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More Hollywood productions headed to Finland this year

Specifics were scant, but at least one British and two American productions are planning to shoot movies in Finland.

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Finland's relatively stable coronavirus situation has benefited the local film industry, as movie productions in other parts of the world, including Hollywood, are at a virtual standstill. Image: Wikimedia commons

At least two movie production teams from Hollywood and one from the UK are planning to shoot in Finland this year, if the coronavirus situation doesn't change significantly, according to local production association Apfi (Audiovisual Producers Finland).

With help from government funding agency Business Finland, Apfi has aimed to get foreign motion picture companies in the US and UK to shoot productions in Finland.

While the association acknowledged that three productions are planning to arrive, it would not reveal more information about them as all of the paperwork hasn't been finalised, according to the group's head of international affairs Anni Wessman.

The work of attracting foreign production teams to come to the Nordic country saw a turning point last autumn, following the shooting in the Tampere area of the Riley Stearns-directed movie Dual, starring Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan.

Members of that production team, XYZ Films, praised the experience of filming in Finland, sparking interest among other filmmakers in American and Britain about heading to the Nordic country to shoot their own movies, Wessman confirmed.

Finland's relatively stable coronavirus situation has benefited the local film industry, as many movie productions in other parts of the world, including Hollywood, remain at a virtual standstill.

Deeper pockets, but not blockbusters

The budgets of the international productions filmed in Finland are several times higher than domestic projects, which amount to around 1.5 million euros. However, Finland isn't attracting blockbuster productions with budgets of 50 million euros and up, according to Wessman.

"It's advantageous for a five million dollar movie comes here, as they will shoot for a longer period of time. A high-budget film would only be here for a couple of days and would spend a lot of money, but it wouldn't be very good for the Finnish movie industry in terms of employment," she explained.

"This year and next winter look like they're going to be very good for Finnish film professionals," Wessman said.

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