Kilta is the second best Finnish student game of the year 2020!

The winning teams of Bit1 2020 were announced: The second place – Team myTrueSound with Kilta!

Jury thought the game uses proven-to-work concept, complete game experience, UI/UX works, has commercial potential, and held a good pitch which delivered vision.

Joonas Hamilas – Sound designer (TUAS Film)
Pauliina Linjama – Artist (TUAS Animation)







Kilta Core Loop Video

myTrueSound team

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Senior Lecturer, ANIMATION, Deadline for applications 19.4.2020 23:59

TUAS Arts Academy is looking for Senior Lecturer in Animation in the degree programme of Fine Arts. The employment relationship of indefinite duration, starting on 17 August 2020.
The primary duties in this position include teaching, training and RDI (research, development and innovation) activities in the field of animation (especially artistic animation). The role also involves teaching and training tasks in other degree programmes in Arts Academy and elsewhere at TUAS.
Qualification requirements
A successful candidate has completed a Master’s degree and has at least three years of practical experience in tasks corresponding to the degree (Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences 1129/2014). In addition, a successful candidate has completed vocational teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 ECTS credits). In case the candidate has not complete these studies, they shall be completed within a reasonable time from the start of the employment relationship. Lack of pedagogical studies will lead to a salary deduction on the basis of insufficient qualifications. Based on the above-mentioned decree, TUAS has decided that instead of the requirements regarding degree and practical experience, applicants may be required to possess such artistic merits that are necessary in order to carry out the duties involved in the position.
The selected candidate is expected to have both competence and experience in teaching artistic animation as well as proof of artistic activities. In addition, we expect a vision of working processes, modern working methods and future of animation, as well as strong interaction skills and willingness and readiness to participate in education development, international activities and project work.
The role requires good written and oral skills in Finnish or in English language.
The Senior Lecturer’s total annual working time is 1624 hours.
A six-month trial period is complied with.
A link to the digital artistic portfolio of the applicant must be attached to the application.
Some applicants will be invited to demonstrate their proficiency. This consists of a demonstration lesson and an interview. The selected applicants will be informed about the date and the means of both the demonstration and the interview at a later time.
Before the start of the employment relationship, the employee shall present an acceptable doctor’s certificate on their health (AVAINTES Chapter 1, Section 5, Subsection 2).
Turku University of Applied Sciences Ltd, Arts Academy, Linnankatu 54, Turku, Finland
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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.”

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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.


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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

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