The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki nominated for the European University Film Award

The Finnish film that has been winning major festival awards all year, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, is now nominated for the European University Film Award.

The film, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, picked up the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival this year and, among others, won the top prize in Zurich over the weekend.

The European University Film Award was launched by the European Film Academy and Filmfest Hamburg in a bid to involve younger audiences, support film dissemination, education and debating culture, and bring a new spirit to European cinema.

Five feature films were nominated in total. The Finnish film will be competing against the Italian-French production Fire At Sea by Gianfranco Rosi, the Romanian film Graduation by Cristian Mungiu, the British film I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach and Germany comedy Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade.


The winner will be announced in December.

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.