New Finnish films receive production support

The Finnish Film Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of production support, and in total 13 feature films, 10 documentaries, 8 short films and 1 television series received support.

Four of these feature films will be biopics. As we mentioned the other day, Zaida Bergroth is currently making a film about Maria Åkerblom, the leader of a cult in the 1920s. Furthermore, there will be biopics about the singers Juice Leskinen (directed by Teppo Airaksinen) and Kari Tapio (directed by Aleksi Mäkelä) and media figure and businessman Jari Sarasvuo will be depicted in film by Tuukka Temonen.

Some new-time directors have also received funding. Mikko Kouki, who is the Artistic Director of the Turku City Theatre and sometimes an actor, will make his debut with Fingerpori, a comedy based on a popular comic strip by Pertti Jarla. Furthermore, Miia Tervo’s Aurora is a romantic comedy set in an Arctic ghetto, Maria K Mononen’s Bleeding Eyes is a comedy about jealousy and teenage girls, and Markus Lehmusruusu will direct the seventh instalment of the popular children’s film Ricky Rapper.


The television series that received funding is Hour of the Wolf – A Radical Method to Find a Better You Thanks to Divorce, which is a dramedy about divorce, strange people, and the hunt for a lost husband.

You can learn more about the recipients at the Finnish Film Foundation website. 

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.