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September 9-12, 2021 Klaipėda
BLON Animation and Games Festival

Competition Programme

This programme presents, for your enjoyment, the best animated shorts from the Baltic-Nordic countries. 24 outstanding works from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are competing for the Best Animated Short Award, delivered by an International Jury.

International jury

  * 09.09 19:00 Opening of the festival
  * 09.09 21:00 The screening is followed by a talk with the directors
  * 09.11 15:00 The screening is followed by a talk with the directors

To Be a Goat #

2020 / Lithuania, UK / 4 min 1 s

Inter-generational conflict, with added horns. Or how the daughter learns to stop copying her father’s goat-like attitude and begins to think for herself

Directed by Milda Kargaudaitė
Screenwriter: Milda Kargaudaitė
Producer: Milda Kargaudaitė

Tales from the Multiverse #

2020 / Denmark / 7 min 0 s

God is a single parent and amateur programmer. He’s working on project ‘Earth’ but never seems to get a break from the kids. One day though, he finally gets a breakthrough.

Directed by Magnus Igland Møller, Mette Tange, Peter Smith
Screenwriters: Magnus Igland Møller, Mette Tange, Peter Smith
Producer: Peter Smith
Company: Tumblehead

Film Crew in Quarantine #

2020 / Lithuania / 1 min 0 s

The curious routines of film set people
killing time in quarantine.

Directed by Robertas Nevecka
Screenwriter: Robertas Nevecka
Producer: Robertas Nevecka
Company: Akis Bado

Just a Guy #

2020 / Germany / 14 min 58 s

"Just a guy" is an animated documentary film about love. Three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction and relationship with Richard Ramirez: a serial killer and rapist they contacted after his conviction in the 80s. Through their perspective we revisit exchanged letters and emotions that are as obsessive as they are hauntingly familiar.

Directed by Shoko Hara
Screenwriter: Simon Thummet
Producer: Stefan Michel
Company: Studio Seufz

Prästbarn #

2020 / Denmark / 7 min 4 s

After skipping out on Sunday church, Oskar, the priest’s son, runs into bullies that push his faith to the edge.

Directed by Joel Stenbäck
Screenwriter: Joel Stenbäck
Producer: Michelle Ann Nardone
Company: TAW

Yes-People #

2019 / Iceland / 8 min 35 s

One morning, an eclectic mixture of people face everyday battles such as work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships – and ultimately, their capacity to cope – are tested.

Directed by Gísli Darri Halldórsson
Screenwriter: Gísli Darri Halldórsson
Producers: Arnar Gunnarsson, Gísli Darri Halldórsson
Company: CAOZ & Hólamói

Jeijay #

2021 / Germany / 7 min 45 s

“Jeijay” begins where most romantic movies end. The film is about two people who try to repress the slow but inevitable decay of their relationship. Feeling isolated in their own little home, more and more of the happy facade of their love life comes crumbling down. The profound melancholia of the subject is captured in little everyday moments that are intertwined with dreamlike sequences.

Directed by Petra Stipetić, Maren Wiese
Screenwriters: Petra Stipetić, Maren Wiese
Producers: Petra Stipetić, Maren Wiese

Shergar #

2020 / Denmark / 7 min 6 s

A boy, living a fast paced free roaming life with his friends on the streets of Dublin, doesn’t always have good choices to make.

Directed by Cora Mckenna
Screenwriter: Cora Mckenna
Producer: Michelle Ann Nardone
Company: TAW

The Poop and Spring #

2021 / Estonia / 9 min 34 s

The Poop and Spring is a wee story of mighty love.The movie spins a
melodramatic tale of longing, friendship, and the birth and death of love. Love dies often. People often die for love and die with their beloved. Yet love is essential for the circle of life to keep turning! A stray dog gives birth to the main character, Poop, on a marvellous spring day. The young Poop befriends a sparrow, who educates him in the ways of life.

Directed by René Vilbre
Screenwriter: René Vilbre
Producer: Kristel Tõldsepp
Company: A Film Estonia

Pearl diver #

2020 / Norway / 9 min 0 s

Three couples are facing different challenges: a hedgehog falls in love with a balloon but finds it difficult to maintain his grooming routine. A couple of arctic/antarctic lovers are experiencing a coldness between them, and two naive oysters are impatiently trying to get the same rhythm.

Directed by Margrethe Danielsen
Screenwriter: Margrethe Danielsen
Producer: Trygve Nielsen
Company: Volda University College

I'm Here #

2020 / Poland / 15 min 0 s

An elderly man is looking after his paralyzed wife. Despite his old age and health problems, he's doing his best to relieve her suffering, which is getting worse day by day. His daughter helps him, trying to balance care with her work in the hospital and family life. Everyone has a different view on how to properly care for the sick, which often causes arguments.

Directed by Julia Orlik
Screenwriter: Julia Orlik
Producer: Polish national film school in Lodz
Company: Polish national film school in Lodz

Matilda and the Spare Head #

2020 / Lithuania / 13 min 9 s

A girl wants to be the smartest person in the world. When all the things she’s learned can no longer fit in one head, her mother buys her a backup one. Two heads are better than one, but Matilda soon becomes confused about which head should she wear at what time, and soon loses the second head. It is uncertain what would happen if not for a ball that accidentally floats through her window, changing Matilda forever.

