Short film contest winner is breathing clean air in Lapland

The winning movie was filmed on Sammaltunturi fell in Muonio. 14 films and 400 voters participated.

The first Finnish trail running related short movie contest collected 14 trail running films. The winner  Breath was shot in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park around the weather station of Sammaltunturi. The contest aims at encouraging people to play sports in the outdoors and to work out in the Finnish nature.

– The level of the contest was high and all films were entertaining to watch, especially for trail runners, says Teemu Hostikka, chairman of the jury. – There was no doubt about the winner. Cinematography, editing, voice and especially the manuscript of Breath were well considered and the result was at an international level, Hostikka concludes.

Creators of the winning film, Anssi Jokiranta and Anna Ruohonen describe the background of the movie:

– Research shows that the cleanest air in Europe is found in Finnish Lapland, measured in the Sammaltunturi weather station. However, the results of last 20 years show that the impact of climate change can be seen also here. The movie draws attention to the climate change from runner’s perspective.

Honorary mentions and crowd favourites

The jury recognized two films with honorary mentions. Juoksuvaellus Haltin Yli  (Running over Halti, the highest point in Finland, by Jani Mattson and Mika Viitikko) was highlighted as a pioneering trail running film in Finland. – The film has been the first contact with trail running for many trail runners who have started in the past few years. An interesting story and good editing give the film a nice rhythm and convey the feelings of runners to the audience, Hostikka says.

Trail Run (by Timo Mäkinen) got a recognition of the original idea and implementation. The film is an animation of the adventures of a pair of trail running shoes. – The movie was cleary thought-through and visually it is very different from all other submissions. Spontaneous, humorous and imaginative attitude was characterising the whole film, Hostikka sums up.

– There are many excellent films outside the honorary mentions. Especially different race reports of incredible performances are very inspiring. The jury recommends watching all the films, he concludes.

The members of the contest jury were Teemu Hostikka, managing director of NTRNZ Media, that has produced for instance Buff Trail Tour event videos, produced Joel Rahkonen from Poolboy Productions and executive producer of Yellow Film, Riku Riihilahti.

The three most voted crowd favorites were Four SeasonsBreath and Mitä polkujuoksu on (What is trail running). The winner was Four Seasons by Tomi Mäkelä and Merja Ylihärsilä.

The makers if the overall winner will receive a free entry to one of the Buff Trail Tour Finland 2017 events, Salomon backpacks and accomodation in a wilderness hut in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Other winners will receive a starting slot to the 2017 edition of Bodom Trail or Nuuksio Classic that take place in Espoo and Nuuksio National Park.

Successful contest

– We are very happy with the amount, level and variation of submissions in this premiere of the movie contest, says the primus motor of the project, Päivi Luoma.

– Some of the films were shot in trail running events, some on training trails. Couple of films utilized aerial scenes and still photos. The duration of the films varied from 1 to 13 minutes, she explains.

– The Finnish nature with its trails, rocks, lakes, and bogs was in the main role as we expected. It was also nice to see that people are running alone, together and with their dogs, Luoma finishes.

Links to all films and their short introductions are here.

You can watch films directly on this Youtube playlist.