Savonlinna Nature Film Festival – National Favourites 

Savonlinna International Nature Film Festival is an interdisciplinary four-day art event organized every year on the lakeside of Saimaa. The programme of the festival explores the overlapping borders of environmental issues and art.

Green Matters – A Handbook for Algae Gatherers

The title Green Matters refers to filamentous green algae which is growing excessively in the Baltic Sea. Green Matters approaches eutrophication from a new perspective. Considering the enormous importance green algae had in the evolution of flora and fauna, its importance as an essential source of oxygen, and its energeticand nutritional values, it truly deserves our respect. Moreover, we can be fascinated by its beauty, when observed in its underwater surroundings. Mia Mäkelä studied green algae and their possible use applying traditional rug-making techniques. Her project aims to help the eutrophicated Baltic Sea by foraging algae and putting them to good use.

Director: Mia Mäkelä
Country: Finland
Year: 2011
Duration: 11 min
Producer: Mia Mäkelä
Screenplay: Mia Mäkelä
Cinematography: Mia Mäkelä, Michael Ebert
Editing: Mia Mäkelä
Sound: Mia Mäkelä, Jani Lehto

A lighting struck Markku Mäkinen’s childhood home. A fireball burst from the radio and hurled out of the window. That instant Markku’s life was changed. In the brightness of the lightning, the invisible creatures in the room were revealed to him. Mäkinen says that the world was opened to him and he started to see things others could not. Since then the child played only with elves and fairies. As a youth, he escaped the narrow-minded world into a small wilderness cabin and lived in seclusion for years. Mäkinen’s relationship with nature is still atypically intensive. When the film was shot, he left to the wilderness, wishing to submerge in the northern forests that have sense of neither time nor place. The journey will take at least a year, and his return is uncertain. Mäkisen’s perspective conflicts with the demands of the rational world. The film makes a comparison between Markku Mäkinen’s struggle to keep his own view and the fate of painter Oscar Parviainen (1880–1938).

Director: Veli Granö
Country: Finland
Year: 2011
Duration: 23 min
Producer: Veli Granö
Screenplay: Veli Granö
Cinematography: Veli Granö
Editing: Veli Granö
Sound: Veli Granö
Starring: Hiski Salo, Milja Viita, Markku Mäkinen
Rölli ja omituisten otusten kerho

Rölli builds a television and founds a club.

Director: Pekka Salo
Country: Finland
Year: 1987
Duration: 11 min
Screenplay: Allan Tuppurainen
Starring: Allan Tuppurainen

A young squirrel keen on rock’n’roll, American cars and skateboarding is unable to carry on the time-honoured traditions of his family and dressing up as a flying squirrel to protect the home woods.

Director: Anssi Kasitonni
Country: Finland
Year: 2005
Duration: 15 min
Producer: Anssi Kasitonni
Screenplay: Anssi Kasitonni
Cinematography: Anssi Kasitonni, Juha Siekkinen
Editing: Anssi Kasitonni
Sound: Anssi Kasitonni
Starring: Anssi Kasitonni, Maria Kujala, Tero Villgren, Anja Heinonen, Vesa-Pekka Hurme
Animal Image

Animal Image is a poetic documentary about the infinite relationship between man and animal. In the film, animals are portrayed totally independent from man made narratives, exposed to life and the presence of time without anthropomorphic view.
The movie is built around Jazz-musician Verneri Pohjola’s and percussionist Mika Kallio’s original score. 

Director: Perttu Saksa
Country: Finland
Year: 2018
Duration: 30 min
Producer: Timo Vierimaa, Sami Jahnukainen
Production: Mouka Filmi Oy
Screenplay: Perttu Saksa, Heikki Willamo
Cinematography: Perttu Saksa
Editing: Perttu Saksa
Sound: Perttu Saksa