Have you met Taffeli? The mascot of the Turku Animated Film Festival (TAFF) will be in town to celebrate international animated film from the 23rd until the 27th of August 2017.
If you follow the Aura River towards the old docks you will pass Manilla, a restored former liquor factory that holds many cultural events. This will serve as the main venue for TAFF and many of their screenings will take place here. As well as the International Competition, the Panorama selection, the Fresh from Finland collection and the Sweet Music animated videos, the festival will also offer several highlights in different locations.
Opening at B-Galleria on Tuesday the 22nd of August (a day early) from 18.00-20.00, will be the exhibition focusing on the illustrations of the Estonian version of the book ”The Wise Men of Gotham”. This exhibition is by special guest Priit Pärn, one of the most acclaimed contemporary Estonian artists and also known as a former teacher at the Turku Arts Academy’s animation department . Together with his partner in crime, Olga Pärn, Priit has compiled two screenings of animated student films– the first made by students at Turku Arts Academy when he was teaching there, and the second made by students from Eesti Kunsti Akadeemia under his and Olga’s supervision. There will also be a retrospective of films that Priit and Olga have made together.
On Thursday 24th at 8 pm TAFF proudly presents the world premiere of Malakias’ 18th short film, Zoo, as part of the Fresh From Finland screening. The animation film is a commentary on American politics: a zoo is tyrannised by the alpha male monkey Donald. A wall has been built, and a disaster follows. Malakias’ film Voodoo Rites is also part of the selection, and is about a macabre adventure on a skull island. A rerun of the Fresh From Finland screening is on Sunday the 27th at 1.30 pm.
The festival weekend starts with a screening of the work of Eino Ruutsalo, accompanied by a live score performed by Aju the Arch-Idiot. This event is free of charge and will be held at Kirjakahvila on Friday the 25th at 10 pm. Then, on Saturday the 26th at 2 pm, there will be a screening of five films by the duo Pink Twins at the Sibelius Museum. Again there will be a live score– this time performed by Pink Twins themselves, together with Laura Naukkarinen (also known as Lau Nau), Topias Tiheäsalo and a group of students from Turun Konservatorio. The group has been assembled especially for this event and will perform under the name Not a Quartet.
The full program also includes special screenings for our juniors. TAFF has four screenings of short films for young audiences of different ages. In addition, there will be a special screening of episodes from the Pikkuli series, which were made here in Turku. Rumour has it that Pikkuli is also visiting the festival in person…
Reason enough to enjoy the wonder of animated film all over the city of Turku!