Strangers in the Dark

Strangers in the dark is an experimental film of how light pollution makes glow-worm's love life a living hell. Combining different techniques from animation to archive material the film follows glow-worm's attempts to find a partner in an environment that is no longer dark at night. The story about light and darkness moves from the scale of planetary to microscopic, from the calmness of nature to a hectic city and from artificial light to the green shimmer of glow-worm's behind.


Original name Pimeän vieraat
Original language Finnish
Subtitles English
Genre Short documentary
Production year 2023
Production country Finland
Running time 12 min 48 s


Direction Perttu Inkilä (also scriptwriter)
Jenni Pystynen (also scriptwriter)
Cinematography Perttu Inkilä
Sound recording Viktor Toikkanen
Sound design Janne Jankeri / Piippu Film Sound
Composer Timo Kaukolampi
Editing Jussi Sandhu
Graphic Tuomas Korolainen / Mene Creative
Light designer Mikko Saarelainen
Camera assistant Juho Kareoja
Grip Henri Tondi
Camera operator Sami Rehmonen
Color grading Antti Peltoranta, Toast
Online/DCP mastering Kari Mankinen, Toast
Productional consultant Jouko Aaltonen, Illume Oy
Lighting Mikko Saarelainen
Sound editing Jere-Matias Koiso-Kanttila, Piippu Film Sound
Foley artist Vili Laitinen
Mixing Meguru

Screenings and awards


  • 06.10.2023 EKOFILM IFF
  • 28.09.2023 Encounters Film Festivals
  • 24.09.2023 Filmfestival Münster
  • 16.09.2023 HIFF Love & Anarchy
  • 06.09.2023 The Black Sea film festival (Best experimental)
  • 05.09.2023 Drama International Short Film Festival
  • 31.08.2023 Festival Internacional de Curtas de São Paulo
  • 28.07.2023 Joutseno Art Summer IFF (Best short film)
  • 16.03.2023 Vera Film Festival
  • 01.02.2023 DocPoint 2023


  • Oona Saari, Illume Oy

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