Cheer Up!

Miia, the ambitious coach of Finland’s worst competitive cheerleading team, is sick of losing and stuck in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. So she takes a trip to the motherland, Texas, where she’s inspired by the American mindset and focus of the world’s best cheerleaders.  Returning to Finland a tougher coach, she pushes her girls to the breaking point… but is that what the team really wants?

For Aino and Patricia, the team’s success is the least of their concerns as they struggle to fight painful battles in their teenage lives. For them, the cheerleaders are like another family, a stepping stone and a source of support along the path of life. Miia thinks a winning team is all she needs, until life steps in and surprises her.

Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of losing cheerleaders who try their best to get better and look perfect doing it, while really, life just sucks.  For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.

Language: Finnish
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Christy Garland
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 86 min
  • Age limit: null
  • Cinematography: Sari Aaltonen
  • Editing: Graeme Ring, Thor Ochsner
  • Audio: Alan Geldart
  • Music: Tom Third
  • Production: Christy Garland & Liisa Juntunen


  • Cinema Artis, hall 2: Sunday 29.01 - 16:30