Johannes Östergård nominated for Student Academy Award

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Finnish filmmaker Johannes Östergård named as finalist in the 43rd Student Academy Awards

Rising Finnish talent Johannes Östergård has been named one of three finalists in the category of Foreign Documentary at the Student Academy Awards. The documentary film Tarfala is his graduating film from the University of Television and Film Munich. From a total of 1,749 submissions sent in from all over the world, 39 films in seven categories were shortlisted as finalists. The awards ceremony will be held on the 22nd September in Los Angeles.

Tarfala tells the story of an old caretaker at a lonely hiking hut, far north above the Arctic Circle, proximate to Sweden's highest peak, Kebnekaise. Recoiling into the isolation of the cold arctic winter storms, away from obligations and everyday routines, the film’s main character is set on finding peace of mind and coming to terms with the life he has lived.

Östergård, currently based in Helsinki, works as a freelance director and cinematographer. “I really hoped Tarfala would find its world audience, but this is more than I could have ever hoped for. Being nominated is in itself an achievement and a great recognition – I’m honored.”

All Student Academy Award winning films automatically qualify to be submitted for the upcoming Oscar race in 2017. Audiovisual Finland wishes the best of luck to Johannes!

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