Handle Productions manages the film rights of Lumifilm Oy, which was founded by Hanna Hemilä and Liisa Helminen in 1993. The films include the critically acclaimed feature film Pelicanman (2004, major awards in London, Chicago, Moscow, Cairo, Zlin), the internationally awarded and distributed animation films Tootletubs & Jyro (13 shorts) and Urpo & Turpo (13 shorts), as well as two documentaries about Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietilä: Haru, The Island of the Solitary and Tove and Tooti in Europe.
Awards and Nominations
Best of the Festival, Audience Award, Riga International Children’s Film Festival / Pelicanman
Golden Cairo – Main Prize, Cairo International Film Festival for Children / Pelicanman
Children’s International Jury Prize: Best Film, Cairo International Film Festival for Children / Pelicanman
Teddy Bear – Special Price, Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Youth / Pelicanman
First Light Young Jury Prize: Best Feature chosen by 7–11 olds, the London Children’s Film Festival / Pelicanman
Best of the Fest, Audience Award, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival / Pelicanman
Best Feature Film for Children, The Main Prize of the International Children’s Jury, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth / Pelicanman
Finnish State Quality Award / Pelicanman
The Spectators’ Award for the Best Feature Film, Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth / Pelicanman
Best Sound Design, Jussi Award (National Oscars in Finland); Paul Jyrälä / Pelicanman
Best Production Design, Jussi Award: Jussi Halonen, Samuli Halla, Petri Neuvonen / Pelicanman
Nominations for Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Lead Actor, Jussi-Awards (National Oscars in Finland) / Pelicanman
Special Mention, The Kristiansand International Children´s Film Festival / Pelicanman
Hand of Humanism, Honorary Prize of Viitasaari Film Week: Liisa Helminen / Pelicanman
Best of the Festival, Audience Award, Nordic Glory Festival, Finland / Pelicanman
Nominations for Best Film, Best Sound Design, Finlandia award / Pelicanman
Matti Pellonpää Award: Liisa Helminen
Small Bear Price, Oulu International Children’s Film Festival: Liisa Helminen
Episode “Bubblegum Trouble” awarded at Laon International Film Festival for Young People / Tootletubs & Jyro
State’s Art Award: Mariko Härkönen, Ismo Virtanen, Liisa Helminen, Hanna Hemilä / Tootletubs & Jyro
State Quality Prize in Finland / Tootletubs & Jyro
Monitoro Award; Malebonding Award of Like Uutiset for celebration of friendship / Urpo & Turpo
Bronze Elephant Award, Hyberabad Childrens’ Film Festival in India / Urpo & Turpo
State Quality Prize / Urpo & Turpo
Pelicanman Best of the Festival in Riga
Pelicanman won the Best of the Festival Audience Award at Riga International Children’s Film Festival.
Pelicanman distributed in 31 countries
Pelicanman is distributed already in 31 countries, the latest being Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil.
Two Main Prizes for Pelicanman in Cairo
Pelicanman has won two main prizes at Cairo International Film Festival for Children, March 2 – 9, 2006. Besides the Main Prize, Golden Cairo, it also received the Children’s International Jury Prize. The main jury stressed that children’s films “should be produced for children and not merely about them”. Pelicanman meets this prerequisite fine, which was proven once again by the fact that also the children´s jury considered it to be the best film at the festival.
Teddy Bear Special Prize to Pelicanman in Moscow
Pelicanman has got another award, this time at Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Youth (December 20–27, 2005). The international jury gave Pelicanman one of the three Teddy Bear Special Prizes. According to the jury, all the different sectors of the film – script, directing, acting, cinematography and music – were well made to tell the story. In addition to the three Teddy Bears, there was a Grand Prix.
Main Prize for Pelicanman in London
Pelicanman again won the hearts of child audiences. The child jury of the London Children’s Film Festival gave Pelicanman one of the two main awards of the festival: First Light Young Jury Prize: Best Feature chosen by 7–11 olds. The jury consisted of ten children aged 7-11, who selected the film from among eight nominees. In the same category there were films from the Netherlands, India, Iran, Great Britain, Korea and the United States.
