Arto Halonen – Filmography as Director

 

The Guardian Angel (2018)

  • Psychological thriller, 110 min.
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen

 

White Rage (2015)

  • Documentary, 70 min.
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen

Festivals:

  • Rokumentti Film Festival: Opening film / Joensuu, Finland 2015

  • Tampere Film Festival / Tampere, Finland 2016

  •  Thessaloniki Film Festival / Thessaloniki, Greece 2016

  •  One World Film Festival / Prague, Czech Republic 2016

  • Millenium Docs Against Gravity / Warsaw, Poland 2016

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest / Sheffield, United Kingdom 2016

  • Blue Sea Film Festival / Rauma, Finland 2016

  • Oldenburg Film Festival / Oldenburg, Germany 2016

  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival: Closing film / Beirut, Lebanon 2016

  • Esperanza International Film Festival / Moscow, Russia 2016

  • Monterrey International Film Festival / Monterrey, Mexico 2016

  • Reykjavik International Film Festival / Reykjavik, Iceland 2016

  • DocsDF Film Festival / Mexico City, Mexico 2016

  • Karama Human Rights Film Festival / Amman, Jordan 2016

  • Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF / Jaipur, India 2017

  • One World Human Rights Film Festival / Bucharest, Romania 2017

Awards:

  • Quality Support from Art Promotion Centre Finland, 2016

  • Jury Special Mention - Fiction / Non Fiction category at Millenium Docs Against Gravity / Warsaw, Poland 2016

  • Green Rose -award at Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF / Jaipur, India 2017

www.whiterage.fi

 

A Patriotic Man (2013)

  • Drama-comedy
  • Director, producer: Arto Halonen, script: Jouni K. Kemppainen, Arto Halonen

Festivals:

  • Opening Film, Seattle International Film Festival, (SIFF), USA 2014
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, (WIFF), Poland  2014
  • Jagran Film Festival, (JFF), India (2014)
  • Pune International Film Festival, (PIFF), India (2015)

www.isanmaallinenmies.fi

  

When Heroes Lie (2012)

  • Creative Documentary, 119 min.
  • Director and producer: Arto Halonen, script: Arto Halonen, Jouni K.Kemppainen & Kevin Frazier
  • Broadcasters: The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE TV2,, Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), Swedish Broadcasting Company (SVT), Estonian Broadcasting Company (ETV)
  • Cinematic distribution in Finland: Future Film Distribution
  • DVD distribution in Finland: Future Film Distribution

Festivals:

  • Göteborg International Film Festival (GIFF), Sweden, 2013
  • Opening Film, Tallinn DocPoint, Documentary Film Festival, Estonia, 2013
  • International Premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Reflecting Images: Master -Series, Holland, 2012
  • Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Finnish Film Gala movie, Finland 2012

Awards:

  • Finalist for Lumilapio Prize for high-quality investigative journalism, 2013
  • Finnish State Quality Production Award, Finland, 2013

www.whenheroeslie.com

Princess (2010)

  • Drama, 100 min
  • Director and producer: Arto Halonen, script: Arto Halonen, Pirjo Toikka & Paavo Westerberg
  • Cinematic distribution in Finland: Sandrew Metronome Distribution
  • Cinematic distribution in Estonia: Forum Cinemas 
  • Cinematic distribution in South Korea: AUD
  • DVD distribution in Finland: Sandrew Metronome Distribution
  • Sales Agent: Albany Films Distribution (France)
  • Broadcaster: MTV3

 Festivals:

