International Competition

GRAND PRIX

DULCE | Angello Faccini, Guille Isa | United States, Colombia, Peru | 2018

The Grand Prix 2019 goes to a unique and amazing film, that succeeds to tell us a lot of stories at the same time. A beautiful portrait of life far away that at the same time feels so near. The film is very compressed and intelligently made and tells us in a respectful way about tenderness, love, climate change, motherhood, trust, solidarity and hope. The film and its makers believe in the material, the story and the audience. The running time is short but with a long lasting impact.

An unanimous jury didn’t just like it. We LOVED it!

CATEGORY PRIZES

BEST DOCUMENTARY

ALL INCLUSIVE | TÄYSIHOITO | Corina Schwingruber Ilić | Switzerland | 2018

The Documentary award goes to a film, which is a precise observation about us done with a cinematic excellence. We are spectators of a funny race of aliens shut in a huge boat like a fortress. It’s a straight critic of our consumption society and mass entertainment.

BEST ANIMATION

NEKO NO HI | CAT DAYS | KISSANPÄIVÄT | Jon Frickey | Germany, Japan | 2018

In our modern day life, we are more often told to be who we are. Using well executed animation technique, the filmmaker allows us to escape from this notion in a very humours and dreamy way. The film chooses a simple way to tell a story about the freedom to define ourselves.

BEST FICTION

CADOUL DE CRACIUN | THE CHRISTMAS GIFT | JOULULAHJA | Bogdan Muresanu | Romania | 2018

The Best fiction award goes to a film that really got to us. Through a simple story, it succeeds to describe the intense feeling of fear, when living in a dictatorship, that pushes us to do irrational things. Even towards the people we love.

SPECIAL MENTION (FICTION)

KAKSI RUUMISTA RANNALLA | TWO BODIES ON A BEACH | Anna Paavilainen | Finland | 2019

The Special Mention goes to a film which emphasises the bravery of fighting for human rights of women. Its a harsh and critic in a humorous way of the male and female stereotypes. The acting of 2 actresses contributes to the strength and the originality of this singular and unique film.

TAMPERE SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2019

CADOUL DE CRACIUN | THE CHRISTMAS GIFT | JOULULAHJA | Bogdan Muresanu | Romania | 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AUDIENCE AWARD

CADOUL DE CRACIUN | THE CHRISTMAS GIFT | JOULULAHJA | Bogdan Muresanu | Romania | 2018

National Competition

GOLDEN SHADE EQUIPMENT RENTAL PRIZE

VALTAKUNNAT | REALMS |Dir. Patrik Söderlund, Cinematography Jussi Eerola | Finland | 2018

Cinematography, light, and locations play an essential role in this visually ambitious attempt to convey in a short film a post-human narrative within a scale of thousands of years.

RISTO JARVA PRIZE

ELÄINSILTA U-3033 | ANIMAL BRIDGE U-3033 | Milja Viita | Finland | 2018

A beautiful, poetic, and even somewhat rugged story on how man harnesses nature into their needs, and represses both animals and vegetation as subordinates to human action.

The trail camera’s footage is transformed into a fairy tale by the film maker, and the artistic soundscape of the work perfectly supports two parallel realities where the living space of humans and animals are strictly confined to different islets, whether by force or voluntarily. The tranquil cyclical nature of wildlife is rhythmically paced to man-made urgency.

Thanks to the insightful shooting location, we’ll get to witness what animals are doing while we humans selfishly run on full throttle ignoring everything else than ourselves. Have we forgotten that deep down, we are still animals?

CHURCH MEDIA FOUNDATION PRIZE

AATOS JA AMINE | GODS OF MOLENBEEK | Reetta Huhtanen | Finland | 2019

The Church Media Foundation is supporting and awarding films and programmes which take the viewers to reflect deep values, peace and love between people, and the questions dealing with ethics and religion

The European history is telling dark stories about where the mistrust between people, discrimination of those who have different thoughts or religion and agitating prejudice is leading. These questions are again frightening actual in Europe today.

The Church Media Foundation is awarding in the national competition at Tampere Film Festival 2019 a film, which is dealing in a good-natured, even funny, but at the same time profound way with the friendship and connection between people who are thinking differently and have different faiths. The film consists of literally a lot of ethical and religious thinking. The questions, which are touching and interesting also to children. The film takes us in a tragic way direct to the very center of today’s European pain.

UNDER 30 MINUTES

MAIN PRIZE

UNTITLED (BURNED RUBBER ON ASPHALT, 2018) | Tinja Ruusuvuori | Finland | 2019

“When you live a long way out you make your own fun.” (Annie Proulx, “55 Miles to the Gas Pump”)

A portrait of a remote Northern place – where isolation and boredom breed an imaginative escape that turns everyday vehicles into instruments of art. Through an investigative approach the filmmaker elevates the activity from an immature pastime to a creative expression worthy of an artful consideration.

SPECIAL PRIZE

MUMMOLA | FAMILY TIME | Tia Kouvo | Finland, Sweden | 2018

A cleverly framed tragicomedy about a relatable experience heightened by dry humour and a well orchestrated ensemble, where everybody hits their mark.

SPECIAL MENTION

SUPER COMFORT | Kirsikka Saari | Finland | 2018

An empathetic film grounded in the outstanding lead performance that guides us from a family comedy to a personal discovery of self-worth.

OVER 30 MINUTES

MAIN PRIZE

OLLIVER HAWK | THE HYPNOTIST | Arthur Franck | Finland | 2018

“Not everything we see is always true”

A hypnotizing film with carefully weaved audio-visual texture offers a unique perspective for the close history, politics, and shared dreams. This time it is an ethical choice for a magician to reveal his trick.

SPECIAL PRIZE

AATOS JA AMINE | GODS OF MOLENBEEK | Reetta Huhtanen | Finland | 2019

A timely documentary film with philosophical value builds its intimate point of view in a sensitive way. We have an opportunity to see the neighbourhood of Molenbeek, Brussels, through the eyes of two small philosophers in their quest for understanding transcendental concepts such as religion, deity – and friendship.

YOUTH JURY AWARD

HILJAA KUIN MURHAAJAT | QUIETLY LIKE MURDERERS | Lauri-Matti Parppei | Finland | 2019

The film was memorable to us as it bravely discusses a bit unusual subject: home intrusion. Friendship becomes a more important theme in the film, however, with a twist towards the end. A visually beautiful and technically skillful piece. Of all the films we watched, this raised the most questions and thoughts.

NEW CINEMA PRIZE

ÄITI MOPPAA | Emma Similä | Finland | 2018

TAMPERE NOMINEE FOR EUROPEAN AUDIENCE AWARD

UNTITLED (BURNED RUBBER ON ASPHALT, 2018) | Tinja Ruusuvuori | Finland | 2019

AUDIENCE AWARD

TEE SE ITSE -ELÄMÄ: COMBAT ROCKIN TARINA | DIY LIFE: THE STORY OF COMBAT ROCK INDUSTY | Janne Tanskanen, Ville Asikainen | Finland | 2019

STUDENT AWARD

UNTITLED (BURNED RUBBER ON ASPHALT, 2018) | Tinja Ruusuvuori | Finland | 2019