2019-2020

Talk To Me, Dance With Me, Let Me Be

by Saara Hasan

Flora, a woman battling with schizophrenia, is planning her birthday party. Her illness is manifested as the character Emma, who can be her best friend but also, at times her worst enemy. A visit from Flora's concerned sister leads to an altercation between the two of them but they quickly reconcile. The party is successful and Flora goes on trying to find a balance between her mental illness and normal life.

Flora, a woman battling with schizophrenia, is planning her birthday party. Her illness is manifested as the character Emma, who can be her best friend but also, at times her worst enemy. A visit from Flora's concerned sister leads to an altercation between the two of them but they quickly reconcile. The party is successful and Flora goes on trying to find a balance between her mental illness and normal life.

Talk To Me, Dance With Me, Let Me Be

by Saara Hasan
Saara Hasan (b.1994, Finland ) has Finnish-Iraqi roots. A former burger master and now an emerging filmmaker based in Finland. She has a passion for acting, storytelling and cinematography. In her work, she is interested in exploring themes of identity, relationships and human behaviour.
Saara Hasan (b.1994, Finland ) has Finnish-Iraqi roots. A former burger master and now an emerging filmmaker based in Finland. She has a passion for acting, storytelling and cinematography. In her work, she is interested in exploring themes of identity, relationships and human behaviour.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Talk To Me, Dance With Me, Let Me Be / Language: Finnish / Genre: Drama / Duration: 12 mins 54 secs / Writer & Director: Saara Hasan / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Saara Hasan / Festivals: TBA

Death in Paradise

by Helen Aleksandrova

Nina is a young writer. She is offered to do a live translation for a sold-out theatre play. Everything seems to be going according to the schedule until a visitor from the past appears on stage. Unable to see the stage, Nina has to rely on her ears to understand what is actually happening inside the harrowing play.

Nina is a young writer. She is offered to do a live translation for a sold-out theatre play. Everything seems to be going according to the schedule until a visitor from the past appears on stage. Unable to see the stage, Nina has to rely on her ears to understand what is actually happening inside the harrowing play.

Death in Paradise

by Helen Aleksandrova
Helena Aleksandrova (b.1992) is a Helsinki-based video artist and filmmaker from St.Petersburg, Russia. Helena got her double Bachelor degree in St.Petersburg State University and Bard College, where she majored in Film and Video. She then proceeded to follow her art career and received a Master's degree in Aalto University at Visual Culture and Contemporary Art program. Working a lot with moving image, she decided to give narrative cinema another chance. 'Death in Paradise' is Aleksandrova's first fiction short film, inspired by her long-lasting love for Giallo cinema filmography: Death in Paradise (2020)
Helena Aleksandrova (b.1992) is a Helsinki-based video artist and filmmaker from St.Petersburg, Russia. Helena got her double Bachelor degree in St.Petersburg State University and Bard College, where she majored in Film and Video. She then proceeded to follow her art career and received a Master's degree in Aalto University at Visual Culture and Contemporary Art program. Working a lot with moving image, she decided to give narrative cinema another chance. 'Death in Paradise' is Aleksandrova's first fiction short film, inspired by her long-lasting love for Giallo cinema filmography: Death in Paradise (2020)

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Death in Paradise / Language: English, Russian / Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Giallo / Duration: 15’00” / Director: Helena Aleksandrova / Producers: Helena Aleksandrova, Academy of Moving People & Images / Festivals: TBA / Trailer: https://vimeo.com/391683461 / Website: https://alexandrovayelena.wixsite.com/deathinparadise

Alku

by Camille Navarro

(We can use yours) A Pinay girl in her early 20s is a day away from now of the biggest tests of her life. To get through her fears and anxieties she turns to her close-knit group of friends.

(We can use yours) A Pinay girl in her early 20s is a day away from now of the biggest tests of her life. To get through her fears and anxieties she turns to her close-knit group of friends.

Alku

by Camille Navarro
Camille Navarro (b. 1997, Manila) is exploring filmmaking amidst navigating through everyday life. She enjoys the collective nature of filmmaking and believes in film as a vehicle for understanding.
Camille Navarro (b. 1997, Manila) is exploring filmmaking amidst navigating through everyday life. She enjoys the collective nature of filmmaking and believes in film as a vehicle for understanding.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Alku / Language: Finnish / Genre: Drama / Duration: 13 mins / Writer & Director: Camille Navarro / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Camille Navarro / Festivals: TBA

Dog Day

by Jelica Jerinić

A young and enthusiastic dog sitter comes to work where she discovers that the dog is dead, and the dog's owner has a list of weird requests for her.

