Tampere Film Festival


Tampere Film Festival evolved from Tampere Short Film Days, a cinema event held in Tampere around the end of February 1969. The man behind the idea for the event was a local film aficionado Ilkka Kalliomäki.

The Short Film Days turned out to be a success and encouraged the organisers to carry on. The first Tampere International Short Film Festival took place the following year, 1970, with the kind support of the Ministry of Education, the Finnish Film Foundation and the City of Tampere. In 2010 Tampere Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Tampere Film Festival is the oldest short film festival in the Nordic countries. Its main focus since the 1970s has been to organise national and international short film competitions as well as to provide an international meeting place for film professionals and enthusiasts. Film market, started in 1992, has become an important viewing place for professionals and today it includes over 3000 films. The festival also aims to promote short films sales and international co-operation in the field of culture, as well as to cherish the tradition of a locally significant cultural event.

Internationally, Tampere Film Festival has been held in esteem since the very beginning. Later, appreciation for the festival grew in Finland as well. Tampere Film Festival promotes young, up-and-coming filmmakers and also attracts a large young audience. The festival has always striven to remain ideologically neutral and open, and its sole commitment is to showcase high standard cinema, regardless of the social system it represents.

In the early years, the number of films screened at Tampere Film Festival exceeded a hundred. By the mid-1990s, the number of screenings had reached and surpassed the hundred mark, while the number of films hovered around 500. Since the start of 2000 the number of screenings has been a stable 120. Both national and international competitions have increased their success. In 2009 over 3000 films were submitted to the competitions.

All the preview copies are automatically entered in the Film Market and made available for individual viewing for accredited professionals only.


The organizers will nominate an International Jury of five members. The following prizes will be given to the film directors:

  • Grand Prix: Festival trophy «Kiss» & €5000 for the best film in competition
  • Three Category Prizes (fiction, animation, documentary): Festival trophy «Kiss» & €1500 each
  • EFA Tampere nomination according to the regulations set by the European Film Academy
  • Diplomas of Merit
  • Audience award


  • All genres, maximum length 30 minutes.
  • Films must have been completed January 1st, 2022 or later.
  • Films that have been shown or awarded at other international film festivals are eligible.

Screening formats: DCP | Digital file (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264).

Audio language: original
Subtitles language: English

Films selected to the Competition will automatically enter into Tampere Film Festival’s online Film Library which is available for accredited professionals only.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Jukka-Pekka Laakso — Festival Director
  • Juhani Alanen — Executive Director




Official Website




Tampere Film Festival ry
Tullikamarin aukio 2, 
33100 Tampere,

Phone: +358 3 223 5681


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 03, 2023
  • Earlybird Deadline
    August 31, 2023
  • Regular deadline
    September 30, 2023
  • Final deadline
    November 01, 2023
  • Notifications
    January 31, 2024
  • Event Dates
    6 — 10 March 2024
Categories & Fees

Eligible are all films of all genres not exceeding length of 30 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $11
  • Regular deadline — $13
  • Final deadline — $15

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