Celebrating women in film, Sea Change is a film festival organised by Screen Argyll on the island of Tiree in the Hebrides. This year the festival is running a special track to honour the life and work of Tove Jansson with a series of Finnish films and a number of Finnish industry speakers. You can see the whole programme on the festival’s website.
As part of the Institute’s Tove Jansson thematic programme and with support from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, this year’s Sea Change festival features a number of Tove Jansson -themed content. They will be screening the biopic Tove, remotely introduced by Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson, and followed by an in-person Q&A with screenwriter Eeva Putro. There will also be a rare screening of Travel’s With Tove, consisting of Tuulikki Pietilä and Tove Jansson’s collaborative “home-movies”, documenting their round-the-world trip in 1971–1972. This screening is accompanied by an introduction and Q&A with the director Kanerva Cederström. There will also be a Moomin themed outdoor trail.
One of the 15 films to be screened is Minna Dufton‘s documentary Big vs Small – a modern-day fairytale stretching from monster waves in Portugal to the dark stillness of a far-north, frozen Finnish lake. The festival programme also consists of other activities and workshops. Minttu Mäntynen will be leading two filmmaking workshops, Eeva Putro is running a class on screenwriting, and more.
Before the public film festival, Sea Change Development Lab will return for its 2022 edition from Wednesday to Friday. This development lab by Screen Argyll brings together experienced practitioners and industry experts to inspire participants to explore new ways of working, promote discussion, and facilitate learning around the challenges and barriers facing women in the screen industries in the UK and beyond. During the lab, participants will explore new ideas and solutions to developing new audiences for film and gain ideas and insights as to how to enable positive change within our industry and our own working environments to create welcoming, inclusive and accessible spaces. From women to women, the lab’s participants are mentored by previous lab attendees and have the opportunity to learn from successful women in the film industry both in the UK and abroad. One of this year’s speakers is Milja Mikkola from the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland.
Sea Change Film Festival, island of Tiree, Hebrides, UK. Read more here.