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Snapper’s next feature gets most support ever from Finnish Film Foundation


After the world-wide success of Christmas Story, The Finnish Film Foundation (FFF) has awarded a historical $1 million (€800,000) of advance funding to director Juha Wuolijoki’s second feature Hella W, produced by Snapper Films. Based on an original screenplay by Outi Nyytäjä, a Finnish intellectual and literary legend, Hella W is set in the most

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Christmas Story DVD opens to platinum sales


Snapper Films’ family hit becomes the first-ever Finnish DVD release to sell platinum. The DVD and Blu-Ray editions were released in Finland by Sandrew Metronome on November 26, 2008. The two-disk Special Edition includes the English-language version of Christmas Story, featuring the voices of Golden Globe nominee John Turturro (Transformers, Big Lebowski, Oh Brother Where

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Multiple territory release for Christmas Story


Delphis Films and Snapper Films are pleased to announce multiple territory theatrical release for their Finnish picture Christmas Story this coming holiday season. The territories include Spain, mainland China, Serbia, Greece, Estonia, Norway, French Canada, Sweden and a re-release in its home country, in addition to DVD release in France (Pathe), Mexico and Blue-ray/DVD in

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Lightning Media nabs U.S. rights for Christmas Story


The Snapper Films production Christmas Story has become the first Finnish box office hit to also make an impact in foreign sales. The top-grossing Finnish film of 2007, Christmas Story has been sold to nearly 100 countries, with theatrical releases in many of the territories. No other Finnish live-action feature has matched the breadth of

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Finnish Film Foundation supports Snapper’s upcoming features


Two of Snapper’s feature film projects have been granted development support of 40.000 Euros by the Finnish Film Foundation. HELLA W is a biopic about Hella Wuolijoki, Finland’s most complex and widely talented woman of influence. Scripted by Outi Nyytäjä and helmed by Juha Wuolijoki, the film recounts the true story of the internationally acclaimed

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World premiere of English version of Christmas Story in Cannes


Finnish hit pic voiced by John Turturro and Noah Emmerich The English version of CHRISTMAS STORY will have its World Premiere at the Marché du Film in Cannes in May. The Finnish family hit features the voices of Golden Globe nominated John Turturro (“Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,” “Transformers,” “Barton Fink”) and Noah Emmerich (“Pride

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Christmas Story wins Audience Award at Sarasota Film Festival


“Christmas Story” took its first international award on Saturday at the 10th Sarasota Film Festival. The Finnish family hit directed by Juha Wuolijoki won the Audience Award for Best in World Cinema. Sarasota ranks as the 8th largest independent film festival in the U.S. Last year the award was taken by Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated film

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John Turturro for Christmas Story


Finnish hit sold to 10 countries Snapper Films has attached Golden Globe nominated actor John Turturro for the English-language dub of the Finnish hit “Christmas Story”. Todd Thaler (“Leon”, “Arthur and the Invisibles”) is casting. “Christmas Story is a lovely film for the whole family – enchanting”, said Turturro (“Transformers”, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”)

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Christmas Story reports first sales


Family Film CHRISTMAS STORY has been acquired to Spain and Turkey. Flins & Piniculas picked up Spanish rights and will release the film theatrically Christmas 2008. R Films acquired rights for Turkey. An English-language dub of the film is in the works in New York. Todd Thaler (Leon, Cop Land, Arthur et les Minimois) is

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Christmas Story takes two Jussi Awards


The Finnish hit pic Christmas Story won two Jussi Awards (local “Oscars”) yesterday at the annual award ceremony in Helsinki. The Viewer’s Choice Jussi was presented to director-producer Juha Wuolijoki by Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. Director of Photography Mika Orasmaa won the Jussi Award for Best Cinematography. Christmas Story is the feature debut by

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