Thank you for TAFF 2021!

With the traditional ‘Audience favorites’ and ‘Winners’ -screenings, this year’s TAFF, the 5th edition of the festival, came to an end last night. Although organizing TAFF was quite a rollercoaster this year, we managed to create a safe, collective and joyful event in the end!

What we missed in this year’s festive side events, we luckily gained from our extensive and diverse program. This year’s films were exceptionally high quality and we got to enjoy the world-class animation as much with our souls as we did with our eyes. We got to see many touching, charming and amusing films that will tickle our minds even after the festival.Our warmest thank you to all the wonderful animators and filmmakers whose work we were honored to show.

TAFF 2021’s Grand Prix went to Soetkin Verstegen’s stunning Freeze Frame that creates a study of animation, and film, as an artform within it’s freezing narrative. Read more about all the winner films here.

We’d like to thank our judges, the board of Turun elokuvatapahtumat ry, staff and all of our volunteers as well as Rajupaja Oy, Scene – Turku European Film City, Kirjakahvila Turku, AB Dance Company and Finnish Animation Guild for their cooperation.
Thank you Arts Promotion Center Finland, Cultural Committee of Turku, Finnish Cultural Foundation and Pro Manillasäätiö for financial support.
And of course we’d love to thank all of our wonderful festivalgoers, you are what makes TAFF the festival it is!

See you all next year!


The winners of TAFF 2021 are awarded!

The best films of Turku Animated Film Festival 2021 have been chosen! Altogether six films were awarded; each affected the viewers and judges in a special way.

Grand Prix

Freeze Frame – Soetkin Verstegen

“A spectacular film about film. Deep and beautiful piece, that illuminates our understanding of the world and the meaning of life frame by frame.” 

National Competition

Plunger (Karhupumppu) – Lauri Ketonen, Konsta Verta

“The film is at the same time of this world and detached from it. It creates a space-like place where inventive animation tells a lot with less and the sound milieu takes the viewer to the core of events. The film tells the story of breaking the routines in an identifiable manner and asks the fundamental question: is my life crap or am I the crap in my life?”

Best professional film

Precious – Paul Mas

“A touching portrayal of a little child’s desire to belong and the realities of life that the child is forced to absorb. Wonderful, functional character design.”

Best student film

Hide ‘n Seek – Barbora Halířová

“Insightful, magnificent animating and clever narration. The film is a wild merriment of metaphors where children’s game of hide and seek is a masquerade of a whole lifetime.”  

Tough Eye Award

Night Bus – Joe Hsieh

“Dramaturgically strong, suspenseful film noir, that powers through all the way to its cathartic end.”

TAFF Junior Award

Gon, the Little Fox – Takeshi Yashiro

“Impressively controlled storytelling in a visually dazzling world, where the masterfully crafted and designed puppets bring the tragic and touching story to life.”

Audience Award

Precious – Paul Mas


Films in this screening:

After the votes are in / Äänestyksen jälkeen:

Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Films in this screening, coming soon / tulossa pian.

Films in this screening:

After the votes are in / Äänestyksen jälkeen:

Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Films in this screening, coming soon / tulossa pian.

Films in this screening:

After the votes are in / Äänestyksen jälkeen:

Announced later
(Ilmoitetaan myöhemmin)

Films in this screening, coming soon / tulossa pian.

For professionals

Free event with registration (in Finnish).

TAFF Pro 2021

14.00 Pyjama Films – Development of “Karhupuisto” through workshop method.

15.00 Gigglebug – How it all turned out: Anttu Harlin interviewed by Tatu Pohjavirta

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Films in this screening:


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International Competition 7

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Kirill Khachaturov:


Russia, 2019. 15 minutes.

Somewhere in Eastern Europe due to an accident in a laboratory, the hero gains superpowers that he does not want. The hero does not want to be a superhero, to save the world from villains, he wants to live as before without changing anything. The situation is complicated by the fact that while he gains the awareness of his power, it causes problems in his everyday life. While he is stuck in the elevator, he meets a girl who likes him and wants to help him.

