PÖFF : 2020 : BNFF

Shorts National Competition 3

Programme
SHORTS NATIONAL COMPETITION

In 2020 the National Competition is positively overflowing with one of the largest programmes in the history of the festival. Whilst this speaks positively of an industry that is growing, developing and nurturing new talent there is also a sense of inclusivity. Yes there are films made by Estonians that are shot in Estonia. But there are also films from Estonian filmmakers made out outside the country while directors from different countries – many of which are from the BFM – are making films within Estonia.

This diversity is vital for film culture – as it is for a progressive society in general – and shows that a country with only a small point of view can allow for a wide range of viewpoints in an eclectic and entertaining mix of fiction and documentaries.

The Estonian animation films on offer balance between the seasoned and the newcomers, between caring for your loved ones and rooting for strangers. They involve an almost trademarked sense of humour but also a longing to move beyond the ordinary, and a well-defined need to simply connect.

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening071502 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 3
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Virtual hall Online
Screening085009 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 3
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Presented by

Films

Baltic Premiere

Struck by Lightning

Local title
Välguga Löödud
Original title
Välguga Löödud
Director
Romet Esko
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Raul and Romet are two film school students who one day wish to become world famous film directors. However this is not the purpose of this film. They had a really unique friend Brandon - he was a wild card. Suddenly he committed suicide. Now the brothers attempt to understand the mysterious end of their best friend, by making a movie for him.

Director
Romet Esko
Runtime

World Premiere

Take

Local title
Duubel
Original title
Duubel
Director
Oliver Remma
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Young director Timmu wants the scene shot exactly like he envisions, but it seems that nobody can understand him. His unusual measures and weirdly personal comments to the lead actor results in something that nobody expected.

Director
Oliver Remma
Runtime
Language
Estonian

World Premiere

Kevin, NO!

Local title
Kevin, EI!
Original title
Kevin, EI!
Director
Leslie Laasner
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

The brand new collective of a successful start-up company decides to celebrate its sale to a major corporation with a party on an uninhabited island. The digitalized millenials who step from their screens directly into the wilderness soon discover that coping with actual problems in life is not just a click away. After arriving on the island it becomes clear that during the frenzy of moving the company they forgot to take along the whole stash of drinks and the island lacks mobile coverage – not to mention wi-fi – and there are no electrical sockets in nature to charge their phones. The smart crowd is in danger of dying of thirst for pleasure.

Director
Leslie Laasner
Runtime
Language
Estonian

World Premiere

The Other Side of Fear

Local title
Teisel pool hirmu
Director
Ahmed Fouad Ragab
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

The film signifies the actions which incite religious violence and broaden the divide of cultural and moral beliefs in society. The film shadows two clashing perspectives both of which are searching for safety in their own communities and these perspectives blend testimonies of trauma and manifestos of power. By using poetic documentation, the director acknowledges that there are more than two sides to every story and intertwines these sentiments, embodiments and experiences into one journey to understand what is happening behind the doors of communities the other hasn’t experienced.

Director
Ahmed Fouad Ragab
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic Premiere

Daysteps

Local title
Päeva sammud
Director
Anita Kremm
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Genre
/mängufilm/

Do you know the moment your eyes twitch and the image you saw runs back and forth for a few seconds? Or when you wake up and can't move? Or when everything around you is lagging?

Director
Anita Kremm
Runtime
Language
Estonian

Baltic Premiere

The Piece of Tail in the Mouth of the Snake that Bites its Own Tail

Local title
Sabaots mao suus, kes hammustab iseend sabast
Director
Pablo M. Ballarín
Country
Estonia
Year
2019

About a trip across the cosmos.

Director
Pablo M. Ballarín
Runtime
Language
English

Wombstone

Local title
Emakivi
Original title
Emakivi
Director
Kersti Uibo
Country
Estonia
Year
2019

A child opens its eyes for the first time and asks where do I fit into this landscape. Am I a giant or a tiny insect?

Director
Kersti Uibo
Runtime