Finland

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Overview and recent productions

Recent international films to shoot in Finland include XYZ Films’ satirical sci-fi thriller Dual, starring Karen Gillan and Aaron Paul; Netflix series Deadwind and Bordertown; Warner Bros Japan drama Snow Flower (Yuki No Hana); Estonia-Finland co-production The Last Ones; France-Finland reindeer documentary Ailo’s Journey; and Chinese-led production Iron Sky: The Ark. Studio facilities in Helsinki include Valofirma and Angel Studios. 

Dual is receiving support from Business Finland and Film Tampere, and employs approximately 100 Finnish film professionals. The production has been taking place under strict Covid protocols, and the producers noted that Finland has maintained consistently low levels of infection.

“Since arriving over a month ago, I continue to find myself inspired by the city of Tampere,” said Riley Stearns, director and scriptwriter of Dual during production. “It has informed the look and feel of Dual in ways I never could have imagined while writing the script. I’m excited for audiences to see the world we’re able to create thanks to filming here.”

 

Infrastructure and crews

Finland has a small but respected film industry. Experienced crews are available,as well as good production services and filming equipment. The country is yet to develop world-class studio facilities but international producers come to Finland primarily for its unique filming locations.

Locations

Locations range from Finland’s famous lakes (more than 187,000 of them) to Cold War looks or urban chic in parts of Helsinki, and the snowy climes of Lapland.

First person to contact

Laura Andersson, advisor, production incentive, Business Finland, laura.andersson@businessfinland.fi

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