel 1 22.9.2017 | 19:00 | Andorra

21.9.2017 | 16:00 | Kinopalatsi 7 23.9.2017 | 18:30 | WHS Teatteri Union

Sweden 2017, Dir. Rojda Sekersöz, 90 min

Denmark, Iceland 2017, Dir. Hlynur Pálmason, 93 min

18.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kino Engel 1 21.9.2017 | 21:00 | WHS Teatteri Union 24.9.2017 | 21:00 | Kinopalatsi 7

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Russia 2017, Dir. Kantemir Balagov, 118 min


Opening Screening FFA OPENING SCREENING AND OPENING RECEPTION All international guests are warmly welcome to attend the opening screening of Finnish Film Affair 2017. The opening film is Punk Voyage by Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi, one of the Works in Progress winners of FFA 2016. We will meet at the hotel lobby about 18:15 and walk to Savoy Theatre together. Everyone has a ticket to the screening in their welcome bags. After the screening, we will walk back to the hotel for the FFA opening reception. Fingerfoods, cocktails and laid back mingling will be served.

Tue 19.9. 18:30-20:00 FFA Opening Screening: Punk Voyage (Dir. Jukka Kärkkäinen & J-P Passi) At Savoy Theatre 20:00-23:00 FFA Opening Reception At Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza

Photo: J-P Passi, Moukafilmi 2017

Punk Voyage In December 2016, a remarkable chapter in music history was closed: the Finnish punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) retired. Punk Voyage is a feature length documentary film about the last years of the band, with all the ups and downs included. After becoming celebrities in Finland, this incredible quartet continued to conquer new fans around the world. During its seven-year run, PKN played nearly 300 gigs in 16 countries. In 2015, the band was selected to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest, where they played for more than 100 million television spectators.

However, the busy traveling schedule and success created a lot of pressure within the band: Kari struggled with the temptations and responsibilities brought along by publicity; Sami extended his territory into politics and religion; Toni’s and roadie Niila’s crush on the same girl caused conflicts; and Pertti, tired of all this, decided to retire. Punk Voyage is a film about being true to oneself, making hard decisions and moving on in life. After seeing the film, Pertti said, “I give this film the full ten points,” and Toni said, “In the film, it’s funny when Kalle and Teukka ask what happened to Toni. And nothing had happened to me.”

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Works in P rogress WORKS IN PROGRESS AND -DEVELOPMENT SHOWCASE

THE BEST PITCH AWARD

Wed 20.9. 9:30-15:15

Kinopalatsi 2 Kaisaniemenkatu 2

An award will be handed once again for the best pitch in the Works in Progress -category. The winner will receive a 3 000 € package from the Finnish Film Foundation to be used in international marketing.

The day showcases a variety of Finnish fiction and documentary films. Ten of the films are in production or post production [Works in Progress] and will be pitched by the filmmakers presenting a mood reel, shot material or a teaser/trailer of the film. In addition, ten projects that are still in [Development] will be presented briefly at the end of the session.

The jury members: Jenny Cooney [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] Zsuzsi Bankuti [The Match Factory] Marge Liiske (Baltic Event / PÖFF)

Finnish Film Affair matchmaker Marta Balaga will organize one-on-one meetings (15-20 min each) for filmmakers with projects and international guests.

The winner of the best pitch award will be announced at the sauna dinner at Löyly around 19:00. See presentations of the projects in this book [p. 34-53] or our website www.finnishfilmaffair.fi.

Finnish filmmakers with accreditation can attend the pitching session as observers.

SCHEDULE 09.30-10.00

Registration (Finnish guests’ accreditation at Kinopalatsi, international delegates’ at the hotel)

10.00-10.15

Welcoming words by Jaana Puskala from Finnish Film Foundation

10.15-10.45

Who is who – presentation of participants of the day (international delegates and Finnish professionals)

11.00-12.15

First round of Works in Progress -projects (5 projects)

12.15-13.15

Networking lunch at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza (Restaurant Pääkonttori)

13.15-14.30

Second round of Works in Progress -projects (5 projects)

14.45-15.15

Works in Development / Two-minute pitches (10 projects)

15.15-15.30

Moving to Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza and organizing meetings with the pitched projects

15.30-17.50

One-on-one meetings between pitched projects and international guests (10-20 min each) at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza

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Indust ry Panels This year’s edition of Finnish Film Affair will feature two expert industry panels that will pull back the curtain on the international media business and reveal the best opportunities for Finnish filmmakers.

VOD FROM A, B, C TO X, Y, Z AND Å TOO

MODERATOR BIO

Thu 21.9.

ADAM LEIPZIG

10:00-11:30 G Livelab Yrjönkatu 3

Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor and supervising executive on more than 30 films including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Collectively, his projects have generated over $2 billion in revenue and twice he has been responsible for the ‘most profitable picture of the year.’ Adam is founder and CEO of Entertainment Media Partners; Senior Creative Advisor to CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of creative communities; and a faculty member at the prestigious UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is also the former President of National Geographic Films, and a former Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Studios. In addition to the many established actors and directors with whom he has worked, Adam has launched the first films of Julie Taymor, Jon Turteltaub, Joe Johnston and Mary Agnes Donoghue, and he produced the first plays directed by the late Robert Altman. Adam publishes the popular digital magazine Cultural Weekly, a curated open forum for creative people expressing their perspectives on our culture, and wrote two books for emerging filmmakers published by Macmillan: Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers and Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft, which has become the standard learning text at universities and colleges. He has written for the New York Times, CEO.com, Smart CEO Magazine, and many others. Currently he is working on his next two documentaries and his next book, which is designed to empower creative people to lead more sustainable lives.

What these services are looking for, how their processes work, and what will help Finnish filmmakers create content they can sell to them? VOD releases – whether global on Netflix or Amazon, or within specific countries – represent the growth area of entertainment media, and your project can’t reach its audience without a successful VOD partner. In this panel, industry experts share up-to-the-minute insights on the most prominent streaming and VOD companies, including case studies, transaction examples, what they are looking for, and how they like to work with producers and directors. Panelists: Aram Tertzakian, XYZ Films Bobby Allen, MUBI Adam Chapnick, Distribber Laura Kuulasmaa, Elisa Viihde Moderated by Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners.

BEING REPPED Thu 21.9. 13:00-14:30 G Livelab Yrjönkatu 3 What does an agent do, what are the departments with an agency – and then move to the best ways to work with your agent. Do you need an agent or manager to advance your career? How do you get one? If you have one, how can you make the most of your working relationship? In this panel, internationally recognized agents and managers share personal stories and step-by-step plans for how to work best with talent representatives. Panelists: Camille McCurry, United Agents Dana O’Keefe, Cinetic Media Justin Littman, Gotham Group Peter Trinh, ICM Partners Moderated by Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners. 28


Indust ry Panels PANELISTS

ADAM CHAPNICK

JUSTIN LITTMAN

Adam Chapnick is a globally recognized serial entrepreneur known for disrupting long-established industries with tech-supported new-model approaches. He’s an active consultant to tech founders on strategy, operations, and financing. Adam founded Distribber.com, the flat-fee VOD distribution service that empowers content creators to distribute their work like a major studio. Filmmakers keep all rights, and get all their revenue. Adam has proudly served on the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association since 2009. A prolific thought-leader on rewards-based and equity crowdfunding, Adam has presented on the subject at hundreds of events around the world and in dozens of verticals since 2010. He was a Principal at Indiegogo, which he helped build into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, with over 200,000 campaigns, users in over 175 countries, operating in multiple languages and 5 currencies. Adam is an advisor to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Technology and Innovation division, and is embedded with their Entrepreneur In Residence program. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters, is an avid sand sculptor, and sings when others wish he wouldn’t.

Justin Littman is a manger/producer at The Gotham Group, working with writers and directors in both film & television. He previously served as Creative Executive at Gail Katz Productions, where he spearheaded projects such as Pawn Sacrifice and Cashmere Mafia. The latter of which he oversaw for Gail Katz while in production of the first season of the series. At The Gotham Group, Justin has built a list of exciting international filmmakers, including recent Oscar Winning director, Kristof Deak, who won the Academy Award in 2017 for Best Live Action Short, Oscar Nominated director Patrick Vollrath, whose film Everything Will Be Okay was nominated for Best Live Action Short in 2016, and Spanish directing team, Juanfer Andres & Esteban Roel, who directed Shrew’s Nest, which was nominated for multiple Goya Awards, including for Best First Feature. Additionally, Justin works with a group of exciting screenwriters, including Paul Dichter, who is going into his second season as a writer on Stranger Things, Alice O’Neill, who writes on Billions, and Andy Bellin, who wrote Think Aaron for HBO Films and is currently writing Drone Warrior for Paramount and Michael Bay. As a producer, Justin recently set up the re-make of Shrew’s Nest with Weed Road at Paramount. Justin graduated from The University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Marketing.

