Awarded Films 2021

International Competition

GRAND PRIX 5 000 € + Statuette “Kiss”
City of Tampere

AL-SIT
Suzannah Mirghani
Sudan, Qatar 2020
Fiction

A film told in a simple but profound way, presenting sincere qualities that seem to come from another time, but touch upon a very modern problem: a conflict between different values – profit and progress versus tradition. The jury was touched by the way this contemporary fable was cast, acted and envisioned.

BEST ANIMATION 1500e + Statuette ”Kiss”
Pirkanmaan Osuuskauppa

NORMAL
Julie Caty
France 2020
Animation

The bold and refreshing visual style supports a playful premise that proves to be more controversial than it initially seems. As the film progresses, it is left up to the audience to decide whose side to pick in a battle for world domination. 

BEST DOCUMENTARY 1 500 € + Statuette “Kiss”
Film Tampere

SHADOWS OF YOUR CHILDHOOD
Mikhail Gorobchuk
Russia 2020
Experimental, Documentary

To a film with an ingenious visual concept – shadows in black and yellow, matched with a sparse soundtrack of voices and music, operating in a more abstract area than we are used to in documentary filmmaking. The jury was fascinated by how the film manages to illustrate fragments of memories as they can be formed for a small child in a way that lasts throughout life.

BEST FICTION 1 500 € + Statuette “Kiss”
United Parcel Service Finland

A LUCID DREAM
Li Yue
China 2020
Fiction

To an enigmatic film taking place in a state of mind closely connected to nature and the realm of folk legends. Rooted in the protagonist’s memories and subconscious, the filmmaker masterfully builds the film’s reality level in the limbo between multiple layers of dream and reality. Let go, lean back and dream consciously along!

TAMPERE SHORT FILM CANDIDATE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2021
European Film Academy

MISSION: HEBRON
Rona Segal
Israel 2020
Documentary

Witness statements of people that, without evil intentions, help feed a lethal conflict. We see how violent situations might turn into entertainment and how different strategies are used to break up the community. MISSION: HEBRON is an important reminder of the banality of evil.

SPECIAL MENTION

WALL PIANO
Asma Ghanem, Christopher Marianetti, Alexia Webster
Palestine 2020
Experimental, Documentary

What can a wall in Palestine represent outside of its reality? For this simplicity of the gesture and this act of resistance, the jury gives a special mention to the film ‘Wall Piano’ by Asma Ghanem, Christopher Marianetti and Alexia Webster.

SPECIAL MENTION

WOCHENBETT
Henriette Rietz
Germany 2020
Animation

This excellent collaboration between form and content takes us on a delightful journey into the first year of motherhood, realistically depicting the ups and downs of this complex phase.

SPECIAL MENTION

MIZARU
Sudarshan Suresh
India 2019
Fiction

Building up the conflict step by step, this one-take film gives us insight into a situation that might look absurd at first, but is actually closer to reality than fiction. Instead of making us take sides, we are quiet bystanders, forced only to reflect on what we observe.

AUDIENCE AWARD

WALL PIANO
Asma Ghanem, Christopher Marianetti, Alexia Webster
Palestine 2020
Experimental, Documentary

 

National Competition

Under 30 minutes

Mies nojaa puuhun, nainen miehen sylissä / A man leaning on a tree, a woman on his lap

MAIN PRIZE 5 000 € + Statuette “Kiss”
Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle

WHERE TO LAND
Sawandi Groskind
Finland 2020
Fiction

Where to Land is a story of a disconnect between family members but it is also a whimsical mystery, the kind that doesn’t demand to be solved. The film has a timeless quality and a natural rhythm that are inviting and yet leave something for the imagination.

SPECIAL PRIZE 1 500 €

HILJAISUUS
Saara Hakkarainen
Finland 2020
Documentary

This documentary takes a subject matter usually dealt with shock and with disgust and gives it a new perspective of someone living through it. Silence is a deeply sad film that asks it’s viewers to exercise their empathy muscle and imagine the loneliness of it’s character.

PRIZE OF THE YOUTH JURY

ALL TENDER THINGS
Tatu Pohjavirta
Finland 2020
Animation

This film was the youth jury’s clear favorite. The animation itself only lasts 13 minutes but the conversation of it can go on long after. From the personal and high-quality implementation especially stands out the stunning sound work. It’s astonishing how with such simple characters as these you can create strong tension and an emotional watching experience for the viewer.

SPECIAL MENTION OF YOUTH JURY

PÄÄTÖS N:O 30001
Samuel Häkkinen, Henna Välkky
Finland 2020
Fiction

This film is painfully realistic, yet unpredictable scene straight out of everyday life. The smoothly progressing plot of this entertaining film, brilliant script and sterling cinematography form a whole that can be summed up in one word: professional. Also, the end credits were fantastic.