Directed by Ignas Meilūnas
Screenwriter: Ignas Meilūnas
Producer: Marija Razgutė
Company: M-Films

Black Snot & Golden Squares #

2020 / Germany / 1 min 9 s

A little something for worried souls.

Directed by Irina Rubina
Screenwriter: Irina Rubina
Producer: Irina Rubina
Company: iraru.films

The Things Around Us #

2020 / Germany / 2 min 41 s

My mother collects things. Now I understand, she is a memory collector. A hand-drawn animated short film, in which I explore my relationship with my mother and her belongings.

Directed by Magda Kreps
Screenwriter: Magda Kreps
Producer: Magda Kreps

Dog's Field #

2020 / Poland / 11 min 49 s

Trapped in a flat with the decomposing corpse of their owner, some pet dogs struggle to survive. In this difficult situation, one of the dogs discovers that love for its owner is stronger than animal instinct.

Directed by Michalina Musialik
Screenwriter: Michalina Musialik
Producers: Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Company: Fumi Studio

100,000 Acres of Pine #

2020 / Denmark / 7 min 13 s

Ranger Megan Patel must uncover the mystery surrounding her brother’s death. But following his footsteps, Megan discovers a darkness she might not
escape.

Directed by Jennifer Alice Wright
Screenwriter: Jennifer Alice Wright
Producer: Michelle Ann Nardone
Company: TAW

Room with a Sea View #

2020 / Estonia / 11 min 54 s

Herbert arrives in a seaside town on a long working trip. Unexpectedly, he falls in love with a very strange and beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now that doesn’t help any more. His obsessive passion keeps him awake…

Directed by Leonid Shmelkov
Screenwriter: Leonid Shmelkov
Producer: Mari Kivi
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts

You Are Not a Kiwi #

2020 / Estonia / 5 min 31 s

It's more than just feathers or a number of fingers... Mr. Notakiwi wants to join the community. Is society ready to accept the outsider and his song..?

Directed by Maria Saveleva
Screenwriter: Maria Saveleva
Producer: Mari Kivi
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts

The Chimney Swift #

2020 / Germany / 5 min 0 s

In 19th-century Europe, a child climbs up a chimney as a bird sails down it to build a nest. It's an encounter with no way back.

A British chimney sweep describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to work. As we observe a child cleaning a chimney, the master's statement gets more personal with every sentence until we realise that he is speaking about his own past.

Directed by Frédéric Schuld
Screenwriter: Frédéric Schuld
Producer: Fabian Driehorst
Company: Fabian&Fred

The Tomten and the Fox #

2019 / Norway, Sweden, Denmark / 8 min 57 s

A hungry fox hunts for food on a cold winter night. He sneaks into a small farm to steal a snack when he is caught by the Tomten who guards the farm.

Directed by Yaprak Morali, Are Austnes
Screenwriters: Astrid Lindgren, Ingrid Haukelidsæter, Mina Juni Stenebråten, Are Austnes
Producers: Ove Heiborg, Thomas Gustafsson, Johan Palmberg  
Company: Qvisten Animation, The Astrid Lindgren Company, Hydralab

The Swan Maiden #

2020 / Latvia / 14 min 34 s

Three swans land on a lake in the woods and turn into young women. A wood cutter spies them and takes the garments of the youngest. The elder two get dressed and fly away. The youngest falls for the wood cutter, follows him to his home, and becomes his wife and mother of their child. Will her love be strong enough to sustain all of them or will she be tempted to return to the air when she finds her wings again?

Directed by Kārlis Vītols
Screenwriter: Kārlis Vītols
Producer: Līga Gaisa
Company: Air Productions

How My Grandmother Became a Chair #

2020 / Germany, Lebanon, Qatar / 9 min 55 s

An aging grandmother loses her five senses one after the other before finally becoming a wooden chair. Throughout her transformation, she realizes that her African housekeeper is not the wild animal she once thought she was, but the caring and loyal family member she was sadly lacking. A poignant story about illness and growing old which employs imagination and metaphor to show the difficult and painful process of departing.

Directed by Nicolas Fattouh
Screenwriter: Nicolas Fattouh
Producers: Fabian Driehorst, Nermine Haddad
Company: Fabian&Fred

Half Dreaming #

2020 / Estonia / 5 min 2 s

A boy wakes in the night to find a feather on his pillow, and a hole in the pillow. So begins a dream in which he takes flight with the birds around him.

Directed by Maria Rakitina
Screenwriter: Maria Rakitina
Producer: Mari Kivi
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts

The Elephant #

2019 / Poland / 3 min 8 s

When the zoo's director receives a notification that the zoo has finally been allocated an elephant, a great idea comes to him. And the ones to help him will be the zoo's staff...

Directed by Marta Gabiga
Screenwriter: Marta Gabiga (based on story by Sławomir Mrożek)
Producer: Marta Gabiga

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