BOBBY ALLEN

CAMILLE MCCURRY

Bobby Allen is an experienced film sales, acquisition and production executive. He is currently the SVP of Content for MUBI, he was previously the VP Acquisitions at Celluloid Dreams, Head of Production at MTV Films Europe and Head Of Acquisitions at Film Four Limited.

Camille is an agent at leading London talent and literary agency United Agents, representing directors and screenwriters across film and television. She was selected as a Screen International ‘Future Leader’ in 2016. Prior to joining United Agents Camille qualified as an attorney in New York, where she worked in the music industry. She joined United Agents at its inception in 2007. 29


Indust ry Panels

ARAM TERTZAKIAN

PETER TRINH

Aram Tertzakian is a founding partner at XYZ Films. The Los Angeles based company was founded in 2008, and has been behind films such as The Raid franchise, BAFTA winner Under the Shadow, and Sundance winner I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore. Aram oversees the identification of creative talent, acquisition of projects for global sales, and production of projects on the company’s slate. Before founding XYZ Films, Aram primarily focused on creative development, having held various positions for a diverse group of filmmakers such as director Alexander Payne, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, and producer Ted Field. Aram received a Masters of Fine Arts from the UCLA Producers Program in June 2007. He completed his undergraduate study at Georgetown University, majoring in English with a focus on Film. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004.

Peter Trinh is an agent (Managing Director) in the international and independent film department of ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, corporate branding and digital media. In his role at ICM Partners, Mr. Trinh, on top of being on teams for various clients throughout the agency, packages creative and financial elements to films and negotiates the distribution deals for independent films. He was named by Variety as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in 2012 and Fade In Magazine’s “The Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know 2013.”

LAURA KUULASMAA

DANA O’KEEFE

Laura Kuulasmaa is leading SVOD business and original programming at Elisa Viihde, the market leading Finnish entertainment and VOD service. Her role includes content acquisitions and operating as an executive producer for Elisa Viihde original series, such as the Downshifters and Konttori (Finnish remake of The Office). Prior to the movie and TV industry she has worked with e.g. digital books and music services.

Dana O’Keefe is a manager, sales agent and producer at Cinetic Media, a New York-based film and media company founded by John Sloss, producer of Boyhood. Cinetic is a boutique film consultancy that provides an exclusive group of entertainment clients with advisory services in every aspect of development and operations related to motion pictures. The firm specializes in film finance, sales, distribution, talent management, and corporate consulting, occupying a unique position in the film industry as representatives of marquee talent at the intersection of financing and distribution. O’Keefe is a partner at Cinetic.

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Cash Rebate info 25% CASH REBATE – INFO SESSION ON THE FINNISH PRODUCTION INCENTIVE Thu 21.9. 09:00-10:00

SPEAKERS

Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza

Interested in learning more about the Finnish production incentive that was launched in January of 2017? The 2017 Finnish Film Affair will also present an info session and open discussion covering the 25% cash rebate production incentive. Questions will be answered like: • What’s the model like, and what are eligible costs? • Who can apply and what’s the application process like? • What experiences do people have of successfully acquiring funding? • What’s its status now and how does the future look?

Merja Salonen Product Manager of the production incentive at TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation

Anne Laurila Film Commissioner at the North Finland Film Commission

Miia Haavisto CEO of Elokuvaosakeyhtiö Suomi 2017 and recipient of the cash rebate for a film project

Riina Hyytiä Producer and CEO of Dionysos Films and recipient of the cash rebate for a TV project

The “cash rebate in a nutshell” session on Thursday 21st September at 09:00-10:00 at the Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza will go over these topics as well as explain what Finland can offer as a filming location and in terms of production services eligible under the incentive, and present case examples of funding recipients for TV and film projects, in addition to offering the opportunity to direct questions at the administrator of the 10 million Euro fund. Read more about the incentive: www.finlandcashrebate.fi

Further information: Teija Raninen West Finland Film Commission +358 50 5590 549 teija.raninen@wffc.fi

Minimum spend in Finland (€) Minimum total production budget (€)

Feature Film

Documentary

TV Drama, Animation

150,000

50,000

250,000

2,500,000

325,000

5,500/min

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Nordic Flair NORDIC FLAIR

PROGRAM

A workshop focusing on career development for filmmaking talent

9:30-10:00

Thu 21.9.

10:00-11:30 Roundtable sessions with international producers and development executives Radisson Blu Plaza

9:30-20:00 A new sidebar event to the Finnish Film Affair industry event will be launched in 2017. An event called Nordic Flair welcomes Nordic filmmaker talents to come and meet industry experts and discuss topics related to their career development. The event takes place in Helsinki on Sept 21st from 10:00 to 20:00 (TBC).

Registration Radisson Blu Plaza

Industry Experts (TBC): Ryan Wickers (Europacorp), John Zois (IM Global), Oliver Damian (27 Films Productions), Cole Payne (Traverse Media), Tom Chesover (BBC Films) 11:45-12:45 Lunch Radisson Blu Plaza 13:00-14:30

The program entails a panel discussion, two roundtable sessions, the award ceremony (including an interview with the recipient) and a networking mixer. Attendees will learn from and get to meet top industry professionals in a laid back yet professional setting. Experts include managers, agents, producers and development executives from Europe and North America. Attendees are also welcome to take part in FFA opening reception and Works in Progress showcase.

FFA Industry Panel: Being Repped G Livelab (Yrjönkatu 3)

Do you need an agent or manager to advance your career? How do you get one? If you have one, how can you make the most of your working relationship? In this panel, internationally recognized agents and managers share personal stories and step-by-step plans for how to work best with talent representatives. Moderated by Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners. Panelists: Dana O’Keefe, manager/producer (Cinetic Media), Camille McCurry, talent agent (United Agents), Justin Littman, manager (Gotham Group)

NORDIC FLAIR AWARD We will also award an exceptional Nordic talent with the first ever Nordic Flair Award. The 2017 award will be given to the Danish actor Pilou Asbaek. The award ceremony will take place in Gloria and it will be followed by an interview with the recipient.

15:00-16:30

Roundtable sessions with agents and managers Radisson Blu Plaza

Industry experts (TBC): Dana O’Keefe, manager/producer (Cinetic Media) Camille McCurry, talent agent (United Agents) Justin Littman, manager (Gotham Group), Rose Aykroyd, agent (ICM Partners), Aram Tertzakian (XYZ Films), Gudrun Giddings (G4C Innovation) 17:00-18:30 Nordic Flair Award Ceremony and Interview Gloria 19:00-20:00

Networking Mixer Radisson Blu Plaza

Attendees get to hang out in a laid-back setting with speakers and industry guests. © Art Films production AFP Oy, 2017

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Networking Events & Clubs CLUBS

NETWORKING EVENTS

Sun 17.9.

22:30-02:00

DMTH x R&A: Infernal Idiots Dubrovnik Bar Free entry

Tuesday Tue 19.9.

20:00-23:00

Tue 19.9

Opening party of the Finnish Film Affair Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza, Restaurant Pääkonttori Mikonkatu 23

22:00-02:00

Skateboarding, Freedom and Responsibility Club Dubrovnik Bar Free entry

The opening party kicks off the industry event and creates an opportunity for Finns and international guests to get to know each other in a casual atmosphere. Finnish Film Affair accreditation required.

Wednesday Wed 20.9.

18:00-23:00

Wed 20.9.

Sauna Trip to Löyly Löyly Hernesaarenranta 4

22:00-2:00

Estonia- Club Dubrovnik Bar Free entry

The Finnish Film Affair and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association invite the international guests and Finnish filmmakers with a project in the lineup enjoy food, drinks and real Finnish sauna in the award winning Helsinki hotspot sauna Löyly. Transportation will be provided. Note: By invitation only!

Thursday Thu 21.9.

19:00-20:00

Nordic Flair Networking Mixer Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza, Library bar, Mikonkatu 23

Open only to attendees of the Nordic Flair workshop and international guests.

Fri 22.9.

Tuokio-Club Dubrovnik Bar Free entry

Sat 23.9.