Francisca Villela:

We Have Everything

Chile, 2020. 5 minutes.

A bag, a house and what happens inside: goodbyes and beginnings, secret messages, time, superstitions, promises, tastes and prototypes.

Alexandre Siqueira:


Portugal, 2019. 14 minutes.

Oscar is a child who sprouts in his parents' garden. Nobody knows his biological sex but he claims the masculine gender. One day Oscar lives an extraordinary but painful adventure in an authoritarian and oppressive world. Will he manage to have the identity recognition he desires so much?

Ada Güvenir :


Belgium, 2020. 5 minutes.

A modern day love story, in the right place but at the wrong time.

Izibene Oñederra :

Lursaguak (Scenes from life)
(Lursaguak (Escenas de vida))

Spain, 2019. 12 minutes.

As Hélène Cixous said, we live in a time when millions of voles of an unknown species are undermining the conceptual basis of an age-old culture.

Atsushi Wada:

My Exercise

Japan, 2020. 3 minutes.

A boy is doing exercises with his dog.

Leonid Shmelkov:

Room with a Sea View

Estonia, 2020. 12 minutes.

Herbert arrives in the seaside city on a long working trip. Accidentally he falls in love with a very strange beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now it doesn’t help anymore. His obsessive passion keeps him awake.

Silvain Monney, Samuel Patthey:


Switzerland, 2020. 15 minutes.

A cracked material looking like bark. Time seems to have stopped around the Villa, when suddenly a silhouette passes. Inside the building we discover weakened bodies, auxiliary nurses and a black cat. Between an episode of «The Young and the Restless» and a yogurt, we watch the time go by, slowly, repetitively. Only crucifixes, radios, and puppets, kept as relics in the rooms, appear to resist time. Then all of a sudden, there is a loud crash.

International Competition 6

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Nilas Røpke Driessen:

The Man and the Head

Denmark, 2020. 6 minutes.

A little man builds a house on a giant floating head. The man and the head develop a friendship, talk about their days and try to figure out what to do with their lives.

Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot:

The Hangman at Home

Denmark, 2021. 14 minutes.

What does the hangman think about when he goes home at night from work?

Ollie Magee:

Nod. Wink. Horse.

United Kingdom, 2020. 5 minutes.

A film behind a horse. Obscuring the narrative. My act of self-destruction.

Hannah Brewerton :

Hit and Run

United Kingdom, 2020. 4 minutes.

Things get surreal when the Brits play baseball. A satirical film about modern British politics and tactics of distraction.

Nicolas Keppens :

Easter Eggs

Belgium, 2021. 15 minutes.

The Chinese restaurant is empty. The exotic bird’s cage stands wide open. Two friends, Jason and Kevin, see this as an opportunity to catch and sell them. Catching the birds ain’t as simple as it seems.

Soetkin Verstegen:

Freeze Frame

Belgium, 2019. 5 minutes.

Freeze frame: the most absurd technique since the invention of the moving image. Through an elaborate process of duplicating the same image over and over again, it creates the illusion of stillness. Identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice, like archivists. The repetitive movements reanimate the animals captured inside.

Jasmine Elsen:


Belgium, 2020. 10 minutes.

Rose grows up with her snails in the park. Their park. One day she is attacked by intruders. Or is it the other way around? A film about dehumanization.

Sasha Svirsky:

Vadim on a walk
(Вадим на прогулке)

Russia, 2021. 8 minutes.

Finally, Vadim goes out of a tight square space where he has been used to sitting. He embraces the brave new world and his renewed life.

Marion Lacourt:

Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea…

France, 2019. 12 minutes.

At night, while family members indulge in curious rituals before sleeping, a child invokes a wolf from the bottom of a box hidden under his bed. Disturbing sheep then besiege the door of his bedroom.

