Selma Vilhunen’s Stupid Young Heart won the Work In Progress award at the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki.
The Finnish-Swedish-Dutch co-production is a drama about suburban teenagers who unexpectedly have to deal with grown up problems of pregnancy, while extreme right wing ideas enter their multicultural neighbourhood.
The project gets €3,000 to be spent on international marketing efforts. Vilhunen, who previously made festival hit Little Wing, is currently shooting the film in Helsinki.
Elli Toivoniemi and Venla Hellstedt produce for Tuffi Films. No sales company is attached yet.
This year the Finnish Film Affair presented nearly 50 Finnish films and projects to international attendees including sales executives, distributors and TV buyers. Companies attending included Altitude, Wild Bunch, XYZ Films, Studiocanal, Lionsgate, Raven Banner, Westend Films, BBC FIlms, Indie Sales, New Europe Film Sales, AMP International, and Films Boutique.
During the FFA and Helsinki Film Festival’s new sidebar Nordic Flair, 38 Nordic actors and directors were introduced to industry guests and Danish actor Pilou Asbæk won the Nordic Flair Award.