We Jazz X R&A: John Coltrane Birthday Bash Dubrovnik Bar 18 € entry

21:00-2:00

22:30-03:00

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Works in P rogress

EAST OF SWEDEN Three men who all have something to hide end up sharing a cabin on a northbound night train: Dominick is an undocumented African immigrant running from the authorities. Jere is a single dad involved in illegal business. Aleksi – a psychiatric patient running away from treatment. Jere and Dominick just want to make it to their destination without trouble, but Aleksi starts a confrontation, which leads to his accidental death. Jere and Dominick try to cover their tracks and part ways in northern Finland, trying to pretend nothing happened. But then, unbeknownst to each other, they run into the same woman: Aleksi’s ex-girlfriend, Vera. East of Sweden is a suspence drama that tells a story about what happens when good deeds and bad luck meet in a way no one can control.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT East of Sweden is a crime story, with emphasis on the word “story.” The focus is not in the crime itself, but in the chain of choices that the crime leads the main characters to make, and the consequences of those choices. The accidental death of a young man, Aleksi, ties three destinies together: those of Dominick, Jere and Vera. In their early 30’s, they’re

all products of the noughties. They try to put their lives on a more solid basis after a series of mistakes and miscalculations. And they still want to have faith in the future. Simo Halinen (born 1963) is a Finnish film director, screenwriter and author. He graduated from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 1995. Halinen released his first novel Idänsydänsimpukka in 2004 and a follow-up Lemmenomenia in 2008. He wrote and directed his first full-length feature film Cyclomania in 2001, and in 2013 he returned with Open Up to Me. In addition to his film work, Halinen has also written and directed for television. Kaiho Republic is an independent Finnish film and television production company. It was founded by Pete Eklund, Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen and Samuli Edelmann in 2013. They joined forces to create an inspiring enviroment for film and television. The company’s main goal is to produce high quality content for various platforms. Kaiho Republic works in close co-operation with national and international production companies, as well as experienced professionals and new emerging talents.

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ORIGINAL TITLE EAST OF SWEDEN GENRE SUSPENCE DRAMA DIRECTOR SIMO HALINEN PRODUCER LIISA PENTTILÄ-ASIKAINEN PRODUCTION COMPANIES KAIHO REPUBLIC, ZENTROPA SWEDEN (SE) LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE FEB/MARCH 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,442 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR FESTIVALS, DISTRIBUTION WORLD SALES YELLOW AFFAIR CONTACT LIISA PENTTILÄ-ASIKAINEN, PRODUCER EMAIL LIISA@KAIHOREPUBLIC.COM PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 5050015 WWW.KAIHOREPUBLIC.COM

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA

SIMO HALINEN DIRECTOR

LIISA PENTTILÄ-ASIKAINEN PRODUCER


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ENTREPRENEUR Entrepreneur is a feature documentary film about the everyday life of the self-employed and small entrepreneurs in today’s society. Of their dreams, integrity and ability to sustain their dignity even amidst hardships. Entrepreneur is a carnivalistic, melancholically comic road movie about Finland and entrepreneurs with passion and courage. Even when things hit rock bottom, they get back on their feet. In the film, the small becomes big and he ordinary becomes extraordinary. It depicts people’s ability to survive.

takes the viewer into a journey to big dreams and sleepless nights.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Oktober Oy is a Finnish production company, which was established in 2004. It has gained a reputation as a creative production house producing quality documentary and fiction films focusing on cutting-edge social issues that evoke both strong feelings and deep thoughts. Oktober has produced several internationally and domestically successful documentary films.

Entrepreneurship in different forms has been a part of my life as a director for over 20 years. My films have never been directly about me, but in every one I pose personal question. I am more than interested in these brave people, who are reaching out for their dreams but might fall several times along the way. Even then, they will still stand up and start over. The film

Thanks to films such as Elegance, Garden Lovers, Hilton! and Idle Ones, Virpi Suutari is one of the most acclaimed Finnish documentary film directors. Two of her films have been nominated for the European Film Award. Others have been screened at hundreds of festivals all around the world including Visions du Reel, IDFA and Locarno International Film Festival.

ORIGINAL TITLE YRITTÄJÄ GENRE DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR VIRPI SUUTARI PRODUCERS JOONAS BERGHÄLL, SATU MAJAVA PRODUCTION COMPANY OKTOBER LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH, CHINESE SCHEDULED RELEASE PRODUCTION BUDGET 305 000 EUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR SALES AGENTS, DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS SALES COMPANY AVAILABLE CONTACT SATU MAJAVA, PRODUCER EMAIL SATU@OKTOBER.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 407093331 WWW.OKTOBER.FI

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA

VIRPI SUUTARI DIRECTOR

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JOONAS BERGHÄLL PRODUCER

SATU MAJAVA PRODUCER


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THE GUARDIAN ANGEL The Guardian Angel is a psychological thriller about a man who used hypnosis to turn another man into a robber and a murderer in post-war Copenhagen. Based on true events, it follows the incredible investigation of these crimes as a young investigator becomes obsessed with catching the psychological manipulator, in a battle of minds and wills. Focused on a single, fascinating case of an actual hypnosis crime, the story will use this situation to suggest deeper issues of how present-day systems use manipulation on all of us and to discuss the mass-mind of the modern world.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Increasingly blatant examples of invisible manipulation keep appearing through religious and political movements. I am greatly concerned how people’s mass-minded nature is repeatedly abused for purely negative means. This will inevitably render our environment into a cold and calculating place, and simultaneously prevent people from developing as independently thinking beings.

One key objective of the film is to reinforce individual modes of thought by questioning the environment’s influence. Arto Halonen is a Finnish director. His films, such as Princess, A Patriotic Man, Shadow of the Holy Book, White Rage and Pavlov’s Dogs won numerous international awards. He has received the EU Humanitarian Award, Finland Prize, City of Helsinki Culture Prize, and the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Art Films Production AFP Ltd develops and produces creative, quality films, with the main focus on fiction films and documentaries. Some of the most recent productions include The Liberation of Skopje, which was selected as the Macedonian entry for the Oscars, the documentary film White Rage and the fiction films A Patriotic Man and Princess. Films by AFP have been sold to over 30 countries and the company has won several highly considered awards at film festivals around the world.

ORIGINAL TITLE THE GUARDIAN ANGEL GENRE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER DIRECTOR ARTO HALONEN PRODUCERS ARTO HALONEN, TIMO T. LAHTINEN, IGOR A. NOLA PRODUCTION COMPANIES ART FILMS PRODUCTION, TÄHTILOISTE ELOKUVATUOTANTO, SMILE ENTERTAINMENT (DK), MP FILM PRODUCTION (HR) LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE WINTER / SPRING 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 3 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST-PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES AMBI MEDIA GROUP CONTACT ARTO HALONEN, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR EMAIL ARTO@ARTFILMS.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 500 6602 WWW.ARTFILMSPRODUCTION.COM WWW.GUARDIANANGELMOVIE.NET

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TIMO T. LAHTINEN PRODUCER


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IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE 20 years after nuclear war ravaged the Earth, what’s left of humanity lives in a crumbling base on the Dark Side of the Moon… but they can’t survive here much longer. Obi, the daughter of the Moonbase’s leader, finds a glimmer of hope: an ancient map pointing into the Hollow Earth. Now Obi, along with Sasha the Russian Pilot and her best (and most muscular) friend Malcolm, venture to the center of the ruined planet to face the army of dinosaurs guarding mankind’s last hope for salvation: the Holy Grail.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT We have taken the crazy conspiracy theory into our hands and started to mold it into the backbone of a sci-fi film. The film is a satirical science fiction action comedy dressed up like a Hollywood sci-fi actioner – but also a socio-political satire that’s set out to challenge our view of the world. It’s a monumental, multi-layered, wild adventure in the style of Indiana Jones that’s entertaining but not afraid to

shock and surprise. Aim is to deliver a satisfying sci-fi film experience which has more qualities than just explosions and superheroes. Timo Vuorensola was established as one of the leading Finnish directors with Iron Sky (2012), an award-winning sci-fi/comedy, distributed in over 60 countries and seen by more than 10 million people. He earned a cult following with his first film, Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning (2005), also one of the most internationally popular Finnish films of all time. Iron Sky Universe is a production company focusing solely on expanding the Iron Sky Franchise and developing online platforms for audience engagement. Based on a widely successful 2012 Finnish-German-Australian sci-fi comedy ”Iron Sky”, the Iron Sky Universe company seeks to develop on the feature films, TV-series, games and merchandise, through active audience engagement.

