Risto-Pekka Blom’s short film Canary (2020, in featured image) was selected for the European competition of Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, held online from April 8–25. Later in April, Blom’s earlier short film, Kudryavka – Little Ball of Fur (2013) will be screened in a Space Short Film Programme at GoEast Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, held online from April 20–26.
Every morning thousands of children go to school like canaries in a coal mine, measuring toxicity. Canary deals with the chain of harassment and the way we all are broken in our own ways.
In an expanding universe, in the cosmic noise of celebratory speeches, with an eye always blackened by a punch. Kudryavka – Little ball of fur is a piece compiled mainly of archive material, centering around the launch of Laika the dog into space in 1957. Laika’s original name was Kudryavka.
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 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. His film Theme Park (2015) has won the Main Prize at Tampere Film Festival and Helsinki Short Film Festival in 2015.
Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, April 8–25 2021, online
GoEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, April 20–26 2021, online