Animal Bridge U-3033 (2018)
Dir: Milja Viita

"A beautiful, poetic, and even somewhat rugged story on how man harnesses nature into their needs, and represses both animals and vegetation as subordinates to human action.

The trail camera’s footage is transformed into a fairy tale by the film maker, and the artistic soundscape of the work perfectly supports two parallel realities where the living space of humans and animals are strictly confined to different islets, whether by force or voluntarily. The tranquil cyclical nature of wildlife is rhythmically paced to man-made urgency.

Thanks to the insightful shooting location, we’ll get to witness what animals are doing while we humans selfishly run on full throttle ignoring everything else than ourselves. Have we forgotten that deep down, we are still animals?"


The Finnish Film Foundation gives the Risto Jarva Award annually at the Tampere Film Festival. The award is worth 10,000 euros, and its purpose is to promote Finnish short filmmaking. The award commemorates the Finnish filmmaker Risto Jarva (1934–1977).

The winning film should bring a new kind of storytelling or fresh ideas to Finnish film. It should be original in its content or look for new ways of cinematic expression. The Finnish Film Foundation selects the three members of the Risto Jarva jury who pick the winning films from the Finnish films selected to the Tampere Film Festival.