Tampere Film Festival – Asian Presence 2021

We present the list of Asian films that will be screened at the Tampere Film Festival (Finland), which will take place online from March 10 – 14. Films will also be available on Festhome TV from March 10 – 21, 2021.

About the 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.

Tampere Film Festival is the oldest short film festival in the Nordic countries. Its main focus since the 1970s has been to organize 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.

International Competition

Preys by Chang-soo Kim – South Korea | 2020 – 9 minutes

The story of pigs who must eat flowers hiding their anxiety for surviving. (Tampere Film Festival)

The Cup by Mark Chua, Li Shuen Lam – Singapore | 2020 – 17 minutes

In a surreal tableau, a man with a brewing machine for a head, discontent with the bland taste of the brew from his own body, sets about to do what he can to improve its flavour. (Tampere Film Festival)

Mizaru by Sudarshan Suresh – India | 2019 – 18 minutes

In a suburb of Mumbai, India, a young couple tries to steal some private time in a very public place, when they’re paid a visit by the moral police. (Tampere Film Festival)

Unforgotten by Sujin Kim – South Korea | 2020 – 8 minutes

“It doesn’t matter if I die. I will say what I want to say.”During World War II, 4 innocent Korean girls, Haksun, Bokdong, Sunduk, and Hwasun, left their family following Japanese soldiers for different reasons. Some of them were kidnapped encountering death threats and the others were lured by false promises such as overseas job opportunity or having a chance to eat a lot of sweeties. Four girls, who were hungry and had to earn money for their family and survive, boarded a ship not knowing what would happen in their future. The girls were dragged to Japanese military unites around the world and forced to become sex slaves to meet Japanese soldiers’ sexual desires. The girls, staying in small rooms, had to endure this tragedy for years until the war ended. (Tampere Film Festival)

Step into the river by Weijia Ma – China | 2020 – 15 minutes

Lu and Wei are two young girls living in a village nestled on the banks of a river. As the one-child policy has led some families to drown baby girls, they both have a special relationship with this river, which looks like a cradle of tragic stories. (Tampere Film Festival)

A Lucid Dream by Li Yue – China | 2020 – 30 minutes

Memory eats into his dream. With the disappearance of that batch of wood which comes from the Southwest border, Li Guang, who is at the age of knowing destiny, realizes that this bizarre and motley reality is only built of the extension of memories. (Tampere Film Festival)


Tungrus by Rishi Chandna – India | 2017 – 13 minutes

In a cramped suburban apartment in Mumbai, an eccentric patriarch and his family consider killing and eating their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their normal lives. (Tampere Film Festival)


I’m not your f***ing stereotype by Hesome Chemamah – Thailand | 2019 – 29 minutes

A story of Maryam a Muslim girl from Deep Southern Thailand that she have to deal with stereotype gaze from other religion students in school so that makes her less proud of her identity. (Tampere Film Festival)

For more information about the festival and the programme please go to:

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