Topical in Finnish Film is the June 2010 edition of the newsletter of the Finnish Film Foundation, published in the beginning of each month. The aim of this newsletter is to present a short summary of current national news, such as the next premieres and local audience figures, as well as to give some advance information of internationally important events and dates coming up during the next few weeks. The trend of local films outpacing foreign (e.g., U.S.) imports continues in Finland with local films reaching almost 800 000 admissions in 2010. By May 31, local films in Finland reached a total of 798 761 admissions during the year 2010. The number one local hit of early 2010 was Ricky Rapper and the Bicycle Thief by Mari Rantasila with 310 744 admissions by May 31.
Premiering in June-August: Gimme Some Respect, Moomins and the Comet Chase, Run Sister Run!
In May, Forbidden Fruit by Dome Karukoski, Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll & Mika Hotakainen as well as Shadow of the Holy Book by Arto Halonen won two international awards each. The Cannes Cinéfondation First Prize went to The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen and the Best Fiction award of the international competition of Curtocircuito festival in Spain to Over the Fence by Hamy Ramezan.
International festivals and awards in figures – January-April 2010
Finnish titles handled by the Finnish Film Foundation were invited during the first third of the year 2010 altogether 264 times to be screened at an international film festival or other event, and won altogether 21 international awards.
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