International Competition 5

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Bastien Dubois:

Souvenir Souvenir

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

“For ten years I pretend to make a movie out of my grandfather’s Algerian war souvenirs. Today I’m not sure I want to hear what he has to say.”

Laura Benavides Ramirez:


Estonia, 2020. 7 minutes.

A foreign figure decides over the destiny of one indigenous woman. Her escape is a dance that reveals what it means to be displaced.

Linda Stūre:

Night Shift

Latvia, 2019. 3 minutes.

The nightly ritual of a security guard – a game of Tetris – is interrupted by unexpected technical issues. One of the surveillance cameras breaks down, and the game sets its own rules.

Max Hattler:

Serial Parallels

Hong Kong, 2019. 9 minutes.

Approaching Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips.

Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf:


Czech Republic, 2019. 13 minutes.

The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because... shit happens all the time.

Natko Stipanicev:


Croatia, 2020. 15 minutes.

A grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas.

Nata Metlukh:


USA, 2020. 4 minutes.

A day full of socially awkward moments.

Marko Djeska:

All Those Sensations in My Belly
(Sve te senzacije u mom trbuhu)

Croatia, 2020. 13 minutes.

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

International Competition 4

Screening time: 1 h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Natalia Spychala:


Poland, 2019. 5 minutes.

Hypnotizing pendulum sets a particular mechanism in motion. A figure appearing fragmentarily, space and a variety of objects form a rhythmic system of mutual dependence. Sound interweaves with image, creating music of repetitive events. What is the cause and what is the effect?

Pablo M. Ballarín:

The piece of tail in the mouth of the snake that bites its own tail

Estonia, 2019. 12 minutes.

A trip across the cosmos.

Jack O'Shea:

The Dream Report

Ireland, 2020. 7 minutes.

A deadpan sci-fi interweaving moments of familiar routine with esoteric messages from deep space.

Stas Santimov:

The Surrogate

Ukraine, 2020. 6 minutes.

A man destroys the nest of an unknown creepy creature. But it's not the most horrible creature he will meet tonight.

Lucija Mrzljak, Morten Tšinakov:

The Stork

Estonia, 2019. 16 minutes.

While smoking on the balcony, Citizen Stork is struck by a moment of clarity, in which he realizes that he is not a person, but rather a bird. At the same time, a man and a woman are eating lunch. When a cuckoo jumps out of the clock, the man leaves the apartment in a hurry. The woman and the stork meet.

Nadja Andrasev:


France, 2019. 13 minutes.

A betrayed wife starts to investigate her husband’s mistresses. Her jealousy is gradually replaced by curiosity.

Inari Sirola:

Eating in the Dark

United Kingdom, 2021. 9 minutes.

Through snakey dildos, setting boundaries and a journey through a mind bending forest, we follow Siro's quest for self discovery.

Alexandra Ramires (Xá):


Portugal, France, 2020. 12 minutes.

Under a gloomy sun, two characters with symmetrical handicaps look for adaptation.

International Competition 3

Screening time: 1 h 18 min

Films in this screening:

Barbora Halířová:

Hide N Seek
( Hide N Seek)

Czech Republic, 2019. 7 minutes.

On the background of a children's game there is a story about the flow and perception of time. To win the game, the young boy becomes an old man and his life shrinks to one hide and seek game. Poetic visions are created from the memories of childhood and they tell the story close to some adults.

Frédéric Schuld:

The Chimney Swift

Germany, 2020. 5 minutes.

19th century in Europe. A child climbs up a chimney while a bird sails down into it to build a nest. An encounter with no way back. A British chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers. While we observe a kid cleaning a chimney, the master's statement gets more personal with every sentence until we understand that he is speaking about his own past.

Damien Tran:

Poum Poum!

France, 2020. 6 minutes.

