Hanasaari A

15 min, 35 mm, documentary, 1:1,85, dolby digital, 24 fps, 2009

Hanasaari A is a short documentary about the changing cityscape of Helsinki, and the final moments of a coal-fired power plant. The old industrial milieu is being destroyed to make space for modern housing units.

The film is a combination of animation, live action cinematography, and graphic elements. It is based on 500 000 photographs taken during the final two years of the existence of the power plant.

main credits: 
Director, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Animation: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
Music: Joonatan Portaankorva
Mixing consultant: Olli Huhtanen
Producers: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen
Production: Pohjankonna Oy

Awards and festivals:

World premiere at Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2009

Screened at:

Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2010
Huesca International Film Festival, Huesca, Spain, 2010
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden, 2010
Antarctic Short, Documentary and Animation Film Festival, The Antarctic, 2009
+ ~50 others

Awards for Hanasaari A:

Risto Jarva-prize (10 000€) at Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2009
Best Cinematography (3500€) at Tampere Film Festival, Tampre, Finland, 2009
Grand Prize, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, China, 2010
Youth Prize (1000€) at Regensburg Film Festival, Regensburg, Germany, 2010
and a variety of honorary mentions

contact / world sales:

Pohjankonna Oy
Nilsiänkatu 10-14 B
00510 Helsinki

biographies of the directors

Hannes Vartiainen (b.1980) has a background in film. Pekka Veikkolainen (b.1982) has worked in the fields of animation and illustration since 2000.

The two started their own production company in 2008 and they have so far completed four short films:
Hanasaari A (2009, documentary, 15 min, 35 mm)
The Death of an Insect (2010, animation, 7 min, 35 mm)
Gates of Life (2012, documentary, 6 min, 35 mm)
Emergency Calls (2013, documentary, 15 min, 35 mm)

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