Mehiläiskesä / Summer of Bees (2021)


Fiction, 23 min, 2021, Aalto-Yliopisto & Yle
International sales by Magnetfilm

On a particularly hot summer, Eedi, suffering from eco-anxiety, decides to quit their studies and start beekeeping. Eedi gets reluctant help from their mother Anne who, rather than fearing for the future, is scared of every single little bee.

“With Summer of Bees, I wanted to explore the impact of climate change and eco-anxiety in parent-child relationships. I was inspired by the various experiences I have while keeping bees with my own mother.”
– director Ida-Maria Olva

Cast / Heli Hyttinen, Irina Pulkka, Jarmo Perälä, Miia Selin, Ilkka A. Jokinen

Director / Ida-Maria Olva
Screenwriter / Marjo Airisniemi
Production / Nora Kuusisto & Anniina Leppänen
Cinematography / Heini Mäntylä
Editing / Antti Tuomikoski
Sound design / Samuli Ala-Lahti
Production design / Tinja Salmi
Costume design / Sonja Lehtinen
Make-up design / Nani Auvinen
Composer / Emil Sana


Student Award, Tampere Film Festival 2022
Special Mention, Sustainability Award Verso, Tampere Film Festival 2022
Tampere Nominee for the European Short Film Audience Award ESFAA 2022

Festival screenings:

2021 Raindance Film Festival, UK
2021 Brest Film Festival, European Competition, France
2021 PÖFF Tallin Film Festival, New Talents Competition, Estonia
2021 Kettupäivät, Finland
2022 London Short Film Festival, New shorts – Anthropocene’s Deities UK
2022 Santa Barbara International Film Festival – US Premiere
2022 Tampere Film Festival, National Competition, Finland
2022 MUSIC & CINEMA MARSEILLE – Festival International du Film à Marseille, Short film competition, France
2022 FAMA Art and Enviromental Film Festival, Best of Raindance, Mexicofilma
2022 Ulju Mountain Film Festival, Korea
2022 International Wildlife Film Festival, USA
2022 Cinemagic “On the Pulse” Short Film Festival, Competition, Ireland 
2022 Brussels Short Film Festiva, ESFAA-competition, Belgium
2022 Short Waves Festival, ESFAA-competition, Poland 
2022 BAFTA Student Awards, shortlisted for 2022 competition (best student fiction)