SF Studios signs distribution deal with Finnish production company Aurora Studios

5 December 2023

Copyright: Photo credit: Mitro Härkönen / Tuffi Films

SF Studios has signed a first look distribution agreement with Aurora Studios that will cover the Finnish production company’s slate until 2027. The deal is effective immediately with upcoming Finnish theatrical releases Herman the Clown and the Hypnotist (December 22), Four Little Adults (December 27) and The Missile (February 2). The partnership will strengthen SF Studios’ market offer in Finland adding to its already extensive library of local titles.

“SF Studios Finland has a strong legacy in distributing local films. Together with Aurora Studios’ executive producers, we have already delivered box office hits like Unknown Soldier (2017) and Ladies of Steel (2020). We now warmly welcome Aurora Studios to partner with us again. This is very natural joint venture and we look forward to together build a strong line-up of new titles for a cherished Finnish audience”, says Yaba Holst, Head of Nordic Acquisition at SF Studios.

“This distribution deal is part of SF Studios’ strategy to be a leading distributor in the Nordics offering a wide range of content from international blockbusters to strong local productions to screens all over the Nordics”, says Lars Wannebo, EVP Distribution at SF Studios.

”We are extremely happy to restart our great distribution co-operation with SF Studios and put our future focus in the production of domestic films and drama series, international co-productions, and the investing activities of Finnish Impact Film Fund (FIFF)”, says Ari Tolppanen, the Chairman of the Board of Aurora Studios.

Aurora Studios’ slate includes the anticipated high-quality comedies Herman the Clown and the Hypnotist by Timo Koivusalo, Selma Vilhunen’s awarded Four Little Adults and Miia Tervo's The Missile as well as film adaptation Itty Bitty Princess by Lauri Maijala and Anima Vitae's animated film Fleak. SF Studios will have first look rights to other upcoming releases from Aurora Studios until 2027.

For more information, please contact:
Yaba Holst, Head of Nordic Acquisition, SF Studios, yaba.holst@sfstudios.se, +46 73 411 95 35
Lars Wannebo, EVP Distribution, SF Studios, lars.wannebo@sfstudios.se, +46 73 656 01 34
Malin Strihagen, Vice President Brand & Communications, SF Studios, malin.strihagen@sfstudios.se, +46 70 780 39 35

About SF Studios
SF Studios, established in 1919, is one of the world’s oldest film companies. Today SF Studios is the leading film studio in the Nordic region with its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The company is producing and distributing feature films and TV series as well as providing the streaming service SF Anytime. SF Studios is part of the leading Nordic media company Bonnier.

About Aurora Studios
Aurora Studios is a company which focuses on the development, financing, production of feature-length films and drama series, whose owners are Otava Oy, investors Ari Tolppanen and Ari Lahti, and the company's executives. The company has either produced or co-produced 12 films and 11 drama series. Aurora Studios administrates the 13.5-million-euro Finnish Impact Film Fund (FIFF). The investors in the Finnish Impact Film Fund are Föreningen Konstsamfundet, the Wihuri Foundation, AB Kelonia Oy, the Saastamoinen Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Tesi, and the owners of Aurora Studios; Otava Oy, Ari Tolppanen's family-owned company Aristo-Invest Oy, and Ari Lahti's family-owned company, Baie Capital Oy.