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Weekend Wrap

Impactful startups, wildlife photos and upcoming Finnish films

Eva Ollikainen, chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Nikolaj Lund

The Nordic film industry is making headlines ranging from the Finnish Film Affair’s screening schedule to Netflix’s partnership with The International Sámi Film Institute. We also cover music, festivals, food deliveries and design awards. Click on any photo to take a detailed look at recent creativity from Finland.

A Finnish photographer is featured in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 competition. Tiina Törmänen's picture of a school of European perch made it onto the BBC's preview of the competitions' highly commended entries. The winners will be announced in October. (Photo: Tiina Törmänen)

Netflix has joined forces with The International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI). The partnership, which is part of the streaming giant's Fund for Creative Equity, aims "to open up more behind-the-camera opportunities and support new Sámi creatives to break through in the industry," writes Advanced Television. The Sámi are an indigenous people living across northern parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. (In the picture Anne Lajla Utsi, managing director, ISFI. Photo by Knut Aaserud)

The 11th Finnish Film Affair industry event will showcase over 30 Nordic films and TV series in development or production. Among the Finnish projects on show are Selma Vilhunen's polyamory drama Four Little Adults (pictured), Katja Gauriloff's Je'vida, the first feature film in the Skolt Sámi language, and Teemu Nikki's fantasy comedy Snot And Splash. Read more on Screendaily. (Photo: Tuffi Film/ Mitro Härkönen)

Designer Päivi Raivio has won the 2022 Helsinki Design Award. According to Archinect, the prize is awarded to a designer or design team for making the Finnish capital a better place to live in. "Raivio has participated in urban development in the long haul, shaping not only the city space around us but above all the methods and processes of development," commented Hanna Harris, the City of Helsinki's design director. (Photo: Iiris Sjöblad)

The Ruokaboksi ('food box') food delivery service has raised 3.5 million euros in growth funding. The funding round, backed by Finnish Industry Investment and Nordic FoodTech VC, allows the company to further develop its services and grow internationally. Arctic Startup covers the news. (Photo: Ruokaboksi)

Infinited Fiber Company makes an impact. The sustainable textile technology startup has been named on the Norssken Foundation's Impact100 list, an annual ranking of the world's most promising social impact startups. The aim of the list is to spotlight entrepreneurs who are working to solve the world's most significant challenges. (Photo: Infinited Fiber Company / Fanny Haga)

Helsinki-based progressive metal band Wheel has signed a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic, BraveWords reveals. The announcement coincides with the band's North American tour and the release of its new single, Blood Drinkers. (Photo: Facebook / Wheel Band)

Helsinki's Flow Festival has made a triumphant return. After a two-year break, the three-day festival gathered 90 000 participants to enjoy music from 150 different acts. This is Finland highlights the festival's continued emphasis on sustainability, which includes no-meat menus from its food vendors. (Photo: Petri Anttila)

Eva Ollikainen has made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl. Ollikainen led the orchestra for two performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Los Angeles Times describes the Finnish conductor as "a powerhouse" who presented Beethoven "in the heat of battle in the fight for brotherhood and sisterhood. And she didn't give an inch". (Photo: Nikolaj Lund)

Finnair has found a new strategic partner in Qatar Airways. The partnership will allow the Finnish airline to open new routes from Nordic capitals to the Qatari capital, Doha, writes Reuters. More detailed plans will be revealed in the coming months. (Photo: Finnair)

By: Eeva Haaramo