ORIGINAL TITLE IRON SKY: THE COMING RACE GENRE ADVENTURE / SCI-FI DIRECTOR TIMO VUORENSOLA PRODUCERS TERO KAUKOMAA, OLIVER DAMIAN, PETER DE MAEGD, TOM HAMEEUW PRODUCTION COMPANIES IRON SKY UNIVERSE, 27 FILMS PRODUCTION, POTEMKINO LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 14.2.2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 20 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST-PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES MYRIAD PICTURES CONTACT TERO KAUKOMAA, PRODUCER EMAIL TERO@IRONSKY.NET PHONE (MOBILE) +41 79 253 7638 WWW. IRONSKY.NET

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA

TERO KAUKOMAA PRODUCER

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LAUGH OR DIE A group of actors of the workers’ theatre is imprisoned and then sentenced to death. The commandant of the prison camp offers them a chance to avoid being shot: they must perform a play and entertain German troops coming to visit the infamous island. They have to make the German general laugh, or be shot. The film’s lead, Parikka, is an ambivalent main character: a famous actor who receives a death sentence for a horrible crime. Still, he gets a chance to reconcile with oneself through a common effort. The film’s deepest theme is the power of laughter. Even in the most oppressive circumstances, any community can survive if it’s able to find a way to address things through irony.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Laugh or Die is a project especially close to my heart. I have a past in theatre, both as a stage actor as well as a director. The film tells about fears I experienced as a performer: what it is like to perform with everything at stake, and succeed by a whisker.

This film is about power of laughter. Even in oppressive circumstances any community can survive if it knows how to address things through comedy. Hilarious and cruel. Touching and outrageous. These are my keywords to making this film. Heikki Kujanpää studied film in the School of Arts and Design. He made films like The Icebreaker and A Small Pilgrimage, both awarded international prizes. His feature Falling Angels (2008) won three Jussi Awards. Other films include: Pocket Parking (2013), TV series Beginning of the End (2009) and Absolutely Gloomy (2011). Inland Film Co. is an independent production company, based in Helsinki. It produces feature films and documentaries. Inland has produced or co-produced, Tatort Kiel-Tango für Borowski and Der Rekorbeobachter, short films Variationen and Pocket Parking, the documentaries The New Finn and Finns, the feature films Changes and Chronicles of Melanie.

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ORIGINAL TITLE SUOMEN HAUSKIN MIES GENRE DRAMA (WITH A SENSE OF DARK HUMOUR) DIRECTOR HEIKKI KUJANPÄÄ PRODUCER KLAUS HEYDEMANN PRODUCTION COMPANIES INLAND FILM COMPANY, LJUDBANG AB (SE) LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, GERMAN SCHEDULED RELEASE 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,65 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES MEDIA LUNA NEW FILMS CONTACT KLAUS HEYDEMANN, PRODUCER EMAIL INLAND@INLAND.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 400 279 255 WWW.INLAND.FI

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA

KLAUS HEYDEMANN HEIKKI KUJANPÄÄ PRODUCER WRITER, DIRECTOR

MIKKO REITALA WRITER


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THE MERCURIUS OF MOLENBEEK Aatos is six years old and he has come to the age where his mind is consumed by big abstract questions. His best friends are Amine (7-yearold Muslim boy) and Flo (6-year-old atheist girl). As he searches for his own worldview, Aatos faces big questions, and the answers he finds to them are tested as the three friends present differing viewpoints. Aatos and Amine live in MolenbeekSaint-Jean, near the Brussels city center. The daily routines of the surrounding Muslim community seem to be underpinned by a God that rises above everything else, Allah. This awakens a longing in the protagonist for something larger than human life. Since unlike Amine, Aatos is not part of the Muslim community, he wants to find a god for himself.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT In this film I play around with prejudices and break them by means of humor. I have toyed with seriousness in my previous films, and with this film I continue to develop my expression. In terms of style, I want the film to capture the way in which a child

observes reality: how a child’s gaze picks out what he finds essential. What is integral is to grasp the magic of a child’s world: how abstract things like God and religion are perceived from the child’s point of view by cinematic means. Reetta Huhtanen is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. She has graduated with a Master of Arts from the ELO Film School majoring in documentary directing. Beside film making she is a doctoral student at Aalto University. Her last movie Economic Forecasters has been in competition in Visions du Réel in Switzerland and Palm Springs international Film Festival.

ORIGINAL TITLE MOLENBEEKIN MERCURIUS GENRE DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTOR REETTA HUHTANEN PRODUCER HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN PRODUCTION COMPANIES ZONE2 PICTURES FIN/ CLIN D’OEIL FILMS BEL/ TONDOWSKI FILMS DE LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, FRENCH, ARABIC SCHEDULED RELEASE FEBRUARY 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 360 000€ STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES CAT & DOCS CONTACT HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN, PRODUCER EMAIL HANNU.VITIKAINEN@ZONE2.FI PHONE (MOBILE)+358 40 5769073 WWW.ZONE2.FI

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA Zone2 Pictures Company was established 2005 in Helsinki, Finland. It is owned by Producer/Director of Photography Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen. It has produced creative documentaries and is developing feature fiction films. Our aim is to produce films of the highest artistic and technical quality that are successful with both local and international audiences.

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REETTA HUHTANEN DIRECTOR

HANNU-PEKKA VITIKAINEN PRODUCER


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MOOMINS AND THE WINTER WONDERLAND Moomintroll won’t hibernate; he wants to explore the winter and gets Christmas on a visit. This winter is extraordinary; Moomintroll decides to stay awake to explore the winter instead of having his winter slumber as usually. And he finds out that winter is certainly totally different than he had imagined. Strangest creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts while midwinter darkness surrounds the Moominvalley. Moreover, an eccentric guest is soon to appear. This guest requires many measures, and is called Christmas, Hemulen tells an astounded Moomintroll.

Jakub Wroński: 4 award-winning art house animations (Polish & foreign festivals). Now character animator in a full-length animation (director: Mariusz Wilczyński). Laureate of Młoda Polska scholarship (Minister of Culture and National Heritage, 2010) and Jan Machulski Award for best animation 2014.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Filmkompaniet develops concepts others have not thought of: restored & developed an earlier animation master-piece: The Moomins, a vintage-collection with zestful, high-profile and elegant looks. Filmography: 2008 Moomin and Midsummer Madness, 74min; 2010 Moomins and the Comet Chase, 75min; 2013: 78-part TV-series Moomins.

Jakub Wroński: The idea of making a creative remake of this Moomin story assumes working closely with the already existing footage. It may seem restricting but for me it’s challenging and fascinating. The original animation is full of magic and mystery and vivid, abstract characters. Ira Carpelan: I think the understanding of the Moomin atmosphere and way of thinking are key issues in the production. Nobody would want to lose that grip, that ambience; it is the core to convey and above all to maintain throughout the narrative.

Ira Carpelan: This is Ira Carpelan’s first feature-length animation. Earlier e.g.: scriptwriting; script doctor consultant; International movie financing consultant for Rovio, Voice Director for over 100 children’s films and series.

Animoon produces author driven films and animation for commerce, such as series and animated feature films, as also series for children and adult-oriented short animated films intended for online streaming.

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ORIGINAL TITLE TROLLVINTER I MUMINDALEN GENRE ANIMATION DIRECTOR JAKUB WROŃSKI & IRA CARPELAN PRODUCERS TOM CARPELAN, IRA CARPELAN PRODUCTION COMPANIES FILMKOMPANIET & ANIMOON (PL) LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH, SWEDISH, FINNISH, NORWEGIAN, SAMI, POLISH, FRENCH, JAPANESE, CHINESE, KOREAN, HEBREW SCHEDULED RELEASE 1.12.2017 PRODUCTION BUDGET 6.75 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION COMPLETED SEPT 15TH LOOKING FOR SALES TO AVAILABLE TERRITORIES WORLD SALES GLOBAL GENESIS GROUP (USA) CONTACT TOM CARPELAN, CEO, FILMKOMPANIET HAREL GOLDSTEIN, SVP, GLOBAL GENESIS GROUP EMAIL TOM@FILMKOMPANIET.FI, HAREL@GLOBALGENESISGROUP.COM PHONE (MOBILE) TOM: +358-40-725 0318, HAREL +1-310-800 0016 WWW.MOOMINSWONDERLAND.COM

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA

TOM CARPELAN CEO


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PONY AND PIGEONBOY Pony and Pigeonboy tells a story of seven-year-old girl Pony who doesn’t want to go to school. Fortunately Pony meets an imaginary friend named Pigeonboy, an eccentric bird-like boy, who loves commercials and buns and hates the letter r. Pigeonboy has a solution to every problem. There are no limits when this duo sets off on their adventures. Pony and Pigeonboy is based on Veera Salmi’s popular children’s book. It was published in 2012 and was an instant success, starting a whole series of books with Pony and Pigeonboy.

and joy create enthusiasm, which both children and adults need in their private life, at school and at work. With this movie I encourage children and also adults to play, imagine and laugh as much as they need to.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Mari Rantasila is a Finnish film director, actress and singer. Her works include over 50 roles in television and film, eight albums and numerous prizes. Recently she has been focusing more and more on directing. Mari’s latest works as a director include three very popular and successful children films telling the story of a young boy Ricky Rapper.

