Shorts National Competition 1

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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 Tallinn, Estonia
Screening051501 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 1
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Virtual hall Online Estonia, Estonia
Screening065006 / Shorts Rahvuslik võistlusprogramm 1
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Films

World Premiere

Sin

Local title
Patt
Original title
Synti
Director
John Strandberg
Country
Estonia
Year
2019
Genre
/mängufilm/

Päivi, a priest living on the Finnish countryside has to come to terms with her past when she agrees to temporarily house an Iraqi asylum seeker.

Director
John Strandberg
Runtime
Language
Finnish, Swedish

International Premiere

Black and White Colours

Local title
Värvid must-valgel
Original title
Värvid must-valgel
Director
German Golub
Country
Estonia
Year
2019
Genre
/mängufilm/

Paula is an experienced news anchor whose biggest fear is ageing. The 70s TV is transitioning from black and white to colour. The changes trigger her insecurities and the border between what is reality and what is delusion starts to disintegrate.

Director
German Golub
Runtime
Language
Estonian

Cosmonaut

Local title
Kosmonaut
Original title
Kosmonaut
Director
Kaspar Jancis
Country
Estonia
Year
2019

An old Cosmonaut lives the same kind of life now in his flat in a concrete panel apartment building as he did in his youth in a space station. As before, he still carries out heroic missions and misses his close relatives, who he left behind on his home planet. His close relatives see the situation altogether differently. Is this old man capable of coming to grips with the norms that apply in society? A cosmonaut will always be a cosmonaut. To the very end.

Director
Kaspar Jancis
Runtime

World Premiere

Pension Day

Local title
Pensipäev
Original title
Pensipäev
Director
Liis Lepik
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

Sleepy rural life in a remote borough is enlivened one day a month, when the horn of plenty overflows and everyone gets a part of it's offerings. The otherwise rather modest and mostly elderly people now have the opportunity to visit the borough's only café, pharmacy and grocery store. Is that enough to keep them going or is there something else that brings joy and hope into their lives?

Director
Liis Lepik
Runtime
Language
Estonian

The Tortoise and the Hare

Local title
Kilpkonn ja jänes
Original title
Kilpkonn ja jänes
Director
Ülo Pikkov
Country
Estonia
Year
2020

A story of a mother and son and the race against a turtle where you always lose.

Director
Ülo Pikkov
Runtime