Loads of Shorts

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Our largest short film selection to date boasts 30 series of shorts from all over the world. The programme features for instance Oscar winners Helium and Mr. Hublot, promising Nordic newcomers and a newborn Finnish cult classic Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom.

The Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art AV-arkki will celebrate its 25th birthday this year. The screening is curated by Mika Taanila. After the screening 25th birthday party continues at Dubrovnik. PASI “SLEEPING” MYLLYMÄKI: SLEEPING Finland 1982 2 min A mysterious manifest. TEEMU MÄKI: TAPIO Finland 1990 12 min Consumption criticism from 24 years back. JUHA VAN INGEN: (DIS)INTEGRATOR Finland 1992 4 min Based on the sci-fi film The Fly (1958). ANNELI NYGREN: LAUNDRY PIECE Finland 1992 3 min A Finnish cover version of a Yoko Ono performance. SEPPO RENVALL: CHILDREN OF STOCKHOLM Finland 1995 3 min A celebration of the first snow. ERKKA NISSINEN: VANTAA Finland 2008 12 min Back to basics. ANSSI KASITONNI: MASA Finland 2009 11 min The plans of Masa the guinea pig and his owner clash. JUHA MÄKI-JUSSILA: SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER Finland 2013 5 min An animation based on the filmatisation of a famous Tennessee Williams
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A collection of this year’s Artova Film Festival’s best pictures. THE FESTIVAL PRODUCER’S CHOICE: OLIWIA TONTERI: LILLI Documentary/2007/26 min Aalto-yliopisto, TaiK, Elokuva- ja lavastustaiteen osasto ELO The life of a young opiate addict Lilli, pictured through her journal writings. AUDIENCE’S FAVOURITE: SUSANI MAHADURA, SAMI LEVO: IKUISESTI SINUN X3 (featured in the picture) Documentary/2014/15 min Metropolia Forever Yours x3 is a short claymation documentary that tells the story of a woman who fell in love three times. HONORARY MENTION: JANI PELTONEN: SAVUPIIPPU Documentary/2014/24 min 4KRS Film A month prior to the WW2, a party arrived to the hotel, along with a 19-year old actress Sirkka Sari. What happened to her, and what happened to Aulanko? BEST FICTION: ELLI TOIVONIEMI, JENNI KANGASNIEMI: ROOLI Fiction/2014/11 min/language: Finnish, subtitles: English Tuffi Films As an actor you may have to face the most obscure situations. Will this audition be the one to take you to
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Selection of nominated short live action and animation films from the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). JAMIE STONE: ORBIT EVER AFTER United Kingdom 2013 20 min Earth’s orbit. Distant future. Two star-crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice everything in order to spend one perfect moment together. YOUSIF AL-KHALIFA: SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES United Kingdom 2013 9 min Sonja lives a lonely life as a fishmonger, more at ease with her fish than her customers, until one day a delivery man turns up, and he looks like a rainbow trout. BEN MALLABY: ISLAND QUEEN United Kingdom 2012 16 min Mim has lived her whole life on a little island. She makes the impetuous decision to have a baby – surely a one-way ticket to adulthood? JANE LINFOOT: SEA VIEW United Kingdom 2013 24 min Jess and Jason meet at the bus station in a seaside town, and see each
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PETE RISKI: HERE WITH ME Finland, United Kingdom 2014 12 min Rattling Stuff A troubled man arrives in a remote forest with the sole intention of ending his life, but when a stranger intervenes, he’s forced to confront the tragic events that drove him there in the first place. CHRZU: NIGHTSATAN AND THE LOOPS OF DOOM Finland 2013 24 min Twisted Films Year 2034 on the plains of the post-holocaust wasteland of Eastern Finland. A trio of synthesizer warriors calling themselves NIGHTSATAN conduct musical rituals in order to maintain what is left of their sanity. LEE CRONIN: GHOST TRAIN Ireland, Finland 2013 17 min Rank Outsiders / MADE Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground where their friend Sam went missing three decades ago. This time, Michael has a secret to confess. HAMY RAMEZAN: KEYS OF HEAVEN Finland 2014 28 min
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Future Shorts is the largest short film network in the world and also a pop up film festival. Future Shorts has been in Finland since 2008. LYNNE RAMSAY: SWIMMER United Kingdom 2012 17 min The film dives into the mind of an endurance swimmer on a journey through Britain’s waterways. ALI ASGARI: MORE THAN 2 HOURS Iran 2013 15 min It’s 3 AM, a boy and a girl are wandering in the city. They are looking for a hospital to cure the girl. DAVID BEAZLEY: INSIDE THE MIND OF COLIN FURZE United Kingdom 2014 3 min Colin Furze is a plumber by day—but in his spare time he retreats to his garage to invent all manner of weird and wonderful contraptions. MAHDI FLEIFEL: XENOS United Kingdom, Greece, Denmark 2014 13 min Xenos (Greek: ξένος, xénos) stranger, enemy, alien. MIKEY PLEASE: MARILYN MYLLER United Kingdom, USA 2014 6 min Marilyn luo.
