PÖFF Shorts

Part of the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) the international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts is one of the biggest short film and animation festivals in the region. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best animated and live action short films of all genres from cutting-edge talents and bold visionaries across the world.

An Academy Award qualifying festival, PÖFF Shorts hosts three internationally recognised competition programmes: the international competitions for live action and animation with their respective student competitions called New Talents, as well as the PÖFF Shorts National Competition designed to provide a platform for Estonian filmmakers and animators.

As of the 2019 edition, PÖFF Shorts is a member of the European Film Academy (EFA), choosing one short film from its competition as a candidate for the European Film Awards short film category. 

PÖFF Shorts is also a BAFTA-qualifying festival and a part of the Short Film Conference.

About the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. 

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world.

What else is happening

Coffee Cinema


Tirelessly busying around town, getting work, school and family matters sorted – but PÖFF is on and you are dying to see some films? 
Finding yourself holding another sweetly seductive cup of coffee but you are tired of your emails and newsfeeds? 

Caffeine invites you to our Coffee Cinema!

Shorts Party: Karaoke Fun Time NOW

20 November

If lip-syncing in front of the mirror and singing in the shower just won't cut it,
if deep down inside you know you shine bright like a diamond or stars in the sky...
Forget your shame, clear your throat and come showcase your inner star. As Estonians, we know a few things about singing revolutions: it's time for another one. 

Shorts Award Ceremony Performance

23 November

The jury has decided. 
The festival is not over yet the awards are waiting to be shouted from the rooftops. 

Shorts Party: @Kauplus Aasia

21 November

Just dance. What else do you need, really... If you can come with a tram. 

Animation Workshop + Children's Animation

23 November

How the jam ended up in the candy is a question for next time. How a doodle on paper can suddenly break into a dance routine and is able to pet a dragon, however? Come along to the animation workshop and your kid will tell you exactly how that works. 

The short animations made in the workshop will have their world premiere right after the Children's Animation screening on the big cinema screen. 


PÖFF Party

22 November

Yes sir, we can boogie! PÖFF Party will take place at the main hall of Fotografiska on 22 November, when the doors swing open to an eventful dance night. Come and swing your tail with other PÖFF Wolves!

Comic Book Fair

24 November

The annual comic book fair at Solaris where you can find new and vintage comic books, zines, prints, post cards and more.
If you want to sell your prints/books/comics etc, you can pre-register now. No participation fee!


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