• animation ,
  • LGBTIQ+ ,
  • Documentary films, under 30min
Expected 2022 | 13 min

Blush – An Extraordinary Voyage


For 18-year-old Finnish–Kosovan Fatush, a simple visit to the grocery store feels as nerve-racking as a lunar expedition: for the first time in his life, he’s wearing makeup in public. Luckily his best friend Rai, a young woman on the spectrum of autism, is there to ferociously support him through the voyage.

DIRECTOR: Iiti Yli-Harja
SCRIPT: Iiti Yli-Harja
PRODUCTION DESIGNERS: Pekka Härkönen, Iiti Yli-Harja, Alli Sillanpää
EDITING: Otto Heikola
SOUND DESIGNER: Ville-Matti Koskiniemi
MUSIC: Iiti Yli-Harja, Ville-Matti Koskiniemi
PRODUCERS: Valtteri Munkki, Mikko Heino


Iiti Yli-Harja

Iiti Yli-Harja (b. 1987) is a stop-motion animation artist, a documentarist and a musician. She graduated from Aalto University as Master of Arts in 2021. Her films combine documentary material with fictional elements of stop-motion animation. She often explores and celebrates human imperfection in her films: what is good enough? Her documentary puppet animation Real Men (2020) was awarded as the best short film at Helsinki International Film Festival in 2020.

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Otto Suuronen

Advisor / International Promotion and Cultural Export of Short Films

• festival distribution strategy for short films and short documentary films
• travel support and material support for international promotion: short films and short documentary films
• monthly short film screenings at Kino K13
• curating short film programmes

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