Who we are
Raggari Films Ltd is an independent tv and film production startup based in Helsinki, Finland. The company focuses on producing international documentary films, tv series and short films written and directed by women. We empower and support visionary female film-makers, rebel-like directors and content creators and proudly do our part in driving equality in the film and tv industry.
Raggari Films Ltd also helps to create opportunities for international film industry professionals living and looking for work in Finland.
Bringing out the Film-making Rebel in You with confidence and soulful force
Minna Dufton, the woman behind Raggari Films Ltd, is a broadcast media professional, an award-winning journalist and documentarist, published author and mentor to women who aspire to go big and make an impact as film-makers. With her 20 years of experience in TV and film, both in the UK and in Finland, she is seen as an expert and an authority in her field.
Minna Dufton learned her craft by working in big broadcasting corporations such as ITN, BBC and Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle for 20 years as a Broadcast Journalist, Producer/Director and Screenwriter.
Minna´s mission is to bring complex and inspiring stories to the screen in a healing manner. She wants to empower women to own their inner film-making force. She daily strives towards this by being the fearless director that she is, constantly making the impossible possible.
Minna is a passionate storyteller and an Executive Producer who loves to share her deep knowledge of how to make it in the industry. She created Raggari Films Ltd to empower women in film and tv, and to encourage female directors, screenwriters, producers and cinematographers to make documentaries that move, heal and transform lives. Her purpose is to help female film-makers to proudly stand in their power, telling stories from a place of authenticity and vulnerability.
Minna writes and directs documentaries and reality series, culture, entertainment and factual programmes for tv. Coming from a rural area of East Finland – a long way from international film festivals – she understands the need of quality content on tv and wants to continue doing her personal best for tv audiences. She is constantly looking to learn new ways of making an impact.
Minna has made a number of successful tv series and documentaries.
Docstop: Saara Aalto is a biographical documentary about Finnish singer-songwriter Saara Aalto who successfully made it to the X Factor UK finals in Britain, and showed that anyone with a dream and determination can make it and melt hearts. The 30-minute documentary became one of the most watched documentaries by Yle.
Her latest production role was as screenwriter of Suomen Supernanny, a 12-part series for MTV which came out in March 2019.
BIG vs small
is the first international documentary production by Raggari Films. It is an independent documentary about Portuguese big wave surfer Joana Andrade, a tiny woman from Ericeira whose dream is to surf a wave 30 metres high. Joana, the only female big wave rider in Portugal, firmly believes that girls can ride the giants that men can, and that they should be held equal.
The 45-minute documentary will be ready for release in early 2020. The film, which aims to raise the profile of female big wave surfers, is supported by the Finnish Embassy.
With the film Minna wants to inspire all girls and women to face their fears and to conquer them. She believes we all face challenges in our lives, in one way or another. Challenges that frighten us and can make us feel small. There is a lot that viewers can learn from Joana’s story.
A teaser for the film is available here.
To be inspired, read in Minna’s blog how it all started here.
If you are interested in supporting Raggari Films or its productions, please contact Minna at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible sponsorship and collaborations.
We also welcome applications from investors who are looking to support interesting startups in the Nordics with a strong brand and values, highly experienced and professional team with a proven track record and high potential for global growth.