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International Competition Programme

This programme presents, for your enjoyment, the best animated shorts from the Baltic-Nordic countries. 27 outstanding works from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are competing for the Best Animated Short Award, decided by an international jury.


Elena #

2021 / Lithuania, France, Croatia / 12 min 27 s

Elena enjoys her life in the clouds, until she meets a charming red crane and a seed begins to grow inside her. Not ready for the changes and sacrifices the seed brings into her life, Elena rips it out of her body. Soon she will realise the consequences of doing so.

Directed by Birutė Sodeikaitė
Screenwriter: Birutė Sodeikaitė
Producer: Agnė Adomėnė
Company: Art Shot

Eyes and Horns #

2021 / Germany, South Korea, USA / 6 min 16 s

This exploration of masculinity begins with the Minotaur, a mythical beast Picasso used to portray himself in a series of etchings. The Minotaur undergoes a violent struggle between being male and female. At last, the lines blur and the boundaries between the sexes disappear.

Directed by Chaerin Im
Screenwriter: Chaerin Im
Producers: Fabian Driehorst, Chaerin Im
Company: Fabian&Fred

Frydenlund Hair Parlour #

2021 / Norway, Belgium / 13 min 35 s

A WW2 story that focuses on hair, not heroes. Five siblings and their hair salon offer the women of the small Norwegian town of Narvik a sense of normality in the midst of madness and despair.

Directed by Hanne Berkaak
Screenwriter: Hanne Berkaak
Producers: Tonje Skar Reiersen, Lise Fearnley, Viviane Vanfleteren, Veerle Appelmans
Company: Mikrofilm, Vivi Film

Saint Android #

2021 / Germany / 6 min 8 s

It’s the future. Norman’s wife is dying. In her final moments, he calls for guidance – but what he gets is not what he asked for.

Directed by Lukas von Berg
Screenwriter: Fabien Virayie
Producer: Oliver Krause
Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The Landing #

2021 / Finland / 9 min 23 s

A family holiday at a zoo is interrupted when an unknown species tries to enter the area.

Directed by Kaisa Penttilä
Screenwriter: Kaisa Penttilä
Producer: Patrik Sigmundt
Company: Kaiho Republic

Kraft Paper #

2021 / Estonia / 4 min 0 s

A story, above all, about the responsibility our heads of state must show towards nature. Money and power make a person so greedy that they no longer realise the damage being done to the natural world.

Directed by Ida Lepparu
Screenwriter: Ida Lepparu
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts

BusLine35A #

2021 / Denmark / 5 min 50 s

One city bus, three passengers, and a back-seat scenario they fail to address.

Directed by Elena Felici
Screenwriter: Elena Felici
Producer: Michelle Ann Nardone
Company: TAW

The Paper #

2022 / Finland / 4 min 47 s

A piece of paper flies away from artist Marja. She tries to tame the paper by any means necessary – but only by understanding the paper can she reveal its true nature.

Directed by Katariina Haukka
Screenwriter: Katariina Haukka
Producers: Katariina Haukka, Markus Hatakka
Company: Turku University of Applied Scienses

Guard of Honor #

2021 / Latvia / 5 min 30 s

When a natural disaster disrupts the ritual of the guard of honour, only one of the guards chooses – seemingly fruitlessly – to remain at his post.

Directed by Edmunds Jansons
Screenwriter: Edmunds Jansons
Producer: Sabine Andersone
Company: Atom Art

Bear Hug #

2021 / France, Norway / 10 min 33 s

A little bear waits eagerly for his birthday guests to arrive. Slowly, he realises that he has been rejected. But the determination to celebrate his birthday remains strong. Free as a bird, his hunt for company begins.

Directed by Margrethe Danielsen
Screenwriter: Margrethe Danielsen
Producers: Jean-François Bigot, Camille Raulo, Lise Fearnley, Tonje Skar Reiersen
Company: JPL Films, Mikrofilm

Night of the Living Dread #

2021 / United Kingdom / 11 min 27 s

When a power cut ruins Ruby's bedtime routine, she finds herself haunted by some unwanted guests. The only way for Ruby to get a peaceful night of sleep is to confront her visitors.

Directed by Ida Melum
Screenwriters: Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso
Producer: Danielle Goff

Nomads #

2021 / Denmark / 7 min 48 s

A loyal pack animal of a nomadic tribe has his courage tested, when taken down a challenging, unfamiliar path by his ailing human.

Directed by Anna Rueskov Schleicher
Screenwriter: Anna Rueskov Schleicher
Company: TAW

The Way to a Man's Heart #

2021 / Germany / 10 min 27 s

This puppet animation tells the story of a dog who falls in love with a single gentleman. As a sign of his affection, he leaves a dog poop on the man's doorstep every morning. A story unfolds about misunderstandings, and the failure of gestures where there is no match. The film's cute aesthetics stand in stark contrast to the dramatic conflict in which both protagonists become embroiled.

Directed by Jule Körperich, Karin Demuth
Screenwriter: Gregor Hennig
Producer: Jule Körperich

Mora Mora #

2021 / Lithuania / 10 min 5 s

Little Mora is sinking in an endless sea when she spies what looks like a little island, and turns out be a floating piano – her temporary salvation. Discovering she can summon the wind by pressing the keys of the piano, Mora begins her journey through a dormant world. Becoming acquainted with its features and creatures, Mora looks for ways to bring it back to life.

