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The interest in Finnish film is clearly visible at the Finnish Film Affair, the industry section of the Helsinki International Film Festival, arranged for the third time from September 23 to 25.

The Finnish Film Affair was launched three years ago to market Finnish films and provide tools for filmmakers to reach international audiences.The third edition of the FFA is expected to gather 250 domestic industry professionals and 60 international guests including sales agents, festival programmers, distributors and TV buyers as well as representatives of international film media like The Hollywood Reporter, Screen and Le film français.

Line up of projects now published
The Finnish Film Affair showcases both new domestic films completed during the last year, as well as projects in development being presented to international buyers and press.

Finnish films are doing well at the international festival circuit, making the Finnish Film Affair line-up of 19 finished films especially strong this year. Screenings include Dome Karukoski’s THE GRUMP, premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Section and JP Valkeapää’s dreamy teenage road movie THEY HAVE ESCAPED, which gets its world premiere at the Venice Days of Venice International Film Festival. Leena Kilpeläinen’s documentary THE VOICE OF SOKUROV, which premiered in Locarno, and Leif Lindblom’s comedy RASPBERRY BOAT REFUGEE, which won the Best Nordic Film Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, are also part of the line up. Most of the Finnish Film Affair screenings are open to the festival audience.

The works in progress include 17 films from acclaimed and upcoming Finnish film directors like Klaus Härö, Markku Lehmuskallio, Joonas Berghäll, Selma Vilhunen and Petri Kotwica.

Focus on developing emerging talent
As a part of the industry programme, ten projects by first or second-time directors selected for the new Project Development Clinic will get feedback from international industry experts on script development, co-production funding, marketing, packaging, and sales. The goal is to provide them with an international perspective for their projects.

See the full line up of finished films and projects in development at www.finnishfilmaffair.fi.

Picture: FFA 2013, Mari Laukkanen