Once I was a dragonfly

A coming of age story about a boy who doesn’t see beauty in the society out there but instead in the microscopic world of dragonflies.

Dragonfly is a film that follows a 25-year-old Miikka Friman who has grown up with dragonflies. He was inspired already at the age of six by a dragonfly that landed on his shoulder and his inspiration gradually turned into a way of living which still almost two decades later drives Miikka onto his expeditions. Miikka has been living his whole life with a camera on his hand, researching dragonflies and documenting the important milestones of his live. The film will show in parallel Miikka’s development from a young enthusiastic filmmaker into a grown man while revealing the trajectory of a dragonfly.

A documentary film. Duration 64 minutes. Premiere 11/2016.

Director, screenwriter Elli Toivoniemi Cinematography Anna Antsalo, Selma Vilhunen Editor Okku Nuutilainen Sound designer Tuomas Klaavo Comporsers Joona Jaakkola, Salla Luhtala Producers Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi

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The Critics Choice Award in DocPoint January 2017 by a film critic Neil Young: " A delightful celebration both of Finnish eccentricity and the delicate wonders of the country´s natural environment, Once I Was a Dragonfly winningly alternates between archival footage- here filmed by the subject himself over a period of 20 years - and original materials"

The Best Pitch Award in Finnish Film Affair September 2015 by the Jury members: Fortissimo Films’ Berenice Fugard, TenOne Entertainment’s Robert Burke and LA-based critic Barbara Gasser. “Elli has a rare talent for capturing stunning visuals and telling a complex story in a relatable way. She also understands how to create an invisible bond between the subject of her documentary and the audience,” stated the jury."


59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Festival IDOCS International Documentary Forum, Peking Espoo Ciné Ilokuvafestivaali Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival, SINFF Jäkälä festivaali Suomen luonnonpäivän ohjelmistoa Colorado Environmental festival The London International Filmmaker Festival


DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Festival Critic's Choice award 2017
Finnish Film Affair Best Pitch Award 2015
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