Avanton Productions produces creative
documentaries, which observe
humanity and the world
around us with a personal
and sensitive touch.

Forever Yours

Mia Halme

Forever Yours is a film about children who have been taken into custody. Through the children, their biological parents and foster parents, the film depicts love in everyday life. The film explores the invisible bond between a child and a biological parent. Even when a child is taken into custody, the yearning for closeness to the biological parents and need for their approval never seems to disappear. This longing is a form of loneliness that the foster parents struggle to overcome.

The film describes the entire foster care process: a child being brought into a shelter home, a teenager’s everyday life in a foster family, and siblings preparing to return to their biological mother, after five years in a foster family.

Script and directing: Mia Halme
Director of photography: Peter Flinckenberg
2. Cinematographer: Anssi Leino
Editing: Samu Heikkilä
Sound design: Kirka Sainio
Production manager, marketing: Mina Laamo, Avanton Productions
Production: Sonja Lindén, Avanton Productions
Distribution in Finland: Juha Elomäki, Pirkanmaan elokuvakeskus
International distribution: Deckert Distribution
Duration: 77’ & 58’
Completion year: 2011

State Quality Support for Film Productions 2011


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Saratov Sufferings – International Documentary Drama Film Festival, Saratov, Russia, 2012
Grand Prix
Best Cinematography

Artova Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland 2012
Best Feature Film

Arctic Heat International Film Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland 2012
Best Feature Film

Jussi Prize 2011
Best Finnish Documentary

Visions du Réel – International Film Festival, Nyon, Switherland, 2011
Grand Prix / Best directing (Feature-length documentaries)


Festivals and screenings

DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 25.-30.1.2011
Tampere Film Festival 9.-13.3.2011
Visions du réel – International Film Festival, Nyon, Switzerland, 7.-13.4.2011
DocPoint NYC – Finnish Documentary Event, New York, USA, 8.-13.6.
Seoul International Youth Film Festival, Korea, 7.-13.7.2011
Nordisk Panorama, Aarhus, Denmark, 23.-28.9.2011
Nordic Film Days, Lübeck, Germany, 2.-6.11.2011
The 28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany, 8.-13.11.2011
30th Oulu International Children´s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu, Finland, 21.-27.11.2011
International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 26.11.-3.12.2011
Arctic Heat International Film Festival, Jyväskylä, Finland, 15.-19.2.2012
One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 6.-15.3.2012
Finnish Documentary Film Event, Prague, Czech Republic, 26.-29.3.2012
Zürich Film Conference, Switzerland, 7.-14.5.2012
Artova Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 7.-8.9.2012
Saratov Sufferings – International Documentary Drama Film Festival, Saratov, Russia, 14.-19.9.2012
Interfaces, Institut Finlandais, Paris, France, 6.11.2012
Olympia International Film festival For Children and Young People, Greece, 1.-8.12.2012
Human Rights Week (EU), Brazil, 9.-19.12.2012