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Tampere Film Festival on 8 – 12 March

Published 7.3.2017 15.19

From 8 to 12.03.2017, for the 47th time, Tampere Film Festival is here! This year the festival focuses on Indigenous Peoples and Colombia along with Arabic countries and Iceland. If that's not enough, travel around the world in the International competition screenings.

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Hundreds of movies and international stars

Hundreds of international guests arrive at the Film Festival from all over the world. British filmmaker Daniel Mulloy arrives to introduce his films in his retrospective. Swedish filmmaker Jens Assur has a masterclass among with the screening of his films. Canadian filmmaker Caroline Monnet has a retrospective in the Indigenous Peoples theme. Finnish filmmakers include Jussi Hiltunen, that recently debuted with a feature film, The Law of the Land has also a retrospective.

The National Competition starts on Wednesday with the premier of Hobbyhorse Revolution. Directed by Selma Vihunen, the documentary is about teenager's hobbyhorse craze.

There is a total of eight feature length documentaries and 28 short films in the National Competition. The grand finale of both the National and International Competition is on Sunday, when the winners will be awarded the Kiss statuette in the Awards ceremony.

There are around 130 screenings throughout the week in addition to an abundance of side programmes such as seminars, discussions and clubs. The programme spreads out from Plevna and Niagara cinemas to Pakkahuone and to Tullikamari Klubi.

Spotlight on Virtual Reality

The DDD60- project of the film festival focuses on virtual reality from many angles. The Open Eyes seminar will highlight the different aspects of production, technology and storytelling in the 360º world. There will be talks from the top names in the industry, such as representatives from Nexus and Nokia and from filmmakers that have already switched to VR-cinema.

Remember, Tampere Film Festival hosts the first 360º film competition in Finland. Almost 100 films were submitted for the VR competition with six of the most interesting ones making it to the finals.

About the festival

Tampere Film Festival brings together over 30,000 film enthusiasts, be it professionals or amateurs. Tampere Film Festival is ranked amongst the top three most important short film festivals in the world.

The heart of the programme is formed by International and National Short Film Competitions. The festival receives approximately 4000 submissions annually. Out of those, an estimated 110 films from 40 countries are selected.

The 47th Tampere Film Festival, 8–12 March 2017

Further information

Jukka-Pekka Laakso
Festival Director
040 703 8599

Katariina Pasuri
Press Coordinator
050 594 5178

Enikö Balogh
Press Coordinator
tel 044 476 5219