National Competition 4 


Are you hungry?

A single mother struggles to connect with her adopted teenage son, who she believes is gay. Worried that the vulnerable boy will fall victim to older men preying on young boys online, she takes it upon herself to guide him safely through this period of self-exploration by setting him up on a date.

Director: Teemu Niukkanen
Country: Finland
Year: 2019
Duration: 12 min
Producer: Daniel Kuitunen
Production: Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta
Screenplay: Antti Toivonen
Cinematography: Aarne Tapola
Editing: Joona Louhivuori
Production design: Maria Hulkkonen
Costume design: Kata Launonen
Sound: Pontus Borg
Music: arkisto
Make-up: Kata Launonen
Starring: Pirjo Lonka, Matvei German, Tommi Korpela
Ha Ha Ha

A comic dystopia of a world where genuine laughter has vanished. A strange laughter factory is required to produce and can a laughter-like product, a grim haw-haw. The story is about the genuine, free and unrestricted laughter a group of rebels escaping from the factory succeeds in smuggling past the surveillance out into the world – the beginning of the Revolution.

Director: Samuli Valkama
Country: Finland
Year: 2019
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Mete Sasioglu
Production: Sons of Lumière
Screenplay: Samuli Valkama, Jyrki Karttunen
Cinematography: Aarne Tapola
Editing: Mikko Sippola
Production design: Toni Kari
Costume design: Karoliina Koiso-Kanttila
Sound: Tuomas Fränti
Music: Tuomas Fränti
Make-up: Kaisu Hölttä
Starring: Heidi Naakka, Jyrki Karttunen, Aksinja Lommi, Mikko Paloniemi, Jyrki Kasper, Eero Vesterinen
Fram – Forward

Why do we do incredibly difficult things that have no practical application? Is there a parallel between geographic and artistic exploration?

Fram is a documentary and travel film about two friends journeying to the end of the earth, in order to make a dance film in the arctic wilderness of Svalbard. En route, they explore the history of our ideas of the Arctic, along with the grand questions of life, art and our place in the world. Sharing their love of discovering new geographic and artistic frontiers, choreographer-dancer-filmmakers and outdoor enthusiasts Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio take the viewer on an engaging journey to a place where few have been and even fewer have danced.

Director: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Country: Finland, Sweden
Year: 2019
Duration: 28 min
Producer: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Production: Lumikinos Production Oy
Screenplay: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Cinematography: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Editing: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio
Sound: Akseli Soini, Sakari Karjalainen
Music: Sputnikburg feat. Meriheini Luoto
Starring: Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio

A travelogue of a journey across Europe in March 2020.

Director: Juha van Ingen
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 8 min
Producer: Juha van Ingen
Cinematography: Juha van Ingen
Editing: Juha van Ingen
Sound: Juha van Ingen
Music: Hariharan
Leonarda – Flesh Ain’t Weak

Leonarda is a vegan soap maker and serial killer from contemporary Helsinki. She makes soap out of the bodies of her victims. She would do anything to protect her favourite child: Giuseppe. Based on the case of Leonarda Cianciulli, a serial killer from southern Italy during the 30s. A mix between documentary-fiction-dance movie-digital-16mm analogue-among other frolicsomeness.

Director: Mariangela Pluchino
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 17 min
Producer: Mariangela Pluchino
Production: Academy of Moving People and Images
Screenplay: Mariangela Pluchino
Cinematography: Aishe Vejdani
Editing: Mariangela Pluchino
Production design: Tia Hassinen
Costume design: Tia Hassinen
Animation: Andre Vicentini
Sound: Ari-Pekka Leinonen
Music: Ari-Pekka Leinonen
Make-up: Erja Parviainen Heli-Maria Malmelin
Starring: Katja Kiuru, Bert Jacobs, Ronja Antikainen, Pihla Sudenyö, Aurora Joensuu
Verdict 30001: The Cookies

The average adult makes about 35 000 remotely conscious decisions each day. Each decision carries certain consequences – both good and bad. Even if it’s just about a box of cookies.

Director: Henna Välkky, Samuel Häkkinen
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Ville Sivonen
Production: Silent Paprika Films
Screenplay: Henna Välkky, Samuel Häkkinen
Cinematography: Arsen Sarkisiants
Editing: Henna Välkky, Samuel Häkkinen
Production design: Henna Välkky, Samuel Häkkinen
Costume design: Elina Ström
Sound: Simo Pitkänen
Music: Simo Pitkänen
Make-up: Elisa Koivuniemi
Starring: Komitea: Arne Nylander, Eija Kyllönen, Panu Mikkola, Tiia Louste, David Kozma, Simo: Olli Riipinen, Vanhemmat: Pauliina Hukkanen, Juha Uutela Sisäinen lapsi: Alvari Kentala Siivooja: Alise Polacenko Kaupan asiakas: Anu Palevaara
Real Men

Three guys share their thoughts and surviving methods in a strange but warm-hearted forest trip.

Director: Iiti Yli-Harja
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Iiti Yli-Harja
Production: Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland
Screenplay: Iiti Yli-Harja
Cinematography: Heta Saukkonen, Iiti Yli-Harja
Editing: Virve Ranta
Production design: Iiti Yli-Harja, Heta Saukkonen
Costume design: Iiti Yli-Harja, Heta Saukkonen
Animation: Iiti Yli-Harja, Heta Saukkonen
Sound: Ville-Matti Koskiniemi
Music: Ninni Luhtasaari, Ville-Matti Koskiniemi
Make-up: Iiti Yli-Harja, Heta Saukkonen
Starring: Janne Koski, Tony, Tuomo

The film is about a show dancer, Kristal, 40+ years, blond hair woman, who with a Lada car goes around small pubs and entertains people. First she seems a bit ridiculous, self-sufficient and naive, a potential victim, an circus animal, but she comes out as something else. Kristal is a weird saint, who takes to bear all the hate, despair, lust and confusion around her and through that gives people a momentary relief.

Director: Zaida Bergroth
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 8 min
Producer: Daniel Kuitunen
Production: Elokuvayhtiö Komeetta
Screenplay: Zaida Bergroth
Cinematography: Aarne Tapola
Editing: Eero Tammi
Production design: Kari Kankaanpää
Costume design: Tiina Kaukanen
Sound: Micke Nyström
Music: LauNau
Make-up: Kata Launonen
Starring: Katja Kuttner