Award winners Katja Küttner and Ville Virtanen at the Jussi Awards ceremony in 2011.
|Awarded for||Excellence in cinematic achievements|
|First awarded||16 November 1944|
The Jussi Awards are Finland's premier film industry event, recognizing annually the past year's excellence in Finnish film making by directors, actors, and writers.
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.
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.
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.Because of the controversy surrounding the transfer, no awards were handed out in 1960 and 1961.
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.
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:
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The 1st Jussi Awards ceremony, presented by Elokuvajournalistit ry, honored the best Finnish films released between October 1, 1942 and September 30, 1944 and took place on November 16, 1944 at Restaurant Adlon in Helsinki. The Jussi Awards were presented in seven different categories, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
Jussi Award for Best Director is an award presented annually at the Jussi Awards by Filmiaura, a Finnish film organization founded in 1962. The Jussi Awards were created by Elokuvajournalistit ry in 1944 and the first ceremony was held the same year, honoring Finnish films released between 1942 and 1944.
The 2nd Jussi Awards ceremony, presented by Elokuvajournalistit ry, honored the best Finnish films released between October 1, 1944 and September 30, 1945 and took place on November 16, 1945 at Restaurant Adlon in Helsinki. The Jussi Awards were presented in seven different categories, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
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The 4th Jussi Awards ceremony, presented by Elokuvajournalistit ry, honored the best Finnish films released between August 1, 1946 and July 31, 1947 and took place on October 19, 1947 at Restaurant Fennia in Helsinki. The Jussi Awards were presented in seven different categories, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Short Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
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