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Tuffi Films is a production and distribution company established in Helsinki, Finland in 2010. The company is owned and run by Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt, Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi and Selma Vilhunen.

Tuffi develops projects with a wide range of genres from contemporary drama to comedy, as well as versatile creative documentaries. Tuffi’s films have enjoyed international success at the Academy Awards, and at festivals such as Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel and Clermont-Ferrand. Tuffi Films produces quality films and series on contemporary topics with a human touch, made to stand the test of time.

Feature film Games People Play (dir. Jenni Toivoniemi) and anthology series Force of Habit (dir. Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi and others) had their international premiere in Göteborg Film Festival, where Games People Play competed for the title of the Best Nordic Film. Force of Habit, the all-female production exploring how women are discriminated against because of their gender in public and private life, covers 11 episodes and a single feature film by fifteen writers and directors invited together by Tuffi Films.

Why Tuffi?

1. Tuffi was a female circus elephant that became famous in Germany in 1950 
when she bolted in a moving suspended monorail wagon in Wuppertal. She
 trumpeted wildly, ran through the wagon, broke through a window and fell into a 
river. Tuffi survived the 5-meter fall and died as late as 1989. Wikipedia

2. Tuffi is the Finnish word for tuff, a type of rock consisting of consolidated
 volcanic ash. Wikipedia

3. Small sized but giant in courage and tenacity. Feminine version.
“Toulouse Lautrec was totally tuffi in the art world and in his personal life.” Urban
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