Shorts New Talents Competition: Animation


New Talents Competition: Animation 1

New Talents võistlusprogramm: anima 1
New Talents võistlusprogramm: anima 1


Do you remember the fun, old times of making up monsters? When winning a silly game was so important that time did not exist, and visits to grandpa seemed like they would never end? When we’re young, everything seems eternal. But sometimes we need to deal with a loss – the loss of someone close, the loss of inner happiness, the loss of faith and eventually the loss of youth. That’s when the world of adulthood seeps in. Its emotional challenges need to be not just overcome but also soaked up.

Don’t let the vibrant colours and childish playfulness of this selection fool you: this showing is not suitable for kids.

Hide N Seek

Director: Barbora Halířová
Year: 2019
Film duration: 00:07

In the background of a children’s game, there is a story about the flow and perception of time. To win the game, the young boy becomes an old man and his life shrinks into one game of hide and seek. Poetic visions are created from the memories of childhood as they tell the story close to some adults.

An Eye for an Eye

Director: Julia Ploch
Year: 2018
Film duration: 00:17

The film's action is based on a myth of a hero’s journey. It takes place over a large lake with one of its banks inhabited by frogs. They tell stories about the ancient god ­– a huge catfish, living on the other side of the waters. In the movie, we follow the fate of two characters: Red Frog, a mythical hero who left home seeking the truth in his kin’s beliefs, and Little Frog, a child who wants to follow in his hero's footsteps. As the plot reveals itself, their fates are intertwined and some secrets are dissolved.


Director: Matisse Gonzalez
Year: 2019
Film duration: 00:11

Some days are light, and some days are heavy. In a world where gravity changes constantly, you have to find something to keep you grounded.


Director: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Year: 2018
Film duration: 00:10

This short film about life after the loss of a loved one deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both live-action and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators are combined with animated sequences reconstructing painful situations, looking into the thoughts of three young people exposed to death too soon.


Director: Chaerin Im
Film duration: 00:04

“A mating ritual on print, plate, and reflection.” This experimental film combines animation, printmaking and photography.


Director: Michaela Mihalyi, David Štumpf
Czechia, Slovakia, France
Year: 2019
Film duration: 00:13

Meet a caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because... shit happens all the time.

The Kite

Director: Martin Smatana
Czechia, Slovakia, Poland
Year: 2019
Film duration: 00:13

The film deals with the issue of death, but it does so in a simple, metaphorical and symbolic way in the relationship between a little boy and his grandpa. It explains that none of us are here forever, and that all living creatures must die, but also to show that death doesn’t mean the end of our journey.

Wed, November 20, 2019


Kino Artis, Saal 2, Tallinn

Screening code: 061601
Screening duration: 01:35






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