Miia Tervo

WOMARTS

Meet the Masters
Wom@rts  Masterclass  with film director Miia Tervo

Organiser: Wift Finland in the frame of Tampere Film Festival 2020

At the Auditorium at Työväenmuseo Werstas
7 March 2020, from 16.00 to 17.30

Director and Wom@rts Ambassador Miia Tervo hosted a Wom@rts Masterclass in which she shared her path as a filmmaker and talked about her passion and inspiration for filmmaking. Tervo wants to use her voice freely and share many different stories by and about women to reach a better understanding and point of reference. In her own work Tervo wants to increase gender equality and diversity and bring more women in front and behind the camera.

Miia’s motivation for being Womarts Ambassador:

The world needs human stories. Most films are still about and told by men. The world also needs stories about and told by women. Since childhood us women have learnt to watch male stories, to identify with men. When stories about and by women become more and more, also men get a chance to identify with women and the female perspective. Especially young women and girls get to identify with more women-centric stories in cinema. This will help increase understanding, equality and overall respect towards women.

The internationally awarded director Miia Tervo was born and grew up in the Finnish Lapland. Her short films The Seal (2006), The Little Snow Animal (2009), Santra and the Talking Trees (2013) as well as Clumsy Little Acts of Tenderness (2015) circulated around the world at festivals such as IDFA. The Little Snow Animal was also nominated for the European Film Award, among other prices. Tervo‘s debut fiction feature film Aurora (2019) has been a critical success. It premiered as an opening film at Gothenburg Film Festival in January 2019 and is currently touring internationally. Aurora was also nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2019.

After the Masterclass there was  a Miia Tervo’s retrospective short film screening which started at 18 on Saturday 7 March in cinema Finnkino Plevna 4. After the screening, there was a Q&A with the director.
At the festival there was also a screening of Force of Habit Anthology Series, in which one of the shortfilms is directed by Miia Tervo. This screening was on Friday 6 March.