Emergency calls / Hätäkutsu

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Being human is a fragile and fleeting opportunity to experience life and the universe around us. In the face of overwhelming darkness all we can do is to rely on and find solace in one another. This film is based on authentic emergency calls and radio traffic.

14 min

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee

DIRECTORS: Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & EDITOR: Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

SOUND DESIGN & ORIGINAL SCORE: Joonatan Portaankorva

ANIMATION: Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

MAIN CAST: Lauri Hynninen, Jonna Uhrman

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Director’s bio/filmography

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.


Emergency Calls (2013, documentary, 15 min, DCP)

Gates of Life (2012, documentary, 6 min, 35 mm)

The Death of an Insect (2010, documentary, 7 min, 35 mm)

Hanasaari A (2009, documentary, 15 min, 35 mm)

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Q&A with the director

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

Originally we thought we could do it in one year but in the end we needed two. Finding emergency phone calls that we could clear the rights to was rather difficult and time-consuming. The film is financed mainly by the Finnish Film Foundation with support also from AVEK and YLE.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

That would be a night of Charlie Chaplin.

What is your next project?

We are working on a travelling science exhibition and a film for dome cinemas that utilise 3D X-ray tomog- raphy to reveal the internal structures of the macro- scopic world that surrounds us.


4 nominations, including 2 wins:

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2013

Won Sleepwalkers Special Mention

“A gripping, emotional and visually beautiful film made up of existing recorded emergency calls.”

Tampere International Short Film Festival 2014

Won Main Prize

Finnish Short Film Under 30 Minutes

On the web

European Film Adwards


video trailer

.review on shorts.cineuropa.org/


Production & Press:

Pohjankonna Oy Hannes Vartiainen Nilsiänkatu

10-14 B 00510 Helsinki FINLAND

+358 50 3209 050






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