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A total of 30 Finnish films have been shortlisted for the national competition of HIFF’s Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts event. In addition to the competing films, the programme includes short films from well-known directors, fresh cinematic voices from marginalised groups and a plethora of other fascinating topics.

The third Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts event will host a competition with 30 Finnish short films. The entries of the second national short film competition were shortlisted by a pre-selection jury from 160 shorts completed in 2018–2019. The chosen films will be shown in five screenings. The competition entries are listed at the end of this article.

This year’s professional jury comprises of screenwriter Anna Brotkin, actor Boodi Kabbani and film educator Hanna Wahlman. The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 28.

Last year’s winner of the competition and the R&A LIFT Award was Virva and Vuokko Kunttu’s short documentary film STAR SHAPED SCAR.

The national competition’s main prize, the 1 500 euro R&A LIFT Award is sponsored by LIFT – a festival combining media, arts, and culture. The Uusi Aalto Award is sponsored by the Finnish Film Foundation and the R&A Shorts Audience Award by Rajala Pro Shop.

From masters of cinema to diverse representations

This year’s programme includes short films from master directors who are better known from their feature films. Those include Ruben Östlund‘s LET THE OTHERS DEAL WITH LOVE (Låt dom andra sköta kärleken, 2000), Andrea Arnold’s WASP (2003), Taika Waititi’s TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT (2004) and Yorgos Lanthimos’ NIMIC (2019).

Films from and about various marginalised groups are included in program selections like Feminist Visions, Sámi Shorts and Trans Stories.

Representations of marginalised people are an important topic for one of this year’s guests, the Swedish director Victor Lindgren whose shorts get their own retrospective. Lindgren’s first feature film THE UNPROMISED LAND (Till drömmarnas land, 2019) is screened in the HIFF programme. Finnish photographer and video artist Elina Brotherus will also get her own retrospective.

The first ever R&A Shorts Gala provides a unique opportunity to see the year’s most eagerly anticipated short film event on the silver screen. ONE-OFF INCIDENT features eleven short films that raise awareness of the invisible power exercised towards women, in private lives as well as in society.

The 3rd Cut to the Chase R&A Shorts will take place on September 25–29 as part of the 32nd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy. The festival programme will be announced on September 5.

R&A SHORTS: THE NATIONAL COMPETITION

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION, PART 1
Joonas Rutanen: Close to Me
Otso Alanko: Crossing Tracks
Severi Koivusalo: Wedding Waltz
Emma Louhivuori: Her Head
Vilja Autiokyrö: 1,5 Meters Space
Juho Luukkainen: My Childhood feat. Drake

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION, PART 2
Hanna Hovitie: Terraria
Lauri-Matti Parppei: Silent as Murderers
Pia Andell: The Match
Ami Lindholm: Mother and Milk
Antti Heikki Pesonen: A Target
Milja Härkönen: To Feel Alive

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION, PART 3
Anna Äärelä: When the Comets Came
Jussi Sandhu: 27 First Years
Teemu Nikki: All Inclusive
Sawandi Groskind: How to Approach a Giant Hole
Anna Paavilainen: Two Bodies on a Beach
Jenny Jokela: Live a Little

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION, PART 4
Katja Korhonen: I’m Listening
Sanna Liljander: Life on Hold
Kirsikka Saari: Super Comfort
Milja Viita: Animal Bridge U-3033
Patrik Söderlund: Realms
Malakias: Skeleton in the Closet
Jukka Kärkkäinen: Kebab King

THE NATIONAL COMPETITION, PART 5
Jarno Lindemark: From Matti with Love
Haidi Motola: Last Day in Cairo
Elli Vuorinen: Still Lives
Viktor Granö: A Chamber Play
Tinja Ruusuvuori: Untitled (burned rubber on asphalt, 2018)