Midnight Madness

Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Don’t worry, it’s dark already. No one can see you. Most of the people are at their homes ready to go to sleep but not you. Sneak inside the shady cinema with the like-minded audience to view a special selection of weird, dark yet funny films. Remember, nothing is too strange or out of place in an animated universe. These films will tickle, or even irritate, your nerves and make you squirm in your pleasantly soft seat. Don’t resist, just scratch and enjoy the relieving sensation. After the screening you might be a bit bothered, but in a good way.

This menagerie of bold and crooked animations is far from regular. Be prepared to see your childhood cartoon heroes in a situation you never expected them to be in. Experience more uncanny events when oddly familiar looking action characters live through thrilling moments in a surprising love story. And what on earth is so weird about the goat? Find out and leave the cinema with a big animated grin on your face.

Screenings

Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening051603 / Kesköö hullus
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening131602 / Kesköö hullus
Screening duration
Trailer

Films

Regular

Local title
Harilik
Original title
Regular
Director
Nata Metlukh
Country
USA
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

The story is set in a graphic design world where fonts are the main characters. They interact with the environment according to their properties: Bold makes everything thicker, Italic tilts things, Monospace equalizes objects by width, etc. Fonts are assigned to build a garden, and the five boxing wizards jump in quickly to inspect their work. A negative space storm flushes everything away, but Regular comes and fixes the garden.

Director
Nata Metlukh
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Sensory Itch

Local title
Meeltesügelus
Original title
Sensory Itch
Director
Roel Van Beek
Country
Netherlands
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

After getting stung by a nettle Sarah finds that scratching, whilst providing relief, has destructive results. When minor irritations start to magnify her itch, and vice versa, restraint from scratching becomes insufferable. When Sarah is presented with a carefree alternative, can she still suppress her compulsion?

Director
Roel Van Beek
Runtime

Mickey’s Descent Into Madness

Local title
Miki läheb hulluks
Original title
Mickey’s Descent Into Madness
Director
Tom Bourgeois
Country
France
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Detective Mickey Mouse, haunted by the death of Goofy during the Vietnam War, must deal with the disappearance of his partner Donald.

Director
Tom Bourgeois
Runtime
Language
English

Baltic premiere

A Goat's Spell

Local title
Kitseloits
Original title
A Goat's Spell
Director
Gerhard Funk
Country
Germany
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

A Child and its day. A conquest before breakfast, a clueless goat next to the house, a couple of promising airplanes far up in the sky. Then things and events fall apart. The goat seems to be linked to all of that. If there is any link between anything at all.

Director
Gerhard Funk
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Fanitullen - The Devils tune

Local title
Fanitullen - saatana muusika
Original title
Fanitullen - The Devils tune
Director
Lars Joar Hegdal, Ole Kristian Øye
Country
Norway, Mexico
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

The local fiddler Ragnar is madly in love with Synnøve. Unfortunately she is to be married to the the richest man in the village; a big, obnoxious brute. In total despair, Ragnar throws his violin into a dark pond, where a mythical creature hands it back to him in a different shape and with dark forces. The violin must only be played on with a light heart, otherwise really bad things can happen...

Director
Lars Joar Hegdal, Ole Kristian Øye
Runtime

Baltic premiere

Menagerie

Local title
Loomaaed
Original title
Menagerie
Director
Jack Gray
Country
USA
Year
2022
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

Day after day, inhabitants of the Menagerie play out their daily lives like clockwork. A study of the daily motions and mundane tasks of contemporary city life. Featuring hundreds of looping animated characters, the film explores how the repetitive actions of our day-to-day lives quickly spiral into an endless kaleidoscope of abstraction.

Director
Jack Gray
Runtime

Baltic premiere

In My Chest of Fire There is Still Place to Temple Your Dagger: a Love Story

Local title
Mu lõõmavas rinnas on veel ruumi, et sa saaksid oma pistoda karastada: armastuslugu
Original title
In My Chest of Fire There is Still Place to Temple Your Dagger: a Love Story
Director
Pablo Ballarín
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Festival
PÖFF Shorts 2022
Programme
Shorts Alternatives

This is the story of a fighter and a trainer, and the strange relationship that they have.

Director
Pablo Ballarín
Runtime
Language
Spanish
Subtitles
English