Best of the Fest Audience Award to Pelicanman in Chicago
Pelicanman continues to conquer the hearts of different audiences around the world. The audience of Chicago International Children´s Film Festival awarded it as “Best of the Fest”. The festival was organized for the 22 nd time and it is the largest festival of films for children in North America, featuring over 200 animated and live action films from 40 countries.
Pelicanman has been sold to theatrical and TV distribution in altogether 15 countries outside Finland, e.g. Japan, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and several East European countries.
Pelicanman sold to several Eastern European countries
Pelicanman has been sold to several Eastern European countries. The Estonian company Tallinnfilm, and MCF operating in the area of Former Yugoslavia, have purchased all rights, and in these countries the film will start with a theatrical release. Eastern Europe TV-rights have been sold to Slovenia´s RTV, and to HBO which operates in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Former Yugoslavia.
Pelicanman speaks several languages around the world: in Sweden it has been released dubbed in Swedish and in Brazil it tours the festivals dubbed in Portuguese. The Dutch distributor A-film, that purchased the rights for Benelux countries last spring, is dubbing it in Dutch. Pelicanman´s rights were sold last spring also to the Japanese Only Hearts.
Pelicanman premiered in Finland already in December 2004 but it´s still running in theatres. So far the audience figure is 114.365.
Pelicanman sold for distribution in Japan
Six months in Finnish cinemas, Pelicanman has been sold for distribution in Japan. Local distributor has purchased all distribution rights to the film. Previous month, Pelicanman was sold for theatrical distribution in the Benelux countries. The DVD version will be released in Finland and Sweden in July.
US press continues to praise the film. Rob Nelson in Citypages writes about the ”ingenious Kari Ketonen”, leading actor, that his “method has as much to do with ornithology as acting” and adds: ”Particularly by the standards of most American movies for kids, Pelicanman is droll and refreshingly gentle.”
Spectators’ and Children’s Best Film Awards for Pelicanman at Zlín festival
Pan Pelikán (Pelicanman in Czech language) was given two main awards at Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth: The Main Prize of the Children’s Jury for the Best Feature Film for Children (by an international children’s jury) and The Spectators’ Award for the Best Feature Film by the festival audience. The awards were accepted by Kari Ketonen who received excellent feedback for his leading role in the film.
Pelicanman into theatrical distribution in the Benelux countries
Pelicanman has been sold for theatrical distribution in the Benelux countries. Distributed by the acclaimed Dutch A-Film , Pelicanman will premiere in the Netherlands in November 2005.
Having received Special Mention at Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival and being praised by international press, Pelicanman continues its festival tour. After New York, Newport Beach, Toronto, Montreal and Kristansand, there are Amsterdam, Munich, Sheffield, Poznan, Zlin and Sodankylä on the agenda. The film will also be screened in Minnesota in the USA and in Brazil, dubbed in Portuguese. In the autumn the film will be shown at film festivals in Israel and Iran, among others.
Pelicanman praised by US media
Pelicanman started its overseas tournée in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff. There were only two non-English speaking films in the Family Film category, Pelicanman being one of them. The film got a wonderful response in the US press. Read more on the Pelicanman web site.
Pelicanman flies around the world
Pelicanman will be screened at the following festivals this spring:
Tribeca Film Festival, New York. Screenings on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 pm, Saturday, April 23 at 3:15 pm and Sunday 1.5 at 3 pm.
Newport Beach Film Festival in California. Screening on Sunday, April 24 at 12:00.
Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children. Screenings on Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 pm and Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 pm.
Kristiansand International Children´s Film Festival in Norway, April 26 – May 1, 2005.
Over 100 000 have seen Pelicanman
By the Easter week-end Pelicanman surpassed the benchmark of 100 000 people in theaters across Finland.
