Tuffi Films has created an equality plan and challenges others to do the same


Tuffi Films aims at reflecting the diversity of the Finnish and the wider society both in front and behind the camera and is committed to advancing better working methods in the film industry.

In the light of the recent public discussion, we have realised that we need to write these aims down and commit to them publicly. This is why we have created an action plan for equality, which will be delivered to everybody working with us or for us and to all our business partners.

We encourage everyone who works with us currently, or has worked for us in the past, to suggest additions or corrections to the plan, to ensure the well being of all parties.

We recognize, that in order to reach equality, Tuffi Films needs to engage in an on-going and sometimes critical re-evaluation of our own practices. We hope that other production houses and financiers will also take the steps needed to conquer inequality in our industry.


• Tuffi Films commits to creating an equal and respectful culture at the workplace. Everyone has the right to work in safety and peace. People in powerful positions are expected to behave with the utmost responsibility. • We aim at creating productions that project the diversity of our society both in front of and behind the camera.

• Tuffi Films publishes open posts, so that a wide variety of candidates have the possibility to apply for them.

• If two candidates are equal, we will favor the gender that is underrepresented in the position in question.

• Tuffi Films commits to the instructions made by Finnish film and TV organizations to prevent sexual harassment (02/2018). These instructions will be delivered to each employee. The Tuffi Films management will go through the shared rules in every production. Each production has an appointed person to inform about possible violations of these common rules. He/she writes down every case and brings it to the management. The management will deal with the issue according to the before mentioned instructions and take the necessary steps. The consequences can be, depending on the case, warning after a discussion, ending the employment contract and/or taking the case to the public authorities. This includes all forms of harassment, inappropriate behaviour and misuse of authority.

• We recognise that in filmmaking there are situations and assignments that need special protection. Art can never be an excuse for sexual or other types of harassment. For example acting is physical and intimate work and therefore requires extra protection from the employer.

• We also want to make sure that especially the employees and interns in the beginning of their careers as well as people coming from outside the industry will receive enough information about their rights and that their work assignments are appropriate. Employees just entering the industry do not necessarily know common practices or belong to the unions, so they will be especially supervised when needed.

• We commit to further educate ourselves in how to prevent harassment and discrimination.

• This plan will be continually updated and revised.

Hobbyhorse Revolution nominated for the European Film Academy Youth Audience Award


Tuffi Films production, the documentary film Hobbyhorse Revolution directed by Selma Vilhunen, has been selected of one of only three nominees in the EFA Youth Audience Award.

An international youth jury will vote for the winner on 6th May 2018 in screenings organized by EFA across 36 cities in Europe and beyond.

Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny and moving documentary about teenagers with growing pains who discover their own voice and talent through making and riding hobbyhorses. It is produced by Tuffi’s Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt and has been distributed in cinemas in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands. North American distribution will commence in the Spring 2018.

The film has been nominated in the ‘Best Documentary’ category in the national film awards in Finland. The Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded the Director Selma Vilhunen with a Grand Prix for significant cultural achievements in February 2018. Vilhunen received the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2017 for her debut feature Little Wing. Vilhunen’s short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? was an Oscar-nominee in 2014.

Hobbyhorse Revolution is a co-production with Bautafilm, Sweden and has been financed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Avek, The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle, Nordic Film & TV Fund, SVT, The Swedish Film Institute, Filmpool Nord and Film i Västerbotten.

EFA press release: Hobbyhorse Revolution trailer:

The documentary Hobbyhorse Revolution gets a wide release in Sweden


The documentary by Selma Vilhunen on young hobbyhorse enthusiasts opens in Sweden today on 46 cinema screens in 24 towns. The distribution is exceptionally wide for a Finnish film, especially for a documentary aimed at a young audience.

Folkets Bio, who also owns cinemas, distributes the film in Sweden. The film will be seen in the cinemas of the SF Bio chain as well.

Hobbyhorse Revolution has got excellent reviews in the Swedish press. Dagens Nyheter calls it the best documentary of the year and Sveriges Radio gives it five stars out of five.

Inspired by the film, Swedish hobbyhorseists will organize a flash mob on Swedish streets following the film’s premiere, on Satuday the 25th of November.

