Mika Taanila’s Patent Nr. 314805 (2020) and Maija Blåfield’s The Fantastic (2020) were accepted into the International Competition at Uppsala Short Film Festival. Uppsala SFF is held from October 19 – 25 in Uppsala, Sweden.
Patent No. 314805 is part of the Present Imperfect programme, screened on Friday, October 23 at 12:00. Finnish engineer Eric Tigerstedt solved the dilemma of sound-on-film already before World War I. Patent Nr. 314805 is an experimental short film, in which all images and sounds are produced from the surviving test materials originally created in 1914. In addition to Uppsala Short Film Festival, Patent No. 314805 is also touring in Germany: In mid-October, it was screened at Underdox Film Festival in Munich and B3 Biennial of Moving Image in Frankfurt.
Mika Taanila is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events.
The Fantastic is part of the Take Me to the Other Side programme, screened on Saturday, 24 October at 12:00. The Fantastic is a film about encountering the unknown and the relationship between imagination and reality. The film is built on interviews with exiled North Koreans, who describe what they imagined the outside world to be like, based on their experiences of watching smuggled western fiction films. The Fantastic is also screened at International Documentary Encounter, held in Bogota, Colombia.
Maija Blåfield is an artist and an experimental documentary filmmaker from Helsinki, Finland. Her works often combine documentary and fiction in some way, exploring the fantastic side of our everyday life and digging up the stories from its events. Her works have been screened in international and national festivals, television, art museums and exhibitions.
Uppsala Short Film Festival, October 19 – 25 2020, Sweden
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