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Jussi Awards
Katja Küttner and Ville Virtanen in Jussi Award.jpg
Award winners Katja Küttner and Ville Virtanen at the Jussi Awards ceremony in 2011.
Awarded forExcellence in cinematic achievements
Presented byFilmiaura
First awarded16 November 1944

The Jussi Awards are Finland's premier film industry prizes, awarded annually to recognize the achievements of directors, actors, and writers.


Jussi Award in 1944. Ansa Ikonen received Jussi for Best Actress.

The first Jussi Awards ceremony was held on 16 November 1944 at the Restaurant Adlon in Helsinki. The award is one of the oldest films awards in Europe.[1][2][3][4][5]

The original planned name for the prize was Aino, but Jussi won in the end. The name comes from a character in the 1924 and 1936 Pohjalaisia films.[6][7]

The awards were originally organized by the Elokuvajournalistit organization, but the task was transferred in the early 1960s to the Filmiaura organization, composed of around 300 members working in the Finnish film industry.[6][3] Because of the controversy surrounding the transfer, no awards were handed out in 1960 and 1961.[6]


Sculptor Ben Renvall designed the Jussi Award.

The award trophy is a gypsum statuette depicting a standing man with a hat, based on the character of Jussi in the aforementioned films. It was designed by sculptor Ben Renvall. Modernly they are hand-made by Renvall's son Seppo Renvall.[6][8][9]


All winners except in the public favorite category are chosen in a closed vote by Filmiaura, an association of roughly 260 film professionals. The categories are:[6]

  • Best Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Makeup
  • Best Short Film


  1. ^ "Lapland Odyssey Wins Jussi Award". YLE. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Jussi-gaala nähdään suorana MTV3-kanavalla – takana historian toiseksi paras elokuvavuosi". MTV Uutiset. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b Leskinen, Juho (22 March 2019). "Jussi-palkinnot jaetaan tänään – mukana uusi 20 000 euron arvoinen tunnustuspalkinto". Maaseudun Tulevaisuus. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Ikitie oli Jussi-gaalan voittaja – katso lista kaikista palkituista". Ilta-Sanomat. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  5. ^ Bałaga, Marta (25 March 2019). "Void and The Ragged Life of Juice Leskinen triumph at the Jussi Awards". Cineuropa. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Jussi-tietoa". Jussit. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  7. ^ Tirronen, Lumimarja. "Pohjalaisia". Suomalaisen Elokuvan Festivaali. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Valkoinen kaupunki kahmi Jusseja". Yle. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Jussi-gaalaa juhlitaan uudella ilmeellä". STT Info. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2019.

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