Best New Nordic Voice award for Penelope

Nordisk Panorama is a festival for nordic countries and is held every year in Malmö, Sweden.  Among the categories Best Nordic short and Best Nordic documentary there is also a category of Best New Nordic Voice. This year the award for Best Nordic New Voice in short film was given to Heta Jäälinoja for her film Penelope.

“Speechless and with seemingly simple pencil lines, the film creates a timeless and limitless universe. The film is distinct and highly amusing, about a character coping with daily life. Home is not a prison, but life can be a mess.”

Heta Jäälinoja has graduated from Turku Arts Academy and she continued her studies in Estonian Academy of Arts and graduated there as Master of Arts ( animation).

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Penelope in Annecy 2017

Turku Arts Academy alumni Heta Jäälinoja´s film Penelope is performed in Annecy 2017 festival in category of student films. Penelope is Heta´s diploma film for Estonian Academy of Arts.

Heta Jäälinoja’s short film Penelope won the Grand Prix in National competition (under 30 minutes) at Tampere Film Festival and it has been going around succesfully in many festivals during 2016.

Heta Jäälinoja is the member of Turku based animators´co-operative Paperhat.

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Special mention for Sore Eyes for Infinity in Zagreb

World festival of animated film – Animafest Zagreb anounced award winners of 2017 edition. Turku Arts Academy alumni Elli Vuorinen was also one of the winning directors with her film Sore Eyes for Infinity, produced by Pyjama Films in Turku.

Each of the jury members presented one special mention award.  Michaela Pavlátová gave the award to the Finnish film Sore Eyes For Infinity, by Elli Vuorinen praising it as a surprising, fresh film with beautiful animation and visuals which bring us to eternity.

Jury decided to give the Grand Prix – Short Film to Nighthawk by Špela Čadež, produced by Finta Film, Radio-Television of Slovenia and Bonobostudio.




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Video mapping workshop in Lille, France during Fete de l´Anime

by Elli Maanpää

Last week was spectacular. I travelled with my classmate Sade Lahti to participate in the Euranim video mapping workshop in Lille in France. It was my second experience with video mapping. During the 4-day workshop we created animation to project on the wall of the Opera de Lille. The showtime of the video mapping was last Friday the 31st of March at 9PM as a part of the animation festival Fête de l’anime.

There were 50 students and professionals from Europe and Asia taking part on the workshop. My group “The Roomies” – me (Turku Arts Academy), Thomas Van Fucht (Howest), Leonardo Altieri (CSC Turin) and Elena Sorrentino (CSC Turin) – turned the Opera De Lille into a Circus themed dollhouse. I did three rooms: Cannon Lady, Clown and Lion. I worked with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. I really enjoyed working in this method.

The week was one to remember. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy for making it happen! P.S. You can watch the whole video mapping on this video filmed by Daniel Derg who also took part in the workshop

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Triple win week for Turku Arts Academy alumni

Saturday March 11th film alumna Pilvi Hämäläinen (Film 2005-2009) won the Finnish sketch comedy television show Comedy Combat with her character Aina Inkeri Ankeinen.

Sunday March 12th film alumna Selma Vilhunen (Film 1998-2002) won the Tampere Film Festival grand prix at the national competition of documentaries over 30 minutes for her film Hobbyhorse Revolution “A refreshing look at the coming of age of young women who transformed their passion into an empowering tool and created a community to stand up to the world. Through their conviction, love and special revolution, they invite us all to find our very own hobbyhorses.”

Friday March 17th animation alumnus Janne Kukkonen (Animation 2006-2010) won the national graphic novel prize Sarjakuva Finlandia with his debut graphic novel Voro.

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