HELSINKI — The 32nd Tampere short film festival wrapped on Sunday night with Brit filmmaker Phil Mulloy taking the Grand Prix for his animated film “Invasion.”
Mulloy, known for his dark, sometimes morbid sense of humor, nabbed the Grand Prix with a film that the jury, headed by U.S. documentarist Jay Rosenblatt called “brilliantly subversive satire, prescient and viscerally emotional.”
The documentary film kudos was awarded to German Anke Limprecht’s “Educational Files About State Security Files.”
The local film honors went to Christian Lindblad’s clever clay animation, “The Last Supper,” about an unemployed man doing a monologue in his flat.
The coveted Finnish film prize, the Risto Jarva award, went to Janne Kuusi’s fiction film “Turon Baari,” a Mike Leigh-inspired actors’ piece.
The six-day fest arranged special screenings on Indonesian and Oz films and a tribute to Orson Welles. The helmer’s long-time collaborator, lenser Gary Graver visited the fest to reminisce about Welles.
Some 23 awards or special mentions were handed out, of those seven went to animations.