Hobbyhorse Revolution

A funny and moving film about teenagers with growing pains, who discover their own voice and talent through riding and making hobbyhorses

Selma Vilhunen has directed a documentary about young hobbyhorse enthusiasts. Over the past ten years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon and a way of life for thousands of young people.

Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny and moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of a community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby.

Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobby around it, raising the scene to a whole new level. The hobbyists’ are unofficially organised, working on a voluntary basis. In one hand they are active online with their Instagram accounts, blogs and forums while on the other they practise the sport by exercising outdoors in woods and parks - and they are serious. They are an ever-growing group that trains determinedly and organises nationwide competitions. Every handcrafted hobbyhorse has its own name and personality. The age range of hobbyists’ is continuously expanding with the eldest now over 20 years old. The hobbyhorse fever is now spreading abroad as well.

A documentary film. Premiere 3/2017.

Director Selma Vilhunen Writers Selma Vilhunen, Okku Nuutilainen Editor Okku Nuutilainen Cinematography Sari Aaltonen, Selma Vilhunen Composer Henrik Oja (SE) Sound design Christoffer Demby / Ljudbang (SE) Post Production Trickfabriken (SE) Production Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi Co-producer Therese Högberg / Bautafilm AB Production support The Finnish Film Foundation, Avek, Svenska filminstitutet, Film i Västerbotten, Nordic Film & TV Fond Produced in association with Yle In co-production with Sveriges Television AB and Filmpool Nord AB

Duration theatre version & TV version 90' & 58' Domestic theatrical release 31.3.2017 Age limit Suitable for all ages Instagram @hobbyhorserevolution Facebook fb.me/hobbyhorserevolution World sales First Hand Films Distribution, Festivals U.S. and Canada FilmRise Festival contact Finnish Film Foundation, Tuffi Films

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Never stop doing what you love

A refreshing look at the coming of age of young women who transformed their passion into an empowering tool and created a community to stand up to the world. Through their conviction, love and special revolution, they invite us all to find our very own hobbyhorses. -Tampere Film Festival jury


Tampere Film Festival 03/2017, Visions du Réel Nyon Switzerland 04/2017, HotDocs Toronto Canada 04/2017, the opening film of Nordic Panorama Malmö Sweden 09/2017 and Umeå European Film Festival 11/2017, in official programme of DokLeipzig 11/2017, Nordische Filmtage Lübeck 11/2017, Cinekid Amsterdam (winner of the Audience Award) 11/2017, Kasseler Dokfest, Kolkata International Children Festival, St Petersburg Week of Finnish Films, Oulu International Children’s Film Festival, Docpoint Tallinn, Budapest BIDF, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Czech Republic


Tampere Film Festival: Risto Jarva Main Prize and National Competition - films over 30 minutes - Grand Prix Main Prize 03/2017, Cinekid Amsterdam: Winner of the Audience Award 11/2017