2014 – A great year for Finnish film with over 2 million domestic admissions

In 2014 there were 32 domestic premieres in Finnish cinemas and altogether domestic films got over 2 million admissions. This is the third time that the number of 2 million domestic film admissions has been reached during the time of the modern admission statistics, which started in 1970 in Finland. The previous years, when over 2 million tickets were sold to Finnish films, were 2010 and 2012.

All in all, Finnish movie theaters sold in 2014 approximately 7,5 million tickets, of which 27 % has been to domestic films. This is a high rate for domestic admissions even in European level.

The most seen movie of the year with 454 000 viewers was Dome Karukoski’s The Grump, a comedy about a die-hard old man having to face the changing world. 400 000 admissions is a high benchmark for a movie in Finnish theaters and only four domestic films have reached this number in the 2000s.

 Domestic films with over 400 000 admissions in the 2000s: 

1.Bad Boys17.1.2003615 000
2.Matti  13.1.2006462 000
3.The Grump5.9.2014454 000
4.21 Ways to Ruin Marriage8.2.2013  403 000


2014 was a good year for domestic films in general and there were eight Finnish films that got over 100 000 admissions. Domestic family films were popular among the Finnish moviegoers as Ella and Friends 2, Jill and Joy, Ricky Rapper and the Slick Leonard, Moomins on the Riviera and The Island of Secrets got a total of 700 000 admissions.

There were three Finnish films in the top 5 of most watched films in 2014:

 Most seen movies in Finland in 2014:

1.The Grump (domestic)5.9.2014 454 000
2.The Hobbitt: The Battle of the Five Armies10.12.2014323 000
3.Ricky Rapper and the Slick Leonard (domestic)7.2.2014266 000
4.The Hobbitt: The Desolation of Smaug                      11.12.2013180 000 
5.Kummeli V (domestic)                                                   19.2.2014         178 000


In the past years Finnish documentary films have established themselves in theater releases and are getting good admission figures as well. There were 12 Finnish feature documentary films released in 2014, and the most popular of them proved to be Virpi Suutari’s Garden Lovers with 15 000 admissions.

2014 was also a good year for Finnish film internationally. Selma Vilhunen’s Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was nominated at Academy Awards for Short Live Action. Raspberry Boat Refugee was awarded The Nordic Film Award in Haugesund, Norway in August. J-P Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped was selected for both Venice and Toronto international film festivals. Jalmari Helander’s Big Game starring Samuel L. Jacksonpremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and this action-adventure movie was sold to US distribution. Moomins on the Riviera, which premiered in BFI London Film Festival in October, has been sold to almost 40 different countries and in 2015 it will be premiering in France, Japan and Australia to name but a few. Hannes Vartiainen’s and Pekka Veikkolainen’s short film Emergency Calls has collected several awards at international festivals and was nominated for European Film Award. Jukka Kärkkäinen’s and Sini Liimatainen’s Once I Dreamt of Life was awarded the Documentary Film Prize at the Nordic Film Days Festival in Lübeck.

In 2014 The Finnish Film Foundation granted over 24 million euros in different support programs to the Finnish film industry and altogether over 1000 applicants were granted support. 21 million euros was granted in production supports during the year, and of this 15 million euros was granted to the production of 87 different movies. The Foundation also supported the marketing and distribution of the Finnish films with over 2,6 million euros and the export of Finnish films with 700 000 euros.

The domestic admission figures for all Finnish films released in 2014 are listed here: http://ses.fi/en/statistics/domestic-admissions/


From the Finnish Film Foundation

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.