The central point in the story is that children don’t have to give up an eccentric personality and become someone else once they start school and take their first steps into adulthood. In our main character Pony’s case, it means that she doesn’t have to stop playing and curb her imagination even though she’s starting school. We all need playfulness, humor and imagination. Imagination

Pohjola-filmi is a production company that specializes in northern cinema. We make features and short films, documentaries and fiction. What counts is not the form but the content: we want to say something important about this world and the people in it. Pohjola-filmi was founded in 2009 by producer Elina Pohjola and screenwriter Mike Pohjola.

ORIGINAL TITLE PULUBOIN JA PONIN LEFFA GENRE CHILDREN’S FILM DIRECTOR MARI RANTASILA PRODUCERS ELINA POHJOLA (FI), DYVEKE GRAVER (NO) PRODUCTION COMPANIES POHJOLA-FILMI OY AND CINENORD KIDSTORY AS LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE AUGUST 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1.625 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES EASTWEST FILMDISTRIBUTION / ALEXANDER WIESER CONTACT ELINA POHJOLA, PRODUCER EMAIL ELINA.POHJOLA@POHJOLAFILMI.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 44 503 1881 WWW.POHJOLAFILMI.FI/EN

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STUPID YOUNG HEART Stupid Young Heart is a story about the first love of lightly built, carefree Lenni and gorgeous and popular Kiira. Not yet even properly in a relationship, they discover that they are expecting a baby, and decide to keep it – partly as a statement to their families who have lost touch with what goes on in the teenagers’ lives. Lenni has nine months to become a man. Having grown up without a father figure, Lenni receives longed for adult attention from an unlikely friend Janne, a member of an extreme right wing activist group. After taking part in a scrambled attack on a local Mosque, while Kiira is rushed to the hospital to give birth, Lenni realises that he can be a man in his own way, even if he never had a chance to be a child himself.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Artists and filmmakers often end up making their work for the like-minded, for audiences who already agree with the artist’s worldview. In the case of Stupid Young Heart my wish is to truly bring people together. I want to challenge myself and our team

to give a voice to the human who is behind the prejudice and the fear – this without condoning to racism or fascist practices. I hope, through cinematic story telling, to create new understanding and give tools for self-reflection. Selma Vilhunen is an Academy Award-nominated director who started her professional career almost two decades ago. She has won the Tampere Short Film Festival national competition three times. Her short fiction film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. Her debut fiction feature Little Wing premiered at TIFF in 2016. Tuffi Films’ productions enjoyed international success at the Academy Awards, and at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale and Locarno. The company develops feature films with a variety of genres from contemporary drama to comedy, creative documentaries and cross media-series.

ORIGINAL TITLE HÖLMÖ NUORI SYDÄN GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR SELMA VILHUNEN PRODUCER ELLI TOIVONIEMI, VENLA HELLSTEDT PRODUCTION COMPANIES TUFFI FILMS, WINDMILL FILM, TVM AB LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE AUTUMN 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,9 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL SALES, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT ELLI TOIVONIEMI, PRODUCER EMAIL ELLI@TUFFIFILMS.COM PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 172 1778 WWW.TUFFIFILMS.COM

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THE VIOLIN PLAYER A celebrated violin player, Karin, has to end her stellar career after a car accident makes her fingers stop working their magic. She starts teaching students who are twenty years younger than her, only to find herself falling in love with Antti, one of her students. They are not an easy match, both being passionate about the music and overly ambitious about their careers. The Violin Player is a romantic drama about giving up on your dreams and letting your ambitions lead you.

you do will drive them to hurt other people, to humiliate them and to be humiliated, if needed. I recognize myself in these characters.

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Mjölk Movies is run by producer Mikko Tenhunen and director Aleksi Salmenperä. We have compeleted two feature films: Distractions (2015) by Aleksi Salmenperä and 2 Nights till Morning (2015) by Mikko Kuparinen. 2 Nights till Morning had its’ premiere at the Montreal International Film Festival where it won the Best Director -award. Distractions had its’ international premiere at the Tallinn International Film Festival.

The Violin Player is a story about overwhelming ambitions, the impossibility of abandoning your dreams and the intensity of reaching for those dreams. I want my main characters, Karin and Antti, to cross their social and moral boundaries. They have to and they will search for the point where they never believed they would go. The ambition to be good at what

Director Paavo Westerberg started his career as an actor and later moved on to working as a playwright and a theatre director as well. Paavo has won two Jussi Awards for the best screenplay for the acclaimed films Frozen Land (2006) and Frozen City (2005). He is also a Prix Italia nominee with his television series Latent Heat.

ORIGINAL TITLE VIULISTI GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR PAAVO WESTERBERG PRODUCER MIKKO TENHUNEN, ULLA SIMONEN PRODUCTION COMPANY MJÖLK MOVIES LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE DOMESTIC RELEASE 01 / 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1.3 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN POST PRODUCTION LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT MIKKO TENHUNEN, PRODUCER EMAIL MIKKO.TENHUNEN@MJOLK.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 506 9435 WWW.MJOLKMOVIES.COM

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BLEEDING EYES Bleeding Eyes is a story about girl envy. In the sombre darkness of winter 18-year-old Henna becomes obsessed with Silja, the new girl in town. Silja seems to be better at everything she does and Henna can’t look away. Henna’s manic stalking makes her stumble on her binoculars and she ends up temporarily losing her eyesight. All her future plans are shattered and her worst fears seem to become true. She is hiding her ugly eyes behind a pair of sunglasses. Blind Henna still manages to seek vengeance and succeeds – Silja becomes a social outcast. But as Henna’s eyesight returns she’s too afraid to let the world know and she keeps her sunglasses on. Through them she has to face the consequences of her actions, and those aren’t pretty. How will she find her way out?

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Bleeding Eyes is a dark comedy about the fear of beauty, in ourselves and in others. It’s about reaching out to the things we fear most and growing in the process.

Maria K. Mononen is a graduate from ELO Film School Helsinki and has directed several short films, such as My Heart, My Bad and 99 Problems or I’ve Been Thinking These Thoughts of Mine. At the moment she is working on two feature length scripts of which one, Bleeding Eyes, is participating at FFA. When not writing or directing films Maria writes folk songs. Silva Mysterium, founded over twenty years ago, has produced fiction both for cinemas and TV and documentaries. The company also produces radio plays. It is run by producers Mika Ritalahti and Niko Ritalahti, who both have an extensive experience in the film industry. The recent feature film Star Boys, is directed by awarded documentary director Visa Koiso-Kanttila, as his first feature film. The film tells about what happens when sexual revolution arrives into a conservative and religious small town in Northern Finland.

ORIGINAL TITLE TYTÖT GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR MARIA K. MONONEN PRODUCER MIKA RITALAHTI PRODUCTION COMPANY SILVA MYSTERIUM LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,2 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT MIKA RITALAHTI, PRODUCER EMAIL MIKA.RITALAHTI@SILVAMYSTERIUM.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 707 4848

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BROOKLYN KING In present day Brooklyn, two boxing prodigies’ careers and budding love affair are broken, and their coach’s life shattered, as a street fight leads to a police officer killing an innocent man. A young fighter is rendered deaf and tries to find solace through revenge. As the justice system fails to punish the killer of the coach’s dead brother, he is introduced to violent activists who are about to take justice into their own hands.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT I started to plan a film that was based on the idea that random violence changes the course of one’s life with the additional interest point of the victim knowing the perpetrator. Having access to him and therefore contemplating his actions. He knows this guy killed his brother, but he doesn’t know what he’s going to do about it. When a Caucasian police officer shoots an innocent African American man, the story goes to a new level and the protagonist must deal with an unjust society.

Olli Koivula is a Finnish film director who studies filmmaking in NYC. Koivula’s resume’s highlights are his debut feature Full Circle and his thesis short film 14085. Full Circle is an independent feature film shot in New York. The film won numerous awards and is distributed in the US by Entertainment One. The title of the short film 14085 is the number of people killed by guns each year in the U.S. It is an important fact for Koivula, that his films have a message, in this particular film carrying the consequences to one’s actions, especially dealing with such instruments as guns. Koivulan Filmi ja Video Oy co-produced Koivula’s first feature Full Circle with NYC based Sli Entertainment in 2013. SC Productions is a Toronto based production company specializing ininternational co-productions. Latest work include Coconut Hero, Love Jacked and Bang Bang Baby.

