‘Four’ tops shorts fest

'Apinajuttu' takes home Risto Jarva prize

TAMPERE, Finland — The 30th edition of the Tampere short film festival (March 8-12) gave top honors to Canadian documaker Ian Toews for his six-minute effort “Four Corners.”

Young Finnish filmmaker Maarit Lalli made a breakthrough with her short fiction film “Kovat Miehet” (A Stone Left Unturned) which won several prizes in both the national and international competition.

Esa Illi took home the Risto Jarva prize for her film “Apinajuttu” (Monkey Business).

The five-day fest screened 358 films from 25 countries. Special screenings were devoted to the latest Irish and South African films.

Tribute screenings honored Fyodor Khitruk, the Russian animator whose version of “Winnie the Pooh” is widely admired, and Felix the Cat, the hero of silent cartoons from the 1920s whose image still endures.

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