  • Other Film Festival, Australia 2012
  • EU Film Festival, Chisinau, Moldova, 2012
  • EU Film Festival Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012
  • Finnish Film Week, Belgrad, Serbia, 2012
  • Finnish Film Week, Nizhny Novgorod Izhevsk, Russia, 2012
  • Eurocine -Festival de Europeo en Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, 2012
  • Women's Film Festival, Brattleboro, USA, 2012
  • Victoria Film Fest, Victoria, Canada, 2012
  • Finnish Film Week, Moskova, Russia, 2012 
  • Nordic Lights Film Festival, Minneapolis, USA, 2012
  • ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival, New York, USA, 2012
  • Talk Cinema screening tour, USA, 2010-2011 
  • Finnish Film Week, Warsaw, Poland, 2011
  • Finnish Film Week, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2011
  • Starz Denver Film Festival, Denver, USA, 2011 
  • Finnish Film Week, Budapest, Hungary, 2011
  • Official Competition, Viareggio EuropaCinema, Viareggio, Italy, 2011
  • YksiKaksiFilmi, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011
  • Film by the Sea, Vlissingen, The Netherlands, 2011
  • Cine Europa, Manila, Cebu City & Cagayan de Oro, The Philippines, 2011
  • Blue Sea Film Festival, Rauma, Finland, 2011 
  • FinnFest, San Diego, USA, 2011
  • Baltic Debuts Film Festival, Svetlogorsk, Russia, 2011
  • European Cinema Review, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2011
  • In the Palace - International Short Film Festival, Balchik, Bulgaria, 2011
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland, 2011
  • Man and His Environment Competition, Festroia International Film Festival, Setubal, Portugal, 2011
  • Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2011
  • Vilnius International Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2011
  • Feature Film Competition, Cape Winelands Film Festival, Stellenbosch & Cape Town, South Africa, 2011
  • Arctic and Fabulous Film Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2011
  • Dragon Award Competition, Göteborg International Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011
  • European Union Film Festival, Toronto, Ottawa & Vancouver, Canada, 2010
  • Official Competition EurAsia, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 2010
  • First Films World Competition, World Film Festival, Montréal, Canada, 2010
  • Opening Film, New Nordic Films, Haugesund, Norway, 2010
  • Opening Film, Espoo Ciné, Espoo, Finland, 2010 

Awards:

  • Grand Prix for Best Feature Film, Cape Winelands Film Festival, South Africa, 2011
  • Best Feature Film, Teaneck International Film Festival, U.S., 2012
  • Jury's special mention, Festroia Film Festival, Portugal, 2011
  • Second prize in competition, Viareggio EuropaCinema, Italy, 2011
  • Best Leading Actress – Jussi Award, Finland, 2011
  • Best Actress, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2010
  • Film Actor of the Year, Finnish Actors' Union, Finland, 2010
  • Nominee, Best Nordic Film – Dragon Award, Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, 2011
  • Nominee, Golden Zenith - Montreal World Film Festival, 2010

www.princessthemovie2010.com

 

The Magnetic Man (2009)

  • Creative Documentary, 79 min.
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Cinematic distribution in Finland: Pirkanmaa's Film multiplex
  • DVD distribution in Finland: Sandrew Metronome Distribution
  • Broadcaster: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company

Festivals:

  • Arctic and Fabulous Film Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2011
  • NXNE, Toronto, Canada, 2010
  • Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
  • International TV Festival Bar, Bar, Montenegro, 2010
  • DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland & Tallinn, Estonia, 2010
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2010
  • Rokumentti Rock Film Festival, Joensuu, Finland, 2009
  • Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 2009

Awards:

  • Nominee, Jussi Award for Best Documentary Film, Finland, 2009

 

 In Streng's Garden (2009)

  • Concert film, 64 min.
  • Directed, produced and written by Arto Halonen

 

Amends (2008)

  • Documentary film, 28 min.
  • Director, producer and screenwriter Arto Halonen

Festivals:

  • Sport Movies & TV, Milano International Ficts Festival, Italy, 2008
  • Arctic & Fabulous Film Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2008
  • International TV Festival Bar, Montenegro, 2008

 

Shadow of the Holy Book (2007)

  • Creative Documentary, 90 min + 52 min international TV version
  • Directed and produced by Arto Halonen, written by Arto Halonen & Kevin Frazier
  • Co-producers: ITVS (USA), Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion (Switzerland), Kamoli Films (Denmark)
  • International Sales Agent: Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International Inc.
  • Cinematic, DVD and educational distribution in USA & Canada: California Newsreel
  • Cinematic, DVD and educational distribution in Germany: EYZ Media
  • Cinematic and DVD distribution in Finland: FS-Film Ltd
  • TV distribution in USA: ITVS
  • TV distribution territories: USA (Sundance Channel), Germany (ZDF/ARTE & MDR channels), Canada, Switzerland, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Estonia
  • Broadcaster: YLE TV1, The Finnish Broadcasting Company

Festivals:

