Bootcamp

This year brings plenty of young filmmakers from China and Estonia to Tampere Film Festival. Young filmmakers, often still studying in film schools, come here for Tampere Bootcamp, which brings together approximately 60 filmmakers during the festival to introduce their films and discuss them with more experienced people in the field.

Due to the nature of the participants, the Bootcamp will pay particular attention to the differences and similarities in the making of Chinese and Western short films. Nearly half of the Bootcamp participants are from China; the rest come from Finland and Estonia.

For young people wanting to break into the industry, Bootcamp offers an intensive five-day training and networking event, where some of them will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their films. The core of the Bootcamp is comprised of the participants’ films, followed by discussions. The screened films and the rest of the Tampere Film Festival programme also form the basis for master classes and discussions, attended by more seasoned filmmakers, festival curators and other industry professionals.

The Bootcamp screenings are also open to other festival-goers, as are many of the master classes.

BOOTCAMP TAMPERE – HÄLLÄ

At 14:00 Wed 7.3.  CUC 1 screening

COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF CHINA.
THE FACULTY OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION

 

BEFORE WE PART
Jiawen Han | China | 2017 | Fiction | 36 min

Junping and Tianyun are a loving couple in their 50s. Tianyun is in charge of managing everything in life but his wife, Junping, is like a little girl who’s ignorant of worldly affairs. Until one day, Tianyun was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, which brought great challenges to their peaceful life. Tianyun decided to give up the treatment and go home, because he wanted the last 3 months in his life to be worthy and to teach his wife everything she needs to survive. But the torture and the pain from cancer made him impatient and irritable. The old couple, facing the test of life and death, is using their own way to say goodbye.

GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT
Cloud Liu, Even Wu | China | 2017 | Fiction | 22 min

This is a documentary centering on those who are approaching the last chapter of their life. Songtang Hospice, which is jointly funded by Pure Land School of Buddhism and Buddhist Mr. Li Songtang, is just like a time ship heading to life’s final destination. Each room is a cabin. The elderly, who are pushed in and out through the hallway, are the temporary dwellers. Standing face to face with death, they hold various attitudes. From morning to dawn, joy to sorrow, life is the ceremony of decaying. Go Gentle into That Good Night. This film leisurely pictures the mortal life of the elderly, leading us feel the dignity in this hard but warm story.

CUPCAKE
Dave Zhang | China | 2018 | Fiction | 30 min

Yui was a high school girl in Japan. She worked hard at school and worked in her part time at a cupcake store. She’s an optimistic and normal girl. Her classmate Arai was a tech enthusiast. He was often bullied by other boys. Yui helped him from being bullied and since then, he fell in love with Yui. But this love is too crazy. In a rainy night, Yui found his secret and during that night, Arai deprived her of freedom forever. She was imprisoned in a Elysium built by Arai in a virtual world.

BOOTCAMP TAMPERE – MEDIAPOLIS

At 10:00 Thu 8.3. TAMK screening

 

TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

RÔTISSEUR
Veera Lamminpää | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 14 min

An overconfident chef makes wrong accusations of sabotage when a critic praises his colleague instead of him. The chef stays overnight in the kitchen to prove his work is perfect, but as the night goes on his ego and self-doubt begin to haunt him.

VALINTOJEN VANKI
PRISONER OF CHOICES
Krista Karppinen | Finland | 2017 | Documentary | 10 min

A Documentary about Tuomas, 25, whose life is standing still. The daily routine is missing from his life, because he doesn’t have education nor a working place. He’s willing to get his own life in order for his son’s future. Will Tuomas be able to take a major step forward?

DUM DUM WORLD
Sami Ylönen | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 2 min

Series of ads promoting education for better future.

 

VOYAGE
Mikko Syrjänen | Finland | 2017 | Documentary | 7 min

Voyage is a short ski movie about two friends having good time at Mielakka Snowpark. Movie is also about Finnish spring, travelling, beer, sauna and shredding.

LAPSETON
CHILDLESS
Tuulia Mustonen | Finland | 2017 | Documentary | 11 min

Childless tells a story of a middle-aged man’s pain, when he finds out that his family-related dreams have been overlaid by his work.

MIESTEN JUOMA
TOAST
Nana Timonen, Sara Valavaara | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 8 min

A man struggling with acceptance and courage of being himself on his 50th birthday party.

KATKO
COMMERCIAL BREAK
Samuli Ala-Lahti | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 7 min

May contain product placement…

 

LUONNOS
A SKETCH
Vertti Luostarinen | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 8 min

Inkeri and Sulo have had a loving and lasting marriage. What can Inkeri do when Sulo starts to forget she even exists.

