Shorts National Competition
The National Competition continues its tradition of nurturing and showcasing the young and up-coming filmmakers of Estonia, alongside a selection of established talent, to highlight just how rife with creativity the filmmaking scene in our relatively small country is, with a wide variety of approaches to filmmaking across fiction, documentary and animation.
The films on offer in the selection vary in tone, but all reflect certain traits of Estonian sensibility. The drama is often dark and tragic, but there’s an air of the surreal and an undercurrent of dry humour on offer throughout. The documentary films are direct and revealing, but with a tenderness and humanity that is affecting.
Seasoned and young Estonian animation talents also meet in this year's competition selection, in which the traditional and well-admired eccentricity and quirkiness of Estonian animation meets national traumas and exquisite situations. The community and the individual are always on the forefront, magnified, documented and subverted.
There is still a palpable excitement about filmmaking in Estonia, with a new generation of people ready to make their mark on the cinema history of the country. These films remain a perfect opportunity to see where it all begins.