Celebrating the simple and childish joy of hitting drums, scribbling on paper using marker pens, splashing paint or making cracked cymbals screech. Poum Poum! finds chaos, mishaps amusing and aims at spreading a spontaneous and joyful creative energy.

Reza Riahi:

Navozande, the musician

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

At the time of the attack of the Mongols, a young musician and the love of his life are separated from each other. Fifty years later, the musician is summoned to perform at the castle of the Mongols where his beloved is being held.

Kaspar Jancis:


Estonia, 2019. 12 minutes.

An old Cosmonaut lives the same kind of life now in his flat in a concrete panel apartment building as he did in his youth in a space station. As before, he still carries out heroic missions and misses his close relatives, who he left behind on his home planet. His close relatives see the situation altogether differently. Is this old man capable of coming to grips with the norms that apply in society? A cosmonaut will always be a cosmonaut. To the very end.

Nadia Goldman:


Russia, 2021. 3 minutes.

Marina really wants to sleep, but it's not that simple. Marina has lost her pillow, and the little forest pranksters do not help her to search at all for some reason.

Alberto Vázquez:

Homeless Home

France, 2020. 15 minutes.

No one can escape their roots, however rotten they may be.

Julian Gallese:

Thank you

United Kingdom, 2020. 8 minutes.

A highly anticipated birthday is the talk of the town.

Marine Blin:

What resonates in silence
(Ce qui résonne dans le silence)

France, 2020. 8 minutes.

Hiding death does not make it disappear. A little girl who suffered from the silence of adults felt dispossessed of her right to mourn. As an adult, she recounts the tender gestures that bind her to the dead.

International Competition 2

Screening time: 1h 20 min

Films in this screening:

Aria Covamonas:

Socrates’ Adventures in the Under Ground

Mexico, 2020. 9 minutes.

A marxist-leninist-maoist revision of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, filled with talking animals who shall be late and bourgeois queens who like to get off with your head.

Miloš Tomić:

Radiovision - Mihovil Logar Speaking

Serbia, 2019. 3 minutes.

Free animation game with broken plastic pieces, broken glass, crystal decorations, feathers, old photos and gummy candy...as an attempt to summarize a rich and music-dedicated life of Mihovil Logar.

Lucas Ansart:

The zucchini’s smile

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Myia and Aristote live from gluglu hunting. These cloud-animals allow them to grow courgettes in the desert. One day, Myia falls in love with one of them.

Paul Mas:


France, 2020. 14 minutes.

Julie can't fit into her school. The arrival of Emile, an autistic child, will change the game.

Agnès Patron:

And then the bear
(L'Heure de l'Ours)

France, 2019. 14 minutes.

That very night, houses will burn. Men and women will tremble. Hordes of children will come together and howl as they dance alone on the ashes like wild bears. It only takes one cry to awaken them all from their slumber!

Chaerin Im:


USA, 2019. 4 minutes.

A mating ritual on print, plate, and reflection.

Nicholas Dimas, Elizabeth Whitfield:

Ben and Kat or Kat and Ben Go To Little Lake Fountain

USA, 2019. 9 minutes.

The cousins Kat and Ben go to Little Lake Fountain and along the way, meet some new friends.

Joe Hsieh:


Taiwan, 2020. 20 minutes.

On a late-night commuter bus, a necklace was stolen. This was followed by a tragic and fatal road accident, and a series of intriguing turns of events which revealed love, hatred, and vengeance. In the climax, the bus went ablaze, burning and glittering against the dark coastal sky.

International Competition 1

Screening time: 1 h 18 min

Films in this screening:

Andrey Zhidkov:


Russia, 2020. 5 minutes.

In a cold, repulsive world of chaos a man is searching for his true happiness hoping that simple things can evolve into his bliss. But his attempts end up in an abyss of loneliness.

Aline Höchli:

Why Slugs Have No Legs

Switzerland, 2019. 11 minutes.

Slugs have a hard time keeping up with the pace of life in the city of insects. When a financial crisis hits, the industrious bees only see one solution.