NELJÄS PYÖRÄ
FOURTH WHEEL
Jaakko Niemelä | Finland | 2017 | Fiction | 14 min

Matti is an inventor with bad luck. Tacky postman doesn’t make Matti’s mission any better.

 

Tampere Bootcamp

Fri 9.3.Pakkahuone

at 10.00 EAA & BFM screening
at 13.45 CUC 2 screening

 

ESTONIA ACADEMY OF ARTS

 

GAIA
Nata Metlukh |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 10 min

The Gaia hypothesis proposes that Earth is a giant self-regulating system, which is able to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet.

PURA VIDA
Jass Kaselaan
|Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 8 min

Four friends from New York go on vacation to tropics, but things go sideways.

FRANK
Huei Jen Hung |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 2 min

Frank, a human size puppet who is enjoying his time in a coffee shop, until the real humans show up and interrup Frank’s routine.

FLAT N’ ROUND
Madis Saverio Santostasi |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 6 min

Flat n’ Round revolves around two children who get into an argument regarding the shape of the Earth. The boy who believes that the Earth is spherical is round himself and the boy who believes that the Earth is flat just so happens to be flat as well. There are two types of people in this alternate reality – round people who harmoniously blend into the world they live in and flat people who feel like outcasts because they never really resemble their surroundings. Despite this, both of these people dogmatically believe that the Earth must be shaped like themselves, just like how people anthropomorphize deities. Thus, our protagonists go on a wild adventure to find an answer to this age-old question once and for all. We even get to see the representatives of both races who travel to space just to observe the Earth with their own naked eye. Once it turns out that the Earth is in fact round, our flat boy protagonist makes a desperate wish to a falling star who happens to be the poor representative of the flat people, plunging from space to sacrifice himself for a noble cause of turning the Earth flat. The story seamlessly blends reality and the children’s wild imagination and we get to experience the very real and dangerous consequences of an Earth that has been turned flat. The film has a surprising and dramatic turn of events and all of the characters reach a deeper level of understanding by the end of the story.

KONTAKT
CONTACT
Mari Kivi |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 5 min

The instinctive need for the contact has created a addictive relationship, what helps to keep up the endless washing cycle.

TOIDUAHEL
FOOD CHAIN
Mari Kivi, Liis Kokk |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 8 min

On one hand it’s a dirty work and on the other hand gorgeous product.

KULDRENETT
GOLDEN REINETTE
Liis Kokk |Estonia | 2018 | Animation | 3 min

He really wants the apples but his stubborn attempts to get them knocks the world out of it’s balance.

 

BALTIC FILM, MEDIA, ARTS AND COMMUNICATION SCHOOL

 

MARGUS
Reeli Reinaus |Estonia | 2017 | Documentary | 14 min

Margus, 17, opened his eyes to the world earlier than planned. Ever since, he has been guided through life by his loving family. This film is about Margus and his mother and the unconditional love that unfolds through shared creativity and the sense of presence.

KIRJUTADES ELU
WRITING A LIFE
Hõbe Ilus |Estonia | 2017 | Documentary | 12 min

How is it to live in the country side where water is to be brought from the city, your closest friend is a sheep and all you desire is to be a full-time poet? The answer is known only to Võike Kulmus, who lives in a small house in South-Estonia whose day is spent largely on everyday tasks. Observational documentary reflects the eternal conflict of art and everyday life.

MUUSA
MUSE
Rauno Polman |Estonia | 2018 | Fiction/Drama | 12 min

“Muse” explores illusions, judgement and dealing with reality in everyday life. The story follows four young people one day in a cafe, were illusions come crashing down. Only to arise once again. Kristjan is dreaming of love and affection to the point where he is unable to see what is happening right in front of him. And when he is finally bound to face the reality, is there still chance for redemption?

SÕLM
KNOT
Teresa Väli |Estonia | 2017 | Drama | 8 min

In every life, there are moments that change everything. Moments that just happen, unexpected, capsizing our present. Saara adores her father despite their distance. On the day of his birthday she visits him at his seaside country house. But the house is empty and her father’ s boat has been taken out to sea. Eagerly, she prepares to surprise him upon his return. But the man she meets on the pier is not who she expected him to be.

NOKTURN
NOKCTURNE
Victor Marvin |Estonia | 2018 | Drama | 13 min

After falling for a girl after their first night together a young man gets sucked into a whirlwind of coincidence. What follows is a poetic journey that flows from bliss to misfortune.

COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF CHINA.
THE FACULTY OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION

GIFT
Mao Mao | China | 2017 | Fiction | 17 min

Gift tells a story that Zhou Yi, a trumpeter who suffers from a career trough run into Liang Zaizai — an orchestra director. They had a transient relationship 22 years ago. How did their feelings change after 22 years in the same place? Whatever could happen, will happen as time elapses. This time, what would their expectations be to each other?

STILL HOME
Grace Hsia | China | 2017 | Fiction | 29 min

Xiu Ru is an introverted girl. She bought a cellphone and wrote down all her feelings in the memo when she missed her mom. However after the stolen of her phone, her secrets were exposed one after another.

THE BRIDE
Jin Chuan | China | 2015 | Fiction | 17 min

As a result of China’s family planning policy, numerous domestic issues have existed among rural areas for a long time due to the demographic imbalance, shortage of manpower. Xiaonan, a sixteen year old lives in a remote northern mountain village. Xiaonan’s father is butcher who has already shown some sign of elderliness. He is strict about Xiaonan’s activities, trying to always keep Xiaonan around him…

THE WIZARD

Wei Siwei, Yang Yang | China | 2017 | Documentary | 28 min

In Lintao county of Dingxi, the Exorcism Dance is also called the “wizard’s dance in a trance”. The wizard who performs such kind of activity is called Sigong. Zhang Keming is a Sigong from generation to generation,but his son doesn’t want to pass it down.Facing the development of the times and social changes,the young man’s values left Zhang Keming in a quandary…

 

 

 

 

Tampere Bootcamp

Sat 10.3 Pakkahuone

at 10.00 CUC 3 screening
at 15.00 Jan Harlan Masterclass

COMMUNICATION UNIVERSITY OF CHINA.
THE FACULTY OF JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATION

SINK LIKES AUTUMN
Sun Yang | China | 2017 | Fiction | 26 min

Ann, a girl from a single parent family. At the first, she hates her mother’s new boyfriend, but in the duration of getting along with him, she gradually feels the fatherly concern.Afew months later, he has to leave, for the broken relationship with her mother.Ann realizes some delicate emotion arises between two of them.

CHASING WAVES
Zhao Keer |
China | 2017 | Documentary | 31 min

Mentawai, which known as the “heart of men”, “the world’s best and the most suitable place for surfing”, locates in the western  of Indonesia, and is the holy land for a lot of surfers. Last July, Chinese surfers Alan/Zhao Yuanhong came here to challenge the 6-meter waves .Compared to the Europe and the United States, the development of surfing in China started late,There is less popularity.And as a young Chinese surfer, can Alan adapt to the environment of Mentawai, and successfully conquer the waves? Everything is unknown.

SPRING MUD
Liang Bo | China | 2017 | Fiction | 18 min

This film is based on the true story of a real person, and highlights the sense of authenticity through trivial and subtle drops. Show the hero energetic, optimistic, away from home, to adhere to the remote village education, youth dress up the mountains and the child’s life, their dream into the mountains children dream of touching story. From the ordinary angle, the whole movie shows this teacher, steadfast and persistent, never forget her original mind, writing youth songs on ordinary posts, emitting a dazzling light, vividly explaining the most beautiful rural female teachers’ demeanor.

A GIRL COVERED
Geng Xin | China | 2017 | Fiction | 30 min

The story mainly tells a lesbian, GaoJie who tries to reverse her sexual orientation in a homosexual reverse therapeutic base under the pressure of family and society. The base has lots of therapies,such as shock aversion therapy, hormone therapy, hypnotherapy. Due to the psychological and physical collapse, she decides to have an affair with a treatment model but finding that this guy actually was not reversed. Therefore, they two deceive the institution and her mother throught “Formal Marriage”. This story intends to show the conflict between the personal choice and social customs, and further convey a pursuit for the reality and free life.

 

JAN HARLAN MASTERCLASS

Jan Harlan is a German-American executive producer who is best known for his work with Stanley Kubrick. Harlan met Kubrick when Kubrick married his sister. From there began a lifelong friendship and working partnership. Among other things, Harlan was the executive producer of The Shining and directed a feature-length documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s life. Both these films are a part of this year’s Special Programme.

For several years, Harlan has been a regular guest lecturer at the European Film College. This year, Tampere Film Festival offers a unique chance to attend a lecture from this legendary producer. During this interesting masterclass, Harlan will talk about his experiences with film production, working with film crews and how to use music as a script writing tool.