Finnish director Aleksi Salmenperä's short Onnenpeli 2001 (Ferry-Go-Round) about love and relationships during a Baltic cruise has won the first Jameson Short Film Award presented at this year's Tampere Film Festival which wrapped on March 10.
All fiction short films in the festival's national selection were eligible for the award which, with a cash value of 6,000 Euros, is the second largest prize for a short film in Finland. Ferry-Go-Round was identified by the competition jury as having the most potential to reach a European audience.
Commenting on the addition of the Jameson Short Film Award to Tampere's lineup, festival director Antti Vuorio declared "the award is of significant value, in particular as it encourages European filmmakers to make personal films which also appeal to an international audience".
Presented annually at eight member festivals of the European Coordination of Film Festivals, the next Jameson Short Film Award will take place at Filmfest Dresden in Germany (April 17-22).