TAFF joins Finnish Short Film Day!

We at Turku Animated Film Festival celebrate the Finnish Short Film Day! It is held for the 11th time on December 21st, and the celebration will start a week prior on the 14th of December. The day’s origins go back to France, and its purpose is to increase the visibility of short films and bring short film screenings closer to every film lover.

This year Finnish Short Film Day is organised by Tampere Film Festival, Yle, The Centre for Finnish Media Art, The Finnish Film Foundation, Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Turku Animated Film Festival, IhmeFilmi and Azh Boyzz. It is funded by The Finnish Film Foundation.

Read more about the Finnish Short Film Day and how to apply for your own, free film package and organise a screening from the Finnish Short Film Day pages.

Turku Animated Film Festival has curated its own animation film package called Games X Animation. The package consists of gaming themed animations and was shown at TAFF last summer. The cinema package has also two animations. Nun or Never! by Heta Jäälinoja was rewarded at TAFF2023 with the Best National Film award. Much loved Barbeque by Jenny Jokela was screened at TAFF 2018. Read more about the cinema screenings here.

Hardly Working by Total Refusal

Games X Animation

68 min | Eng | Recommended age limit 16
Animations with gaming themes. The package has been curated by Turku Animated Film Festival.


Switzerland | 2019 | Animation | 9 min | Director: Michael Frei | Eng | Recommended age limit: for all ages
An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal? Who is steering the crowd? What if it is heading in the wrong direction? Where does the individual end and the group begin? What is done by choice, and what under duress?

Hardly Working

Austria | 2022 | Animation | 20 min | Director: Total Refusal | Recommended age limit: for all ages
Hardly Working sheds a limelight on the very characters that normally remain in the background of video games: NPCs. They are non-player characters that populate the digital world as extras to create the appearance of normality. A laundress, a stable boy, a street sweeper and a carpenter are observed with ethnographic precision. They are Sisyphus machines, whose labour routines, activity patterns as well as bugs and malfunctions paint a vivid analogy for work under capitalism.


Germany | 2017 | Animation | 12 min | Director: Nikita Diakur | Eng | Recommended age limit: for all ages
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.

My Exercise

Japan | 2019 | Animation | 7 min | Director: Atsushi Wada | Eng | Recommended age limit: for all ages
A boy is doing an exercise with his dog.

In My Chest of Fire There Is Still Place to Temple Your Dagger

Spain | 2020 | Animation, romantic comedy | 5 min | Director: Pablo Ballarín | Eng | Recommended Age Limit 16
Picacho is a fighter who has to prepare for an important interview, an important combat and deal with a strange relationship with the trainer.