National Competition 3 

Birds in the Earth

Birds in the Earth is a short film based on dance and experimental storytelling. The Sámi dance students, Birit and Katja Haarla, dance through the villages and lost woods of Sámi land all the way to the south, to Helsinki, where the important decisions are made. The accent is on the ownership of Sámi land and the Sámi people´s rights in today’s Finland, the Sámi being the indigenous people of Fennoscandia. The polarity of Nature and the Western way of life is filtered through humour.

Director: Marja Helander
Starring: Birit Haarla, Katja Haarla
Production: Marja Helander / Studio Marja Helander
Country: Finland, Norway
Year: 2018
Duration: 11 min
Screenplay: Marja Helander
Cinematography: Mauri Lähdesmäki
Editing: Mauri Lähdesmäki
Sound: Pekka Aikio, Konsta Mikkonen, Pekka Kumpulaine
Cleaning Woman

Cleaning woman is cleaning and finds herself in an unexpected situation.

Director: Teemu Nikki
Starring: Elina Knihtilä, Tommi Eronen, Pihla Penttinen
Production: Jani Pösö, Teemu Nikki / It's Alive Films
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 16 min
Screenplay: Teemu Nikki
Cinematography: Sari Aaltonen
Editing: Teemu Nikki
Sound: Tuomas Seppänen
Driving Lesson

Minna, a young single mother, has started a driving school. The first lesson gets an unpleasant turn when her driving teacher, a middle-aged man, begins to behave improperly. Then the balance of power changes.

Director: Jarno Lindemark
Starring: Petteri Pennilä, Saara Kotkaniemi, Aksa Korttila, Pia Andersson
Production: Tuukka Vartiainen, Ida Karoskoski / Ragdoll Film Productions
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 15 min
Screenplay: Jarno Lindemark
Cinematography: Janne Häkkinen
Editing: Eero Tammi
Sound: Juho Salaterä
Goldilocks Zone

Craving for love and excitement, Sierra seeks out her childhood crush, through whom she starts to deal with the loss of her brother. But bringing the past into the present isn’t as easy as she would’ve thought.

Director: Anna Äärelä
Production: Julia Elomäki / Anna Äärelä T:mi
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 27 min
Screenplay: Anna Äärelä, Nina Ijäs
Cinematography: Max Smeds
Editing: Nina Ijäs
Sound: Jani Nikander
Music: Sonja Pennanen
Art direction: Saana Koivisto, Max Smeds

Summerday on the beach.

Director: Arttu Hokkanen
Production: Arttu Hokkanen / ELO Film School Finland
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 4 min
Screenplay: Arttu Hokkanen
Cinematography: Niko Tii Nurmi Sipiläinen
Editing: Arttu Hokkanen
Sound: Arttu Hokkanen
Unknown Redux

Two Finnish Rogue Female Warriors transfer a Soviet Android over a bog. The two make a temporary base in the woods. Lehto opens up the Android and starts to fix it. Corporal Rokka contacts Lammio with radio telephone and warns the duo about approaching Soviet Elite Troopers. Lehto is still in trouble with the android when they are surprised by the Soviets. But just as the situation looks to end miserably, the android comes to life and saves the day.

Director: Anssi Määttä
Starring: Pihla Viitala, Mimosa Willamo. Lauri Tilkanen, Timo Lavikainen
Production: Antti Tuominen, Anssi Määttä
Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 6 min
Screenplay: Antti Tuominen
Cinematography: Mikael Gustafsson
Editing: Anssi Määttä
Sound: Akseli Soini
Music: Marko Nyberg