HELSINKI — The Finnish Film Foundation last week presented a three-year plan to boost film production to Culture Minister Suve Linden.
Comparing Finland’s current $11 million state investment in film last year with that of Denmark ($32 million), Norway ($26 million) and Sweden ($24 million), the foundation suggested a budget increase to $22.5 million annually.
“This would secure an annual production of 15 feature films, 15 teleplays or drama series and 10 documentaries, and we are not short of ideas,” said foundation CEO Jouni Mykkanen, adding that the org received almost 100 proposals when announcing for mainstream projects.
After a record 25% domestic market share in 1999, Finnish films hit 15% in 2000 and 10% last year. But with three local films exceeding 200,000 admissions so far, Finnish cinema controls 16% of the audience in 2002.
And in spite of a production volume of 10 features in 2001, Finland is the only Scandinavian country to have a pic in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, with Aki Kaurismaki’s “The Man Without a Past.”