20 films and 15 new projects at this year’s Finnish Film Affair
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Boasting six films at this year’s Cannes, the Helsinki industry sidebar has announced an all-star panel for its fifth edition, which will unspool from 20-22 September
The number of films finding international representatives at the Finnish Film Affair – the industry sidebar of the Helsinki International Film Festival–Love & Anarchy – continues to grow. “The Finnish Film Affair has found its place in the market,” said executive director Sara Norberg ahead of the fifth edition of the event, which takes place between 20 and 22 September.
At the same time, Finland is producing more and more films with international appeal – large-scale productions currently shooting include Finnish directors Timo Vuorensola’s Iron Sky: The Coming Race, Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland and Oscar nominee Selma Vilhunen’s Little Wing [+see also:
While Finland’s biggest festival screens 180 features and 160 shorts to more than 60,000 visitors annually, the Finnish Film Affair is a networking platform for 300 sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, TV buyers and members of the press. This year’s programme includes 20 features and 15 new projects, which are either works in progress or one-minute pitches. Announced last year, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen's The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki [+see also:
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile] will have its premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Another five films from the Finnish Film Affair will be presented at the Cannes Film Market: Oskari Sipola’s Urban Family [+see also:
film profile] (Summerside), Pekka Karjalainen’s Heavysaurs [+see also:
film profile] (EastWest Distribution), Esa Illi’s Other Girls [+see also:
film profile] (EastWest), Look of a Killer (a series of four thrillers, adapted from novels by Finnish author Matti Rönkä – Eyewell), Mikko Kuparinen’s 2 Nights till Morning [+see also:
interview: Mikko Kuparinen
film profile] (Wide) and Vilhunen’s Little Wing (Media Luna).
This year’s all-star industry panel, which will be moderated by industry veteran Adam Leipzig (Disney, National Geographic), will comprise Claudia Lewis, former vice-president of Fox Searchlight Productions; Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures; Mike Runagall, co-founder and sales chief of Altitude Films; and agent Laura Munsterhjelm, of Actors in Scandinavia (who represents such stars as Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander). The subjects for the panel include “Concepts and Stories that Travel”.