The submission for the National Competition of the L&A Shorts is open for fiction, documentary or animation films that are under 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. The management of the festival appoints an independent jury that will choose the winning films. All competition films will be screened at the 2020 Cut to the Chase – Love & Anarchy Shorts event.

The main prize is the L&A Short Award which is a monetary award. For the second time, the Finnish Film Foundation’s Uusi Aalto 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).

For the first time, the best student film among the competition films will be awarded. The student award is an accreditation to 2021 HIFF – Love & Anarchy festival and The Finnish Film Affair industry event. The student films will also compete for other awards.

All 2020 competition films will compete for the Audience Award, which is a product prize given to the director.

The submission  for the 2020 National Competition is closed. Everyone who has submitted a film will be notified latest in July. Cut to the Chase – Love & Anarchy Shorts will be held from 23rd to 27th 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.

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 L&A 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.