KORSO

6620 kilometres from New York

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Markus dreams of becoming a street ball star in New York, but spends his days in his home suburb Korso playing ball with his friends in an old warehouse – and drinking. When Markus’s little sister Heta brings a black guy Jojo home Markus’s dream is put to test. He risks everything to prove that his dream is not ridiculous. But what if it is?

A feature film, duration 83 minutes. Premiere in February 2014.
Directing Akseli Tuomivaara
Script Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi
Production design Antti Nikkinen
Costume design Jouni Mervas
Editor Jussi Rautaniemi
Sound design Karri Niinivaara
Music supervisor Otso Kähönen
Music Matti Pentikäinen
Cast Mikko Neuvonen, Iida Lampela, Ricmond Ghansah, Iiro Panula, Niko Vakkuri
Production Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films, Mark Lwoff & Misha Jaari / Bufo
Selected festivals Edinburgh International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, IFF Molodist, Oulu International Children and Youth Film Festival
Korso has participated in the Script & Pitch workshop.


DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?

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Oscar nominated comedy about a chaotic morning in a family with kids, and a mother who is determined that it’s best if she takes care of everything herself.

Short film, duration 7 minutes. Premiere 3/2012.

Script Kirsikka Saari
Directing Selma Vilhunen
Cinematography Peter Flinckenberg
Set and costume design Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Editing Selma Vilhunen
Sound design Pietari Koskinen
Music Tuomas Skopa
Cast Joanna Haartti, Santtu Karvonen
Production Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films

Selected festivals Palm Springs International ShortFest, Aspen Shortsfest, Milwaukee Film Festival, Manhattan Short, San Jose International Short Film Festival, Seattle Shorts, Chicago Comedy Film Festival, Short Shorts & Asia (Japan), Heart of Gold (Australia), Nordisk Panorama, Göteborg International Film Festival, Nordische Filmtage Luebeck, Go Short (The Netherlands), Tampere Film Festival, Helsinki Short Film Festival, Comedy Cluj International Film Festival (Romania), Busho – Budapest Short Film Festival, Best of Short Films Festival (France), Underexposed Film Festival, Rocky Mountain’s Women’s Film Festival, Clare Valley Film Festival, Flickerfest (Australia), Akbank Short Film Festival (Turkey), Boulder Int’l Film Festival.
Awards Best Comedy & Audience Recognition, Aspen Shortsfest 2013. Best Comedy, Budapest Short Film Festival 2013. Winner of the professional fiction category, Helsinki Short Film Festival 2012.

Nominated for 86th Academy Awards® in the category of Short Film Live Action (director Selma Vilhunen and screenwriter Kirsikka Saari).

”Warm, human portrait of a family – and fall on the floor funny.” - Aspen Shortsfest Jury: Best Comedy


THE DATE

A film about a date between three people. And two cats.

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A short film, duration 7 minutes. Premiere 9/2012.
Script, directing Jenni Toivoniemi
Cinematography Jarmo Kiuru
Editing Tuuli Alanärä
Sound design Tuomas Klaavo
Cast Oskari Joutsen, Päivi Mäkinen ja Anna Paavilainen
Production Lotta-Kaisa Riistakoski / ELO Film School Helsinki and Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films

Selected festivals Nordisk Panorama, Helsinki Short Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Sundance London, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Vilnius International Film Festival, Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway, Tampere Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Mecal International Short Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival, Brussels International Film Festival, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany 2013, LA International Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival Grimstadt, Kaliber 35 Munich International Short Film Festival, Art Film Festival, Slovakia 2013, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Odense International Short Film Festival, Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival.
Awards Winner of the Short Film Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival 2013, Special mention at Berlinale Generation, Best nordic fiction at Minimalen, Best Short Film at Nordic Lights Film Festival (Michigan).

“To it’s hysterical take on performance and anxiety and using the short form to maximum effect. And two felines having wild sex.” – Jury Award: International Short Fiction Sundance 2013


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BOYFRIEND

KATARIINA, 15, is a nobody in the eyes of other girls, until they see Katariina in a company of a cute older boy and become curious. Katariina is flattered by other girls’ attention and she ends up lying about her “boyfriend”. But how long can she keep on pretending? Boyfriend is a community film, which was made together with suburban teenage girls living in Vantaa.