The film’s producers Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi comment: “Although we have developed the film from the start with the international market in mind, we cannot deny we are thrilled by the international interest towards the film. It is extremely rewarding to see how Selma Vilhunen’s film has gotten wings underneath it and how the empowering story of young girls touches people all over the world.”

Hobbyhorsing as a further developed sport and hobby as we now know it, has been created by Finnish girls. Through Hobbyhorse Revolution, the well kept secret of thousands of girls reached general awareness worldwide. With the help of the film, the phenomena got covered in dozens of media outlets from the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and le Monde to the YouTube channel of the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Hobbyhorse Revolution got theatrical distribution also in Denmark, where it opened on October 4th on 11 screens. Next the hobbyhorsing fever will spread to the Netherlands, where the doc will open in early 2018, distributed by Windmill Film. Film Rise will bring the film to North American screens next year. The international sales of the film are handled by First Hand Films.

The film had its international premiere at the Visions du Réel festival in Switzerland in April. In addition it has been screened at numerous festivals all over the world. The film was awarded with a historical double prize at the Tampere Film Festival in Finland in March, where it won the Risto Jarva prize as well as the domestic competition for long documentaries.

Hobbyhorse Revolution premiered in cinemas in Finland on March 31st and it was broadcast on Finnish Yle TV2 in October.

The film is an international coproduction with Bauta Film in Sweden and financed by the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle, AVEK, Nordic Film & TV Fund and in Sweden SVT, Filmpool Nord and Film i Västerbotten.

Director Selma Vilhunen’s short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything was nominated for an Oscar in 2014. Her debut feature Little Wing premiered last year in Toronto and recently got the Nordic Council Film Prize. Hobbyhorse Revolution is her third feature documentary. Her second feature fiction Stupid Young Heart, produced by Tuffi Films, is currently in production.

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Short film by Kirsikka Saari gets production funding


Tuffi Films is excited to announce that the short film ”Super Comfort”, written and directed by Kirsikka Saari has been selected to be produced through the short film initiative by the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and Yle (”Yhden yön juttu”). It’s a film about a woman in her fifties, who is expecting her son for a visit, but realizes the family is no longer what it used to be. The expected release of the film is in summer 2018.

Tuffi Films fiction feature Stupid Young Heart cast revealed


Filming has started for Tuffi Films’ feature Stupid Young Heart, directed by Selma Vilhunen, written by Kirsikka Saari. The main cast are newcomers Jere Ristseppä and Rosa Honkonen, while established acting talent includes Ville Haapasalo, Pihla Viitala and Katja Küttner. The shooting started in the first week of September 2017 and the domestic cinema release will be in October 2018.

Stupid Young Heart is an edgy and warm drama about suburban teenagers, who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right wing ideas enter their multicultural neighbourhood.

The film is a Finnish-Swedish-Dutch co-production. The international crew includes the DOP Lisabi Fridell, the Set Designer Eva Torsvall and the Editor Michal Leszczylowski, who is known for his work with Lukas Moodysson.

Director Selma Vilhunen says:

”Kirsikka Saari’s script has many layers. It is at the same time a sensitive and funny description of young people in this world that is at a turning point, with its adults more or less lost and afraid. The script looks at weakness in people and hatred from the eye level, aspiring to see beyond prejudice. Stupid Young Heart is fiction, but the nucleus is in the reality in which we live. Our talented young actors lead us into this reality, they recognise the story. It is a great pleasure to work with such brave and skillful people as my actors Jere Ristseppä and Rosa Honkonen. I feel that together we have embarked on a long journey and when we return, none of us will be the same as before.” 
Vilhunen and Saari have previously collaborated in the short film Do I Have To Take Care of Everything? (2013, Tuffi Films), that received an Oscar nomination in 2014. Vilhunen’s debut fiction feature Little Wing (2016, Making Movies) premiered in the Discovery competition at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize this Autumn.

The film is produced by Tuffi’s Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt. Stupid Young Heart is supported by the Finnish Film Foundation, Yle, Nordisk Film, The Church Media Foundation, Eurimages, The Netherlands Film Fund, Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe. Co-producing partners are Hob AB from Sweden and the Dutch company Windmill Film.

Contact: Producer Venla Hellstedt Tuffi Films Tel: +358 40 930 9905

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