Concluding his losers' trilogy, Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk turned up as a winner, cashing in on three out of six nominations for the Jussis - Finland's national film prizes - winning Best Film, Best Cinematography (Timo Salminen) and Best Set Design (Markku Patila).

The previous instalments in the series, Drifting Clouds (1996) and The Man Without a Past (2002), both secured two Jussis. All three were Golden Palm contenders at Cannes, where The Man Without a Past took three prizes, including the grand jury prize.

Aku Louhimies, whose Frozen Land bagged eight Jussis last year, left the Helsinki gala organised by the Filmiaura association with five prizes for Frozen City, honoured for Best Director, Script (Paavo Westerberg, Mikko Kouki), Actor (Janne Virtanen), Actress (Susanna Anteroinen), and Editing (Samu Heikkila). Frozen City had received eight noms. Another Louhimies feature, Man Exposed, won for Best Supporting Actor (Mikko Kouki).

With Lights in the Dusk and Frozen City controlling the awards, the remaining six statuettes were shared by five different titles. Two went to Finland 's first kung-fu film, AJ Annila's Jade Warrior (Best Music: Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen; Best Set Design: Markku Patila).