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Shorts Animation Competition 2

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

How do you navigate from the nuclear family to the end of the world? The short animation films in this year’s competition go all the way to show us both our smaller and larger world with a new pair of eyes (and eyeglasses). Sometimes they are too daring, talking about our post-survival world in just a few minutes and in black-and-white; at other times, they are too funny, reminding us that art and the artists themselves are not hidden behind a beautiful content, but they are people with flesh and blood – and they need themselves to survive. Curious, energetic, complex but relatable, aesthetically diverse, they may fall into coming-of-age stories, stories of relationships, social responsibility, politics and democracy, or simply the absurd and the unexpected. The interplay between reality and abstraction holds strong; also the quest for our own personal truth (never a conventional one), entails a lot of eccentric but well-targeted episodes along the way. Enjoy!

Vassilis Kroustallis

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening061601 / Shorts anima võistlusprogramm 2
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningShorts anima võistlusprogramm 2

Films

Baltic premiere

My Father's Damn Camera

Local title
See papsi kuramuse kaamera
Title in Russian
Эта чертова папина камера
Original title
Ta presneta ocetova kamera!
Director
Milos Tomic
Country
Slovenia
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

A reckless boy in an almost desperate and therefore troublesome way persistently seeks the attention of his father – a photographer. Being confronted with his father’s artistic chaos and his obsessive fascination with photography-life, on his path of growing up these elements eventually become essential for strengthening their father-son bond. In a story that intertwines hand-drawn and stop animation in collage technique, the author takes his audience on a ride through the archive of Slovenian photographer Dragiša Modrinjak, and at the same time draws from personal experience as a filmmaker and father.

Director
Milos Tomic
Runtime
Language
Slovenian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

Life's a Bitch

Local title
Sitt elu
Title in Russian
Жизнь-паскуда
Director
Varya Yakovleva
Country
Russian Federation
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

One day in the life of a man, whose home was a bench of a railway platform.

Director
Varya Yakovleva
Runtime
Language
Russian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

DING (Thing)

Local title
Asi
Title in Russian
Вещь
Director
Malte Stein
Country
Germany
Year
2021
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

Haunted by a little thing, a man gets driven to the edge.

Director
Malte Stein
Runtime
Trailer

Baltic premiere

Night Bus

Local title
Ööbuss
Title in Russian
Ночной автобус
Director
Joe Hsieh
Country
Taiwan
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

On a late-night commuter bus, a necklace was stolen. This was followed by a tragic and fatal road accident, and a series of intriguing turn of events which revealed love, hatred, and vengeance. The film climaxes as the bus went ablaze, burning and glittering against the dark coastal sky.

Director
Joe Hsieh
Runtime
Language
Chinese
Subtitles
English

What resonates in silence

Local title
Mis heliseb vaikuses
Title in Russian
Что звенит в тишине
Original title
Ce qui résonne dans le silence
Director
Marine Blin
Country
France
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

Hiding death does not make it disappear. A little girl who suffered from the silence of adults felt dispossessed of her right to mourn.As an adult, she recounts the tender gestures that bind her to the dead

Director
Marine Blin
Runtime
Language
French
Subtitles
English

Trona Pinnacles

Local title
Trona Pinnacles
Title in Russian
Trona Pinnacles
Director
Mathilde Parquet
Country
France
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

Gabrielle finds herself stuck near Death Valley, between two parents who no longer speak to each other. The situation seems impossible, until an unexpected event comes to unravel everything...

Director
Mathilde Parquet
Runtime
Language
English, French
Subtitles
English

Affairs of the Art

Local title
Kunstiafäärid
Title in Russian
Художественные аферы
Director
Joanna Quinn
Country
United Kingdom, Canada
Year
2020
Programme
Shorts Animation Competition

How many obsessions can one family have? Connect with Beryl, the working-class heroine who not only reveals her own obsession with drawing but exposes the addictions of her eccentric family, which include pickling, screw threads and pet taxidermy.

Director
Joanna Quinn
Runtime
Language
English
Trailer