The Best films of Turku Animated Film Festival have been awarded!

At tonight’s Award Ceremony, a total of 9 awards were presented to films that captured the hearts of our jury and audience with their stunning visuals and daring, imaginative storytelling. Here are the best of TAFF 2023!

Grand Prix

27 – Flóra Anna Buda

“Many young adults today for economical reasons have to live together with their parents unvoluntarily. Alice’s attempt to grasp for autonomy in this sufficating enviroment is a rollercoaster of excess. The film convinces with its captivating visual realization and cinematically rich storytelling.”

Best National Film

Nun or Never! – Heta Jäälinoja

“This film is examining the role of an individual in a society of strict rules. Drawn with a sensitive line, the film tells a story of playful observations and finally reveals the audience everybody’s secrets.”

The award for Best National Film is sponsored by SET ry.

TAFF Junior Award

Battery Mommy – Seungbae Jeon

The amusing characters of the film lead a suspenseful story, where the narrative’s humour lightens it into a suitable everyday adventure for children.

Best Professional Film

Drijf  – Levi Stoops

“This film takes the audience in the middle of a strange journey, where the power dynamics of a relationship are examined. The film is provocative in a funny way, being lost with your partner can be empowering or a sheer nightmare.”

Special Mention – Professional Film

The TOBOS – Tobias Rud

Best Student Film


The Eastern Rain – Milly Yencken

“Based on the slightly absurd idea, that rain is falling not outside, but inside our houses, the film uses this animation film-specific narrative starting point to move towards experimental animation by combining a flow of expressive paintings with contemporary music.”

Special Mention – Student Film

Above The Clouds – Vivien Härshegyi

Tough Eye Award

Skinned – Joachim Hérissé

“Two people tragically bound together by interdepedence navigate through an everyday life moulded by violence and surpression. Atmospherich roughness and visual metaphors create an intense insight into the horror, which human connection can inherit.”

Audience Favourite

Blush – An Extraordinary Voyage – Iiti Yli-Harja

Our audience was particularly moved by this film that tackles the fear and realities of discrimination in a hilariously chaotic yet encouraging way – in space!