A young and enthusiastic dog sitter comes to work where she discovers that the dog is dead, and the dog's owner has a list of weird requests for her.

Dog Day

by Jelica Jerinić
Jelica Jerinić (b.1991, Yugoslavia), currently based in Helsinki, graduated with an MA in Film and Theatre Writing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She has recently completed her studies at Academy of Moving People & Images, a newly-formed film school, based in Helsinki. Her first film, a short documentary "Girls Who Cut Their Hair Short", was screened at several international film festivals (Martovski festival, BEAST - International Film Festival, Vox Feminae, International Images film festival for Women and others). More recently, she has written and directed her first short fiction film "Dog Day".
Jelica Jerinić (b.1991, Yugoslavia), currently based in Helsinki, graduated with an MA in Film and Theatre Writing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. She has recently completed her studies at Academy of Moving People & Images, a newly-formed film school, based in Helsinki. Her first film, a short documentary "Girls Who Cut Their Hair Short", was screened at several international film festivals (Martovski festival, BEAST - International Film Festival, Vox Feminae, International Images film festival for Women and others). More recently, she has written and directed her first short fiction film "Dog Day".

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Dog Day / Language: Finnish, Serbian / Genre: Dark Comedy / Duration: 14 mins 47 secs / Writer & Director: Jelica Jerinić / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Jelica Jerinić / Festivals: TBA

Leonarda – Flesh Ain’t Weak

by Mariangela Pluchino

Leonarda, a vegan soap maker and serial killer from contemporary Helsinki. She makes soap out of the bodies of her victims. She would do anything to protect her favourite child: Giuseppe. Based on the case of Leonarda Cianciulli, a serial killer from southern Italy during the 30s. A mix between documentary-fiction-dance movie-digital-16mm analogue-among other frolicsomeness.

Leonarda, a vegan soap maker and serial killer from contemporary Helsinki. She makes soap out of the bodies of her victims. She would do anything to protect her favourite child: Giuseppe. Based on the case of Leonarda Cianciulli, a serial killer from southern Italy during the 30s. A mix between documentary-fiction-dance movie-digital-16mm analogue-among other frolicsomeness.

Leonarda – Flesh Ain’t Weak

by Mariangela Pluchino
Mariangela Pluchino is an Italo-Costa Rica-Venezuelan filmmaker based in Helsinki. She has graduated in Psychology and holds a Master Degree in documentary filmmaking. She pursues filmmaking while questioning the practice of social sciences for the purpose of establishing dialogues with other disciplines.
Mariangela Pluchino is an Italo-Costa Rica-Venezuelan filmmaker based in Helsinki. She has graduated in Psychology and holds a Master Degree in documentary filmmaking. She pursues filmmaking while questioning the practice of social sciences for the purpose of establishing dialogues with other disciplines.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Leonarda - Flesh Ain't Weak / Language: Finnish / Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Analogue-Digital, Dance Movie, Nordic Noir / Duration: 17 mins / Writer & Director: Mariangela Pluchino / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Mariangela Pluchino / Festivals: TBA

Alonely

by Fiona Musanga

A father has lost his child. The film takes place in the present-day intercut with memories and dreams of the incident. One morning while cleaning up in the kitchen of his home, he is taken back to that moment. He does not know how his child went missing and that has haunted him for long. The memory follows the day when he went on a journey to find his child. After a long search, he sees an object peeking in the distance. He approaches it and finds that it is his child's boot. He understands now that the worst has probably happened. Then we return to his present day, cleaning up in the kitchen remembering the day he lost his child.

A father has lost his child. The film takes place in the present-day intercut with memories and dreams of the incident. One morning while cleaning up in the kitchen of his home, he is taken back to that moment. He does not know how his child went missing and that has haunted him for long. The memory follows the day when he went on a journey to find his child. After a long search, he sees an object peeking in the distance. He approaches it and finds that it is his child's boot. He understands now that the worst has probably happened. Then we return to his present day, cleaning up in the kitchen remembering the day he lost his child.