ORIGINAL TITLE BROOKLYN KING GENRE CRIME DRAMA DIRECTOR OLLI KOIVULA PRODUCER LAURA LAAKSONEN, SIDNEY CHIU PRODUCTION COMPANIES BROOKLYN KING OY, (FI), KOIVULAN FILMI JA VIDEO OY (FI), SC PRODUCTIONS (CA) LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE SPRING 2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 2,5 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, SALES AGENT WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT OLLI KOIVULA, DIRECTOR EMAIL OLLI.KOIVULA@ME.COM PHONE (MOBILE) +358 50 585 7374

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CARCASS American photojournalist Sarah Simmons arrives in a remote Finnish village to begin a new career as a nature photographer. In the bear lands of Kainuu, she finds a peaceful nature hide for her photoshoot but when she accidentally witnesses a group of poachers killing a hibernating bear, everything changes. The hunters target Sarah and she must flee deep into the forest. Soon Sarah realizes she is being followed by something else too: a malevolent bear spirit that wants revenge. Eventually the true purpose of the spirit is revealed when Sarah finds the bodies of the local hunters with the bear carcass. Sarah knows she will be the next victim and makes one last desperate attempt to escape the hide, only to sink deeper into the demon bear’s bloody maw.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Carcass’s elements of suspense and horror are built on the fear of being lost and alone in the dark forest. At first, the untouched beauty of nature

seems ideal but little by little, our protagonist loses all the security of modern society. All connections to civilization are severed. The human must face the animal within. Carcass deals with themes of isolation and guilt, also touching on the estranged and abusive relationship we have with nature. Eventually nature will fight back. Mare Jatkola is a Finnish director, editor and producer. In 2015 he directed Syyllinen. He also worked on Hard Student I-V and Jade Warrior with AJ Annila. These short films were a starting point for the feature film released internationally in 2006.

ORIGINAL TITLE HAASKA GENRE HORROR DIRECTOR MARE JATKOLA PRODUCER JUKKA VIDGREN PRODUCTION COMPANY MUTANT KOALA PICTURES LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH, FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 2.5 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPEMENT LOOKING FOR CO-PRODUCERS, SALES AGENTS, DISTRIBUTOR, CASTING AGENT WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT JUKKA VIDGREN, PRODUCER EMAIL JUKKA@MUTANTKOALA.COM PHONE (MOBILE) +358 443330181

REPRESENTATIVES AT FFA Mutant Koala Pictures was founded in 2011 by three friends: Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio and Petteri Staven. The company has been aiming for international market from the beginning with a passion for genre movies. It’s currently working on a feature Band called Impaled Rektum.

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CONDUCTIVITY What does it take to become a conductor? Having the perfect conducting technique and knowing the piece by heart is not enough - you also need to have something special that inspires the orchestra, and a natural way of taking authority. The documentary Conductivity follows three young conducting students from Finland, France and Taiwan at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki as they struggle to find their place in the hierarchical world of classical music. Their challenge is to find their own way of taking leadership in order to transmit their musical views to the orchestra; or to find a collective breathing pace, as one of them describes the feeling. The Sibelius Academy is one of the most prestigious European music academies and it’s conductor class is world famous.

both internal and external barriers. This film is also a study of human communication - so much is said between the lines.

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Tuffi Films’ productions have enjoyed international success at the Academy Awards, and at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale and Locarno. The company develops feature films with a variety of genres from contemporary drama to comedy, creative documentaries and cross media-series.

With this film I want to explore the challenges of creative leadership from the point of view of conducting. The story is set in a world of strong traditions and as young musicians our main characters need to overcome

Director Anna-Karin Grönroos (b. 1980) is a director and writer. In 2006 she won Kodak’s 1km film prize for her short documentary Write Me a Letter. Her first one-hour documentary Ecopolis China premiered at IDFA in 2013 and was awarded with a Finnish State Prize for Cinema and for Best Political Documentary at Aegan Docs 2014. 4. Selected filmography: Letters Home (14 min, 2017) Tenth Grade (58 min, 2014) Ecopolis China (57 min, 2013) Send Me a Letter (10 min, 2006)

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ORIGINAL TITLE KAPUKOULU GENRE DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR ANNA-KARIN GRÖNROOS PRODUCER VENLA HELLSTEDT, ELLI TOIVONIEMI PRODUCTION COMPANY TUFFI FILMS LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH, FRENCH, SWEDISH, FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 04/2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 474 000 EUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT VENLA HELLSTEDT, PRODUCER EMAIL VENLA@TUFFIFILMS.COM PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 9309905 TUFFIFILMS.COM

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DARK CHRIST An elderly art dealer Olavi (Heikki Nousiainen) is planning to retire. His art store in the centre of Helsinki has passed its glory days as young and dynamic art dealers have taken over the scene. Olavi is about to give in even though he is afraid to let go of his lifetime profession. By coincidence Olavi discovers a heavily underpriced painting named The Dark Christ. The painting is claimed to be a piece of artwork by Ilja Repin, but there is no solid proof of the origin of the painting. The uncertainty of the author results in a considerably low price tag. Olavi decides to take a chance wanting to prove himself to the art world and to his family. He borrows all the savings from his grandson in order to leave the art scene as a winner. This is when everything starts to go terribly wrong.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Our story takes place in Helsinki, Finland, where an art dealer, on the verge of retirement, is trying to prove himself to his family, friends and to the entire art scene. Like in the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, our main character has to defy fate. The painting he is trying to acquire is an old somber painting representing The Christ, therefore the film’s title Dark Christ.

Klaus Härö is one of the most acclaimed directors in Finland. His films have won more than 60 awards around the globe. His latest work The Fencer (also produced by Making Movies) was shortlisted for an Oscar and nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category. His other works include Elina, as if I Wasn’t There (2002), Mother of Mine (2005) and Letters to Father Jacob (2009). Dark Christ is his seventh feature film. Making Movies Ltd is a Finnish film production company based in Helsinki producing fiction and documentary films for international market. The managers, founding members and shareholders of Making Movies Kai Nordberg and Kaarle Aho have produced 10 feature films and more than 50 documentary and short films and TV dramas. Their films have been broadcasted and distributed worldwide and screened in many A list festivals including Berlin, Toronto, Venice, Sundance, Tribeca, Shanghai and Karlovy Vary.

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ORIGINAL TITLE TUMMA KRISTUS GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR KLAUS HÄRÖ PRODUCER KAARLE AHO PRODUCTION COMPANY MAKING MOVIES STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN PRE-PRODUCTION LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, SWEDISH PRODUCTION BUDGET 2,5 MEUR SCHEDULED RELEASE 08/2018 LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, FESTIVALS WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT KAARLE AHO EMAIL KAARLE.AHO@MAMO.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 407253936 WWW.MAMO.FI

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FLEAK FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION A young boy experiences two big changes in his life: he loses his ability to walk and meets a bug from another dimension. Together they seek a walking medicine from another world but instead of medicine they bring back a monster.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Usual tip to hear from a successful screenwriter is that ‘you should write something that you’d like to see yourself’. Writing of the first draft of the script for Fleak From Another Dimension was inspired by this thought – the film will be an engaging fantasy adventure with a strong main character. The vast majority of contemporary animated feature films are rather talkative comedies wheras this film leaps into the realm of youth, adventure and imagination.

Antti Haikala is one of the most important pioneers of Nordic 3D animation scene. He co-founded his animation studio Anima Vitae year 2000 and since then has been taking part in numerous animation projects in varying roles, including Niko 2 – Little Brother, Big Trouble, Santa’s Magic Crystal and The Emperor’s Secret. Anima Vitae is one of the leading animation studios in Nordic countries. The studio’s work spans from feature films and TV series to short films and commercials. Worldwide, Anima Vitae is best known for the animated feature film Niko & The Way to the Stars (2008) which was sold to 118 countries. Anima Point is Anima’s sister studio in Malaysia that shares the same production technology and core team. Together these studios forms an animation powerhouse that can compete with any other studio in the world.

