The submission for the national competition of the R&A Shorts is open for fiction, documentary or animation films (music videos are ineligible) that are max. 30 minutes long. The production or co-production country of the film must be Finland. The competition line-up is selected by the festival committee. An independent jury appointed by the festival will choose the winners. All films selected for the competition will be screened as part of the 2021 Cut to the Chase – Love & Anarchy Shorts programme.

The main prize is the R&A Short Award which is a monetary award. For the third time, the Finnish Film Foundation’s Uusi Aalto (in English New Wave) Award will be given to a new talent whose short film represents the bright tomorrow of Finnish film. The award is a festival trip to an European film festival (Clermont-Ferrand, Oberhausen, Annecy, Nordisk Panorama or IDFA) in 2022.

For the second time, the best student film among the competition films will be awarded. The student award is an accreditation to 2022 HIFF – Love & Anarchy festival and The Finnish Film Affair industry event. The student films will also compete for other awards. All 2021 competition films will compete for the Audience Award, which is a product prize given to the director.

The submission for the 2021 national competition was open until May 31. Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts programme will be screened from the 22nd to the 26th of September as a part of the HIFF – Love & Anarchy Festival.

International short films
There is no open submission for international short films. If you want to suggest your short film to the festival programming team, you can send a preview link and a presskit to films(at) Please note that we only screen European short films and the programming team only responds to suggestions they wish to know more about.

Feature films
Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is mainly an invitation only festival. Please note that the programming team only responds to suggestions they wish to know more about, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the film will be watched or your message answered. The feature film programme is curated by the Love & Anarchy Festival Ministry film programmers lead by artistic director Pekka Lanerva. There is no submission for feature films. If you want to suggest your film to the festival programming team, you can do so via our Contact form. Please also note, that HIFF mainly presents films from Europe.

Audience members
If you would like to let us know about a film you would like to see in the festival programme, you can also do so via the Contact form.