Niko Wins Finland’s Top Film Award

Animated feature Niko & the Way to the Stars was named best picture at the Jussi Awards, Finland’s most prestigious film honors

It was the first time an animated film has won the honor.

Directed by Michael Hegner and Kari Juusonen and exec produced by Magma Films’ Ralph Christians, Niko & the Way to the Stars tells the story of a young reindeer who dreams of flying and pulling Santa’s sleigh on Christmas like his father.

The film was released in the United States last year on home video under the title The Flight Before Christmas.