International Competition 1: Animal Factor

Films from our international competition about people, animals, and the relationships between them.

Language: Fin, Eng Duration: 92 min Age Limit: 16+

  • Pętla

    The Loop
    Director: Antoni Ferency
    Country: Poland
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 15 min

    A young man takes a night bus to meet a girl. He falls asleep. He wakes up in the company of a strange man who turns out to be somewhat similar to him. The sequence of events makes the young man miss his stop and return to the same place from which he set out.

  • Calf

    Director: Jamie O'Rourke
    Country: Ireland
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 15 min

    A calf is about to be born. The accident that suddenly strikes a remote Irish farm reveals a secret that has long been deafened and leaves Cáit with a terrible decision to make. A gut-wrenching film from way out in the countryside, a place where the worst things are silenced.

  • 2% Baby

    2% Vauva
    Director: Róisín Sinai Kelly
    Country: Ireland
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Experimental, Animation
    Duration: 4 min

    On a stormy night a little girl takes cover in an old fridge and finds herself in a once familiar home, but the rain is seeping in and the house is changing.

  • Ghouroub Beirut

    The Sun Sets On Beirut
    Aurinko laskee Beirutin ylle
    Director: Daniela Stephan
    Country: United Kingdom, Lebanon
    Year: 2022
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 18 min

    Mounia, a girl in her mid-20s, is looking for her cat in a now-destroyed city, Beirut. Accompanied by her best friend Ghady, who is more interested in flirting with a British journalist, they embark on a journey to find what has been taken from them.

  • Testigo del viento

    Wind Whisperer
    Director: Fernanda Caicedo
    Country: Ecuador, Germany
    Year: 2022
    Genre: Animation
    Duration: 7 min

    At the end of the horizon a singing cicada is born. Its flight is short, yet its chanting is eternal.

  • Mies vettä valuvan lasin takana.

    Blood and Tears

    Verta ja kyyneliä
    Director: Haomin Lu
    Country: China
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Fiction
    Duration: 13 min

    The man recounts his experiences: he was once abducted, his parents were murdered, and he was forced into a perilous life as a performer. The film sheds light on the moral dilemma between humans and animals within the context of zoos in the industrial and post-industrial eras.

  • Comrade Poopy

    Toveri Poopy
    Director: M
    Country: Myanmar, France, Japan
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Documentary
    Duration: 20 min

    Following the protest against the 2021 Myanmar military coup, travel blogger Naw and her husband embark on a harrowing escape through the vast jungles. Amidst the chaos and uncertainty, the couple finds comfort in an unexpected companion – a newly adopted kitten they name "POOPY."