Turku Animated Film Festival is a fresh international film festival celebrating creativity and the art of animation. The first ever TAFF took place in Turku, Finland, in August 2016, presenting nearly 50 events during four days. Altogether, there were close to 2800 festival-goers and dozens of animation professionals attending the festival.
The second Turku Animated Film Festival will take place in August, 2017.
TAFF seeks to promote animated film culture both in Finland and internationally. Our aim is to become the most important animated film festival in Finland and to create a platform for encounters between filmmakers, industry delegates and local lovers of animation. We’re also interested in extending the concept of film screening and bringing together cinema and other forms of creativity as well as entertainment.
The International Competition bursts with original, bold, uncompromising and inventive animated shorts under 30 minutes in length. In addition, the festival programme consists of an alluring selection of carefully selected special screenings, workshops, talks and exhibitions plus parties, naturally.
Three Fitted Flies | María Álvarez & Elisa Morais | Spain, Lithuania | 2015
"The Grand Prix goes to a film that tells us a strong and emotional story through very simple techniques and design. This film leads us into a really rare atmosphere. It gives us the feeling of how instant guilt slowly can make an obsessive compulsive disorder grow."
Tough Eye Award
Life with Herman H. Rott | Chintis Lundgren | Estonia, Croatia, Denmark | 2015
"The Tough Eye Award goes to a film that presents crazy, clichéd situations that lead us into the lives of two perfectly ordinary characters. The film shows how stupid we sometimes act in our relationships and in our everyday lives full of compromises."
Chulyen, a Crow’s Tale | Cerise Lopez & Agnès Patron | France | 2015
"This film an epic, dynamic and dark story. It takes us through egoism, manipulation, hunger and love, and some extremely dark but also surprisingly funny acts following the main character’s macho way of being."
Superbia | Luca Tóth | Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia | 2016
Bastien Dubois, France
Sara Koppel, Denmark
Mihai Mitrica, Romania
TAFF takes place in a beautiful milieu, inside a restored old factory Manilla by the River Aura, at Itäinen Rantakatu 64 20810 Turku. This cultural complex is approximately 2 km (1,5 miles) from the city centre. Screenings take place in two theatres inside the 150-year old, former liquor factory. Aurinkobaletti’s capacity is 120 people and Jo-Jo Teatteri’s 60. TAFF will also spread up and over the river to various locations in the city of Turku so festival visitors can also enjoy all the beautiful things Turku and the Finnish summer provide.
Aurinkobaletti has disabled access. There is a disabled parking space in the yard and a moderate slope leads to the entrance. There is one disabled toilet in the building. Wheelchair spaces can be arranged in the audience. Unfortunately, Jo-Jo Teatteri is not accessible by wheelchair. Should you need specific details on Jo-Jo Teatteri’s accessibility, please contact them in advance by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
The festival is organised by a nonprofit association Turun elokuvatapahtumat ry. The team behind the festival is formed of people who are passionate about animated short films. The organisers have background in directing, producing and cherishing animated shorts as well as organising cultural events.
Turku Animated Film Festival
Henrikinkatu 1 a A 1, 20500 Turku, Finland
The City of Turku is located on the southwestern coast of Finland, about 160 km (100 miles) west of Helsinki. Turku Airport is located 8 km (4,2 miles) north of the city. There are domestic flights from Helsinki and Mariehamn as well as international scheduled flights from Stockholm, Riga and Gdansk. Local bus line number 1 connects the airport to the city centre.
It may be more convenient as well as cheaper to fly to Helsinki as it is relatively easy and inexpensive to reach Turku by bus or by train. There is an almost hourly coach connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport that takes you straight to Turku bus station. If you prefer to travel by train you need to take a local bus from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Helsinki railway station first.
The festival area can be reached by local bus in 10 minutes. Buses number 14, 15, 30, 55 and 56 take you from the central market place, Kauppatori to the unmistakable bright yellow Manilla factory. If you decide to travel by foot, you can take a leisurely stroll down the River Aura all the way to the cultural complex, which is situated right by the river.
In Turku, it is easy to get around by foot as the vast majority of the city's sights are within two kilometres of the Kauppatori, market square that is considered the heart of the city. The river Aura passes through the centre of the city, and its banks are very popular for walking along on.
Regional buses operate regularly and take you to places efficiently. All the routes and timetables are in English up at Turku Regional Traffic’s website. Taxis can be booked by telephone +358 600 14121 or found from taxi rank by the market square, Kauppatori. A rental car can be arranged via Hertz Car Rental.
There are options from upscale to economical when it comes to accommodation. Most hotels are situated in the city centre, and there is a camping site roughly 14 km (8,1 miles) from the town centre. As for shopping, the colourful and lively market square is the place to get fresh produce from farmers. Aside the large shopping centre by the market square, there are smaller boutiques, second-hand stores and bric-a-brac shops dotted around the town. Restaurants in Turku offer cuisine from all over the globe and there are options from more upmarket fine-dining to a casual buffet lunch or a light bite. Restaurants, cafés and pubs line the river side and town centre is full of options as well.
Although the festival itself will keep visitors fairly busy, you might want to visit historical and culturally important sites while in town. There are various museums where you can get a glimpse of Turku’s history from medieval times to present day. Historical and contemporary art is on display at three art museums. Experience Finnish nature and the sea by visiting the protected island of Ruissalo. Tours and cruises around the unique archipelago are also a popular pastime.
Tourist info is located on Aurakatu 2 and their multilingual website covers all aspects of your stay. They can also provide more information on activities, tours and events. A map of Turku can be printed from Visit Turku’s website.