Shorts @ PÖFF 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Protects Estonian Forests with Submission Fee Donation

Tallinn Black Nights fulfils its 2020 pledge to donate a part of its film submission fees toward the preservation of local forests, alongside Estonian green tech company Single.Earth and the newly formed forest fund Estonian Wildlife.

Filmmakers and scriptwriters wanted for 2021 Baltic Shorts Residency

Filmmakers and scriptwriters from all three Baltic countries are being encouraged to apply for the BALTIC SHORTS RESIDENCY, the third edition of which will take place in Lithuania from 1-20 June 2021. Deadline for application is April 18, 2021.

Wild West Compressed into a Short

Wild West Compressed is a fun and playful animation in which the wide open vistas of the Western are constrained by the modern preoccupation of seeing everything on your phone. Will the Wild West ever see widescreen again in a film that is not only a slice of bright and breezy animation but also a sly lament for the loss of the big screen.

PÖFF Shorts announces 2020 winners

International short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has announced the winners for its 2020 edition.

Confronting Travel and Climate Change Through Apocalypse Airlines

A bright and breezy ad for an airline. In the current lockdown, this is just what we want isn’t it? But as we look below the surface we are faced with the environmental consequences of our actions. The glossy and glamorous world of the music video and commercial clash with the all too real dangerous effects of air travel.

Changes of Gravity in Gravedad

Animated shorts Gravedad confidently walks the line between tender and intimate and bold and provocative as director Matisse Gonzalez Jordán explores a world in which changes in gravity make our protagonist have to shift her life between light and heavy. A clever evocation of emotional turmoil, the film has proved to be a popular one – including screening in last year’s New Talents Animation Competition at PÖFF Shorts.

Dance films collection: Kinetic novellas

In this collection of six dance films the narrative lines play between the allegory, the social commentary and the abstraction of our own reality.

The Beauty in the Mess We Create

Initially, the animated short The Beauty seems to be a languid trawl through the majestic splendour of the ocean. But on a closer look we see that the wonderful creatures and magnificent corals and plants are all replaced by plastic bottles or other detritus that has filled up the ocean thanks to humanity.

Blurred Lines of Realism and Imagination in Rushes

A mother and her son, Christoph, decide to spend a morning in a hunting perch waiting for prey to come past their sights. Hungover from the night before, Christoph wants to choose this quiet moment in the forest to tell his mother some important news.

Miniature Insight to Ascona

If you think a film about minigolf couldn’t be insightful and intelligent, then let *Ascona* change your mind.

A Look into Where We Used to Swim

With PÖFF celebrating Germany as its Country in Focus for 2020, PÖFF Shorts will be screening Next Generation Short Tiger, a selection of new fiction, animation and documentaries from some of the best and brightest talents coming out of Germany.

PÖFF Shorts National Competition 2020 titles revealed

Record number of Estonian entries received in first year PÖFF Shorts becomes an Academy Award qualifier.

Announcing International Competition titles for 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sub-festival announces 115 titles across five different competition as PÖFF Shorts (17th-25h November 2020) celebrates its first year of being an Academy Award qualifying festival.

Winners of Eighth Baltic Pitching Forum Announced

The projects from all participating countries shared the awards on Friday evening.

PÖFF Shorts invites you for a dance

Since 2018, PÖFF Shorts has been working with artists around Estonia to give the festival a visual identity. The 2020 PÖFF Shorts festival identity is authored by artist Ingmar Järve who captured our eye with his striking and unique street art.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival saves forests with Single.Earth, a rising Estonian greentech startup

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will invest one euro from every film submission fee collected to combat intensive clear-cuts in Estonia. The platform created by the Estonian startup Single.Earth gives money to forest owners for switching from clear-cutting to alternative forest management methods.

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns Méliès d’Argent winner

The 15th edition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, crowns Even Husby Grødahl’s Downs of the Dead as the Méliés Short Film Competition winner.

PÖFF Shorts now an Academy Award Qualifying Festival

The team of Black Nights celebrates the news its the sub-festival, international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has now become an Academy Qualifying film event.

PÖFF Shorts announced winners for 2019

At the PÖFF Shorts award ceremony held on Saturday November 23 in Tallinn’s Club Hollywood, the winners of the Black Night Film Festival’s short film and animation sub-festival PÖFF Shorts were announced.

In Numbers: Black Nights Film Festival 2018

The 22nd Black Nights Film Festival was a blast! Here’s an overview how it all went down in numbers: