Handle Productions Oy delivers critically acclaimed films to international audiences and offers production expertise and services for prominent independent productions. The CEO of Handle Productions is the award-winning producer and director Hanna Hemilä.
The hand-drawn animated feature, Moomins on the Riviera premiered in London Film Festival on October 11th, 2014 and has already been sold to over 50 countries. The Scandinavian holiday countdown for children, Tommy’s Supersofa (2013) has aired on Svenska YLE, MTV3 and on NRK. In 2010 the company completed the highly acclaimed documentary feature about Ingrid Bergman’s former butler, Paavo, a Life in Five Courses, which opened the Eurodoc filmfestival in Oslo, Norway in 2012.
Handle Productions’ most distinguished collaborations include the Finnish-French feature Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki (premiered at the 64th Cannes Film Festival in Compétition, 2011), Hemilä being the “productrice exécutive” and Bad Family by Aleksi Salmenperä (premiered at Berlinale/Panorama, 2010), Hemilä being the line producer.
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.