  • World premiere 24th November 2007 in the main competition of International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Selected to over 100 international film festivals, including:
  • Opening Film, DokMa, Maribor, Slovenia, 2009
  • Opening Film, DOCSDF - Mexico City International Film Festival, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008
  • Opening Film, DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 2008
  • Opening Film, International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey 2008
  • Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA, 2009
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2008
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2008
  • Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, USA, 2008
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2008
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland, 2008
  • New Zealand International Film Festivals, Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand, 2008
  • Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden, 2008
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taichung, Taiwan, 2008
  • Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Sheffield, UK, 2008

Awards:

  • Nominee, Best European Documentary Film – Prix Arte, European Film Academy, 2008
  • Grand Prix, International Human Rights Film Festival, France, 2009
  • Jury Special Prize, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2008
  • Audience Choice Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taiwan, 2008
  • Jury's Honorary Mention & JurnalTV Special Prize, CRONOGRAF, Moldova, 2010
  • Honorary Award, International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey, 2008
  • Finnish State Quality Production Award, Finland, 2008
  • Nominee, Jussi Award for Best Documentary Film, Finland, 2008

www.shadowoftheholybook.net

 

Confrontations in Cuba (2007)

  • Documentary film, 18 min.
  • Director, producer and screenwriter Arto Halonen

Festivals:

  • Tampere Film Festival, Finnish Competition, Tampere, Finland, 2007 
  • Monterrey International Film Festival, Monterrey, Mexico, 2007 
  • Magma International Short Film Festival, Italy, 2007 
  • International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey, 2007 
  • The Kettupäivät - Finnish Short and Documentary Film Festival, Finland 2007 
  • DaKINO International Film Festival, Romania, 2007

 

Pavlov's Dogs (2006)

  • Creative Documentary, 68 min + 52 min international TV-version
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Co-producer: Studio East-West (Russia)
  • Cinematic distribution in Finland and Sweden
  • Broadcasters: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company; SVT Sveriges Television AB, Television Suisse Romande (TSR), Radiotelevizione Svizzera di Lingua Italiano

Festivals:

  • World premiere 28th November 2005 in the main competition of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Other festivals:

  • Opening film, Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival (IDFF), Perm, Russia, 2007
  • Best-of-the-Best category, International Film Festival ”Meetings in Siberia”, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2007
  • Documentary Fortnight, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA, 2007
  • Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2007
  • International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF, Chisinau, Moldova, 2007
  • Mexico City International Festival of Documentary Cinema, Mexico City, Mexico, 2007
  • Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2006
  • Zagreb Dox, Zagreb, Croatia, 2006
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2006 
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2006
  • DocAviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2006
  • Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland, 2006
  • The Kettupäivät, Finnish Short and Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 2006

Awards:

  • Honorary Award, The Kettupäivät, Finland, 2006
  • Nominee, Jussi Award for Best Documentary Film, Finland, 2006

 

The Legend (2006)

  • Creative Documentary, 30min.
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Co-producer: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Finland)

Festivals:

  • World premiere in December 2005 at the Havana Film Festival, Cuba

Other festivals:

  • International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006
  • Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2006
  • Documenta Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 2006
  • Viscult, Joensuu, Finland, 2005

 

Conquistadors of Cuba (2005)

  • Creative Documentary, 88 min + 52 min TV-version
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Co-producer: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion (Switzerland)
  • Cinematic distribution in Finland: FS-Film Ltd
  • Cinematic distribution in Switzerland: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
  • Broadcasters: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company; SF DRS, Switzerland

Festivals:

  • International premiere in April 2005 at Visions du Reél - Festival International de Cinema, Nyon, Switzerland
  • Selected to 20 international film festivals, including:
  • Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Canada, 2006
  • DOCSDF - International Documentary Cinema Festival, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006
  • Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), Los Angeles, USA, 2007

 

The Tank Man (2004)

  • Creative Documentary, 17 min.
  • Broadcaster: YLE TV1, The Finnish Broadcasting Company

Festivals:

45 international festivals, including:

  • International 1001 Documentary Film Festival 2006, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Magma Short Film Festival, Acireale, Italy, 2004
  • Cracow Film Festival, Cracow, Poland, 2004
  • Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 2004
  • Cork Film Festival, Cork, Ireland, 2004
  • Visions du Reel - Festival International de Cinema, Nyon, Switzerland, 2004
  • Woodstock Film Festival, New York, USA, 2004

