Forêt Shell by Tuomo Kangasmaa and Theme Park by Risto-Pekka Blom selected for International Competition at Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Oct 19 – 25
The experimental short films Forêt Shell (2015) by Tuomo Kangasmaa (b. 1965) and Theme Park (2015) by Risto-Pekka Blom (b. 1970) have been selected for the International Competition at Uppsala International Short Film Festival.
The 34th edition of the festival takes place in Uppsala, Sweden, between October 19 and 25, 2015.
Forêt Shell presents an urban story and its setting in Northern Finland. There used to be a service station along a highway outside a small town, a popular stopping place for travellers and meeting place for the youth in the 1960s-80s. Local people called it “Forest Shell” (Forêt Shell in French). The examination of the urban story and personal memories from the service station of the past as well as historical facts blend into a narrative and myth on the video.
Fôret Shell will also be screened at the 28th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, organised in Marseille, France between November 6 and 29, 2015.
Theme Park is a video about an air-filled balloon figure at the shopping centre. Blom’s film won the Main Prize at Tampere Film Festival in March 2015.
Tuomo Kangasmaa lives and works in Oulu, Finland. Kangasmaa graduated from Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts in 2012, and he studied in Hoogeschool voor de kunsten in Amsterdam in 1989–92. Kangasmaa has combined video and sound in his dance, performance art and theatre performances. In recent years he has created video works and installations that concentrate on traditional cinematic expression and aim to connect performance and documentary material. He has participated in exhibitions and festivals in Finland and internationally, including the Baltic Biennale, St. Petersburg (2012), European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck, Germany (2007) and Exis Festival in Seoul, South-Korea (2006).
Risto-Pekka Blom graduated from technical education but never felt motivated to pursue a career as technician. For a few years he was looking for his purpose in life, until in the age of 27 he started a short course of Audiovisual Media and Expression, after which he has studied graduated from Tampere Polytechnic School of Art and Media in 2005. Since then Blom’s video art and experimental short films have been exhibited in festivals and events in over twenty countries.
34th Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Uppsala, Sweden, 19 – 25 October 2015.
28th Festival Les Instants Vidéo in Marseille, France, November 6 – 29, 2015.