This programme brings to your enjoyment the best of animated shorts from the Baltic-Nordic countries. 15 outstanding works from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia Latvia and Lithuania are competing for the Best Animated Short Award, delivered by an International Jury.
2019 / Estonia / 4 min 46 s
An elderly couple is addicted to a psychedelic face cream.
Directed by Noam Sussman
Screenwriter: Noam Sussman
Producer: Mari Kivi
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts
2019 / Latvia, France / 13 min 59 s
In Riga’s public transport you can call the police, if someone smells bad and disturbs your ride. But would you call? Lizete, an amateur interviewer, tries to figure out - do we have the right to stink.
Directed by Lizete Upīte
Screenwriter: Lizete Upīte
Producers: Richard Van Den Boom, Sabine Andersone
Company: Papy3D Productions, Atom Arts
2019 / Poland / 5 min 0 s
"The Rain" is a simple animated film on collective consciousness. It talks about how no accountability for our actions pushes us to thoughtlessly follow the crowd, which may lead to a tragedy. The film also depicts a struggle of an individual with collective hypnosis and its consequences for both the individual and the crowd.
Directed by Piotr Milczarek
Screenwriter: Piotr Milczarek
Producers: Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Company: Fumi Studio
2020 / Lithuania / 16 min 08 s
Frigid winter in a war-devastated, present-day city. Several years have passed since the destruction, and the city is slowly rebuilding. A thirty year-old guy is living as a squatter in an apartment with a group of strangers. He struggles to survive and also to find a little more comfort in this rough setting. One night he nearly burns the flat down, hoping for a warmer sleep. His roommates start hating him, so the guy has to find another shelter.
Directed by Robertas Nevecka
Screenwriter: Robertas Nevecka
Producer: Giedrė Burokaitė
Company: Meno avilys
Winter in the Rainforest
2019 / Estonia, Lithuania, Mexico / 8 min 35 s
Scenes of the dance of life and death in the lush tropical nature as it is lived day by day, year by year, by the magical creatures that inhabit the wilderness of our dreams.
Directed by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Screenwriter: Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Producers: Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, Andres Mänd, Daniel Irabien Peniche, Agnė Adomėnė
Company: Moon Birds Studios OÜ, Nukufilm Studio, Estudio Carabás, Art Shot
2019 / Sweden / 8 min 25 s
Two animals trying to entertain at an animal park get humiliated and decide to run away in search of freedom. At the same time a mysterious shadow haunts the countryside and a national symbol becomes an idol of worship. A short film about national identity, freedom, climate and dancing animals.
Directed by Erik Svetoft
Screenwriter: Erik Svetoft
Producer: Erik Svetoft
Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves
2019 / Estonia / 18 min 0 s / PG-18
After losing a well paid engineering job, Toomas, a young hot wolf, gets cornered into working as a gigolo to support his family. He is keeping it as a secret from his pregnant wife Viivi. Viivi also has a secret: she is attending a female empowerment seminar involving male slaves. When Toomas gets a role in a sexploitation movie, it becomes harder to keep his new profession a secret.
Directed by Chintis Lundgren
Screenwriters: Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Producers: Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron
Company: Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio, Adriatic Animation, Miyu Productions
2019 / Lithuania / 2 min 3 s
It’s a film about a grandmother patiently waiting for a visit.
Directed by Vykintas Labanauskas, Dominyka Adomaitytė
Screenwriters: Vykintas Labanauskas, Dominyka Adomaitytė
Producer: Vykintas Labanauskas
Company: Glass Elephants Creative Studio
2019 / Estonia / 11 min 38 s / PG-18
An old Cosmonaut lives the same kind of life now in his flat in a concrete panel apartment building as he did in his youth in a space station. As before, he still carries out heroic missions and misses his close relatives, who he left behind on his home planet. His close relatives see the situation altogether differently. Is this old man capable of coming to grips with the norms that apply in society? A cosmonaut will always be a cosmonaut. To the very end.
Directed by Kaspar Jancis
Screenwriter: Kaspar Jancis
Producer: Kalev Tamm
Company: Eesti Joonisfilm
2018 / Germany / 9 min 54 s / PG-18
A dirty lake bursts its banks and begins to flood the town. At last there´s a good reason to keep the son at home. But in isolation, nightmarish associations start to mix with reality. And whilst outside the world sinks peacefully under water, a domestic apocalypse rages inside.
Directed by Malte Stein
Screenwriter: Malte Stein
Producers: Malte Stein
2019 / Finland / 6 min 2 s
Still Lives is an experimental stop motion animation starring traditional
figurines from folk art from various times and places. Accompanied by a soundtrack of narrators facing the pressures of modern life, these
characters explore the theme of busy stillness from different points of view in seven separate scenes: a couple on an antique bridal box breaks up, turning into tinder; an ancient statue in a glass showcase grows tired of hearing about the dynamic potential of shared workspaces, and the runner on a clay jar is stuck in a never-ending workout session.
Directed by Elli Vuorinen
Screenwriter: Elli Vuorinen
Producer: Terhi Väänänen
Company: Pyjama Films
2019 / Poland / 26 min 16 s / PG-18
Somewhere in the Eastern Europe. Young runs away from her depressing hometown. Her early enthusiasm about the hitch-hike falls when she finds herself in the city outskirts in the middle of the night. At the bridge she meets a figure balancing unsafely on the guardrail. That’s how she meets Skinny – a kind of unstable weirdo. Skinny lives in a camping van, which he uses to run his not-so-legal job errands. Together with him, she sets on a journey with no destination. As the ride continues a particular affection grows between the two of them.
Directed by Tomek Popakul
Screenwriter: Tomek Popakul
Producers: Grzegorz Waclawek, Piotr Szczepanowicz
A Sweet Story
2018 / Germany / 7 min 20 s
A fishmonger, hard on his luck, decides to change his fate and win over his beloved by becoming the best pastry chef the world has ever seen.
However, his pursuit of perfection carries him further away from his goals.
Directed by Moritz Biene
Screenwriter: Moritz Biene
Producer: Moritz Biene
Company: Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf
2019 / Norway / 10 min 54 s / PG-18
A sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion.
Directed by Robin Jensen
Screenwriter: Robin Jensen
Producers: Lise Fearnley, Tonje Skar Reiersen
Company: Mikrofilm AS
2018 / Germany / 11 min 9 s
Jiro feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition. But it shakes the boy's identity.
Directed by Jon Frickey
Screenwriter: Jon Frickey
Producer: Jon Frickey
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