Daria Kashcheeva:

( Daughter)

Czech Republic, 2019. 15 minutes.

Should you hide your pain? Close yourself inside your inner world, full of longing for your father’s love and its displays? Or should you understand and forgive before it is too late?

Alexandra Májová :

Washing Machine

Czech Republic, 2020. 5 minutes.

Wash and love.

Varya Yakovleva:

Anna, cat-and-mouse

Russia, 2020. 5 minutes.

A man is spying on Anna. He breaks into her house, destroys everything that surrounds Anna, trying to take possession of her.

Laui Laessa:

I Want A Sun In My Pocket

Costa Rica, 2019. 4 minutes.

A landscape of feelings experienced by the inhabitants of one building. Loneliness, unworthiness, and a soothing encounter with the sun are in the midst of their inner battle.

Gabriel Böhmer :

Push This Button if You Begin to Panic

United Kingdom, 2020. 13 minutes.

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

Claudia Munksgaard-Palmqvist:


Denmark, 2020. 4 minutes.

Look at a mistake that is not human. Be present in the uncontrollable intervention of the material. Between control and chance, surface and void a film will (perhaps) be found.

Adrien Mérigeau:

​​Genius Loci

France, 2019. 15 minutes.

One night, Reine, a young loner, sees among the urban chaos a moving oneness that seems alive, like some sort of guide.

Documentary Panorama 2

Screening time: 1 h 10 min

Films in this screening:

Ido Hartmann:

The Shadow of the Sun

Israel, 2019. 8 minutes.

7 years ago Boaz has cut all ties with his parents, brother & sister, his friends, and his previous world. The story is about his disappearance and embarks on a surreal journey into the memories he left with his family.

Jeanne Patrule, Cécile Rousset, Benjamin Serero:


France, 2019. 5 minutes.

Esperança, 15, has just arrived in France from Angola with her mother. At Amiens station, they don't know where to sleep and look for someone who can help them.

Katya Mikheeva:

Shall we talk?

Russia, 2020. 14 minutes.

Polina is a bisexual Russian girl. This is an animated documentary about her coming out to her family. 

John Robert Lee:

Not for money, not for love, not for nothing

United Kingdom, 2020. 14 minutes.

In the underground world of money and sex, this emotionally engaging documentary gives rare insight into the reflective personal struggle of sex workers. Real questions are deliberated by real women, sharing their real stories. 

Mathias de Panafieu:

It wasn’t Bourgogne

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Between two telephone calls, my grandfather recounts some of his memories from the war when he was twenty years old.

Eluned Zoe Aiano, Anna Benner:

All Her Dying Lovers

Germany, 2020. 6 minutes.

Based on a tale that started out as a rumour from WWII Czechoslovakia and ended up in the international tabloids in 2014. The story in question involves a nurse, Nazis, seduction and syphilis, but no-one can agree on what really happened.

María Lorenzo:

Urban Sphinx

Spain, 2020. 5 minutes.

The presence of street art in various neighbourhoods of Valencia (Spain) between 2018 and 2019. These pieces of ephemeral art are animated by connecting each image like the frames of a film. All these faces look at us with wide-open eyes, as if they were telling us that we exist, but we might not exist — and the world would keep on turning.

Varya Yakovleva:

Life’s a Bitch

Russia, 2021. 12 minutes.

One day in the life of a man, whose home was a bench of a railway platform.

Lia Bertels:

And Yet We Are Not Super Heroes

Belgium, 2019. 12 minutes.

When you’re a child, there’s this fragile moment where the boundary between fantasy and reality is shattered. This is the testimony of these children between two worlds, to whom the word was given freely.

Documentary Panorama 1

Screening time: 1 h 12 min

Films in this screening:

Gabriella Marsh:


United Kingdom, 2019. 5 minutes.

