TUAS Cinematography teacher Marko Luukkonen recently at test shootings

TUAS Cinematography teacher Marko Luukkonen spoke to journalist Tomi Tuomaala about the test shootings of an upcoming feature film in a recent edition of a local newspaper Keskisuomalainen.

Marko Luukkonen shooting a scene. Photo: Marko Kauko

“The test shootings of the post-apocalyptic The House of God took place in Tikkakoski at a small snowy Luonetjärvi lake. “The starting point is a special one. The director Mara Vigh is a man who casts bronze for a living, and now he is starting to cast film. This is way too interesting to be missed”, Marko explains.

The writer/director Mara Vigh (left) and cinematographer Marko Luukkonen (center) point the movements for the actor Rami Rusinen (right). Photo: Marko Kauko.

A crew of twenty people spent the last Friday in November under freezing conditions just below zero in soft snowfall. The principal photography is planned to start in two years time in Tikkakoski.”

Posted in Film, News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fredrikstad Animation Festival prizes to Turku animators, Elli Vuorinen and Samppa Kukkonen

Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Nordic region, dating back to 1994 and the festival Animerte Dager in Oslo, Norway. The annual festival now takes place each October in the town of Fredrikstad, outside of Oslo. One of the cornerstones of the festival is the Nordic-Baltic animated short film competition, with the awarding of the prize known as the Golden Gunnar.



This year festival´s Golden Gunnar Grand Prix was given to Elli Vuorinen´s short animation Still Lives ( Kiirehessä liikkumaton).

Jury’s motivation:
The winning film is in equal parts funny, sacral and contemplative. Dancing between modernity and history, it seems grounded in reality, yet not. We like its visual language, humor and delicacy. It leaves us with many questions, as this film has made us consider that there is life even within that which seems still. Jury members were Michael FreiRune Spaans and Aggie Pak Yee Lee.

Best Commissioned Film prize also came to Turku. It was given to Belzebubs – Cathedrals of Mourning, directed by Samppa Kukkonen.

Jury’s motivation:
The process of choosing a winner was surprisingly easy. There was no doubt in our minds as there was one film that clearly stood out among the others. Technically wonderfully executed, stylish, appropriate, innovative, and humorous, the film was unanimously selected as this year’s winner. Jury members were  Irene SparreYngve Aasen and Sverre Fredriksen.

Both films are produced by Turku based animation studio Pyjama Films and producer Terhi Väänänen.


Posted in Alumni news, Animation, News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Her Head and Still Lives were awarded in TAFF 2019

The winner of Turku Animated Film Festival ( TAFF) National Competition was Her Head (FI 2019) by Emma Louhivuori. The Jury described the film as “surreal and simple, a perfect match of visual style and content”.

Elli Vuorinen‘s Still Lives (FI 2019) was given a special mention for being a “mysterious and visually stunning, a true “pequeca””.

Her Head is Emma Louhivuori´s graduation film and it has already been shown in many international festivals. Still Lives is already Elli´s second professional film. At the moment Elli Vuorinen is working in her own production company Böhle Studios

Posted in Alumni news, Animation, Animation, News, Student stories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Few Words about Women continue to be seen at the Turku Castle until March 2020

A group of Turku Arts Academy film students created extraordinary short films for the successful exhibition A Few Words about Women. The films depict the lives of women who lived in Turku Castle, in 17th century Turku.

The colourful lives of the women paint a picture of a time when perceptions of how girls should be brought up, what women’s status was, what was considered appropriate behaviour for women, and love and marriage in general were controlled by society and the church.

The films were directed by Laura Malinen and cinematographed by Sonja Tolonen.

Posted in Film, News, Student stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The winners of the first ever PITCH2019 competition are currently in production in Turku

Turku Arts Academy film students swept up prizes of the PITCH2019 at the Finnish Film Foundation in Helsinki last April. Among the schools in the competition were all the major film schools from Turku, Tampere and Helsinki.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company bought the distribution rights for the upcoming comedy short A Few Things about Black Holes (screenplay and direction by Anna Saario, Producer Sakariye Jama, cinematography Tatu Niemi). The film also won 3000€ worth of lighting equipment rentals from Valofirma company.

The scifi short iHuman (screenplay by Niko Sjöholm, director Satu-Lotta Rannisto, vfx supervisor Jukka Kiiski, producer Petra Kinnunen) won a mixing studio day, a colour correction day and half-a-working day of vfx consultation by Tomi Nieminen.

Both of the short films will premiere next spring in 2020.

Posted in Film, Student stories | Leave a comment