Hand of Humanism to Liisa Helminen
Hand of Humanism, the honorary prize of Viitasaari Film Week, was given this year to Liisa Helminen for direction and script of Pelicanman.
Monsieur Pélican visits Canada
Pelicanman (in French: Monsieur Pélican) was screened at Montreal International Children’s Film Festival in Canada.
Two Jussi Awards for Pelicanman
Pelicanman received two Jussi Awards 2005 (National “Oscars”) for sound design and production design.
Pelicanman nominated for five Jussi Awards
Pelicanman has five nominations for the national Jussi Awards – the Finnish Oscars – in the categories best film, male leading role, cinematography, production design and sound design.
Pelicanman in theatres
Family feature Pelicanman (directed by Liisa Helminen) received its long-awaited premiere on December 17, 2004.
Salminen receives an award for best cinematography
The cinematographer of Pelicanman, Timo Salminen, received the Golden Frog Award for the best cinematography for the film Man Without a Past at the Camerimage Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Lodz, Poland in December 2004 .
Tove and Tooti in Europe
Premiere of Tove and Tooti in Europe, a documentary on the trips to Europe of Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietilä.
Helminen awarded in Finland
Director Liisa Helminen was awarded with Matti Pellonpää award in Saarijärvi, as well as with the first Little Bear award by the Northern Film and Media Centre POEM at the Oulu International Childrens’ Film Festival. Producer Hanna Hemilä and sound designer Pauli Jyrälä, both nominated for the first Finlandia film award for Pelicanman, were not lucky this time, but were consoled with the fact that 33,33 % of the nominees represented the film Pelicanman.
Pelicanman flies to Berlin
Family feature film Pelicanman was nominated for competition at the Berlin Film Festival in childrens’ films category. The festival will be organized in February 2005.
State award for Nykänen
Editor Jukka Nykänen was given the State award.
Wild Thing well received in Spain
Animation film venture Wild Thing was well received at the Cartoon Forum in Santiago de Compostela.
Filming of Pelicanman finalized
The chimpanzees at the Helsinki Zoo and leaves turning yellow were the last targets to be filmed for Pelicanman.
Filming of Pelicanman started
The filming of family feature Pelicanman began on June 9, 2003 in Helsinki.
Tootletubs & Jyro awarded in France
The episode “Bubblegum Trouble” of Tootletubs & Jyro puppet animation series was awarded at Laon International Film Festival for Young People.
Tootletubs & Jyro received State’s art award
Mariko Härkönen, Ismo Virtanen, Liisa Helminen and Hanna Hemilä were awarded with the State’s art award for Tootletubs & Jyro animation series.
State quality support for Tootletubs & Jyro
Tootletubs & Jyro animations received quality support from the state.
Tootletubs & Jyro premieres
The four-year project came to an end by the end of March as the thirteen episodes of Tootletubs & Jyro premiered.
Urpo & Turpo received Monitoro award
Urpo & Turpo films were awarded with the Malebonding award of Like Uutiset for celebration of friendship.
Premiere of Haru, Island of the Solitary
Premiere of Haru, Island of the Solitary, a documentary on Tove Jansson and Tuulikki Pietilä.
Urpo & Turpo received the Bronze Elephant
Urpo & Turpo was awarded with the Bronze Elephant award at the Hyberabad Childrens’ Film Festival in India.
Urpo & Turpo: seven further episodes
The next seven episodes of Urpo & Turpo puppet animation series were finalized.
The Secret of Urpo & Turpo
The Secret of Urpo & Turpo, a documentary on the making of Urpo & Turpo animation series was published.
Urpo & Turpo received State quality support
Urpo & Turpo animations were awarded with quality support from the state.
First episodes of Urpo & Turpo
The first six episodes of Urpo & Turpo puppet animation series by Liisa Helminen and Marjut Rimminen were finalized.
Premiere of Kangaroute, short film directed by Laura Merikalla.