The happenings in a single square in Gracia, in the north of Barcelona – la Plaça de la Virreina. From the tourists who whizz through on their Segway tours, to the locals who have been there for so long that they've begun to form part of the street furniture.

Sophia Twigt:

niet thuis - rob

Netherlands, 2020. 6 minutes.

Rob took one drag from this neighbor's crack pipe, just to get rid of the pain. He started using more and more. His bills started piling up. Until finally a letter arrived: his house was going to be repossessed. The day before the debt collectors would come he packed a tent, got on his bike and started cycling."I figured I’d just keep cycling until I died."

Kim Seunghee:

Tiger and Ox

Republic of Korea, 2020. 8 minutes.

What does divorce mean to women in Korean patriarchal society? Is a fatherless family a failure? In order to find the answer to these questions, a single mother and her daughter start a conversation.

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis:


France, 2020. 16 minutes.

Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

Emily Worms:


Belgium, 2020. 5 minutes.

Two friends talk about their relationships. Polyamory and politics, they only let their love decide.

Henriette Rietz:


Germany, 2020. 5 minutes.

The chaotic phase in life of a new mother. Pumped up with hormones and lacking sleep, this intense time has burned deep into the protagonist’s heart. An honest and very personal insight into the world of an overwhelmed mother, who seriously thought that parental leave would become a sort of sabbatical.

Adela Križovenská:

Forget Me Not

Czech Republic, 2019. 7 minutes.

The impact of communism was huge. The destiny of orphans was taken from foster care to institutional care. The testimony of the man who grew up in the constitution and the woman who solves the problem from the outside, shows that despite 30 years of freedom from communism, Czech Republic still desperately needs a revolution in this area.

Alisi Telengut:

The Fourfold

Canada, 2020. 7 minutes.

Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, an exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom. Against the backdrop of the modern existential crisis and the human-induced rapid environmental change, there is a necessity to reclaim the ideas of animism for planetary health and non-human materialities.

Patrick Smith:

Beyond Noh

United States, 2020. 4 minutes.

3,475 individual masks from all over the world, beginning with the distinctive masks of the Japanese Noh theater and continuing on a cultural journey through ritual, performance, utility, and politics.

Shoko Hara:

Just A Guy

Germany, 2020. 15 minutes.

Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction and relationship with Richard Ramirez: A serial killer and rapist they contacted after he was convicted.


Our Panorama-selection (not in competition) of animated music videos.

Screening time: 1 h 10 min

Films in this screening:

Alice Saey:


France, 2020. 4 minutes.

Katalin Egely:

El Mago Georges

Argentina, 2020. 4 minutes.

Gabriele Calvi:

Town Portal - Vanitas

Italy, 2020. 6 minutes.

Miloš Tomić:


Serbia, 2019. 2 minutes.

Ruslana Mirzaalieva:

Ditch - Ivan Dorn

Russia, 2019. 3 minutes.

Ezequiel Torres, Pablo Roldán:


Argentina, 2019. 5 minutes.

Bert Juliaan Vercruysse:


Belgium, 2020. 4 minutes.

Mathilde Bédouet:

All I Knew

France, 2019. 3 minutes.

Pablo Rafael Roldán, Ezequiel Torres:

Siamés - Mr. Fear

Argentina, 2019. 5 minutes.

Or Chun Yiu:

Where's My Stress Ball

Hong Kong, 2020. 1 minutes.

Alexander Bubnov:


Ukraine, 2020. 4 minutes.

Rita Tsikhanovich:


Belarus, 2021. 3 minutes.

Daphna Awadish:

Facing Water

Israel, 2019. 3 minutes.

Paul Muresan:


Romania, 2020. 4 minutes.

Baptiste Groazil:

Mantis Love

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Diego Cumplido:

Lion on Tiger - Love Angle

Chile, 2020. 2 minutes.

Paola Luciani:


Italy, 2020. 2 minutes.

Marcella Moser, Mihai Wilson:


USA, 2019. 4 minutes.

