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Best shorts and docs from across the world

Five days of short films, feature-length documentaries, events and happy encounters.

Tampere Film Festival gathers filmmakers, students and film lovers together annually in March. The 53rd festival takes place in Tampere, Finland, between 8–12 March 2023.

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A Unique Combination of Competitions, Films and Events

The festival programme consists of competitions, special programmes and public and industry events. In addition to short films, the festival showcases feature-length documentaries, silent films, and, on occasion, also feature-length fiction films. The guiding principles in choosing programme content for the festival are the aesthetic, ethical, as well as the stylistic and narrative qualities of the films.

The art of cinema is the starting point of everything at Tampere Film Festival. The festival’s mission is to make the world a better place one short film at a time and showcase artistically first-rate content.

The festival discovers and awards some of the world’s best new short films and treats its audience to these gems on the silver screen.


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Celebrating films since 1970

The story of Tampere Film Festival has its roots in 1969 when the local film association members decided to organize a national short film event in the city Tampere, Finland. After a successful debut, the first international edition was held the next year in 1970, and now – 50 years later – the festival is ranked amongst the top three most important short film festivals in the world.

History of Tampere Film Festival

Aesthetic and ethical decisions

Aesthetics, ethics, style and storytelling are all required in good filmmaking. We consider our actions carefully in festival programming, in selecting partners for the festival and all our purchase decisions.

We are committed to promoting diversity, equality, and human and animal rights. We have calculated our emissions since 2020 and work actively to reduce them. Since 2021 we have compensated our emissions in collaboration with Compensate Foundation.

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