Once I was a Dragonfly
Once I Was a Dragonfly is a film that follows a 25-year-old Miikka Friman who has grown up with dragonflies. He was inspired already at the age of six by a dragonfly that landed on his shoulder and his inspiration gradually turned into a way of living which still almost two decades later drives Miikka onto his expeditions. Miikka has been living his whole life with a camera on his hand, researching dragonflies and documenting the important milestones of his live. The film will show in parallel Miikka͛s development from a young enthusiastic filmmaker into a grown man while revealing the trajectory of a dragonfly. Once I Was a Dragonfly- documentary is based on the archive material worth of more than 1500 hours by the protagonist Miikka Friman and his family.
Elli Toivoniemi is an awarded producer-director from production company Tuffi Films based in Helsinki, Finland. She is the co-founder-owner and the head producer of the company, and behind the films like Academy Award -nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? Her filmography as a producer includes, two feature fiction films and two feature documentaries and many shorts in various length and forms. Films produced by her have been awarded at festivals for instance as Sundance, Berlinale and Chicago, and distributed all over the world. Elli’s first short fiction film as director, Role, had its world premier in Locarno International Film Festival 2014, and won the best fiction prize in Artova Film Festival in Helsinki. At the moment Elli is preparing her director debut feature documentary Once I Was a Dragonfly, which won the Best pitch award in Finnish Film Affair in 2015.