PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Shorts National Competition 1

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

The world still feels small. Even though many of us are moving into some sort of normality – whatever ‘normal’ is nowadays – the endless stretches of isolation and distancing have conspired to make life seem more constrained and fragile. Yet cinema – and the films in the PÖFF Shorts International Competition – reminds us that there is still a whole community of humanity out on a big planet full of wonder. That there are people who – even if we have differences – we share a connection with and whose stories show us that any isolation is ultimately temporary.
While the pandemic is touched upon in the programme, the films here remind us that the everyday struggles of humanity still go on. There are loves to be found and hearts to be broken. There are corporations to fight and death to confront. There are mysteries to solve and joy and laughter to be had.

With a range of styles and genres, from dark drama to fun comedy with a little detour into the realms of magical realism, all the filmmakers in the International Competition not only astound with their talent but become a constant source of reminding us that we are still together, even if we have felt far apart.

Laurence Boyce and Tara Karajica

Screenings

Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening051501 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 1
Screening duration
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningShorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 1

Films

World premiere

Mia & Liki

Local title
Mia ja Liki
Title in Russian
Мия и Лики
Director
Katrin Tegova
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

It seems the summer will last forever. Sisters Mia and Liki are taking the best out of it, but the signs something's wrong with the parents, are disturbing their happy life. Girls perceive the changes around them, but can’t comprehend with the situation, which causes inexplicable fear and confusion.

Director
Katrin Tegova
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English

World premiere

County Court

Local title
Maakohus
Title in Russian
Уездный суд
Original title
Maakohus
Director
Eeva Mägi
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

A film packed with absurdity and tells a relatively conventional story in an unconventional way. The film reflects a court drama where a mother and a father, ex-spouses, fight over the custody of their 5-year old son. However, the whole process takes place in the middle of a grain field instead of the classic court room. On that field the courtroom has no boundaries much like the mother and father whose actual goal is to exact vengeance on each other with no regard to the means used, forgetting their child entirely.

Director
Eeva Mägi
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English
Trailer

World premiere

Found You

Local title
Leidsin
Title in Russian
Нашла
Original title
Leidsin
Director
Ragne Mandri
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

A little curious girl, Agnes, follows Mihkel to an abandoned house, where she discovers a Russian policeman Dmitri, tied-up in the basement. Unaware of his true identity, Agnes attempts to free him before Mihkel comes back.

Director
Ragne Mandri
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

The Lion Blanket

Local title
Lõvitekk
Title in Russian
Львиное одеяло
Original title
Lõvitekk
Director
Sofia Afonasina
Country
Estonia
Year
2020
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

Berta's sister Helena has gone missing and there is little hope of finding her. Berta visits the morgue, where she views several bodies, each with her own tragic story. How can Helena be one of them?

Director
Sofia Afonasina
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English

World premiere

The Monster

Local title
Koletis
Title in Russian
Чудовище
Original title
Koletis
Director
Oliver Remma
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

A story about young Cathy and her conjured up monster with an appetite for people. Fun at first, things take a turn for the worse when the monster’s appetite turns uncontrollable. The film is based on Veiko Belials' short story “The Monster”.

Director
Oliver Remma
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

A Wish Upon A Satellite

Local title
Kingitus orbiidilt
Title in Russian
Подарок с орбиты
Director
Leeni Linna
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2021
Programme
Shorts National Competition

On the eve of his tenth birthday, a lonely boy wishes upon a falling star… right before it crash lands in the forest next door! With pulpy tales of aliens in his head and his trusty toy ray gun at his side, he excitedly wanders into the night to investigate.

Director
Leeni Linna
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English