Shorts Animation Competition 1

Programme
SHORTS ANIMATION COMPETITION

Narrative, allegorical, fantastic, nightmarish, cheeky, experimental, they are all here. Our International Animation Competition moves between the sly observations of the ordinary, the intelligent meta-reflections on the art and artists themselves, and the journeys through places and cultures not ordinarily experienced. From Japan and Hong Kong to UK, France and US, the animation shorts respond to socio-political challenges in their own differentiated (but still adamant) way. Animation may be in principle an artistic re-working of all kinds of things, but here it has one of its feet on the ground. There is also a more generic need for dialogue, but not by succumbing to faulty prejudices. The films in competition invite an out-of-the-box cognitive attitude in almost unique settings, from faraway galaxies to ordinary flats and schools and hospitals; they won't offer an escapist route, but they will still lead us to a road aesthetically and narratively worth following.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis Tallinn, Estonia
Screening051602 / Shorts anima võistlusprogramm 1
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Estonia, Estonia
Screening065009 / Shorts anima võistlusprogramm 1
Screening duration

Programme is presented by

PÖFF

PÖFF
Trailer

Films

Baltic Premiere

Crab

Local title
Krabi
Original title
Kharchang
Director
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Country
Iran
Year
2020

A shy, withdrawn boy has his heart on being in the school theater group, but the only role offered to him is that of a crab.

Director
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Runtime
Language
Persian

Baltic Premiere

Just A Guy

Local title
Tavaline mees
Director
Shoko Hara
Country
Germany
Year
2020

JUST A GUY is an animated documentary short film about love. Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction and relationship with Richard Ramirez: A serial killer and rapist they contacted after he was convicted.

Director
Shoko Hara
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic Premiere

4 North A

Local title
4 North A
Director
Jordan Canning, Howie Shia
Country
Canada
Year
2020

A woman sits in a hospital room, alone with her dying father. As the constant din of antiseptic hospital noises pushes her to confront her inevitable loss, she escapes into a series of lush childhood memories.

Director
Jordan Canning, Howie Shia
Runtime

Baltic Premiere

It Wasn't the Right Mountain, Mohammed

Local title
See ei olnud õige mägi, Muhamed
Director
Mili Pecherer
Country
France
Year
2019

Abraham and Isaac are on their way to Mount Moriah, towards the sacrifice. A boat filled with rams is sailing in a dark and deep sea,

full of bottles with letters that no one has ever opened. But I opened one of these bottles and read the letter. It was written by a Mohammad son of Sabah, who simply thanked God without asking him for anything in return. This is where my story begins, a story of a troubled shepherdess, who suddenly finds something she was looking for. and she loses it. that’s the way it is.

Director
Mili Pecherer
Runtime
Language
Hebrew

Baltic Premiere

Serial Parallels

Local title
Järjestikused paralleelid
Director
Max Hattler
Country
Hong Kong
Year
2019

This experimental animation approaches Hong Kong’s built environment from the conceptual perspective of celluloid film, by applying the technique of film animation to the photographic image. The city’s signature architecture of horizon-eclipsing housing estates is reimagined as parallel rows of film strips: Serial Parallels.

Director
Max Hattler
Runtime