• Documentary films, under 30min
2024 | 15 min




Middle-aged priest Late Mäntylä has realized that having a beard allows them to reflect their inner self more authentically through their outward appearance. Makeup artist Kata Launonen has offered to show Late how to create one. The afternoon spent in the beauty salon represents the culmination of Late’s life-long journey of becoming themself.

DIRECTORS: Kristiina Karsten, Otso Reunanen, Silja Salmi
SCRIPTWRITERS: Kristiina Karsten, Otso Reunanen, Silja Salmi
SOUND: Jyri Pirinen
EDITING: Kristiina Karsten
MUSIC: Jyri Pirinen
PRODUCERS: Silja Salmi, Otso Reunanen


Kristiina Karsten, Otso Reunanen & Silja Salmi

Kristiina Karsten (b. 1982), Otso Reunanen (b. 1980) and Silja Salmi (b. 1977) have been making short commissioned documentaries and educational videos together for over a decade. They co-direct, -write and -create everything they do, with Karsten specializing in editing, Reunanen in cinematography and Salmi in both production and in-depth interviews. They share a desire to make heartfelt and genuine films and bring significant, often personal matters to broader discussions. Karsten and Reunanen have BA in Film Art (Turku UAS' Arts Academy, Finland). Both of them have years of experience in various film and video art projects. Salmi has an MA on Psychology (University of Helsinki, Finland). Beard is their debut film as independent filmmakers.

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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, project and material and marketing support for short films and short documentary films
• monthly short film screenings at Kino K13
• curating short film programmes

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