National Competition 4 


How to Take Care of Your Parakeet

Arvo is lonely, and his annoying big sister Ulla is no help. Arvo decides to get himself a new friend: a parakeet.

Director: Roosa Vuokkola
Year: 2023
Duration: 19 min
Producer: Linnea Salonen, Saga Kinni
Production: Elo Film School Finland
Screenplay: Kasperi Riihimäki
Cinematography: Iina Lallo
Editing: Erik Vartiainen
Animation: Roosa Vuokkola, Tuuni Jacobs, Jesse Pöllänen
Sound: Ville Visti
Starring: Taisto Oksanen, Eija Vilpas, Ville Vuorikoski, Anna-Leena Sipilä, Mona Kortelampi
Bicycle Thief

A heartwarming but appropriately devilish tale of a small-town bowling alley entrepreneur whose life takes an unexpected turn when his bicycle goes missing.

Director: Pekka Ollula
Year: 2022
Duration: 14 min
Producer: Pekka Ollula, Miro Laiho, Jaana Hiltunen
Production: Oohlala Pictures
Screenplay: Pekka Ollula
Cinematography: Joni Helminen
Editing: Sami Laaksonen
Sound: Karri Neenberg
Starring: Tapio Liinoja, Minna Kivelä
Thank You in Your Language

Thank You in Your Language is a story of an actress recording an audition tape for the role of a lifetime.

Director: Fabian Munsterhjelm
Year: 2022
Duration: 14 min
Producer: Katariina Kangas
Production: Autius Films
Screenplay: Fabian Munsterhjelm, Samppa Batal
Cinematography: Nestori Majoinen
Editing: Lyydia Mäkipää
Sound: Juho Salaterä
Starring: Pirjo Lonka, Samppa Batal, Matti Onnismaa, Taisto Oksanen, Tommi Korpela
Lizard Brain

Jakob is a successful life coach, providing what people want: simple answers in complicated times. But tasked with inspiring the unemployed, Jakob can’t get things right. Is the right attitude the answer to everything?

Director: Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall
Year: 2022
Duration: 28 min
Producer: Cecilia Björk, Emilia Haukka
Production: Aamu Film Company, MDEMC
Screenplay: Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall
Cinematography: Theofanis Kavvadas
Editing: Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall
Sound: Thomas Jansson
Starring: Jakob Öhrman
Other People

The six main characters want to be alone and avoid other people. The characters are eyes who are aware of each other’s activities, but avoid making eye contact with each other. When a kingfisher is spotted by the river, the characters find themselves sharing a moment together during bird watching.

Director: Anni Sairio, Joonatan Turkki
Year: 2023
Duration: 8 min
Producer: Anni Sairio, Joonatan Turkki
Production: Elo Film School Finland
Screenplay: Anni Sairio, Joonatan Turkki
Cinematography: Anni Sairio
Editing: Sofia Bonds
Animation: Anni Sairio
Sound: Joonatan Turkki
Starring: Aino Salonen, Veera Kortelainen, Kirsti Lehto, Timo Turkki, Ella Turkki, Topi Sairio
Strangers in the Dark

An experimental film about how light pollution makes the glow-worm’s love life a living hell. Combining different techniques from animation to archive material, the film follows the glow-worm’s attempts to find a partner in an environment that is no longer dark at night. The story about light and darkness moves from the planetary scale to the microscopic, from calm nature to a hectic city, and from artificial light to the green shimmer of a glow-worm’s behind.

Director: Perttu Inkilä, Jenni Pystynen
Year: 2023
Duration: 13 min
Producer: Oona Saari
Production: Illume Ltd
Screenplay: Perttu Inkilä, Jenni Pystynen
Cinematography: Perttu Inkilä
Editing: Jussi Sandhu
Animation: Pekka Tavi
Sound: Janne Jankeri