Emmi Parviainen Selected for Shooting Stars 2015

Emmi Parviainen has been selected as one of the ten Shooting Stars 2015. Shooting Stars is an initiative showcasing Europe’s best young acting talent during the opening weekend of the Berlin International Film Festival. 2015 edition of the Shooting Stars will be the 18th time the European Film Promotion (EFP) has organized the event. The showcase provides the young acting talent with three event-filled days of networking – meetings with agents, casting directors and filmmakers as well as interviews with international media. A special highlight is the presentation of the Shooting Stars Awards on the stage in the Berlinale Palast on February 9, 2015.

 The international jury, which selected the 10 most promising actors out of the 23 talents submitted by participating countries, included Swedish actress Eva Röse, UK film magazine editor Damon Wise, Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska, Slovenian film producer Danijel Hočevar and French casting director Nathalie Cheron. The jury gave the following motivation for choosing Emmi:

“Emmi impressed us all with her performance in The Princess Of Egypt, playing young mother Marja with great tenderness and doing so with all the toughness and determination of a single parent who’s just trying to get by. She’s not afraid of Marja’s flaws either, which adds an extra, raw layer of truth.”

Emmi Parviainen (b. 1985) has the leading role in The Princess of Egypt directed by Jan Forsström and produced by Kaarle Aho and Kai Norberg for Making Movies. The film had its national premiere on September 20th 2013 and was distributed in Finland by Atlantic Films. The Princess of Egypt was awarded the main prize at Bergamo Film Meeting in Italy in March 2014. Emmi Parviainen also has a role in Taru Mäkelä’s new film Eila, Rampe and The Baby Girl, which premieres in Finland on December 26th and is distributed by Nordisk Film.

Previous Finnish participants showcased in the Shooting Stars initiative are Laura Birn (2013), Pihla Viitala (2010), Samuli Vauramo (2009), Tommi Eronen (2007), Jasper Pääkkönen (2006), Kari-Pekka Toivonen (2005), Irina Björklund (2004) and Minna Haapkylä (2003).

Shooting Stars 2015
Joachim Fjelstrup (Denmark)
Jannis Niewöhner (Germany)
Emmi Parviainen (Finland)
Hera Hilmar (Iceland)
Moe Dunford (Ireland)
Aistė Diržiūtė (Lithuania)
Abbey Hoes (The Netherlands)
Natalia de Molina (Spain),
Sven Schelker (Switzerland)
Maisie Williams (UK)

The Shooting Stars is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the EU and the participating EFP member organisations.

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.