Finnish focus at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

They Have Escaped
They Have Escaped

Finland has been announced as the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Country Focus, bringing extra love and attention to the Nordic country.

Working alongside the Finnish Film Foundation, the Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival will announce a programme of Finnish films – including features, docos and shorts – as well as a specific industry event in which prominent Finnish guests from across the production landscape will attend.

EIFF Deputy Artistic Director, Diane Henderson says to the Finnish Film Foundation: “With its rich film heritage, Finland is a country that features often at EIFF and this year we’re very excited to present this appreciation of films from this fascinating country. We are delighted to be working with the Finnish Film Foundation and are looking forward to welcoming our special guests from Finland to Edinburgh in June.”

Jaana Puskala, Head of the International Department at The Finnish Film Foundation adds: “Finland has the joy and honour of being the focus country at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival. We are gathering an interesting showcase of different Finnish films and we hope our films and filmmakers will offer a chance to glimpse the landscape of this Northern nation’s soul. Our filmmakers and producers who will be in attendance in Edinburgh are looking forward to meeting and greeting their Scottish and UK colleagues“.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place in mid-June, and we can only imagine the excellent Finnish films that’ll be on display – Don Juan, The Mine, or They Have Escaped? Just to name a few!

– Quotes 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.