PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Shorts Live-Action 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

Shorts Live-Action Competition 1

Shorts Live-Action Competition 1

Local title
Shorts lühifilmi võistlusprogramm 1
Title in Russian
Shorts Live-Action Competition 1
Director
Assel Aushakimova, Lucia Lorè, Max Kerkhoff, Manolis Mavris, Sarah Arnold, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan
Country
Kazakhstan, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, USA, Estonia
Shorts Live-Action Competition 2

Shorts Live-Action Competition 2

Local title
Shorts lühifilmi võistlusprogramm 2
Title in Russian
Shorts Live-Action Competition 2
Director
Jovi LEE Yi-shan, Noelia R. Deza, Marija Apcevska, Laura Weissenberger, Ella Jones
Country
Taiwan, Spain, North-Macedonia, Austria, United Kingdom
Shorts Live-Action Competition 3

Shorts Live-Action Competition 3

Local title
Shorts lühifilmi võistlusprogramm 3
Title in Russian
Shorts Live-Action Competition 3
Director
Víctor Moreno, Nora Longatti, Ross White, Tom Berkeley, Lauri Niemelä, Pablo Serret de Ena
Country
Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Estonia, Denmark
Shorts Live-Action Competition 4

Shorts Live-Action Competition 4

Local title
Shorts lühifilmi võistlusprogramm 4
Title in Russian
Shorts Live-Action Competition 4
Director
Elvira Lind, Haukur Björgvinsson, Gergő V. Nagy, Danech San, Nash Edgerton
Country
USA, Iceland, Hungary, Cambodia, Australia
Shorts Live-Action Competition 5

Shorts Live-Action Competition 5

Local title
Shorts lühifilmi võistlusprogramm 5
Title in Russian
Shorts Live-Action Competition 5
Director
Radu Jude, Joanne Delachair, Zoé Arene, Isamu Hirabayashi, Nick Blake, Yi Tang
Country
Romania, France, Belgium, Japan, United Kingdom, Hong Kong