NB! The call for applications for the national competition will open in March 2023.

30 short films have been selected for the national competition of the Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts short film programme. The national competition will be screened from 21-25 September at the Maxim cinema. The jury selected the films from among 134 new short films submitted to the competition.

The R&A Shorts Aurora Prize is sponsored by Aurora Studios and is worth €2,000. The competition also awards the €1,500 New Wave Prize, funded by Finnish Film Foundation, to the most promising filmmaker in Finnish cinema who is setting the course for a bright future. The aim of the prize is to promote the career of a new talent as a professional filmmaker through a short film. The €1 000 Moving People and Images Prize, which was awarded for the first time last year, will be presented again this year to a filmmaker whose work takes into account inclusiveness and diversity. The prize money will be used to support the filmmaker’s next work. The prize is made possible by Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK and YLE. This is the third year that the Best Student Film award has been given. The prize is an accreditation for the 2023 Love & Anarchy Festival and the Finnish Film Affair professional event. Student films will also compete for other prizes. There will also be a prize for the favourite film, voted by the audience, which will be awarded a €800 equipment rental gift voucher to Kinos Rentals.

The professional jury of the national competition this year includes actress-musician Fanni Noroila, filmmaker-writer Suvi West and av-artist Sasha Huber. For the Moving People and Images Prize, filmmaker-educator Erol Mintaş (Academy of Moving People and Images) will serve as a non-voting member of the jury.