Alonely

by Fiona Musanga
Fiona Musanga (b.1996, Nairobi) is a Rwandese visual artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Turku Classical Upper Secondary School with a diploma in acting, later moving on to study filmmaking at the Academy of Moving People & Images, an independent film school based in Helsinki. She is a student of film and art history, a dancer, writer, director and creator.
Fiona Musanga (b.1996, Nairobi) is a Rwandese visual artist currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Turku Classical Upper Secondary School with a diploma in acting, later moving on to study filmmaking at the Academy of Moving People & Images, an independent film school based in Helsinki. She is a student of film and art history, a dancer, writer, director and creator.

Year: 2020 / Original Title:Alonely / Language: English / Genre: Drama / Duration: 8 mins / Writer & Director: Fiona Musanga / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Fiona Musanga / Festivals: TBA

Paper Promises

by Uzair Amjad

A Pakistani student in Helsinki studying game design starts working as a paperboy at night due to a financial situation. Over the course of his work, he develops deeper associations with the doors that he delivers papers to.

A Pakistani student in Helsinki studying game design starts working as a paperboy at night due to a financial situation. Over the course of his work, he develops deeper associations with the doors that he delivers papers to.

Paper Promises

by Uzair Amjad
Uzair Amjad (b.1989) is a Filmmaker and a Visual Artist from Lahore, Pakistan currently based in Helsinki. He has completed a Masters Degree in Visual Culture, Curating and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University (Helsinki) parallel to intensive training in Film making at Academy of Moving People and Images (Helsinki). Amjad was originally trained as an image-maker whose practice borrowed greatly from the symbolic and performative aspects of storytelling. Storytelling was vital in preserving and understanding the memory of his changing locations as he moved between 30 different houses during his formative years.

Fimography: Paper Promises (2020)
Uzair Amjad (b.1989) is a Filmmaker and a Visual Artist from Lahore, Pakistan currently based in Helsinki. He has completed a Masters Degree in Visual Culture, Curating and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University (Helsinki) parallel to intensive training in Film making at Academy of Moving People and Images (Helsinki). Amjad was originally trained as an image-maker whose practice borrowed greatly from the symbolic and performative aspects of storytelling. Storytelling was vital in preserving and understanding the memory of his changing locations as he moved between 30 different houses during his formative years.

Fimography: Paper Promises (2020)

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Paper Promises / Language: English, Urdu / Genre: Comedy, Drama / Duration: 14mins 51 secs / Writer & Director: Uzair Amjad / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Uzair Amjad / Festivals: TBA

About That

by Taisya Ulyanova

Ann, a closeted queer girl dating the most out-and-proud bisexual of her high school, Collins, worries that her keeping their relationship a secret is putting a strain on it.

Ann, a closeted queer girl dating the most out-and-proud bisexual of her high school, Collins, worries that her keeping their relationship a secret is putting a strain on it.

About That

by Taisya Ulyanova
Taisya Ulyanova (b.2002, in Moscow, Russia) is a digital artist with a love for storytelling. She moved to Helsinki from Russia in 2016, and in 2019 took a gap year between comprehensive school and high school to study filmmaking. Queer characters and queer themes are inherent to all of her works in progress.
Taisya Ulyanova (b.2002, in Moscow, Russia) is a digital artist with a love for storytelling. She moved to Helsinki from Russia in 2016, and in 2019 took a gap year between comprehensive school and high school to study filmmaking. Queer characters and queer themes are inherent to all of her works in progress.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: About That / Language: English/ Genre: Romance / Duration: 11mins / Writer & Director: Taisya Ulyanova / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Taisya Ulyanova / Festivals: TBA

Leftovers

by Shahi Derky

Cana, a young Syrian woman wants to buy a fridge in Helsinki as a part of her settling-down process. To deliver the fridge home, she rides in a van with Ville and Rony where their three worlds intersect on themes of coldness, home and exile. Until they arrive, with the fridge, to Cana's own leftovers.

Cana, a young Syrian woman wants to buy a fridge in Helsinki as a part of her settling-down process. To deliver the fridge home, she rides in a van with Ville and Rony where their three worlds intersect on themes of coldness, home and exile. Until they arrive, with the fridge, to Cana's own leftovers.

