Global Crises Discussed in the 50th Anniversary Programme of Tampere Film Festival

Echoes from previous years can be heard in Tampere Film Festival’s 50th programme, but the main focus is on current and socially interesting themes.

In honour of the 50th anniversary, the festival is introducing two Simply the Best screenings, featuring a selected sample of Tampere Film Festival’s award-winning short films between 1971–2019. This milestone is also celebrated with various free-of-charge events and visual surprises in the cityscape.

In 2020, the main themes of the festival’s Special Programme are Climate, Dystopia, Australian First Nations and Kurdistan.

The Climate programme features a set of films casting an eye on the causes and effects of climate change, focusing primarily on Sub-Saharan Africa and environmental migrants. In addition, the programme offers recent documentaries from Asia, North and South America and Europe. In the Dystopia programme, the future of the environment and humanity is studied through various worst-case scenarios and disasters. However, the visions presented in the films are not only dark and hopeless, but there is also room for humour and hope.

Another Special Programme theme focuses on Australian First Nations. In their films, the directors, themselves Aboriginal, depict white supremacy, cultural encounters, persistent taboos and questions of honour and respect. The genres vary from documentaries and animations all the way to splatter and comedy.

The Kurdistan programme gives a voice to Kurdish directors who are marginalized and/or persecuted in their home countries. The screenings include realistic and dark stories from nearly the entire Kurdistan region: Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. The films reflect the Kurdish people’s fragile position, volatile environment and long-term oppression, but also the will to fight for their freedom and independence.

The festival’s new Executive Director Laura Laaksonen praises the programme for its topicality:

“It feels great to celebrate the 50-year-old festival, but at the same time, there’s a concern about the state of the world. We are celebrating, but the world isn’t. I am very glad that this concern is also reflected in the Special Programmes, now even more current globally than we initially thought. For this, I’m very thankful to our masterful programme team and my predecessor, Executive Director Juhani Alanen. I can’t wait to reveal our programme and tell you more about our several free events which are open to the public.”

This year, more than 4 000 films were submitted to the festival’s International and National Competition. The selected competition films will be announced on February 3rd and the complete festival programme on Februrary 12th.

Tickets for Metropolis screening (accompanied by Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra) and festival’s serial cards can be purchased at webshop and outlets in Finland. All the other tickets will be on sale from February 12th onwards. More information available here.