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.
What’s the story behind the illustration?
My initial task was to visualize the uncertainty and the hectic state of the world at this moment. The topic is broad and I have so much I would like to say. The thing that has given me the most anxiety this year, was the spring time madness, when during two months of working from home, I saw almost no-one. This situation where we all have to work together to fight the virus by staying away from each other reminded me of the old saying “It takes two to tango”. From there I derived my own version “It takes 2+2 to tango” and decided to visualize this message. To be able to once again dance with each other, we first have to learn this new 2+2 rhythm.
What’s the longest film you’ve seen?
I am reminded of "Gone with the Wind" (1939). I watched it against my will when I was younger. I was stuck in bed because I had the flu and the TV remote was missing. I thought I'd just watch it, I had heard something about it but had no idea that it was a 4-hour film. I remember wondering, how can one film last so long? Was my perception of time really that off due to the flu?
Do you have a favourite short film or animation?
I really like Jan Švankmajers surreal creations like ”Tma/Svetlo/Tma” (1989). From new school animators I would point out Haeini Kim, Ruffmercy and Leon Washere.
What are you expecting from this year’s festival?
Surprising train of thoughts and visions.
Ingmar Järve is a freelance illustrator, animator, designer and artist, whose streetart decorates a number of walls all around Estonia. You can keep an eye on his art and doings via Instagramis or by writing him letters at firstname.lastname@example.org.