Games People Play has been awarded with the Baltic Film prize for the Best Nordic Feature Film at Nordische Filmtage Lübeck. In addition, the film's writer-director, Jenni Toivoniemi, was awarded with Friends of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck prize for the Best Feature Film Debut at the same festival.
The jury for the Baltic Film prize praised Toivoniemi's film "For the brilliantly orchestrated cinematic journey to elegant feast lost between baroque and contemporary times together with talented cast and fresh look at the turning point in young adults' lives."
Games People Play is Toivoniemi's first full length feature film as a director. The award for the best debut film is decided by a jury of 300 Friends of the Nordic Film Days.
Games People Play had its premier at the Göteborg International Film Festival, 2020, where it, as the only Finnish film, competed for the Dragon Award. Both the audience and critiques favourite, the film is a comedy of the tragedy of being forever young. The film features Emmi Parviainen, Eero Milonoff, Samuli Niittymäki, Paula Vesala, Iida-Maria Heinonen, Paavo Kinnunen, Laura Birn and Christian Hillborg.
The 62th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck was organised at 4.-8.11.2020. The film is produced by Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi, and it is distributed by Nordisk Film.
Link to the festival page: https://www.nordische-filmtage.de/en/presse/meldungen/awardceremony.html
The triumphs of Tuffi’s feature length film Force of Habit (orig. Tottumiskysymys) continue, the film was awarded with ‘Best International Feature’ and ‘Best Screenplay’ at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival last week.
Kirsikka Saari, one of the seven director-writers of the film, mentioned in her acceptance speech that the film was a very special one to make: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and truly a life changing experience for all of us seven filmmakers”. The other director-writers of the film are Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo. Force of Habit is an extraordinary act of seven filmmakers who wanted to shed light on those moments in every woman’s life, that usually remain hidden.
Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK, held annually in central London.The winning films were announced at the festival's closing gala on Saturday November 7th.
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Sihja, the Rebel Fairy is Tuffi Films and the director Marja Pyykkö’s first children’s film.
The film is a story of an unconventional fairy and an eccentric boy who overcome their own fears and obstacles in order to save the nature. A live action film for children from 7 to 12.
You can now take a first look at Tuffi’s up-coming film Sihja, the Rebel Fairy in Finnish, but we will soon have sneak peaks also for the international audience.
During the screenwriting process Sihja was pitched at Kids Film Forum at Warsaw and Financing Forum for Kids Content, where the production won an award. The film’s script is by Kirsikka Saari (Stupid Young Heart) and Jenni Toivoniemi (Games People Play) and it stars Pirjo Lonka, Eero Ritala, Elmer Bäck and Elena Leeve. The child lead actors are Justus Hentula and Elina Patrakka.
Script Kirsikka Saari and Jenni Toivoniemi Director Marja Pyykkö Production Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt / Tuffi Films Co-producers Windmill Film Netherlands, Den Siste Skilling Norway Distribution SF Studios, YLE, Dutch Features Global Entertainment Funding Church Media Foundation, Business Tampere, Creative Europe Media, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Suomen elokuvasäätiö, Dutch Film Fonds, Norsk Filminstitutt, Eurimages Cinematographer Remko Schnorr Editor Jon Endre Mørk Set Design Otso Linnaluoto Costume Design Emmi Leeve Makeup Design Pia Mikkonen Sound Design Hugo Ekornes Composer Jan Inge Berentsen Anvik Cast Elina Patrakka, Justus Hentula, Pirjo Lonka, Eero Ritala, Elena Leeve, Elmer Bäck, Paola Bärlund
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Sihja, the Rebel Fairy premiers on 15th of Jan 2021 in Finland.
Tuffi’s thought-provoking feature film Force of Habit (orig. Tottumiskysymys) was awarded ‘Best Nordic Feature’ at the 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival in New York.
Force of Habit follows the lives of various women questioning the existing power structures and exploring gender discrimination. It is an extraordinary act of seven filmmakers who wanted to shed light on those moments in every woman’s life that usually remain hidden.
Force of Habit is written and directed by Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo. The film and the Force of Habit anthology series are part of an impact campaign which provides insights and observations of gendered power dynamics and offers tools for processing and verbalising these as well as aims to define a new normal.
Nordic International Film Festival is the largest nordic film festival outside of Europe, held annually in New York.
Tuffi’s feature film Force of Habit (orig. Tottumiskysymys) won the Nordisk Film Prize in the annual Jussi Awards ceremony held last night in Helsinki.
Nordisk Film Prize is awarded annually for an extraordinary effort within Finnish film. In her powerful acceptance speech the co-director and producer Elli Toivoniemi pronounced: “We are doing everything we can, so that these stories will not be your stories”.
Force of Habit was nominated for a Jussi Award in total of four categories: Best Film (Elli Toivoniemi), Best Director (Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi, Miia Tervo), Best Screenplay (Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi, Miia Tervo) and Best Supporting Actor (Johannes Holopainen).
The feature follows the lives of various women throughout one day, questioning the existing power structures and exploring gender discrimination, and is part of a film anthology by the same name that consists of a feature, 11 episodes and an impact campaign.
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Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (Pidä Saaristo Siistinä ry), a Finnish environmental organisation for boaters and all those travelling in and around Finnish waterways, has joined Tuffi Films in their impact work surrounding their upcoming documentary feature film Here Be Monsters.
The collaboration was announced today 30th of September at the DocPoint IMPACT day in Oodi, Helsinki Central Library. Here Be Monster will premier in 2021, which marks the start of the collaboration.
Here Be Monsters showcases the archeological layer of rubbish buried in beaches and what this tells the next generations of the time of excess plastic. The film follows beachcombers, who walk along the beaches looking for valuable or interesting items. It examines people’s relation to nature and what we leave behind us.
With this collaboration Tuffi and Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association want to highlight the prevalent problem of plastic waste in the Baltic Sea and Finland’s lakes. The collaboration also encourages people to join PSS ry’s Clean Beach clean up program. The Clean Beach program has been in action already for seven years and its aim is to raise the amount of collected trash from the beaches but also the amount of clean beaches in Finland.
Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association is excited about the impact collaboration, because working with the documentary film and Tuffi Films opens them possibilities to reach new target groups and operators. Approaching the problem from new angles helps us to understand the reasons for littering and its implications, but also it allows the rise of new solutions for the problem.
Here Be Monsters is a film about human clutter. Oceans remain the final frontier, the great unknown territory. Beachcombers have always been the gatekeepers to information that oceans deliver.
Director Anna Antsalo Editing Okku Nuutilainen Sound design Tuomas Skopa Impact Producer Sini Hormio Production Venla Hellstedt, Juha Löppönen
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Read more about the Clean Beach program: https://www.siistibiitsi.fi/en/front-page/
Read more about Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association: https://www.pidasaaristosiistina.fi/en