Martina Scarpelli:

A little too much

USA, 2020. 4 minutes.

Zilai Feng:


USA, 2019. 2 minutes.

Junior 4+

Screening time:  40 min

Films in this screening:

Kaisa Penttilä:

The Landing

Finland, 2021. 9 minutes.

A family holiday in a zoo is interrupted when an unknown species tries to enter the zone.

Paul Bush:


Denmark, 2020. 7 minutes.

An animated extravaganza of plastic collected from beaches, roadsides, attics and junk shops. This is an elegy to a love affair that has gone sour, a fond farewell to that most beautiful material that has enslaved our planet – plastic.

Katalin Egely:

El Mago Georges

Argentina, 2020. 4 minutes.

We aren't only created with free will, but also with responsibility. The responsibility to listen to our gut feelings, follow our intuition, the wise part of us. According to the old definition, a magician is a wise person. So we can all be magicians if we are brave enough.

Mathilde Pepinster:

(Au Large)

Belgium, 2019. 6 minutes.

An ice floe, a big man, a fish and a reality not quite like the others.

Martin Smatana:

The Kite
(Pouštět draka)

Czechia, 2019. 13 minutes.

Summer is coming to an end, the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his grandson a kite. As the boy is tossed around in the air, Grandpa catches him. Then the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. A strong autumn wind carries him off into the cloudy sky. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.

Junior 7+

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Ignas Meilūnas:

Matilda and the Spare Head

Lithuania, 2020. 13 minutes.

A girl who wants to be the smartest person in the world.

Eric Montchaud:

A Stone in the Shoe
(Un Caillou dans la Chaussure)

France, 2020. 11 minutes.

A pupil turns up to his new class for the first time. This pupil however is different to the others, he’s a frog in a class of rabbits.

Anastasia Melikhova:

Beginning of the Light
(Начало света)

Russia, 2020. 6 minutes.

The story is based on a tale about the creation of sun and moon. The world is in twilight. There is no light and no shadow. The twins, brother and sister, grow a tree and one day the first leaf appears.

Joana Rosa Bragança:


Portugal, 2019. 14 minutes.

Brought by the waves of the sea, a fantastic being of gigantic size discovers a pleasant place of great natural beauty, and makes it his home, becoming the guardian and soul of the place. There, he meets a cheerful little boy with whom he creates a bond of friendship forged in sharing the pleasure that both feel in living in harmony with nature. But one day, peace is threatened by a polluting and noisy tide.

Dina Velikovskaya:


Germany, 2019. 8 minutes.

There is a strong connection between parents and their child. A young woman leaves the parental home to see the world. But the world of her parents is so tightly connected with her that by leaving, she puts it at risk. It turns out that this connection can be also destructive.

Yawen Zheng:

Kiko and the Animals
(Kiko et les animaux)

France, 2020. 7 minutes.

Kiko is a nightmare for all the animals. He bullies them all the time, even the smallest mouse can't escape from him! How could the animals stand out and make him understand that they are just like him, capable of emotions, love, and deserve respect?

Junior 12+

Screening time: 1 h

Films in this screening:

Margrethe Danielsen:


Norway, 2020. 9 minutes.

Three couples are facing different challenges: A middle aged hedgehog falls in love with a balloon, but finds it difficult to maintain his grooming routine. A couple of arctic lovers are experiencing a coldness between them, and two oysters are losing patience as they wait to be on the same schedule.

Sonya Kendel:

Pishto's Birthday

Russia, 2020. 11 minutes.

The story of Pishto's birthday.

Marlijn van Nuenen, Ram Tamez, Alfredo Gerard Kuttikatt:

La Bestia

France, 2020. 8 minutes.

A young mexican smuggler and a little girl travel illegally on top of a cargo train, called La Bestia, to get to the USA. An injury transforms his perception of the journey.

Zilai Feng:


USA, 2019. 2 minutes.