Awards:

  • Best Documentary Film, Magma Short Film Festival, Italy, 2004
  • Jury’s Diploma of Honour, International Competition, Cracow Film Festival, Poland, 2004
  • Jury’s Coup de Coeur, Festival International du Film Insulaire, France, 2006

 

Karmapa - Two Ways of Divinity (1998)

  • Creative Documentary film, 58 min.
  • Written, directed and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Co-producer: Ceska Televize (Czech Republic)
  • International distribution: Media Luna Sales Company (Germany)
  • Cinematic distribution in Switzerland, Finland and Germany
  • Broadcasters: Ceska Televize; YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company; Spain, Austria

Festivals:

Selected to 15 international festivals, including:

  • International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1998 
  • ECHO-festival, Vienna, Austria, 1998
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, 1999

 Awards:

  • Humanitarian Award of the European Union (ECHO), 1998
  • Best Production & Best Editing awards, Gava Film Festival, Spain, 1999
  • Finnish State Quality Production Award, Finland, 1998

  

Karmapa - A Voyage on the Roof of the World (1998)

  • Creative Documentary, 61 min. Follow-up documentary to Karmapa - Two Ways of Divinity.
  • Directed, written and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Broadcaster: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company

Festivals:

  • The Kettupäivät, Finnish Short and Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 1998
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 1999

Awards:

  • Honorary Award, Kettupäivät, Finland, 1998

 

A Dreamer and the Dreamtribe (1998)

  • Creative Documentary, 52 min
  • Directed and written by Arto Halonen, produced by Arto Halonen & Jan Wellmann, Mandrake Prod. Ltd. (Finland)
  • International distribution: Well Spring Media Ltd (USA)

Festivals:  

  • Selected to 10 international festivals worldwide

 

Something in the Blood (1994)

  • Creative Documentary, 28 min
  • Directed, written and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Broadcasters: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company; Russia

Festivals:

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 1994 
  • Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Pärnu, Estonia, 1994

 

Ringside (1992)

  • Creative Documentary, 57 min
  • Directed, written and produced by Arto Halonen
  • Broadcasters: YLE TV2, The Finnish Broadcasting Company; Russia, Sweden

Festivals:

  • Portoroz European Sports Film Festival, Portoroz, Slovenia, 1993
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival, Banff, Canada, 1993
  • Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 1993
  • The Kettupäivät - Finnish Short and Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 1992

Awards:

  • Golden Shot Award for Best Documentary, Portoroz European Sports Film Festival, Slovenia, 1993
  • Finnish State Quality Production Award, Finland, 1993

 

Light – a Type of Anatomy of Video Film (1991)

  • Fictitious educational film, 60 min.
  • Co-written and co-directed with Markku Pölönen 

 

The Light Behind the Shade (1990)

  • Documentary film, 47 min.
  • Directed, cinematography, edited Arto Halonen
  • Production Art Films production / Arto Halonen

  

The Tale of the Pond Maiden (1990)

  • Animation, 3 x 10 min.
  • Directed, cinematography, edited Arto Halonen
  • Production Art Films production / Arto Halonen

  

Tourist (1989)

  • (Animation, 14 min.)
  • Written and directed Arto Halonen
  • Production: Art Films production / Arto Halonen

  

The Long Trip (1990)

  • Documentary film, 32 min.
  • Written and directed Arto Halonen
  • Production Art Films production / Arto Halonen

Aaro Iivari Aukusti, Farmer's Son (1988)

  • Documentary film, 50 min
  • Directed, cinematography, edited: Arto Halonen
  • Produced: Art Films production

Two Faces (1987)

  • Animation, 9,5 min.
  • Written, directed, edited: Arto Halonen
  • Produced: Art Films production / Arto Halonen

Arina (1987)

  • Animation, 5 min.
  • Written, directed: Arto Halonen, Teppo Laurinolli
  • Produced Art Films production / Arto Halonen

Progress (1987)

  • Animation, 3 min.
  • Written, directed, cinematography, edited: Arto Halonen
  • Produced Art Films production / Arto Halonen

 

Next Christmas (1986)

  • Fiction, 22 min.
  • Written, directed, edited and produced by A.Halonen