My purpose is to catalyze social change through strong, healing storytelling. I observe the world and create documentaries to drive the values I hold of utmost importance: equality, compassion and the role of women in our society.
Minna Dufton is an award-winning journalist, documentarist and tv industry professional with a cause. She has learned her craft by working in big broadcasting corporations such as ITN, BBC and Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle for 20 years. Her longest post as Producer-Director lasted nine years at Yle and included making a number of successful tv-series and documentaries such as Docstop: Saara Aalto, a biographical documentary about Finnish singer and songwriter Saara Aalto.
“In addition to making my films, I always want to make impact. I want my films to act as catalysts for change. I particularly want to ensure that women are active and vocal participants in industry conversations around artistic, social and political issues. I lead by my own example and personally put myself on the line to drive this change; physically, mentally and monetarily.”
Minna´s mission is to bring complex and inspiring stories to the screen in a healing manner. She believes that showing vulnerability is the key to showing courage.
Minna comes from North Karelia, a rural part of Finland and is passionate about making high quality tv documentaries and films for audiences far away from cinemas and film festivals.
Raggari Films Ltd.
Raggari Films is an independent tv and film production company based in Helsinki, Finland. The company focuses on producing international documentary films, tv series and short films written and directed by women. Raggari Films is a place for visionary female film-makers and rebel-like directors to find the support and encouragement they need to tell their stories. We proudly do our part in driving equality in the film and tv industry.
Raggari Films was founded by Minna Dufton who serves as Executive Producer and Chief Creative Officer. Minna was selected as one of the 50 Producers To Watch for MIPTV/MIPDoc 2020.
  • Producer (1 Credit)
    BIG vs SMALL2020
    Documentary, Feature
  • Writer (1 Credit)
    BIG vs SMALL2020
    Documentary, Feature
  • Director (1 Credit)
    BIG vs SMALL2020
    Documentary, Feature
Audience Award for Best World Cinema Documentary
BIG vs SMALL
Maui Film Festival
Maui
2020
Best Feature Film
BIG vs SMALL
Surf At Lisbon
Lisbon
2020
College
The University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, United Kingdom
HND in Media Production / Journalism Pathway
19961999
High School
Nurmes High School, Finland
Matriculation Exam
19931996
Birth Date
February 18, 1977
Birth City
Joensuu
Current City
Helsinki
Hometown
Helsinki
Height
158
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Finnish
Eye Color
Blue
Zodiac Sign
Aquarius
Children
1
A defensive pessimist. Has played the piano since the age of 5. Lived, studied and worked in the UK from 1996 to 2009. Loves being a Mum to a wonderful 12-year-old daughter. Can't live without the gym or a good cup of English tea. Grew 2kg of muscle in 12 weeks for a Yle tv documentary in 2016. A published author and a vintage VW Beetle owner. Has recently started surfing, partly for research purposes for her latest film BIG vs SMALL but also to learn something new. Lives on the island of Katajanokka, close to Helsinki city centre. Originally from Nurmes, Finland.
"I like things to happen. And if they don't happen, I like to make them happen." - Winston Churchill
My purpose is to catalyze social change through strong, healing storytelling. I observe the world and create documentaries to drive the values I hold of utmost importance: equality, compassion and the role of women in our society.