Finnish film breaks records in 2015


Finnish film has proven to have a strong year in 2015, with new box office records and numerous huge international awards.

Finnish films received 2,560,000 box office admissions, which is the fourth time that figure has been achieved during this decade. The admissions rate for Finnish film was 29% percent, which was one of the top rates in Europe.

Furthermore, Finnish theatres sold approximately 8.7 million tickets, which is 19% more than last year. The number of films screening in Finland has also increased, with 201 premieres and 36 of them being Finnish.

The most watched Finnish film of the year was Reunion, which is a remake of the Danish film of the same name. It had 505,000 admissions, making it number two in the list of the most seen domestic films in the 2000s. The most seen Finnish film since 2000 is still Bad Boys by Aleksi Mäkelä with 615 000 viewers. All in all, there were eight domestic films which broke the 100,000 admissions threshold.

The festival favourites of 2015 were They Have Escaped by JP Valkeapää and The Grump by Dome Karukoski, with both films seen in 25 film festivals last year.

The big award winners of 2015 were Finnish actress Krista Kosonen winning Best Actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival for her role in The MidwifeThe Girl King was also a big winner with Mika Kaurismäki winning best actress in Montreal.

The most popular short film was Listen by Hamy Ramezan and Rungano Nyoni. It was shown at 180 film festivals and won over forty awards. The film was also listed by many industry insiders as their favourite short film of the year in Cineuropa’s poll.

2016 is also set to be a big year for Finnish film, with The Fencer already nominated for a Golden Globe and shortlisted for an Academy Award.

Facts and figures 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.