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Production company based on firm idealism

Tuffi Films is a production and distribution company established in Helsinki, Finland in 2010. We bring forth new perspectives and yet unseen stories. We are deconstructing film making to find new solutions to collaborate, develop artistic quality and produce provoking yet inspiring content.

As an employer we are driven by our core values: sustainability, equality and diversity, which we do our best to get better at every year.

The company is owned by Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt, Kirsikka Saari, Jenni Toivoniemi and Selma Vilhunen.

Tuffi holds an Academy Award Nomination for Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (dir. Vilhunen, writ. Saari, 2012) and has enjoyed success at Berlinale with the Crystal Bear winning Stupid Young Heart (dir. Vilhunen, writ. Saari, 2018) and at Sundance with the Short Film Jury Award-winning The Date (J. Toivoniemi, 2012).

In 2020 Tuffi celebrated Games People Play’s (dir. J. Toivoniemi, 2020) success at the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, where the film received two awards, including Best Feature Film Debut, while the Force of Habit anthology (dir. Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi and others, 2019) was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Cinema.

Tuffi’s latest documentary, Walk the Tideline (dir. Anna Antsalo, 2021), opened the 2021 DocPoint film festival and this year will also see the premieres of Tuffi's first family feature film Sihja, the Rebel Fairy (dir. Marja Pyykkö, 2021) and the second season of the hugely popular comedy series Carpe Fcking Diem!.

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.” UrbanDictionary