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SIMON SZABÓ: WALL Hungary 2013 11 min Laci is a 16-year old gypsy boy, who lives off casual jobs. One day, he gets picked up from the streets for a construction job. He has to participate in the completion of a wall that surrounds a series of tenement buildings. What will be left on the other side? PETRA SZŐCS: THE EXECUTION A kivégzés Hungary, Romania 2014 14 min 1990, Cluj, Romania. Three young children re-enact Ceausescu’s execution. Who will be the victim? TUDOR JURGIU: IN THE FISHBOWL In acvariu Romania 2012 20 min George and Christina are trying very hard to break up but they just don’t seem to get it right. GIORGIO BOSISIO: UN PENSIERO KALAŠNIKOV Italy, United Kingdom 2013 22 min Milano in the cold winter. Its characters, sometimes grotesque, in melancholic Christmas joy, and Pietro, like a ghost, a tireless observer, leads us in a journey of
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MAT KIRKBY: THE PHONE CALL United Kingdom 2013 21 min Heather works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever. AGA WOSZCZYNSKA: FRAGMENTS Fragmenty Poland 2014 26 min Anna and her partner have well-paid jobs, intense sex and they go jogging every other morning. They live a comfortable yet monotonous bourgeois life, which makes Anna slowly fall apart. XAVIER LEGRAND: BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING France 2013 29 min A young boy pretends to go to school and hides under a small bridge. A teenager in tears waits at a bus stop. A woman picks them up and drives them to the parking lot of a supermarket. TONIA MISHIALI: DEAD END Cyprus 2013 15 min The loss of youth and social activity drives an elderly couple into loneliness and compulsions. Has their life
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SHAUN O’CONNOR: UISCE BEATHA Ireland 2012 8 min Set in 1912, Tom, a young man leaves his home in rural Ireland to cross the ocean on the ill-fated Titanic. But a night of celebration beforehand results in a twist that will affect Tom’s fate drastically. ADAM HOLLY: CODA Ireland 2013 9 min A drunk lost soul stumbles through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things. PAUL Ó MUIRIS: THE LEDGE END OF PHIL (FROM ACCOUNTING) Ireland 2014 6 min Stuck outside looking in, Phil’s forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. Now he must take a leap of faith or be trapped forever. IAN FITZGIBBON: BREAKFAST WINE Ireland 2013 11 min They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two? LOUISE NÍ FHIANNACHTA: RÚBAÍ Ireland 2013 11 min
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PAVEL VESNAKOV: PRIDE Bulgaria 2013 30 min A man of habit confronts a world in transition in his own kitchen. JAN-DIRK BOUW: I LOVE HOOLIGANS Netherlands 2013 13 min A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive in this world so precious to him. VIRGINIA FUENTES: MAMIS: A FAMILY PORTRAIT Spain, United Kingdom, Cuba 2013 20 min A look at two generations of lesbian couples and their families in Cuba. JAIME MAESTRO: ORBITS Orbitas Spain 2013 9 min Nothing will stop true love. Not even war. Or being in two diffrent orbits. MARIE LOUSTALOT: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Fais pas genre France 2013 8 min Arnaud is transgendered. Being recognized by his ex-girlfriend should be possible. Finding a job should be possible. Finding love should be possible too.
