ELO 60th Anniversary 

Finnish film education began in 1959 when the Institute of Industrial Arts operating from the Ateneum building in Helsinki founded its Department of Camera Art. In the early 1970s the Department moved to Pasila Water Tower where the first underwater film school in the world continued to function into the mid-1980s. After that filmmaking was studied in Punavuori in Southern Helsinki on Pursimiehenkatu until the Film School moved into the Media Centre Lume premises in Hämeentie in 2000. The School moved to its present location at Aalto University campus in Otaniemi in Espoo in January 2017. The beloved ELO has been known by many names throughout its history. Today the school is called Aalto University, Department of Film, Television and Scenography, ELO Film School Finland.

The Coffee Break

Never-ending coffee break… Three eternal students have chosen a lifestyle, that can not be measured by the standards of gain and productivity used by the outside world. In the midst of modern times, where people come, go and change, they have decided to halt and concentrate on the core questions of existence.

Director: Reetta Huhtanen
Country: Finland
Year: 2008
Duration: 20 min

Film about building what was original build as an envelope factory (located 500 km down from Arctic Circle), now it is center for asylum seekers – warehouse for humans.- “I just exist, that’s the only word I can use. I’m not dead, I just exist.”

Director: Jan Ijäs
Country: Finland
Year: 2009
Duration: 16 min

Young man loses his job as a recruiter at the network marketing hoax. Being forced to leave his employers quarters he ends up in the streets and bumps into a young girl, an outcast who has recently lost her mother. He moves in her shabby flat – just to get through the worst, with no romantic intentions. A fatal mistake, involving a middle-class suburbia, a time bank system and a battered couple change plans.

Director: Mikko Myllylahti
Country: Finland
Year: 2012
Duration: 32 min
High Hopes

Tale about an inventor couple and their obscured vision to raise a child to fly.

Director: Mazdak Nassir
Country: Finland
Year: 2007
Duration: 14 min
So it Goes

So It Goes is a story about a working class woman called Elli who has never traveled outside of Finland. A trip abroad is her only dream in an otherwise gloomy life. Unfortunately she loses all of her travel savings to a local bonebreaker collecting his dues. At the same time she meets a young boy called Heze who comes from better living conditions than Elli. Heze falls in love with the penniless Elli who is now faced with a choice: Will she use Heze and steal from him or accept the boys love?

Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen
Country: Finland
Year: 2012
Duration: 29 min