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This year the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy launches the Cut to the Chase – L&A Shorts short film event. In addition to screening nearly 200 short films, the event features panels and filmmakers as well as special programme for children.

Organised for the first time, Cut to the Chase – L&A Shorts (September 20th – 24th) brings short films to the Helsinki International Film Festival in a way never seen before. The event features approximately 200 short films in a total of 34 categories, including highly anticipated domestic productions (e.g. Cannes winner THE CEILING by Teppo Airaksinen) and the very best of contemporary short films from all around the world (e.g. SXSW winner FOREVER NOW and Teddy winning MY GAY SISTER). Retrospectives of Rosa Liksom and Swedish Amanda Kernell (SAMI BLOOD) are featured as well.

Short films will be discussed in three From Short to Long screenings on Saturday, September 23rd. The panel From Scratch to Finish introduces Finnish short film competitions and collectives. In Finnish Future Masters experienced short filmmakers discuss their careers and the current state of short films. This year’s Uneton48 film challenge finalists are presented in the Finnish Future panel, after which the filmmakers will pitch their films to the jury in front of a live audience.

Saturday, September 23rd offers free activity for the whole family with Lastenlauantai!, organised in the attic of Korjaamo Culture Factory. There will be a child-friendly screening as well as an animation work shop. The Loud Silents screening, held at Bar Dubrovnik on Thursday, September 21st, will feature Felix the Cat and Krazy Kat, the antiheroes of animation. The screening will be accompanied by rap artist Haamu, who combines soul and funk.

Furthermore, the audience of L&A Shorts will have the opportunity to vote for the best Finnish short film. Elisa Kulma will sponsor the award granted to the makers of the winning film. Audience favourites will also be screened around Finland as part of the L&A tour, which takes place after the Helsinki International Film Festival.