A total of 36 short films have been chosen to compete in the 3rd National Competition of Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts event. In addition to the national competition, Love & Anarchy’s short film event’s highlights include the new era of Greek short film, a retrospective of Eden director Ulla Heikkilä’s work and the crème de la crème of the newest Finnish short films.
Cut to the Chase – R&A Shortst will host its 3rd National Competition as a part of the Helsinki International Film Festival. 36 short films have been selected to compete by a pre-selection jury who viewed a total of 169 submitted films produced in 2019–2020.
The professional jury of the competition consists of film director Pia Andell, the producer and CEO of Balansia films Swati Goyal, director-screenwriter Mikko Myllylahti and journalist Anton Vanha-Majamaa. The winners will be announced on the 26th of September.
Last year’s competition winner was Jussi Sandhu’s short documentary film The First 27 Years.
The main award of R&A Shorts National Competition, 1 500 €, is sponsored by Helsinki Casting. Sponsored by the Finnish Film Foundation, The New Wave award is granted for a film presenting the new future of Finnish Film. The R&A Shorts Audience Award is sponsored by Marski by Scandic.
For the first time, a Student Award is presented to the best student film. The prize is an accreditation to next year’s HIFF – Love & Anarchy and to its industry event Finnish Film Affair.
The 4th R&A Shorts will be held 23.–27.9 as a part of the 33rd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy.
Shorts across borders
During its five days, R&A Shorts showcases a total of 178 short films in 33 curated screenings. Finnish and Nordic films are at the heart of the programme.
Current topics are examined in R&A x TULVA: FEMINIST VISIONS screening, curated together with the feminist magazine Tulva as well as in WITH THE CURRENT… screening curated by contemporary artist Sepideh Rahaa, in collaboration with AV-arkki.
Ulla Heikkilä, the director of the acclaimed feature film Eden, gets a retrospective screening of her short films. In addition, CARTE BLANCHE: ULLA HEIKKILÄ series exhibits the director’s personal favourites, including Cannes winner The Ceiling (Katto, 2017) by Teppo Airaksinen and Andrea Arnold’s Oscar-winning Wasp (2003).
More than 60 % of the R&A Shorts films are directed by women or non-binary people and 56 % of the films competing in the National Competition are by non-male directors.
The 33rd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy is held 17.–27.9.2020. The festival programme is published on 27.8. On the same day, the festival informs about its policies regarding Covid-19. Ticket sales begin on 10.9.
R&A SHORTS: NATIONAL COMPETITION
NATIONAL COMPETITION 1
Antti Holma: Kill Anneli
Marja Helander: Shelter
Laura Rantanen: On Hold
Lauri-Matti Parppei: The Last Day
Katri Myllyniemi, Vilja Autiokyrö: Ride of Passage
Marika Harjusaari: Verge
Tuukka Vartiainen: We have heaven
NATIONAL COMPETITION 2
Maija Blåfield: The Fantastic
Malin Nyqvist: The Enraged Ones
Anni Sairio, Veera Krouglov, Virve Ranta: Under Control
Samuel Kirkhope: A Band Called Milk
Minna Rainio, Mark Roberts: To Teach a Bird to Fly
NATIONAL COMPETITION 3
Sawandi Groskind: Where to Land
Hanna Brotherus: Men
Mika Taanila: Patent No. 314805
Jojo Erholtz: Tape
Sami Mustonen: Marras
Siiri Halko: Katharsis Oy
Pilvi Takala: If Your Heart Wants It (Remix)
Jani Ilomäki: Bunny
NATIONAL COMPETITION 4
Teemu Niukkanen: Are you hungry?
Samuli Valkama: Ha Ha Ha
Thomas Freundlich, Valtteri Raekallio: Fram – Forward
Juha van Ingen: 2020
Mariangela Pluchino: Leonarda – Flesh Ain’t Weak
Henna Välkky, Samuel Häkkinen: Verdict 30001: The Cookies
Iiti Yli-Harja: Real Men
Zaida Bergroth: Kristal
NATIONAL COMPETITION 5
Tommi Seitajoki: The Explosion of a Swimming Ring
Aira Vehaskari: Manning Up
Sevgi Eker: 49 Years From the House on the Left
Uzair Amjad: Paper Promises
Hanna Kaihlanen: Cracking Sound
Sofie Häkkinen: Emotional Labour Club
Tatu Pohjavirta: All tender things