An unsuspecting man struggles his way into a colourful jumper. Before he knows it, he finds himself whisked into a psychedelic kaleidoscope of patterned wool… from which he may never recover!

Takeshi Yashiro:


Japan, 2019. 28 minutes.

When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyoju doesn’t realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax.


TAFF is looking for volunteers!

Our volunteer application is now open! We warmly welcome you to be a part of the festival 25.-29.8. You don’t have to have any specific education or previous experience, we’ll brief you to all the jobs. Check out the different job descriptions below.

We provide you with an awesome, communal experience, free entrance to the screenings outside your shifts, food & beverages and an afterparty at the end of the festival. You’ll also get a reference letter if you wish so.

Our aim is to have a relaxed, cosy & safe event for everyone, our visitors and our volunteers.  We wish to get your work input for approximately 10-12 hours, rest of the time you are free to enjoy the festival atmosphere. You can also let us know in the application form if you’d like to be in the same shift with a friend.



Please note that with this form TAFF (Turun elokuvatapahtumat ry) gathers information about volunteer applicants. The information is only accessible to festival employees and is kept only for as long as necessary. Information is not given out to third parties. 


After you have filled in the application form, we’ll be in touch in 3 weekdays. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at info@taff.fi.


Job descriptions:


  • Set up  / close down / cleaning / decorating:

Setting up the venue, bringing the festival atmosphere with decorations.


  • Technique:

Making sure the films are running smoothly


  • Runner:

Runner does whatever is needed at the moment


  • ​​Ticket sales / info:

Selling tickets and merchandise, answering questions and providing customer service


  • Screening presenter / door manager:

Checking tickets at the door, making sure everything is in order at the venue, presenting the screening


  • Distribution:

Handing out marketing materials around the city before the festival in August.


  • Driver:

Driving things and people around the city. B-licence needed.


Invite Portaali-screening to you

The Ääriö Association, which organizes the Video Art Festival Turku, and the Turku Film Events Association, which organizes the Turku Animated Film Festival, will join forces in the summer of 2021 with portable Portaali- outdoor screenings. The screenings are free of charge and take place in a backyard, a park or anywhere outdoors in the Turku-area. Through the portal, the viewer can immerse themselves in a whole new world through video and animation art in a safe and communal environment. Portaali is a gateway to new dimensions and the themes of the shows reflect escapism, fantasy and diving into imaginative places.

Anyone can apply for the screening via the form below. The application is open 5.–19. July 2021. We will notify all applicants about the selections by 30.7. The selection emphasizes open, accessible and safe venues that are spread widely throughout Turku. The host of the screening takes care of inviting their close circle to the screening and providing a required number of seats for them. Portaali comes with projection and sound equipment, a screen and the 70-minute programme of video art and animation. Outdoor screenings will take place on 19.–22.8. after sunset and the person ordering the show must have a permit to use the space, for example from a housing association. Current hygiene and safety guidelines must be followed in the event.

Ääriö ry is a non-profit association from Turku aiming to promote the visibility of audiovisual art. The association organizes various contemporary art events, most notably Video Art Festival Turku (VAFT), which is held once a year.

Turku Film Events Association’s Turku Animated Film Festival, more commonly known as TAFF, will be held for the fifth time in the Finnish animation capital Turku at the end of August. TAFF was founded to promote animated film culture both in Finland and internationally.

In 2021, Turku celebrates the tenth anniversary of the city’s year as the European Capital of Culture. Portaali is part of the anniversary program.



Please note that with this form Ääriö ry and Turun elokuvatapahtumat ry gather information about applicants for the Portal-screenings. The information is only accesible to festival (VAFT and TAFF) employees and is kept only for as long as necessary.


About applying:

Annu Suvanto, producer (TAFF)


050 364 3683


Media inquiries:

Rose Pietola, festival director (VAFT)



Kimmo Sillanmikko, festival director (TAFF)