Directed by Jurga Šeduikytė
Screenwriter: Jurga Šeduikytė
Producer: Giedrė Burokaitė
Company: Meno avilys

Face Recognition #

2021 / Estonia / 6 min 45 s

Thanks to facial recognition failure, deadbeat Igor-503 evades the cops detectors during a night of wild drinking.

Directed by Martinus Klemet
Screenwriter: Martinus Klemet
Producer: Martinus Klemet
Company: Animartinus OÜ

Peter the Beetle #

2022 / Estonia / 9 min 3 s

A bittersweet story about a small bug called Peter, who dreams of performing in front of big crowds at the zoo. He leaves home to make his dream come true. Unfortunately, though, the people don't notice him due to his small size...

All's well that ends well, however – back home, he finds an audience of his own size.

Directed by Meelis Arulepp
Screenwriter: Meelis Arulepp
Producer: Kristel Toldsepp
Company: A Film Estonia

Rejection #

2022 / Estonia / 1 min 9 s

A short story about a boy, a girl, a bee, a flower and the sun – each of whom rejects, or experiences all sorts of rejections.

Directed by Hleb Kuftseryn
Screenwriter: Hleb Kuftseryn
Company: Estonian Academy of Arts

Matapacos #

2022 / Germany / 6 min 56 s

Based on the famous Chilean "Riot Dog", Negro Matapacos.
A stray dog befriends María, a young protester. Together, they become radicalised. One day, both of them go a step too far. The pair are separated, and María is sent to jail. By the time she is released, her bravery and willpower have deserted her. But after discovering that the dog kept attending protests until he died – and furthermore, became famous for it – she finds new courage.

Directed by Karla Riebartsch, Lion Durst
Screenwriter: Lion Durst
Producer: Yili Baumann

Thing #

2021 / Germany / 4 min 32 s

Haunted by a little thing, a man is driven to the edge.

Directed by Malte Stein
Screenwriter: Malte Stein
Producer: Malte Stein

Til We Meet Again #

2022 / Estonia / 14 min 10 s

The short animation "Til We Meet Again" tells the tragic history of the small island of Ruhnu. Fearing for their lives, the island's entire population abandoned their homes to escape the war in 1944. Decades later, they had a chance to finally return – only to find that strangers had settled in. In addition to charting the twists and turns of history, "Til We Meet Again" takes a deeper look at the meaning of home. Is it merely a location, or a place that gives one a peace of mind?

Directed by Ülo Pikkov
Screenwriter: Ülo Pikkov
Producer: Kerdi Oengo
Company: OÜ Nukufilm

A Most Exquisite Man #

2021 / Estonia / 15 min 25 s

There exists a most exquisite man, or at least the world that surrounds him, labels and sees him as such. He has fantastic abilities, incomprehensible talent, he could even be called a genius, yet something within him is restless. Big questions utterly absorb him, leading him to a place where all he can do is surrender his life, in order to find that which gives him and the natural world undeniable purpose and concluding peace.

Directed by Jonas Taul
Screenwriter: Jonas Taul
Producers: Kerdi Oengo, Märt Kivi
Company: Nukufilm

When the Moon was Gibbous #

2021 / Denmark / 3 min 41 s

The lives of a colourful ensemble of beasts are rudely interrupted by the arrival of a small group of humans, determined to subdue one of their number.

Directed by Erika Grace Strada
Screenwriter: Erika Grace Strada
Company: TAW

The Power of Love #

2021 / Sweden / 2 min 34 s

A short, intense and fantastical tale about how love between two individuals can make the time stand still – and even conquer death.

Directed by Thomas Costa Freté
Screenwriter: Thomas Costa Freté
Producer: Thomas Costa Freté

Night #

2021 / Germany, Qatar, Palestine, Jordan / 15 min 58 s

The dust of war keeps the eyes from sleep, but night brings peace to those in the ravaged town. Only the eyes of the missing child's mother remain watchful. Night must trick her into sleeping to save her soul.

Directed by Ahmad Saleh
Screenwriter: Ahmad Saleh
Producers: Fabian Driehorst, Jessica Neubauer, Saleh Saleh
Company: Fabian&Fred, ses-studio

Desiderium #

2021 / Poland / 2 min 0 s

A character standing by the sea experiences an unusual meeting.

Directed by Alicja Liss
Screenwriter: Alicja Liss
Producer: Alicja Liss

Hush Hush Little Bear #

2022 / Latvia / 4 min 38 s

While their parents are away looking for berries and honey, the baby bears stay at home with the sheep. The bear cubs have a wonderful time playing merrily with a ball of yarn, but soon enough the cubs find themselves all tangled up and everything is turned upside down! Luckily, the sheep help them put everything back in order. Based on the traditional Latvian lullaby, “Hush Hush, Little Bear” (‘Aijā, žūžū, lāča bērni’).

Directed by Māra Liniņa
Screenwriter: Māra Liniņa
Producers: Ieva Zeldere, Sabīne Andersone
Company: Atom Art

Singularity #

2022 / Germany, Serbia / 1 min 37 s

The singularity: a hypothetical point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilisation.

Directed by Stanko Stupar
Screenwriter: Stanko Stupar
Producer: Stanko Stupar
Company: Crumb Animation & Film UG

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