A short film for young people, duration 13 minutes. Premiere 11/2013.
Script Mia Kauppinen, Tuuli Kentta, Monika Koroliova, Lois de Medeiros, Maria-Helena Mononen, Pauliina Uhtakari, Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi
Directing Kirsikka Saari & Jenni Toivoniemi
Cinematography Jarmo Kiuru & Päivi Kettunen
Editing Iiro Holopainen
Sound design Vili Laitinen
Music Kirka Sainio
Cast Mia Kauppinen, Tuuli Kentta, Monika Koroliova, Lois de Medeiros, Maria-Helena Mononen, Pauliina Uhtakari, Oskari Joutsen, Eppu Toivoniemi
Production Kirsikka Saari & Jenni Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films. Boyfriend is a community film, which was made with the support of the Myrsky project and the City of Vantaa
Festivals Helsinki Short Film Festival (competition) Tampere Film Festival (Films by Myrsky Project), Season Film Festival, 16th Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg, youth competition (part of the International Short Film Festival Hamburg 2014).


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WEDDING NIGHT

Their first time is a surprise for both of them.

A short film, duration 7 minutes. Premiere 4/2014.
Script Jenni Toivoniemi
Directing Jenni Toivoniemi
Cinematography Jarmo Kiuru
Set and costume design Laura Haapakangas
Editing Maarit Nissilä
Sound design Tuomas Klaavo
Music Lauri Saine
Cast Johannes Holopainen & Kaisa Leppänen
Production Tiina-Mari Pitkänen & Jenni Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films


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ROLE

Cringeworthy comedy about the roles in our lives

Lauri Tilkanen is a talented, promising young actor who finds himself among the final
candidates vying for the lead role in a high-concept feature film. The casting process has
already been long and arduous, for a role that seems nearly impossible to interpret. In this
audition, we see just how far Lauri is willing to go for a chance at stardom.

A short film, duration 11 minutes. Premiere 8/2014.
Script Jenni Kangasniemi, Elina Knihtilä, Lauri Maijala, Lauri Tilkanen, Elli Toivoniemi, HP Vaara
Directing Jenni Kangasniemi, Elli Toivoniemi
Cinematography Juice Huhtala, Selma Vilhunen
Editing HP Vaara
Sound design Ville Katajala
Cast Lauri Maijala, Lauri Tilkanen, Elina Knihtilä, Juice Huhtala, Jonas Nourisson, Selma Vilhunen
Production Jonas Nourisson, Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films
Festivals Locarno, Pardi di domani, Bornshorts Festival, Rauma Blue Sea Film Festival, Artova Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival


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LUNACHICKS

Comedy about friendships

Lunachicks is a group of teenage graffiti girls who set out on a journey to save their reputation. Their tough leader Luna, seems to have something she is hiding.

A short film for young people, duration 7 minutes. Premiere 11/2014.
Directing Jenni Kangasniemi, Aino Suni
Script Tuuli Kentta, Monika Koroliova, Lois de Medeiros, Maarja Lurich, Kerle Soosalu, Sigrid Jeletski, Moonika Koroliova, Iona Nurminen, Daria Vangonen, Jenni Kangasniemi ja Aino Suni
Cinematography Kerttu Hakkarainen
Editing Illusia Sarvas
Sound design Rauno Mynttinen
Cast Lois de Medeiros, Tuuli Kenttä, Maarja Lurich, Kerle Soosalu, Sigrid Jeletski, Moonika Koroliova, Iona Nurminen
Production Jenni Kangasniemi, Aino Suni, Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films
Festivals Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival


In development


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STUPID YOUNG HEART

Lightly built, care free, LENNI (15), raised by a single mom is confronted by the pressures of adult life when his girlfriend KIIRA (16) informs him that she is pregnant. Lenni starts looking for father figures to learn from as he discovers that responsibility and parenthood do not always go hand in hand.

A feature film, 90 minutes. In development.
Script Kirsikka Saari
Directing Selma Vilhunen
Production Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films
Kirsikka Saari and Elli Toivoniemi participated in eQuinoxé workshop in 2013 with Stupid Young Heart.


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WIFE

RUEDEE (29), a woman from Thailand and a Finnish man JUKKA-PEKKA (40), get married and move to Finland during the summer. They have the best intentions, but as the beautiful sunny days turn into merciless dark winter nights, Ruedee struggles to become an accepted member of the society as people are quick to draw judgments on an Asian woman in a country which prides on equality.

A feature film, 90 minutes. In development.
Script Jenni Toivoniemi
Directing Selma Vilhunen
Production Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films

Elli Toivoniemi participated in the EAVE workshop in 2013 with Wife.
Project received a development funding from Creative Europe Media