|Erkki Astala, a member of the Risto Jarva price jury.|
Film Festival Awards ….
The International Jury awarded Phil Mulloy's animated film Invasion with the Grand Prix, or the Statuette "Kiss” and 5,000 Euros. The jury stated that Mulloy's dark satire is a humoristic depiction of a serious topic. The film tells about fears and anxieties, but also about hope.
The main prize, the Statuette "Kiss” and 5,000 Euros in the National competition (films under 30 minutes) were awarded to Christian Lindblad's animated film The Last Supper. According to the story, the film was clear and lucid, length-wise just right and as flexible as film can be. Lindblad's film was also awarded the Jameson Short Film Award. pe.
In the over 30-minute series the main prize, the Statuette "Kiss” and 5,000 Euros were awarded to Mari Soppela's documentary film Family Files. The Jury said that in the film, a small and private family history becomes a great and touching story.
The Best Documentary, Statuette "Kiss” and 1,500 Euros were awarded to the German Anke Limprecht's documentary film Lehrfilm Über die Rekonstruktion von Stasiakten. The Jury was convinced by the film's seamless combination of form and content. The film portrayed the work of bureaucracy and hidden truths in society.
There was also drama after the results were released. The International Jury first awarded the Prix UIP Tampere – European Film Awards candidacy to Slawomir Fabicki's fiction film Meska Sprava. After some time it became clear that Meska Sprave had already been nominated for candidacy in the Edinburgh Film Festival. The rules of the award prohibit double candidacy.
After a stormy discussion and a short jury meeting it was decided, that the UIP would be given to the Finnish Tatu Pohjasvirta's film Kuvastin.
This way the Finnish Tatu Pohjasvirta's animated film Kuvastin was awarded the Prix UIP Tampere – European Film Awards candidacy and 2,000 Euros. According to the jury, Kuvastin explores the darkest corners of human nature quite surprisingly.
The special prize of the Jury, the Statuette "Kiss” and 1,500 Euros were awarded to the Polish Slawomir Fabicki's Meska Sprawa. The Jury stated that the film which explores conflicts in society and deals with abuse, failure and human weakness, but does not offer easy answers.
Bec Smith and Gareth Evans were members of the International Jury.
The special prize of the Jury, the Statuette "Kiss” and 1,500 Euros were awarded to Fanta Régina Nacro for her fictive film Close up on Bintou. The film is a successful story of female empowerment in a changing society. Régina Nacro's home country is Burkina Faso, and African film are rarely seen in the Awards list.
The Diplomas of Merit from the International Jury were awarded to the Greek Monica Vaxevan's film To Foustani, the Austrian Virgil Widrich's film Copy Shop, the Canadian Guy Maddin's Heart of the World and the Belgian Royston Tani's Hock Hiap Leon and the Belgian Bouli Lanners film Muno.
The Members of the International Jury were Aryo Danusiri, Tiina Erkintalo, Gareth Evans, Jay Rosenblatt and Bec Smith.
The special prize of the Jury, the Statuette "Kiss” and 5,000 Euros were awarded to Janne Heinosen's fictive film Taivasmatka. The jury said that the film has surprising turn of the plot, a mysterious story and a well-thought and beautiful filming.
Diplomas of Merit went to Tuukka Hari's documentary Telakka (The Dry Dock) and Tatu Pohjasvirta's Kuvastin.
The special prize of the Jury, the Statuette "Kiss” and 1,000 Euros were awarded to Jouni Hiltunen's Blatnoi Mir. The film is a story about people living on the edge of existence.
The Resource Award (3,400 euros) for the best photography went to Jarkko T. Laine, director of photography of the film Sirkka.
The members of the Finnish Jury were Marja Pensala, Jaak Löhmus and Yrjö Pulkkinen.
The Risto Jarva Prize (10,000 euros) was awarded to the team formed by Stella Polaris, Janne Kuusi and Aleksi Salmenperä for their fictive film Turon baari. The jury commended the film's novel and colourful sense of presence and its a new approach to combining laughter and tears.
The Junior Jury's Prize was awarded to Tuukka Hari's film The Dry Dock. The Junior Jury's members were Helena Huosianmaa, Peter Mäenpää, Anneli Pursiainen and Jukka Salminen.
Micromovies competition's main prize, 10, 000 euros, was awarded to Paul Bush's film Lie Detector.
The Diplomas of Merit of the Jury were awarded to Harri Kassinen's film Nimeni on Hirvi, James Hirvi and the duo Honkanen&Ruippo for their film Pyongyang Robogirl.
The members of the Micromovies competition's Jury were Erkki Huhtamo, Jonathan Wells, Phil Mulloy and Heli Rantavuo.
TEXT: Tuija Lundelin
TRANSLATION: Laura Katajisto
PHOTOS: Anu Mastokangas