With the widest Finnish release of the year, Christmas Story has dominated the national box office. The family film led the field in its first weekend with 21.883 admissions from 60 screens, topping the previous front-runner, Disney hit Ratatouille (66 screens). In its second weekend, Christmas Story scored even better numbers, rising 19% — a
Canada-based world sales agent Delphis Films announced its most recent acquisition of a high quality family film from Finland, entitled Christmas Story, for the international marketplace outside Scandinavia. Christmas Story is a feature debut by Juha Wuolijoki and recounts a unique and amazing journey of Santa Claus on his way to become the Santa that
Out of the 2.5 million euro budget of Christmas Story, over 1 million comes from corporations. For an average Finnish movie, the amount of corporate funding of the production and marketing budgets is approximately one quarter.
Snapper Films’ 2004 television film Gourmet Club was part of the line-up at Sarasota Film Festival in April 2007, taking part by invitation. It was selected to the event from a group of hundreds of applicants. Director Juha Wuolijoki and one of the lead actors, Emmy Award winner Michael Badalucco were pleased to attend the
Principal photography was completed for the family film Christmas Story, the first big Finnish Christmas film, in March 2007. The secrets of Santa Claus’s unknown childhood are revealed in the film that finally tells the story of how and why Santa became what he is. Hannu-Pekka Björkman takes on the lead role of the adult
Variety, May 23, 2002: Snapper Films, the New York and Helsinki based production entity headed by Juha Wuolijoki, and Minnie Driver’s production shingle Two Drivers Prods., have formed an alliance to co-produce English language feature films in Europe. The pact is aimed at developing and producing feature films budgeted under the $10 million, with the
Screen International, February 21, 2001: German sales agent EuroArts Entertainment and the New York-based production house Snapper Films have formed a development and production alliance. Under the three-year deal, the two expect to produce at least two English-language pictures with budgets in the $5m region. “What we are looking for is films in three genres:
Variety, February 18, 1999: BERLIN – Gotham-based Open City Films has formed a deal with Snapper Films, a Helsinki-based investment and production company, to jointly develop and finance projects. Founded in 1993 by Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente, Open City recently produced Tony Bui’s “Three Seasons” which won three prizes at the Sundance Film Festival