Finnish films break 2 million admissions threshold in record time


Via press release

Domestic films have reached 2 million admissions in Finland. The threshold was passed a couple of weeks before than it was in the record year of 2012. There is a good chance that this year the record number of 2,4 million admissions will be broken for the first time since the beginning of the modern admission statistics, which started in 1970 in Finland. The domestic share of the admissions is also at an all-time high, currently in 30% (in 2012 it was 28%). The 2 million admissions mark has been passed for the fourth time in last six years (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015).

All in all there has been 25 domestic premieres this year, and seven of these films have surpassed the 100.000 admissions mark. There has been different genres amongst these films, like a thriller (Vares – The Sheriff), comedies (Adult Camp, Reunion, Lapland Odyssey 2), children’s film (Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville), action (Big Game) and drama (The Midwife). There is still a further nine domestic premieres this year. All the domestic premieres can be found here.

The film that has got the most admissions this year has been Reunion, which was directed by Taneli Mustonen. The film was produced by Solar Films and distributed by Nordisk Film. So far the film has got an unbelievable 506.000 admissions. Reunion is the second most seen film in Finland during the 2000s with only Aleksi Mäkelä’s Bad Boys ahead of it with 615.000 admissions. The other film this year that has already proven to be super popular is Lapland Odyssey 2, which is directed by Teppo Airaksinen and produced by Jarkko Hentula for Yellow Film & TV. In the first 5 days film was already seen by 104 000 viewers. All the Finnish admission statistics for domestic film can be found here.  

So far there has been over 6 million admissions in the Finnish film theaters this year, making it likely that the seven million admissions mark will be reached for the sixth year in a row. The increase in the admissions can be attributed in part to the digitalization of the whole film distribution chain. This has made it possible for the films to reach wider audience faster. The digitalization of the movie theaters was completed with the support of Finnish Film Foundation by 2013. The theaters of the smaller municipalities have been awakened to a new life with the new distribution technology. The number of screens has reached 300 for the first time in six years.

The Finnish Film Foundation continues to grant funding for making the films ever more accessible to the Finnish public. For example, this spring The Fencer by Klaus Härö had an audio description for narration, which was supported by the Foundation. Last Friday the children’s film Jill and Joy’s Winter was similarly audio described for the visually impaired to enjoy.

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.