World’s first feature film in Koltta Sámi to be filmed in Finland

The Finnish Cinema Foundation has allocated grant funding for various types of cinema and allocated 800 thousand euros to the director of Koltt-Sami origin, Katya Gauriloff, for the feature film “Je’vida”, which will be entirely in the language of the indigenous minorities of the North, the fund said.
“Katja Gauriloff will direct her work in Koltta Sami. The film is called Je’vida and tells the story of a Sami woman who lost touch with her roots due to forced assimilation. Gauriloff co-wrote the script with writer Niilas Holmberg, and Oktyabr will be producing, ”the message says.
There are no full-length feature films in the world in the endangered Koltta Sami language. The director told the media that the task is for the main roles in the film to be performed by the actors who speak the Koltta Sami language, whom she is now looking for.
“The funding of 800 thousand euros means that we can really start making the film, and next year we will be filming it here in the north. I am now in Sevettijärvi, looking for a location for filming. I see that the budget will allow us to do a lot, ”said Gauriloff.
Filming process for Je’vida’s will begin in 2022.