ORIGINAL TITLE FLEAK TOISESTA ULOTTUVUUDESTA GENRE ADVENTURE / FAMILY DIRECTOR TBA PRODUCER ANTTI HAIKALA PRODUCTION COMPANY ANIMA VITAE LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ENGLISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 22.9.2020 PRODUCTION BUDGET 5 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR DISTRIBUTION, CO-PRODUCER WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT ANTTI HAIKALA, PRODUCER EMAIL ANTTI.HAIKALA@ANIMA.FI PHONE (MOBILE)+358 400 926 878 WWW.ANIMA.FI

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NIMBY –  A COMEDY ABOUT THE INTOLERANCE AMONG TOLERANT PEOPLE

NIMBY Mervi is a gay girl living in the hipster quarters of Helsinki. She has been together with Kata for a year, and now they are encouraged by the circumstances to come out from closet. When they do, Mervi realises that she is not the only one in her family with secrets – her parents have been living in an open-bisexual-swinger-relationship for 20 years. On the other hand Kata is pretty surprised that she might be living with a straight girl that once was dating a Neo-Nazi. And the ex-boyfriend cannot stand that Mervi is now with a person both of wrong colour and sex. The real threat appears when Kata’s parents arrive from Berlin and the local skinhead chief find out that a black muslim celebrity politician has arrived to town. Nimby is a comedy about the intolerance among tolerant people.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Nimby starts as a girls meets girl love story and it grows into a metaphor of today’s world of prejudice 
and racism. It’s easier to live by your believes, than to change your own thinking. Everybody is fortified in their

own castles, with same kind of people. These castles are the basis for racism, even wars. The messages of the film is that deep inside we all are the same and you need to communicate with each other, even when your values and thoughts are totally different. 
 Teemu Nikki is a self-educated filmmaker and a son of a pig-farmer from Sysmä, Finland. He has directed tens of short films and hundreds of commercials and music videos, 3 feature films and 2 TV shows. That makes him a genre-free thus genre-enthusiastic director and storyteller. About It’s Alive Films: We make films. We love it. Teemu Nikki, a director and a filmmaker and Jani Pösö, a producer and a writer, met for the first time in 2001 through commercial work. In 2007, they wrote and produced their first fiction, a cult short film titled A Mate.Their best known works are an award winning tv/web/feature-format lovemilla and Mental – an award winning pitch black comedy about mental problems among young people. Nimby is the company’s 4th feature film.

ORIGINAL TITLE NIMBY GENRE COMEDY DIRECTOR TEEMU NIKKI PRODUCER JANI PÖSÖ PRODUCTION COMPANY IT’S ALIVE FILMS LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, ENGLISH, GERMAN PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,5 MEUR SCHEDULED RELEASE 2019 STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR FINANCING, DISTRIBUTION
 WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT JANI PÖSÖ, PRODUCER EMAIL JANI@ITSALIVE.FI
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SCENES FROM A DYING TOWN Scenes From a Dying Town is a story of a small town and its inhabitants. The town is depicted through a core group of people, characters such as The Sexually Frustrated Man, The Three Hopeful Sisters, The Soldier, The Barman, The Outsider, The Man Who Fears Everything, The Woman Who Mourns Her Cat and The Old Dog. The story begins with The Outsider entering the town. Scenes From a Dying Town observes such a dying, closed community through encounterings that happen between the people. It looks at a place, where everyone is somewhat of an outsider in their own life and sees what happens when an actual outsider arrives. What hopes, fears and dreams does he arouse? It is a film about having the courage to let go of the familiar and safe and about trusting the new and unknown.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT I wanted to make this film because I am interested in externality and in the collision of a person’s inner and outer world. What do we actually mean when we talk about externality and external threat? As half-Egyptian and half-Finnish, I have always felt myself a bit of an outsider, never fully

belonging anywhere and this feeling has pushed me to want to explore these inner and outer boundaries, who determines and defines them for us and how much do we actually set them for ourselves? Kaisa El Ramly graduated from the ELO Film School Helsinki, Aalto University in 2016. She also has a BA-degree in acting and has worked as an actress for several years in both theatre and in film. She is the winner of the Nordic Talent’2016 main prize. She is currently working on her debut feature film Scenes From a Dying Town. Since being founded in 2000 Zodiak Finland is widely considered to be one of the leading independent television production companies in Finland. The company has a long tradition of producing TV drama and In 2013 Zodiak Finland produced its first feature film Jill and Joy, which premiered in cinemas in January 2014. After Jill and Joy feature film, Zodiak Finland has successfully produced three other feature films: Jill and Joy´s winter, Look of a Killer and Jill and Joy and Mysterious Stranger.

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ORIGINAL TITLE KOHTAUKSIA KUOLEVASTA KAUPUNGISTA GENRE DRAMA DIRECTOR KAISA EL RAMLY PRODUCER: SARI LEMPIÄINEN PRODUCTION COMPANY ZODIAK FINLAND LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH, SWEDISH, CHINESE SCHEDULED RELEASE 2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1 MEUR STATUS IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR SALES AGENT, DISTRIBUTION, CO-PRODUCERS WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT SARI LEMPIÄINEN EMAIL SARI.LEMPIAINEN@ZODIAKFINLAND.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 503503732

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SCHOOL OF HOPE For the Western people education is self-evident and obligatory, but for the nomad tribes of the High Plateau of Atlas in Morocco, it’s a rare privilege. Climate change and overgrazing have forced the old, proud nomad tribes of Atlas into poverty and partial settlement. The state is practically ignoring them, leaving them without proper infrastructure; no water supply, no roads, no health care – and no schools. Many have been pushed by draught to move to cities, but one tribe has decided to fight against all the odds to get education for their children.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT For the Western people education is self-evident, but for the nomad tribes of the High Plateau of Atlas in Morocco, it’s a rare privilege. The nomads of Morocco are trying to find a way to cope with the changing environment and demands of a modernizing society, making their traditional lifestyle more difficult. Climate change is making them poorer and forcing them to settle down.

The nomads have realized that education would be the solution; it could give their children more chances to make a better living. But the road to that is full of obstacles. Director Mohamed El Aboudi was born and brought up in Morocco. He graduated from the University of Fes, Morocco with a BA in Theatre, 1991 and with a MA in Film & Television at Bond University, Australia in 1997. Film Director from CINETEL, Paris, France, 1991-1992. In his work Mohamed has been interested in strong human stories. Since being established in 1987, Illume has completed more than 100 documentary and fiction features as well as factual TV series and experimental short films. The company invests in developing entertaining, emotionally engaging films that spark debate about the society and politics in the world today.

ORIGINAL TITLE TBC GENRE DOCUMENTARY DIRECTOR MOHAMED EL ABOUDI PRODUCER PERTTI VEIJALAINEN PRODUCTION COMPANIES ILLUME OY, BELLOTA FILMS (FR) LANGUAGE OF DIALOGUE ARAB SCHEDULED RELEASE 2018 PRODUCTION BUDGET 505 439 EUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENT, CO-PRODUCTION PARTNERS, FOUNDATIONS WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT PERTTI VEIJALAINEN, PRODUCER / CEO EMAIL PERTTI.VEIJALAINEN@ILLUME.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 50 522 9284, +358 9 148 1489 WWW.ILLUME.FI

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THEIA Ada is a bounty hunter catching slaves escaping from mines on the Moon. One day, a teenage fugitive, Selene, falls from the sky. She begs Ada to take her to Theia who is said to grant slaves a new life on Earth, but Ada returns her to the guards. Suddenly, Ada sees a birthmark on Selene´s back: Could Selene be the baby she once gave away? To find out, Ada takes Selene across the polluted Lapland terrain to see Theia. Along the way, Ada is conflicted by Selene playing up the role of her lost child. Selene uses Ada emotionally and leaves her to die. Ada tracks Selene down to gain back her dignity. She learns that Theia was a hoax and Selene is trapped by slave traders. Ada gives up her life to protect Selene. As Selene´s life in the wild begins, she remembers Ada who wanted to be her mother.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT Facing a traumatic memory and the consequences of abuse are at the core of Theia. A dystrophic genre provides extreme conditions to this universal theme. I want to address the ambivalent relationship between a mother and a child born from violence. In the mise en scène, I draw parallels between the story of the damaged Ada

and the ecological tragedy caused by the mining industry in Lapland. Theia is a study of the toxic elements in our culture and one woman´s chance to overcome the poisoning. Mari Mantela (b. 1978) studied directing at the Aalto University. Her award-winning short films (An Autobiography, Passion, The Children) have been screened at the international festivals and on television. She has a strong visual style and often combines digital imagery with traditional and character-driven storytelling. Theia is her debut feature. MADE was founded to produce films that represent and stretch the borderline between documentary and fiction; films that challenge their genres. The company’s mission is to make strong films presenting the makers’ own voice and to reach audiences both in Finland and abroad. Producer Ulla Simonen has twenty years of experience in fiction and documentary production.

