Source: Festival de Cannes


Scanbox Entertainment has added Aurora Studios as its exclusive Finnish theatrical distribution partner through its distribution subsidiary Cinemanse.

The deal covers all Scanbox titles, both acquisitions (usually made on a pan-Nordic basis) and its in-house productions, which are ramping up.

The collaboration will boost Scanbox’s connections to local productions in Finland while giving Aurora and Cinemanse an expansion of their theatrical slate.

The first titles to be released under the deal will be Cannes 2022 selection Godland by Hlynur Pálmason followed by The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Hettie Macdonald.

Scanbox is headquartered in Copenhagen with offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki. Its recent releases include The Great Silence, Emily and Official Competition. Since 2022, the company has expanded into more local film and TV production, including the Norwegian and Icelandic adaptations of Italian hit Perfect Strangers.

Aurora Finland works across financing, development, production and distribution for both film and TV. Cinemanse’s recent releases include Everything Everywhere All At Once and The Worst Person In The World; the company will release 7 Finnish titles this year. On the production side, its titles include The Bubble and The Worst Idea Ever. Aurora boosted its production potential by acquiring Helsinki-filmi in 2021.

Thor Sigurjonsson, CEO of Scanbox Entertainment, said: “The new collaboration with Aurora Studios and Cinemanse is ideal for Scanbox as our aim is to strengthen our position not only as a distribution company but also as a company that delivers local content in Finland. Aurora Studios has a strong local presence and an extensive understanding of tendencies and upcoming talent in the Finnish film industry, and we are thrilled about future collaborations with their passionate and talented team.”

Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Aurora Studios, added: “We are beyond excited about this partnership and really look forward to start working with Scanbox. They have a marvellous team and an absolutely stellar line-up, consisting of premium global films that perfectly match Aurora Studios’ and Cinemanse’s slate. Their overall approach to distribution really resonates with us.”