The Finnish Film Foundation’s Facts & Figures 2014 publication compiles the main statistics from the production, distribution and exhibition of films in Finland. The figures from 2014 clearly show that Finnish film is enjoying a new golden age; domestic films surpassed two million cinema admissions for the third time since 2010 and the domestic market share of admissions was the second highest in the European Union. Only the French saw more of their domestic output (44 % market share).
The biggest hit of the year was once again a domestic film: Dome Karukoski’s The Grump had over 450 000 admissions in cinemas. In fact only one foreign film made it into the top five (The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies).
Finnish films are also increasingly popular abroad; in 2014 Finnish films had over one million admissions in commercial cinema distribution around the world. Film festivals are also distributing Finnish productions internationally, last year Finnish films were screened at over 500 festivals and events where they were awarded with more than 50 international film prizes and awards.
The success of domestic films has also contributed to the revitalization of Finnish cinemas and the number of cinema screens has once again begun to increase. The Finnish cinema network, digitalized with the aid of public funding, now consists of 294 screens in 120 towns around the country. A total of 7,3 million Finns visited the cinema last year. There were a 195 new films released, 34 of which were domestic.
In 2014 the support funds available to the Finnish Film Foundation decreased for the second year in a row. The appropriation allocated by the Ministry of Education and Culture from Lottery and Pools funds designated for the promotion of film culture has decreased by seven percent since 2012. However, the number of support applications received by the Foundation continues to grow. In 2014 the Foundation received 1 372 support applications, an increase of seven percent from the previous year and over 80 percent more than six years ago.
The Finnish Film Foundation’s Facts & Figures 2014 publication can be downloaded here:http://ses.fi/fileadmin/dokumentit/Elokuvavuosi_2014_Facts___Figures.pdf