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JANI PELTONEN: WHITE CHIMNEY Savupiippu Finland 2014 24 min 4KRS FILMS What happened to the 19-year old actress Sirkka Sari at the refined Aulanko hotel at the end of the 1930s? JENNY TIMONEN: BORROWED Lainassa Finland 2013 12 min Lapin yliopisto The director goes to visit her foster parents. A documentary about the formation of a family. MIKKO JÄRVINEN: A SLUGGAR AND HIS SON Nahjus ja poika Finland 2012 19 min A Sluggard and His Son addresses gender roles and identities in relation to the life of the father of a three-year-old Aapeli. After spending his life amongst effeminate boys, he is now a father and a house-owner. NIKO ALAJOKI, JON GORDON: LASTING RIGHTS United Kingdom 2012 12 min A short documentary about a tragic death and the need for further parliamentary debate about assisted dying. BENNY JABERG THE GREEN SERPENT Switzerland, Russia 2013 21 min MiruMir Film Studio A
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PIETARI BAGGE, CHRISTER HONGISTO, ELISA IKONEN, INKA MATILAINEN: GUARDIAN Valvoja Finland 2014 8 min A short animation film about an old woman whose assistant robot is trying to remind her about something important. ULLA HEIKKILÄ: BETWEEN NIGHTS Laulu ennen sammumista Finland 2013 20 min Juho is a janitor who dreams about becoming a poet. His life gets a new direction when he meets a charming sculptor, Gigi. Doors to the art world seem to open, and for a while everything is marvelous. LAURI RANDLA: SILLAMÄE Finland 2014 8 min Little Johannes is at his grandparent’s place in the military town of Sillamäe in the Soviet Union. Missing his mom terribly, Johannes hops into a Moskvitsh pedal car alongside his best imaginary friend Gena the Crocodile and starts a journey to Tartu, 180 kilometres away. SERA MARTIKAINEN: TWO MOMS Kaksi äitiä Finland 2013 19 min A film about a happy meeting
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The nominees for the European Short Film Award 2013 in three sets. MYROSLAV SLABOSHPYTSKIY: NUCLEAR WASTE Yaderni wydhody Ukraine 2012 24 min Sergiy and Sveta live in Chernobyl. Sergiy is a truck-driver at a radioactive wastes utilization plant. Sveta works at a radioactive decontamination launderette. Their life is dictated by one unchangeable rhythm with clockwork precision. TOM VAN AVERMAET: DEATH OF A SHADOW Dood van een schaduw Belgium, France 2012 20 min Soldier Nathan Rijckx died during WWI. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10000 captured shadows. Oscar-nominee 2013. BÜLENT ÖZTÜRK: HOUSES WITH SMALL WINDOWS Belgium 2013 15 min A portrait of an honour killing in the rural Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. 22-year old Dilan pays for her forbidden love for a young man in a neighbouring village with her life. She has shamed the family and therefore must die
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The nominees for the European Short Film Award 2013 in three sets. MIGUEL FONSESCA: THE WAVES As ondas Portugal 2012 22 min “Beautiful, truly Portuguese seascapes swept before my eyes. Tied up in these images was my youth, my paradise lost.” JAMIE STONE: ORBIT EVER AFTER United Kingdom 2013 20 min Earth’s orbit. Distant future. Two star-crossed lovers overcome all odds and sacrifice everything in order to spend one perfect moment together. PETAR VALCHANOV & KRISTINA GROZEVA: JUMP Skok Bulgaria 2012 30 min Old bachelor Gosho receives an offer from his rich cousin to take care of his luxurious penthouse while he’s abroad. Instead of some peace and quiet in luxury, Gosho is in for the most deceitful, most passionate, funniest and saddest love in the world. JOCHEN KUHN: SUNDAY 3 Sonntag 3 Germany 2012 14 min A blind date with the Chancellor.
