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Still lives

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Still lives is Elli Vuorinen’s experimental stop motion animation.

Still Lives is an experimental stop motion animation starring traditional figurines from folk art from various times and places. Accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of modern life, the characters explore the theme of busy stillness from different points of view in seven separate scenes.

Director Elli Vuorinen:

Today, people are constantly busy. At the same time, we have never been as still: sitting down while working, while travelling, even when exercising at the gym. This contrast is the basic concept of Still Lives. I wanted to create a film with characters that stay quite still even while being mentally tossed around by the modern world.


Still lives

Scriptwriter, Director, Visual designer & Animator: Elli Vuorinen​
Music, Sound Design & Post Production: Jani Lehto​
Voice Actors: Yukako Sakai, Dante Mutashar, David Aubin, Xavier​
Richerd, Coralie Nguyen Phuc, Wilson Nuckols, Sirkka Lukka
Line producers: Vilhelmiina Saine, Inari Halme
Producer: Terhi Väänänen, Pyjama Films​ Ltd

Duration: 6 min
Language: Japanese, Arabic, German, French, English and Finnish​
World Premiere: 24th March 2019, Cine Court Anime Roanne Animation Short Film Festival 2019, France

Commissioner: Yle Finnish Broadcasting Company
Funders: YLE, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Taike


Official Selections

  • 3D Wire 2019, Spain
  • Amarcort Film Festival 2019, Italy
  • Anilogue International Animation Festival 2019, Hungary
  • ANIMAGE International Animation Festival of Pernambuco 2019, Brazil
  • ANIMATEKA 2019, Slovenia
  • Animation Block Party 2019, USA
  • BF Artist Film Festival 2019, United Kingdom
  • Bolton Film Festival 2019, Iso-Britannia
  • Bronx World Film Festival 2020, USA
  • Cairo Video Festival 2019, Egypt
  • Cinanima Festival 2019, Portugal
  • Cine Court Anime Roanne Animation Short Film Festival 2019, France
  • Crossing the Screen – Eastbourne International Film Festival 2019, United Kingdom
  • Craft International Animation Festival 2019, Indonesia
  • Dias de Animacíon en La Habana III 2019, Cuba
  • DokumentART 2019, German
  • Dot dot dot Open Air Short Film Festival 2019, Austria
  • ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival 2019, France
  • Fantoche International Festival of Animation Film 2019, Switzerland
  • Fest Anca 2019, Slovakia
  • Festival des Instants Vidéo 2019, France
  • Festival Norpas 2019, Finland
  • Filmfest Dresden 2019, German
  • Finno-Ugric Film Festival 2019, Estonia
  • Flatpack Festival 2019, United Kingdom
  • Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2019, Norway
  • Grafixx 2019, Belgium
  • International Animated Movies Festival Animocje 2019, Poland
  • Ismailia International Film Festival 2019, Egypt
  • KABOOM Animation Festival 2019, Netherlands
  • Kerry Film Festival 2019, Ireland
  • Krok 2019, Russia
  • Leeds Intl Film Festival 2019, United Kingdom
  • Linea d’Ombra 2019, Italy
  • LISFE Leiden International Short Film Experience 2019, Holland
  • Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival 2019, Spain
  • Milano Film Festival 2019, Italy
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival 2020, Norway
  • New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2019, Japan
  • Nordisk Panorama 2019, Sweden
  • VIS Vienna Shorts 2019, Austria
  • Porto Femme 2019, Portugal
  • PÖFF Shorts 2019, Estonia
  • Helsinki International Film Festival 2019, Finland
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival 2019, Iceland
  • RGB Balkan Arts Festival and Short Film Breaks 2019, Romania
  • Riga IFF 2019, Latvia
  • Sedicicorco International Film Festival 2019, Italy
  • Sidewalk Film Festival 2019, USA
  • Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2019, Greece
  • Turku Animated Film Festival 2019, Finland
  • Videomedeja 2019, Serbia


  • Special Mention for Stop Motion Animation in the International Competition – Craft International Animation Festival 2019, Indonesia
  • Golden Gunnar Grand Prix – Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2019, Norway
  • Special Mention – Turku Animated Film Festival 2019, Finland