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The Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) is an independent festival with a mission to screen quality films of all genres from fantasy and horror to forgotten cult classics, retrospectives and extreme films to local and international audiences in the quaint seaside town of Haapsalu, Estonia.

In light of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the 15th edition of the festival will take place online, screening over 20 films and 12 short films in the span of three days. The team aims to maintain the special atmosphere the festival is known for, including meetings with filmmakers, presentations from film and culture experts, fan interactions and of course, the films. 

HÕFF has developed into a small, but internationally appreciated festival in the the Nordic area. HÕFF has hosted several the international premieres such as the British gothic horror “Splintered”, European premieres for hits like “Beyond the Black Rainbow”, “Aggression Scale”, “Henge” or “VHS” and the world premiere of Spanish horror "Omnivores". In 2016 the festival had the European premieres of Babak Anvari's BAFTA-winning "Under the Shadow" and Simon Rumley's thriller "Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word".

The festival has also attracted several recognized filmmakers and guests including Brian Yuzna (Reanimator), Magnus Paulsson (Frostbite), producer Gregory Rossi (Il Busco Fuori), Polish cult director Marek Piestrak (Navigator Pirx), film directors Mike Mendez (Mega Spider), Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow), Simon Rumley (Johnny Garrett’s Last Word), Can Evrenol (Baskin), festival programmers Tuomas Riskala, Mikko Aromaa, Shelagh-Rowan Legg, Todd Brown and many others.

In 2012, HÕFF became a part of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF) and is proud to be the only one in the Baltics. With some 20 festivals represented, on the European continent as well as in Asia and North-America, and a joint audience of approximately 600 000 spectators, the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation has become one of the most powerful tools to promote the originality and creativity of the European fantasy film industry.

The festival is organized by the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival — one of the largest art house festivals in the region — together with Haapsalu Culture Center and the City of Haapsalu.

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