The 50th edition of Tampere Film Festival will be held on March 4th–8th. The very first festival was organised on February 18th–22nd, 1970 and during the decades, the festival has become one of the most important short film festivals in the world. Since the year of foundation, the festival has been organised annually, excluding the year of 1972, when economic reasons prevented the festival from taking place.
In honour of the 50th anniversary, the festival is introducing two Simply the Best screenings, featuring a selection of Tampere Film Festival’s award-winning short films from the years 1971 – 2019. The milestone is also celebrated with the screening of Metropolis at Tampere Hall’s Main Auditorium on Saturday March 7th, at 7 pm. The dystopic silent film classic directed by Fritz Lang (1927 ) is given a fresh treatment with accompaniment by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Frank Strobel.
Tampere Cathedral, Tullikamari and Väinö Linna Square will join the celebrations during the festival week with projections of video mapping artworks by artist Konsta Fed. The graphics and video art projected on the walls can be seen in Väinö Linna Square on March 4th–8th, at Tampere Cathedral on Friday March 6th, and at Tullikamari Square on Saturday March 7th.
Finnish directors Miia Tervo and Pilvi Takala and Swedish animators Niki Lindroth von Bahr & Joanna Rytel will have their retrospective screenings at Tampere Film Festival.
Miia Tervo is one of the best-known Finnish contemporary filmmakers, whose retrospective is organised in collaboration with Women in Film and Television Finland. During her entire career, Tervo has consciously put female characters, all strong in their own distinctive ways, in the focus of her films. Tervo’s latest short, Ei mitään hätää (It’s All Right), has also been selected for the festival’s National Competition. In addition, Lumikko (The Little Snow Animal), the festival’s 2010 Grand Prix winner, will be screened at the Opening Screening.
Miia Tervo will also give a Womarts Masterclass at the festival, organised in collaboration with WIFT Finland. The Womarts project highlights the position of female artists in European history of art and culture as well as cultural diversity. The Womarts Ambassadors are successful European artists of various fields who have been invited to host a series of masterclasses in Europe.
A two-part retrospective of the works of Pilvi Takala is organised in collaboration with AV-arkki.
The director, known for her performative interventions, explores certain communities or spaces in order to address social structures and to test the norms and realities governing behaviour. Takala has recently been selected to represent Finland at the 2021 Venice Biennale, and her film If Your Heart Wants It (Remix) (Finland, 2020) has been selected for the National Competition of Tampere Film Festival. Pilvi Takala will also give a Masterclass at the festival.
The Rytel & Lindroth von Bahr screening introduces two of Sweden’s most interesting contemporary animators. Each of them has a recognizable and refreshingly original style of their own. In Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s animations, animal characters give seemingly laconic commentary on situations very familiar and painful to humans. Yet, something is stirring under the surface. Joanna Rytel’s films explore power dynamics between people, bringing fresh new perspective to the themes of maternity, gender and sexuality.
Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Joanna Rytel will both attend the festival, and they will be present at their screenings for Q&As. Lindroth von Bahr’s Något at minnas (Sweden, 2019) has also been selected for the festival’s International Competition.
The Force of Habit anthology series (Yksittäistapaus) is a film sensation created collectively by fifteen filmmakers, artists, researchers and activists. It is a collection of short films which reveal hidden power structures affecting women in both private life and society. The films are fictional, but the scripts have been created based on the writers’ real-life observations. The films depict everyday moments that we have learnt to see as normal, but which prove absurd under closer examination. The screening will be followed by a discussion with directors/writers present.