Next Level Shorts 

Seen it all? Dive to the deep end of the new and bewildering Finnish short form. This matrimony of art and film does not let its viewer off easy. 

Singularity

Awareness of artificial intelligence evolves to a surreal state where communication back to humans is beneath the reach.

Director: Arttu Nieminen
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 11 min
Producer: Arttu Nieminen
Production: Dead Standing Tree ilms
Screenplay: Arttu Nieminen
Cinematography: Arttu Nieminen
Editing: Arttu Nieminen
Animation: Arttu Nieminen
Sound: Arttu Nieminen
The Problem of the Hydra

The Problem of the Hydra is an experimental documentary film about the practical and metaphysical problems a small fresh-water polyp, known as Hydra, has caused since the 1700s to the present day. Contrary to most animals, Hydra Vulgaris does not age – at all.

Director: Maija Tammi
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Maija Tammi
Production: n/a
Screenplay: Maija Tammi
Cinematography: Maija Tammi
Editing: Maija Tammi
Sound: Charles Quevillon
The Other Night

Dreams and memories merge together at the moment of disappearance. Recurring visions and gestures are drawn into the void within the portrait of a fading self.

Director: Joel Autio
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 18 min
Producer: Joel Autio
Production: Joel Autio
Screenplay: Joel Autio
Cinematography: Eemi Lehto
Editing: Petri Erkkilä
Animation: Miira Tonteri
Sound: Olli Aarni
Starring: Janina Berman, Mira Taussi, Lili Pulla, Maria Kurki, Mikko Bredenberg
Minus World

Nintendo game, codeine and online BDSM blend in this minimalistic speculation circling and edging towards a new view of otherness within.

Director: Matti Harju
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 6 min
Producer: Matti Harju
Production: humble pony
Screenplay: Matti Harju
Editing: Matti Harju
Sound: mute
El Centro

Young Anon discovers the digital, binary root of everything during a school trip to New York and comes to a surprising conclusion.

Director: Matti Harju
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 7 min
Producer: Matti Harju
Production: humble pony
Screenplay: Matti Harju
Cinematography: Matti Harju
Editing: Matti Harju
Sound: Matti Harju
Via Karelia

Tracing back a lost identity, hidden in the forests of an abandoned war zone. How does trauma get carried on from a generation to another and is there a way to stop the cycle?

Tracing back a lost identity, hidden in the forests of an abandoned war zone. How does trauma get carried on from a generation to another and is there a way to stop the cycle? The filmmaker tries to understand how to heal from the pressures of the past by searching for their grandmother’s childhood home. Taking the journey with their parents, they find themselves in a village located in the old Karelia, now a part of Russia.

Director: Elian Mikkola
Country: Canada, Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 12 min
Producer: Elian Mikkola
Production: n/a
Screenplay: Elian Mikkola
Cinematography: Elian Mikkola, Tuomas Mikkola, Valtteri Mikkola
Editing: Elian Mikkola
Sound: Elian Mikkola
Starring: Elian Mikkola
Master Longclaws

Master Longclaws tells the story of an itch that needs scratching. In it, a shape- and nameshifting nail artist Misster Longclaus is looking for intimacy in all the wrong places. 

Director: Reija Meriläinen
Country: Finland
Year: 2020
Duration: 6 min
Producer: Reija Meriläinen
Production: n/a
Screenplay: Reija Meriläinen
Cinematography: Reija Meriläinen
Editing: Reija Meriläinen
Sound: Minna Koivisto
Starring: Reija Meriläinen
Deus ex Machina

The illusion breaks down when the viewer can see the strings.

Director: Anssi Kasitonni
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 4 min
Producer: Anssi Kasitonni
Screenplay: Anssi Kasitonni
Cinematography: Anssi Kasitonni
Editing: Anssi Kasitonni
Animation: n/a
Sound: Anssi Kasitonni
Starring: Pentti Heinonen
Shadow Codex

Shadow Codex is a study on the emergence of symbols in a monitored and closed environment. The black-and-white film of the abandoned facilities of Turku County Prison (1835–2007) documents the layers of messages drawn, scratched and burned on the cell walls. The flow of images is punctuated by John Cage’s (1912–1992) six-part composition “Perilous Night” (1964), which has been called a journey to the nocturnal side of the soul.

Shadow Codex is a study on the emergence of symbols in a monitored and closed environment. The black-and-white film of the abandoned facilities of Turku County Prison (1835–2007) documents the layers of messages drawn, scratched and burned on the cell walls. The markings are pathways to the shadow world, to the darkness of an individual’s psyche, and expose the disturbing underbelly of a society that both generates and hides. The film becomes the codex of a collapsed civilization and, at the same time, evidence of a forbidden zone in the centre of the city. The flow of images is punctuated by John Cage’s (1912–1992) six-part composition “Perilous Night” (1964), which has been called a journey to the nocturnal side of the soul.

Director: Saara Ekström
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 12 min
Producer: Saara Ekström
Screenplay: Saara Ekström
Cinematography: Saara Ekström
Editing: Eero Tammi
After Life followed by Red Impasto Jar

The work is composed of two separate films followed by each other. Both films explore transcendental issues through archaeological and illegal excavations of tombs.

Director: Jonna Kina
Country: Finland
Year: 2021
Duration: 9 min
Producer: Jonna Kina
Production: n/a
Screenplay: Jonna Kina
Cinematography: Ville Piippo
Editing: Jonna Kina
Sound: Jonathan Fuhrer