Joining the programmes of its previous sub-festivals Animated Dreams and Sleepwalkers, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) introduces PÖFF Shorts, the newest festival in the Baltics dedicated to short films and animation.

The new format will keep the Animated Dreams and Sleepwalkers programmes with their respective competition programmes and programming teams. The animation programme will be curated by the award-winning animation director Priit Tender, with Laurence Boyce continuing as the live action short film programmer.

“It’s great the PÖFF Shorts is here to showcase the absolute best of animated and live action shorts with the Black Nights Film Festival,” said Laurence Boyce. “The legacy of Sleepwalkers and Animated Dreams will continue by screening audiences films from cutting edge talents and bold visionaries from across the world.”

Parallel to PÖFF Shorts there will be an industry event Baltic Preview,  which is a piloting networking event in the framework of PÖFF Shorts for film professionals initiated and coordinated by Estonian Short Film Centre ShortEST and Creative Gate. It’s goal is to be a representational and lobbying event for Baltic short films on the international level. During the 2-day event we showcase exclusively around 20 short films from Baltic countries, both works in progress and films straight out the oven to our invited guests – international programmers, agents and distributors.

PÖFF Shorts Competition Programmes

In addition to the Sleepwalkers and Animated Dreams competition programmes, PÖFF Shorts will be hosting a joint National Competition programme designed to provide a platform for Estonian filmmakers and animation directors.

  • Animated Dreams International Competition
  • Sleepwalkers International Competition
  • Animated Dreams Student Competition
  • Sleepwalkers Student Competition
  • PÖFF Shorts National Competition

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, short films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from all around the world.

PÖFF Shorts international short film and animation festival takes place November 21-26 in Tallinn, Estonia.