Winning short films of the My Kallio competition screening at Villa Hakasalmi until 3 July
In May 2022, Helsinki City Museum and the Uneton48 festival organised the open ’My Kallio’ short film competition, which challenged competitors to comment on Villa Hakasalmi’s ’Streets of Crime and Love’ exhibition by filming their own stories of Helsinki north of Pitkäsilta Bridge. The winning films will be screened at Villa Hakasalmi until 3 July.
The ’My Kallio’ competition was open to everyone, and competitors were free to choose the style and content of their films – within the boundaries of good taste, of course. The only condition was that the films had to depict Helsinki north of Pitkäsilta Bridge. A total of ten entries, approximately five minutes in length each, were submitted. The jury consisting of film researchers Minna Santakari and Sari Katainen and dramaturge Emil Uuttu were delighted by the overall quality of the entries. The films offer a colourful and multi-faceted look at contemporary Kallio, which is depicted in a loving and often humorous manner.
The entry chosen as the winner was Askel Company’s stylish, fast-paced and funny film Sytkäri (Lighter), in which a lighter dropped on the street puts different people and destinies on a collision course with each other. Coming in second was Dens & Sons’ sympathetic, deep-below-the-surface Yhdet vielä! (One More!), in which the gap between generations is closed one beer at a time. Coming in third was Vaurio Films’ true-to-life Pyykinpesukone (Washing Machine), in which gender roles are flipped upside own in an insightful and humorous manner.
For a shared fourth place, the jury selected three works that open up new perspectives on the residents and life of Helsinki north of Pitkäsilta Bridge. Anchael & Keppler’s harmonious and fluent Anne is an ironic commentary on the relationship between the clichés of hipstery Kallio and reality. CTRL Ö’s seemingly autobiographical Kuiskeita Kalliosta (Whispers from Kallio) introduces viewers to an eccentric protagonist and their peculiar musical instruments and drinking buddies. Sigfrids’s documentary Nappulat (Buttons) depicts the familiar landscapes of Kallio through the eyes of a mountain biker.
The jury’s favourite movies will be incorporated into the Streets of Crime and Love exhibition, earning a place alongside other classic films that take place in Kallio. The winning films, for which the competitors were awarded Rajala Pro Shop gift cards and Museum Cards, were announced on Helsinki Day, 12 June 2022, at Villa Hakalsalmi, where they will also be screened as a nonstop show during the museum’s opening hours until Sunday 3 July 2022.
All of the competition entries can also be viewed at www.uneton48.com.