Leftovers

by Shahi Derky
Shahi Derky (1997 Damascus, Syria), currently based in France, has left Syria to live in Iraqi Kurdistan, then Turkey. Graduating with a BA in Linguistics, Literature and English studies from the University of Lyon II, she then created her first short film Leftovers under the program of Academy of Moving People and Images. At the moment she is pursuing an MA in Critical Theory and Literature-to-Film Adaptation with a passion of mixing humane experiences, languages and memory within the moving, and still-image.
Shahi Derky (1997 Damascus, Syria), currently based in France, has left Syria to live in Iraqi Kurdistan, then Turkey. Graduating with a BA in Linguistics, Literature and English studies from the University of Lyon II, she then created her first short film Leftovers under the program of Academy of Moving People and Images. At the moment she is pursuing an MA in Critical Theory and Literature-to-Film Adaptation with a passion of mixing humane experiences, languages and memory within the moving, and still-image.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Leftovers / Genre: Drama / Duration: 11 mins 49 secs / Writer & Director: Shahi Derky / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Shahi Derky / Festivals: TBA

Fog

by Aishe Vejdani

A Turkmen woman finds herself wrestling between an unsettling nightmare she had and the reality where she is spending a weekend with her Finn husband in a lake cottage. Reality and nightmare get merged into each other to the point it is impossible to separate the two from each other. They become one.

A Turkmen woman finds herself wrestling between an unsettling nightmare she had and the reality where she is spending a weekend with her Finn husband in a lake cottage. Reality and nightmare get merged into each other to the point it is impossible to separate the two from each other. They become one.

Fog

by Aishe Vejdani
Aishe Vejdani, an Iranian Turkmen (b.1986), is an interdisciplinary artist. She graduated with an MA in painting and a BA in English literature from Iran. In her artwork she deploys her familial history and experience as an object for her inquiry about the female experience. She tries to mobilise the silence and suppression of female experience by building rhythm in repeated images of laughter. She is interested in merging, fusion, repetition and affiliation as a structure in her work and identity.
Aishe Vejdani, an Iranian Turkmen (b.1986), is an interdisciplinary artist. She graduated with an MA in painting and a BA in English literature from Iran. In her artwork she deploys her familial history and experience as an object for her inquiry about the female experience. She tries to mobilise the silence and suppression of female experience by building rhythm in repeated images of laughter. She is interested in merging, fusion, repetition and affiliation as a structure in her work and identity.

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Fog / Language: English / Genre: psychological drama / Duration: 9 mins 13secs / Writer & Director: Aishe Vejdani / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Aishe Vejdani / Festivals: TBA

Remains

by Roxana Sadvokassova

Arman returns home for his mother's funeral, only to discover his sister Kamilla has just cremated their mom thus taking his last chance to say a proper goodbye. Going along with Kamilla's new plan while barely getting along with her proves to be a challenge.

Arman returns home for his mother's funeral, only to discover his sister Kamilla has just cremated their mom thus taking his last chance to say a proper goodbye. Going along with Kamilla's new plan while barely getting along with her proves to be a challenge.

Remains

by Roxana Sadvokassova
Roxana Sadvokassova (b. 1992, Kazakhstan), based in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to "mom i'm an artist" realization graduated as an honors student of international law, dropped out of one master's degree and got expelled from another master's. Considers herself an artistic amoeba, whose cell core is to create through organic expansion into various forms suitable for what needs to exist. Roxana's current primary focus is filmmaking, she also works with writing, sculpture, photography and stand up. Completed her film studies in Academy of Moving People and Images, a unique platform for mobile filmmakers in Helsinki. More recently directed a short comedic drama "Remains".
Roxana Sadvokassova (b. 1992, Kazakhstan), based in Helsinki, Finland. Prior to "mom i'm an artist" realization graduated as an honors student of international law, dropped out of one master's degree and got expelled from another master's. Considers herself an artistic amoeba, whose cell core is to create through organic expansion into various forms suitable for what needs to exist. Roxana's current primary focus is filmmaking, she also works with writing, sculpture, photography and stand up. Completed her film studies in Academy of Moving People and Images, a unique platform for mobile filmmakers in Helsinki. More recently directed a short comedic drama "Remains".

Year: 2020 / Original Title: Remains / Language: Finnish, Russian / Genre: Comedic Drama / Duration: 12 mins 12 secs / Writer & Director: Roxana Sadvokassova / Producers: Academy of Moving People and Images, Roxana Sadvokassova / Festivals: TBA