Toivola - Heart of the Land

Toivola - Heart of the Land

Editor and Script

Director: Kaika Astikainen. Production: Toivola Filmi

Length: 30min. Released 2016.

A couple runs a small dairy farm somewhere in the heart of the Finnish countryside. The work of generations will soon come to its end, as their retirement is approaching and there’s no one left to continue the family tradition. But for one last year everything continues the same; the seasons change, and the days are filled with labor. A film about love for the land, the richness of everyday life, and the sadness of letting go.

Toivola - Heart of the Land

Toivola - Heart of the Land


MARKUS TYNSKÄ cinematography
NINA IJÄS editor and script


Docpoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 26.1.2016 (Finnish premiere)


Hot Docs - Canadian International Film Festival, Canada, 27.4.-7.5.

American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs), Palm Springs, USA, 31.3.-5.4.

Tampere Film Festival, Finland. 11.3., 12.3.2016, national competition. WON award for Best Student Film.

Cannes Short Film Corner -participant, May 2016.

Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival, Finland. 20.8.2016

Espoo Ciné, Finland. 21.8., 24.8.2016

Odense International Film Festival, Denmark. 29.8., 30.8., 1.9.2016, in competition.

Nordisk Panorama, Sweden. 17.9., 19.9, in competition: Best Nordic Short Film

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, UK. 21.9., in competition

Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany, 2.11., 3.11.2016.

Hanoi International Film Festival (HANIFF), Vietnam, 2.11., 3.11.2016 in competition. WON Jury Award for short film.

Kasseler Dokumentarfilm -und Videofest, Germany. 19.11.2016.

UK Film Festival, UK. in competition: Best Documentary Short. 25.11.2016. WON award for Best Short Documentary.