TAMPERE NOMINEE FOR EUROPEAN AUDIENCE AWARD

KANSANRADIO – RUNONLAULAJIEN MAA
Virpi Suutari
Finland 2021
Documentary

Over 30 minutes

Lähikuva miehestä / A closeup of a man

MAIN PRIZE 5 000 € + Statuette “Kiss”
Finnkino Oy

LOST BOYS
Joonas Neuvonen, Sadri Cetinkaya
Finland 2020
Documentary

Lost Boys is an intense, emotionally impactful documentary drama, cinematic adventure, deeply involving the viewer into the main character’s world from the very first moment until the end. This is a melancholic story of friendships and of a vacation which turns into chaos and tragedy. 

SPECIAL PRIZE 1 500 €
Pirkanmaa Film Centre

SCHOOL OF HOPE
Mohamed El Aboudi
Finland, France, Morocco
2020
Documentary

Film presents a beautifully captured Morrocan landscape with a sensitive story presenting the relation of human and environment. This documentary story demonstrates a life of nomads to whom education is a vital matter and represents the hope for a better future.

Both Series

RISTO JARVA -PRIZE 10 000 €
The Finnish Film Foundation

ELLIPSIS
Marjo Levlin
Finland 2020
Experimental, Documentary

The Risto Jarva Prize seeks to find fresh new ideas and thoughts in Finnish film, celebrating originality and unique vision. The jury was delighted to discover a film in the domestic competition that exemplifies these criteria.

At the start of the film, a flimsy screen hangs like a veil in the forest, and we are reminded that a screen not only acts as a surface to be projected upon, but also hides what lies beyond. 

Through a series of overlapping stories, both meditative and disturbing, the film’s rich language and evocative imagery draws us in. We become hooked on the ebb and flow of images and stories as we are taken on a journey from the forests of East Helsinki to the meat-packing stockyards of Chicago. 

Slowly, between what is said and not said, between what is seen and not seen, we start to connect the dots, and get a glimpse of what lies behind the veil.

THE CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION PRIZE 1 500 €
The Church Media Foundation

EATNAMEAMET – MIN JASKES DÁISTALEAPMI
Suvi West
Finland 2021
Documentary

This documentary film is a gaze at ourselves. It also requires of the viewer the noble skill of listening but if and when giving the voices a chance to sink in, it is impossible not to be moved by the emotions expressed by fellow humans in the film and it offers no room for underestimation. The film creates an honest picture of important matters of the Sámi people and does not offer clichés, but rather uses peaceful images as contrast to the stereotypics we all are familiar with.

The film is an important reminder to us Finns that we also have our own history as oppressors.

GOLDEN SHADE EQUIPMENT RENTAL PRIZE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHER 20 000 €
Valofirma, Kamerafirma / The Light House, The Camera House

WHERE TO LAND
Cinematographer: Karl Henrik Edlund
Finland 2020
Fiction

Poetic cinematography of Where to Land masters the light and the shadow – the basics of cinema. At the same time the images are truly original, highlighting the textures and traveling effortlessly from day to night and from woods to interiors.

STUDENT AWARD 1 500 €
The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture AVEK

HALPOJA TAHROJA
Marlena Martikainen
Finland 2020
Documentary

AUDIENCE AWARD

EATNAMEAMET – MIN JASKES DÁISTALEAPMI
Suvi West
Finland 2021
Documentary

 

Generation XYZ

Mies istuu kaatuneella puulla aavikolla / A man sitting on a fallen tree in desert

AWARD FOR BEST GENRE FILM 2 000 €
Troll VFX

THE LAST MEN
Adrien Jeannot
France 2020
Fiction

French filmmaker Adrien Jeannot’s The Last Men is a beautifully told and surprisingly emotional story. It offers a unique exploration of our humanity, poignantly touching on themes of friendship, loyalty, guilt, and remorse. The short film manages to touch on these powerful emotions with sincerity and humor, and deftly walks the line of staying true to the zombie film without giving in to tropes and cliches of the genre.

As a result, The Last Men was a unanimous choice by the Jury as the winner of the first annual Generation XYZ program.

SPECIAL MENTION

TIEN SHINHAN
Fanni Szilágyi, Gábor Szilágyi
Hungary 2020
Fiction

Hungarian filmmakers Fanni Szilágyi & Gábor Szilágyi caught our attention with their short film, Tien Shinhan. This is a very smart of exploration of the immense power – both good and bad – of a child’s imagination. As children, we’ve all engaged in magical thinking, and we’ve all felt the subsequent grief upon realizing that imagination alone can’t create the change we wish to see in the world.

Tien Shinhan announces a new filmmaker duo on the rise. We look forward to tracking their careers, and hope to see their future work very soon.