Students’ short film from Tampere attracts international audiences


About the Birds and the Bees (Kukista ja Mehiläisistä), a short film by the Film and Television degree programme students at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), is gaining international fame.

Starring in the film are Juha Uutela and two Theatre Arts students from the University of Tampere, Mikko Kauppila and Saana Koivisto.

About the Birds and the Bees was chosen as the world’s 8th best student fiction in the CILECT competition. This ranking makes TAMK the best Nordic film school. A total of 115 schools from 52 countries took part in the fiction category this year.

The film, written and directed by J.J. Vanhanen, also won a joint first prize together with an Estonian animation in the Baltic Herring Short Film Competition at the Blue Sea Film Festival in Rauma, Finland. At the Plymouth Film Festival in England, the film won the Audience Choice Award in the international category.

About the Birds and the Bees was also screened in the competition category at the world’s biggest student film festival in Tel Aviv, Israel. The film was awarded with an honourable mention by Tampere Film Festival’s youth jury in the national competition, and similarly received a special mention from the jury at the 20minmax short film festival in Germany. At the Concorto Film Festival in Italy, the film won the Audience Choice Award and was given a special mention by the jury. So far, About the Birds and the Bees has been accepted to 18 film festivals in 12 countries, while the festival tour is still ongoing.

The film is about the relationship between a father and his son, and about how difficult it is to talk. The short film’s crew consisted almost solely of students at TAMK. It was produced by Jasmine Pajari.