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HIFF invites filmmakers to participate in this year’s national competition of R&A Shorts. Deadline for submissions is 31st May. 

Helsinki International Film Festival’s short film selection R&A Shorts showcases approximately 140 short films every year. Especially young emerging talents are brought to the spotlight. New European films are at the heart of the program together with the R&A Shorts national competition which presents the year’s best Finnish shorts – this year for the 6th time.

Last year, the winner of the R&A Shorts main prize was Kuinka käänsin Rabobeston kylkiasentoon (Rabobesto – Or How I Saved a Monster) by Mari Mantela (in the picture)

The submission for the national competition of the R&A Shorts is open for fiction, documentary or animated films 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 members of the Love & Anarchy Festival Ministry. An independent jury appointed by the festival will choose the winners. All films selected for the competition will be screened as part of the 2023 Love & Anarchy Shorts programme. 

The main prize is the R&A Short Award which is a monetary award. The Finnish Film Foundation’s Uusi Aalto (in English New Wave) Award will be given to a new talent. Established in 2021 in collaboration with AMPI, The Moving People and Images Award is sponsored in turn by AVEK, YLE and the Finnish Film Foundation. The best student film is awarded for the fourth time. In addition, all 2023 competition films will compete for the Audience Award.


The submission for the 2023 national competition is now open until May 31. Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy takes place on 14-24 September 2023.


Submission link and more information HERE.


For more information, please contact:

Veera Kotila, producer

+358 40 7423 523