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The nominees for the European Short Film Award 2013 in three sets. CHRISTOPH GIRARDET, MATTHIAS MÜLLER: CUT Germany 2013 13 min The body as a wound that never heals. CATHY BRADY: MORNING Ireland, United Kingdom 2013 20 min A distraught woman doesnʼt want to be disturbed, but the doorbell keeps ringing. SERGIO OKSMAN: A STORY FOR THE MODLINS Una historia para los Modlin Spain 2012 26 min After appearing in the film Rosemary’s Baby, Elmer Modlin ran away with his wife and his son to a distant land. Thirty years later, hundreds of the family’s intimate photographs appeared on a sidewalk, waiting to be found. OMAR ROBERT HAMILTON: THOUGH I KNOW THE RIVER IS DRY United Kingdom, Palestine, Egypt, Qatar 2013 19 min He has returned to Palestine. On the fraught road through the country he relives the choice that sent him to America and the forces of history now
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JOHAN HAGELBÄCK: MEATBALLS AND FORK BEAST Köttbullarna och gaffeltrollet Sweden 2012 5 min Being strong is really good. But being small, brave and saving your friends is probably even better. JOHAN HAGELBÄCK: NOSTURI-KALLE Kalle Kran Sweden 2014 6 min Kalle Kran works high above our heads in one of those building cranes. There’s no limit to what Kalle can fix. TED SIEGER, WOUTER DIERICKX: THE SMORTLYBACKS Switzerland, China 2013 6 min The Smortlybacks are coming! VALLO TOOMLA: LEMONADE TALE Estonia 2013 9 min Joonas wants some soda but Mom refuses to buy it. Unhappy, Joonas still takes a bottle off the shelf and… falls into a dark-green bubble-soda ocean! NILS SKAPANS: CAT IN THE BAG Latvia, Estonia 2013 7 min A small cat—who likes nothing better than relaxing in his comfy house—suddenly finds himself trapped in a bag. KAISA PENTTILÄ, LEENA JÄÄSKELÄINEN: RÅTTA BOORIS PUOLUSTAA ELÄINTEN OIKEUKSIA Finland 2011 5
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KAISA PENTTILÄ: THE IMPECCABLE MR. HAPPY Finland 2014 20 min Mr. Happy makes everyone around him happy. JUANMA SANCHEZ: BITSELLER Spain 2013 10 min What happens when a traditional writer has to replace his old typewriter with a computer? ALEXANDRE ESPIRAGES, LAURENT WITZ: MR. HUBLOT Luxembourg, France 2013 12 min Mr Hublot lives in a world where the giant scale of machines and the relentless use of salvaged materials reign supreme. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short. PÉTER VÁCZ: JÄNIS JA PEURA Hungary 2013 17 min The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to test by Deer’s new obsession to find the formula for the third dimension. ALEKSANDER L. NORDAAS: MUSHROOM MONSTER Norway 2013 6 min If you were a little, hairy Mushroom Monster, how far would you go to get your paws on
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KONSTANTINA KOTZAMANI: WASHINGTONIA Greece 2014 24 min Washingtonia is an alternative name for Athens, a place where people, like animals, fall into summertime sadness because of the heat. CRISTINA GROSAN: HOLIDAY AT THE SEASIDE Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Hungary 2013 16 min Amalia, a girl of thirteen, gets her first period a day before leaving for the seaside with her family. Having a distant relationship with her parents, she decides to take care of this sensitive issue on her own. But the parents have a secret of their own. JANNIS LENZ: INBETWEEN Daheim und Dazwischen Austria 2014 25 min Max returns to his parents home to attend his fathers birthday party after living abroad for several years. Torn between two places, he reunites with his childhood friends to spend a night like they used to. JENNA HASSE: IN AUGUST En Août Switzerland 2014 9 min Margaux, six years old, wakes
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EDWARD CROMPTON: WANDERING ROCKS United Kingdom 2013 4 min Edward Crompton, the director, found an old tape at a rubbish dump. On it was a man’s voice talking about two bodies washing up on a beach. He decided to make a film using the original recording on the tape. EMIL LANGBALLE: BEACH BOY United Kingdom 2013 28 min Juma is unemployed and like many other young Kenyans, he dreams of a better life abroad. One day he meets a British woman and Europe suddenly gets closer. GRZEGORZ ZARICZNY: THE WHISTLE Gwizdek Poland 2012 17 min Marcin is almost thirty. He lives in a small town and referees football matches. He wants a change, though. So he tries to find a better job. And a girlfriend. MATEJ BOBRIK: THE VISIT Odwiedziny Poland 2013 11 min In a care home surrounded by a magical forest deep in the middle of nowhere, the
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