The Finnish Film Affair is an initiative of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy offering an industry sidebar to the festival. The event is a showcase of Finnish films and a networking platform for attending industry professionals. The country’s main film industry event takes place yearly in a welcoming and laid-back but highly efficient and professional setting.
Attending sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, TV buyers, and representatives of the press have an opportunity to get to know to the latest and upcoming Finnish feature films and documentaries. Approximately 300 film industry professionals from Finland and abroad are expected to attend.
The fifth edition of the Finnish Film Affair will take place in Helsinki for three days in the end of September, from September 20 to 22, 2016.
The event is a joint venture of several film organizations in Finland, such as the Finnish Film Foundation, Audiovisual Finland, Tekes, Creative Europe / Media and the Central Organization of Finnish Film Producers.
The Program 2016
The programming focus will be on about 40 domestic titles and projects with a wide range of genres. In addition to the screenings of approximately 20 recent releases, the works in progress showcase will present about 15-20 films in production or development, pitched by the filmmakers. Besides the Finnish titles, the participants have a chance to see recent films from the region featured in the festival program.
The industry program also includes one-on-one meetings and networking events for international and domestic participants. In addition the event offers panels and workshops aimed mainly at domestic feature film producers.
More information about the program at www.finnishfilmaffair.fi. Accreditation opens at the beginning of August, 2016.
The 4th FINNISH FILM AFFAIR 2015
The fourth Finnish Film Affair concluded with a record number of three hundred participants, over ninety of which were international industry guests.
For the first time, the Finnish Film Affair sponsored a 3000 € Best Pitch award for the most promising Work-In-Progress to be spent on international marketing. The winner was director Elli Toivoniemi for the documentary Once I was a Dragonfly (Tuffi Films, producer Venla Helldstedt). Toivoniemi produced the Academy Award-nominated short Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?
The jury consisted of Berenice Fugard, senior vice president of Fortissimo Films, Robert Burke, the managing director at the TenOne Entertainment and Barbara Gasser from Hollywood Foreign Press Association. According to their jury report, “Elli has a rare talent for capturing stunning visuals and telling a complex story in a relatable way. She also understands how to create an invisible bond between the subject of her documentary and the audience.”
The Programme 2015
The fifth Finnish Film Affair presented nearly sixty Finnish films (FFA Lineup 2015), either finished or in development. Attendants included sales agents such as Fortissimo Films, Picture Tree International, Memento Films, programmers from Sundance, SXSW and Edinburgh. Press guests included international trades such as The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, Variety, and Indiewire.
The nineteen works in progress received a very good response from sales agents and buyers. Especially Oktober’s feature Baby Jane by Katja Gauriloff, Making Movies’ Little Wing by Selma Vilhunen, Fisher King’s Love Records by Aleksi Mäkelä and Aamu Film Company’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki by Juho Kuosmanen lead the pack in the more than three hundred meetings that took place during the event.
The industry panel “Developing a film for the American markets” proved so popular with the Finnish industry that it had to be relocated to a larger space.
THE 3RD FINNISH FILM AFFAIR 2014
The third edition of the industry event of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy took place from September 23 to 25.
The event attracted an attendance of almost 300 participants, of which nearly 100 were international and approximately 200 domestic accredited industry professionals.
The international participants included representatives of sales companies (such as Wild Bunch, Fortissimo, Memento Films, Films Transit), distributors (Koch Media, Jupiter Films etc.), tv-buyers (ZDF/Arte), festival programmers (Sundance, Sarajevo) and representatives of the press (The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, Le film français, Filmecho/Filmwoche).
Wide range of projects presented
The event presented nearly 50 Finnish films, either finished or in development, to an audience of almost 70 international industry guests.
The seventeen works in progress received a good response from attending film buyers and were considered highly versatile. Especially The Fencer (Miekkailija) by Klaus Härö, Hobbyhorse Chicks (Kepparit) by Selma Vilhunen, Cross Your Heart (Henkesi edestä) by Petri Kotwica and Mother’s Wish (Äidin toive) by Joonas Berghäll raised interest among international guests.
Among the nineteen finished films, the representatives of the international film industry had a chance to see recent and upcoming releases such as They Have Escaped (He ovat paenneet) by J-P Valkeapää and The Grump (Mielensäpahoittaja) by Dome Karukoski, which both were screened in Toronto.
Focus in development
The core of the programme for invited buyer guests consisted of a works in progress showcase, screenings of new Finnish films and networking events.
As a part of an aim to offer more tools for the next generation of filmmakers to develop their project for the international market, a new element in the programme, the Project Development Clinic, was launched. Domestic producers, directors and scriptwriters of ten selected projects took part in round table sessions with international industry professionals to receive feedback and advice on developing their fiction feature film projects.
In addition, a group of international experts, led by Simon Perry, discussed different aspects of script development, packaging, marketing, distribution and sales in the panel How to Develop a Film That Travels. To examine bulding an international career, case studies were presented by Patrik Andersson from B-Reel (Sweden) and Katrin Kissa from Homeless Bob Productions (Estonia). The panelists included Alessandro Gropplero (Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, When East Meets West co-production market), Franz Rodenkirchen (Script & Pitch, Torino Film Lab, Binger Filmlab), Jacobine van der Vloed (Under the Milky Way, Art:Film, Henneman Agency, previously Cinemart & Rotterdam Lab), and Petri Kemppinen (Nordic Film & TV Fund).