ORIGINAL TITLE THEIA GENRE SCI-FI, WESTERN DIRECTOR MARI MANTELA PRODUCER ULLA SIMONEN PRODUCTION COMPANY MADE LANGUAGES OF DIALOGUE FINNISH SCHEDULED RELEASE 2019 PRODUCTION BUDGET 1,5 MEUR STATUS OF THE PRODUCTION IN DEVELOPMENT LOOKING FOR CO-PRODUCERS, SALES AGENTS, DISTRIBUTION WORLD SALES AVAILABLE CONTACT ULLA SIMONEN, PRODUCER EMAIL ULLA@MADE.FI PHONE (MOBILE) +358 40 900 5505 WWW.MADE.FI

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International Guests

SALES AGENTS

ZSUZSI BANKUTI

DELPHYNE BESSE

VICKI BROWN

TrustNordisk ida@trustnordisk.com Denmark

The Match Factory zsuzsi.bankuti@match factory.de Germany

Urban Distribution International delphyne@urbangroup.biz France

Altitude Film Sales vickibrown@altitudefilm sales.com UK

CAROLINE COURET-DELÈGUE

MICHAEL DA SILVA

LAURENT DANIELOU

KEIKO FUNATO

SIMON GABRIELE

Truffle Pictures caroline@trufflepictures.com UK

The Annex Entertainment mdasilva@thefilmannex.com Canada

Loco Films laurent.danielou@locofilms.com France

Alpha Violet keiko@alphaviolet.com France

Indie Sales sgabriele@indiesales.eu France

SOPHIE GREEN

GABOR GREINER

LISON HERVÉ

LAURA JACKSON

MARCIN LUCZAJ

Films Boutique gabor@filmsboutique.com Germany

Stray Dogs lison@stray-dogs.com France

Studiocanal UK laura.jackson@studiocanal. co.uk UK

New Europe Film Sales marcin@neweuropefilm sales.com Poland

MANOLA NOVELLI

RICKARD OLSSON

TIMO SUOMI

NIKLAS TENG

ARAM TERTZAKIAN

Media Luna New Films floriano@medialuna.biz Germany

Picture Tree International GmbH rickard@picturetreeinternational.com Germany

LevelK niklas@levelk.dk Denmark

XYZ Films aram@xyzfilms.com USA

FULKO KUINDERSMA

IDA STORM

Dutch Features Global Entertainment fulko@dutchfeatures.com The Netherlands

Executive

Managing Director

Head of Acquisitions & Development WestEnd Films sophie@westendfilms.com UK

Acquisition Manager

PR & Marketing Manager

Director of Acquisitions

Head of Acquisitions

International Acquisitions

Head of Acquisitions

CEO

Festivals & Acquisitions

Sales & Acquisitions Executive AMP International timo@amp-film.com UK

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Head of Sales, Acquisitions

Sales & Acquisitions

UK Acquisitions

Media Manager

Senior Sales Manager

Acquisitions and Sales

Acquisitions

Partner


International Guests SALES AGENTS

DISTRIBUTORS & TV BUYERS

MARIE-PIERRE VALLE

MICHAEL WERNER

SASHA WIESER

PETER BENDTSEN

BOBBY ALLEN

Wild Bunch mpvalle@wildbunch.eu France

Eyewell Ab m.werner@eyewell.se Sweden

EastWest Filmdistribution sasha@eastwestdistribution.com Austria

Filmbazar peter@fimbazar.dk Denmark

Mubi bobby@mubi.com USA

JAMES FLER

FRANCES HARVEY

TRINE HAUERSLEV

JEAN HEIJL

JOHANNA MAYER-LHOMME

Thunderbird Releasing frances.harvey@ thunderbirdreleasing.com UK

Filmbazar trine@filmbazar.dk Denmark

Managing Director Film Distribution Just Entertainment jean@justfilmdistribution.nl The Netherlands

JAN ROELOFFS

ROBIN SMITH

FRANK L. STAVIK

ARI GUNNAR THORSTEINSSON

Jupiter Communications jan@jupiter-films.com France

KinoSmith Inc. / Blue Eyes Docs robin@kinosmith.com Canada

AS Fidalgo office@fidalgo.no Norway

Edge Entertainment ari@edgeentertainment.se Sweden

FRANK HOLDERIED

TIMO T. LAHTINEN

BRUCE LEE

ÁKOS SZELÉNYI

Smile Entertainment ttl@smile.dk Denmark

EnterMode Corp. brucedlee@netsgo.com South Korea

Head of Acquisitions

Managing Parter Raven Banner Entertainment Inc. & Northern Banner Releasing Inc. jfler@ravenbanner.ca Canada

ORLY RAVID

Founder & Co-Executive Director / Attorney The Film Collaborative / Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp orly@thefilmcollaborative.org USA

RENÉ WOLF

Head of Acquisitions, Senior Programmer EYE Filmmuseum ReneWolf@eyefilm.nl The Netherlands

Managing Director

Consultant

President

Head of Strategic Planning & Acquisition Department Red Bull Media House frank.holderied@at.redbull mediahouse.com Austria

CEO

Director

President, CEO

CEO

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Head of Acquisitions

CEO

President

SVP of Content

Head of Acquisitions

Pretty Pictures johanna@prettypictures.fr France

Distribution Manager

Head of Acquisitions & Programming ADS Service Ltd. akos.szelenyi@adsservice.hu Hungary


International Guests

DISTRIBUTORS & TV BUYERS

FESTIVALS

DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION

KATRIN RAJASAARE

AHMET BOYACIOGLU

MARGE LIISKE

MARIA ULFSAK-SHERIPOVA

ERR / ETV katrin.rajasaare@err.ee Estonia

Ankara Cinema Association / Festival on Wheels ahmet@festivalonwheels.org Turkey

Industry @ Tallinn / Baltic Event marge.liiske@poff.ee Estonia

Industry @Tallinn / Baltic Event maria.ulfsak@gmail.com Estonia

Head of Development, Special Projects Industry @ Tallinn / Baltic Event sten.saluveer@poff.ee Estonia

ALISSA SIMON

MARIO SESTI

EDOUARD WAINTROP

CECILIA EDSTRÖM

VOLIA CHAJKOUSKAYA

Quinzaine Des Realisateurs ewaintrop@quinzainerealisateurs.com France

Göteborg Film Festival cia.edstrom@goteborg filmfestival.se Sweden

Northern Lights Nordic Film Festival in Belarus chajkouskaya@gmail.com Belarus

Head of Acquisitions

Senior Programmer

Chairman

Managing Director

Dubai IFF / Palm Springs IFF / Chigago IFF ascinequanon@aol.com USA

KYLE BENN

LUCAN TOH

SIDNEY CHIU

OLIVER DAMIAN

GUDRUN GIDDINGS

Wigwam Films lucan@wigwamfilms.com UK

SC Productions Inc. sidneychiu@rogers.com Canada

27 Films oliver@27films.biz Germany

G4C Innovation gudrungiddings@gmail.com USA

JOHN ZOIS

TOM CHESOVER

EINAR LOFTESNES

WALLIE POLLÉ

BBC Films tom.chesover@bbc.co.uk UK

MadMonkey Filmkompaniet einar@madmonkey.no Norway

RYAN WICKERS

Formerly Vice President, Production + Development Formerly Europacorp ryan.wickers@gmail.com USA

Producer

Head of Acquisitions & Coproductions IM Global john_zois@imglobalfilm.com USA

Producer

Head of Industry

STEN SALUVEER

Artistic Committee, Special Project & Retrospect. Curator Fondazione Cinema per Roma / Rome FF m.sesti@romacinemafest.org Italy

Vice President, Production & Development Lionsgate kbenn@lionsgate.com USA

Artistic Director

Project Manager

Managing Director, Producer

Development Coordinator

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Producer

Program Director

CEO

General manager Windmill Film wallie@windmillfilm.com The Netherlands


International Guests DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION

PRESS

OTHER

COLE PAYNE

KIRPI UIMONEN

ANDREI SMIRNOV

Traverse Media cp@traverse-media.com USA

HFPA kirpiui@gmail.com USA / Finland

Russia

ADAM LEIPZIG

JUSTIN LITTMAN

CAMILLE MCCURRY

Entertainment Media Partners adam@adamleipzig.com USA

Gotham Group justin@gotham-group.com USA

United Agents Cinetic Media cmccurry@unitedagents.co.uk dana@cineticmedia.com UK USA

Moderator Freelance andrea@andreareuter.com Sweden

JACOBINE VAN DER VLOED

ADAM CHAPNIK

ROSE AYKROYD

PETER TRINH

PETRI KEMPPINEN

ACE Producers jacobinevloed@gmail.com The Netherlands

Distribber adam.chapnick@gmail.com USA

ICM Partners raykroyd@icmpartners.com UK

ICM Partners assist.ptrinh@icmpartners .com USA

Nordisk Film & TV Fond petri@nordiskfilmogtv fond.com Norway

CEO / Producer

CEO

Director & Head of Studies

Journalist

Manager

Founder

JENNY COONEY

ANNIKA PHAM

HFPA / TV Week Australia / Sidney Morning Herald jennycooneyinc@gmail.com USA / Australia

Nordisk Film & TV Fond annika@strategicfilm.com UK

DANA O’KEEFE

ANDREA REUTER

Journalist Journalist

Agent

Agent

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Partner

Managing Director

Editor / Writer

CEO


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