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'

World sales First Hand Films
Distribution, Festivals U.S. and Canada FilmRise
Festival contact Finnish Film Foundation, Tuffi Films


Tampere Film Festival, 2017
Visions du Réel Film Festial, 2017
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2017
Nordisk Panorama, 2017
Umeå European Film Festival, 2017
DOK Leipzig, 2017
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2017
Cinekid Festival, 2017
The Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, 2017
Kolkata International Children Film Festival, 2017
St Petersburg Week of Finnish Films, 2017
Oulu International Children’s Film Festival, 2017
Docpoint Tallinn, 2018
Budapest International Documentary Festival, 2018

One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, 2018


Jussi Award, Best Documentary Feature Film, 2017
Risto Jarva -Prize and The Main Prize in the Over 30 Minutes films in the National Competition, Tampere Film Festival, 2017
Audience Award, Cinekid Festival, 2017