The photo gallery of the Finnish Film Affair can be browsed at: http://flic.kr/ps/2zVXBm
2014 Materials for Download
THE 2ND FINNISH FILM AFFAIR 2013
The second edition of the Finnish Film Affair was held in Helsinki from September 24th to 26th 2013 in connection with the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy.
The Finnish Film Affair 2013 presented over 40 Finnish films, either finished or in development, to a record audience of over 60 international industry guests. The international participants included representatives of sales companies (e.g. Fortissimo, Hanway, Wild Bunch), distributors (e.g. Soda Pictures, Eyefilm), tv-buyers (e.g. ZDF/Arte), festival programmers (e.g. Tribeca, Locarno, Rotterdam, Palm Springs) and representatives of the press (e.g. the Hollywood Reporter, Screen, Variety). Together with the domestic participants, the event attracted an attendance of almost 300 industry professionals.
The programme included screenings of new Finnish films (29 films), a works in progress showcase (14 titles), networking events and a panel on coproducing with Russia.
The Rare Exports: Opportunities for Finnish-Russian Coproductions panel gathered Finnish and Russian industry professionals for a lively debate on the current situation of working with Russia. The panel was moderated by Nick Holdsworth, a writer for the Hollywood Reporter. The panelists included Natalia Mokritskaya, Maria Gavrilova, Sam Klebanov, Konstantin Lopushansky, Andrey Siegle, Sergey Bondarev, Eda Koppel and Anna Cobb Morozova.
Both foreign guests as well as domestic participants were happy with the event.
The Finnish film industry has now taken off and is flying high. I can sense a strong energy and ambition from the producers and filmmakers. It was a pleasure to see so many high-quality Finnish projects at the event. Can’t wait to see them on the big screen. And last but not least: congrats to the organizers for their excellent work! – Marge Liiske, Managing Director, Baltic Event
The international guests (myself included) were very happy with the affair; selective, but inclusive, was a comment I heard from several – within two days, we knew everything about Finnish cinema and the Finnish film industry. No time was wasted, which film professionals appreciate, since there are so many events they need to go to. And Finns both talk and are good company. – Jørn Rossing Jensen, Nordic correspondent, Screen International/Cineuropa
Just like to thank you for another well organized Finnish Film Affair. Good and productive meetings, great saunas and nice people, simply perfect! – Michael Werner, Eyewell
To get a feeling of the event you can have a look at the picture gallery of the Finnish Film Affair at: http://flic.kr/ps/2zVXBm
2013 materials for download:
The Finnish Film Affair 2013 was organized with partners such as Favex – the Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export, the Finnish Film Foundation, Media Desk Finland, the Central Organisation of Finnish Film Producers, Finland Film Commission as well as with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and AVEK.
THE 1ST FINNISH FILM AFFAIR 2012
Celebrating its 25th year, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy (HIFF) launched the first ever industry event in Finland for feature films. The Finnish Film Affair (Sept 25-27, 2012) focused on showcasing the latest Finnish feature films to international industry professionals – sales agents, TV-buyers, festival programmers, distributors, trade press and producers. Alongside the line-up of 27 titles attending industry guests had an opportunity to get to know upcoming Finnish feature and documentary films selected to the Laugh Scream Learn – Finnish Films in Development showcase. The attendees had also a chance to sample works screened in the regular festival program from neighboring territories, such as Russia, Estonia and other Nordic countries.
FFA-programme included the Focus on Film Sales –panel discussions moderated by the Editor of Screen International, Wendy Mitchell. Panels offered the Finnish producers and other professionals a chance to develop their tools in selling their films abroad. Experts of film sales (Miira Paasilinna/Yellow Affair, Afolabi Kuti/The Salt Company), distribution (Emit Dey/NBCUniversal Pictures, Clare Binns/City Screen Picturehouses) and marketing (Mathilde Henrot/Festival Scope, Eda Koppel/Baltic Event) discussed how Finnish films can reach the rest of the world.
EARS – Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions introduced the new generation of Asian audiovisual professionals such as Isabella Glachant, Zhou Xingyue and Paul Yi. The EARS afternoon organized in collaboration with Pluto Finland and FAVEX, provided the audience with an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Asian market.
Over 200 local industry professionals and about 30 international buyers and distributors participated in the first Finnish Film Affair. The trade media representatives included Wendy Mitchell from Screen International, Nick Holdsworth from Variety and Tim Appelo from the Hollywood Reporter. Among the attending sales companies were for example Clémentine Hugot from Wide Management, Matteo Lovadina from Reel Suspects and Claire Charles-Gervais from Urban Distribution.
”The Finnish Film Affair is such a welcomed initiative! Finally!”
“Very up-to-date, relevant and professionally conducted”
”Just brilliant, please do it again next year”
2012 Materials for Download:
The Finnish Film Affair 2012 was organized with partners such as Favex – the Finnish Film & Audiovisual Export, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Central Organisation of Finnish Film Producers, Finland Film Commission as well as with the support of AVEK, the Nordic Culture Fund and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.