Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition

Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition

Named after the legendary film illusionist Georges Méliès, the winner of this European short genre film competition will be awarded by the Méliès d’Argent. The winner goes on to compete for the coveted Méliès d’Or by the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF).

Screenings

Rõdusaal Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus
ScreeningMéliès D'Argent lühifilmide võistlusprogramm
Q&A guestsRaoul Kirsima, Silver Õun
Rõdusaal Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus
ScreeningMéliès D'Argent lühifilmide võistlusprogramm
Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningMéliès D'Argent lühifilmide võistlusprogramm

Films

Loop

Local title
Sõlm
Director
Pablo Polledri
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition

In this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again, in this society each human being repeats the same action over and over again.

Director
Pablo Polledri
Producer
Iván Miñambres Miñambres
Writer
Pablo Polledri
Runtime
Trailer

8:19

Local title
8:19
Director
María Guerra
Country
Spain
Year
2022
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
death, journey

8:19' is a smart gallery of characters living, unknowingly, their last 8 minutes and 19 seconds in absolutely rutinary situations, letting time go by, delaying decisions, postponing meetings and pleasures. Characters who think there is a future to be reached. Like everyone.

Director
María Guerra
Cast
Miguel Rellán, Cristina Alcazar, Omar Ayuso, Javier Tolosa, Yaël Belicha, Raquel Pérez, Elena Octavia, Jorge Monje
Producer
David Torres Vázquez, Marta Fuertes
Writer
Adela Gutiérrez
Runtime
Language
Spanish
Subtitles
English

In the Soil

Local title
Maapõues
Director
Casper Rudolf Emil Kjeldsen
Country
Denmark
Year
2021
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition
Subject
death, child-parent relationships

Karoline’s life is turned upside down when her father, Kjeld, manically starts digging a pit in their backyard. The following days turn into a living nightmare as the pit becomes a grave and the land, which has been in the family for generations, pulls Kjeld further and further down into the deep.

Director
Casper Rudolf Emil Kjeldsen
Cast
Sandra Guldberg Kampp
Producer
Sofie Odgaard
Cinematographer
Tobias Scavenius
Editor
Louis Bülov Bertelsen
Writer
Casper Rudolf Emil Kjeldsen
Composer
Andreas Kildedal Westmark
Sound
Maar Falke Dollerup
Runtime
Language
Danish
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Rise & Shine

Local title
Tõuse ja sära
Director
Arnaud Baur
Country
Switzerland
Year
2022
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition
Genre
fantasy

Nancy works in a small gas station shop. Disillusioned, not even the news of an apocalypse seems to worry her. But the sudden arrival of a mysterious customer could change all that. Will Nancy finally find meaning in her life? Or in her death?

Director
Arnaud Baur
Cast
Noémie Baudet, Yann Schmidhalter, Jason Grangier, Capucine Lehmanne, Arnaud Huguenin
Producer
Arnaud s. Gantenbein
Writer
Damien Mazza
Runtime
Language
French
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Headlights

Local title
Esituled
Director
Nick Usher
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition

Joe is having an affair and getting away with it, until he witnesses a brutal attack. Will he drive away from the scene, or will he do the right thing? Either way, his life will never be the same again.

Director
Nick Usher
Cast
Dan Gaisford, Amelia Bennett, Dan 'DJ' Johnson, Olivia Mace, Du'aine Samuels, Mark Knight
Producer
Katherine Nathan
DoP
Matt Brown
Production designer
Alex Woolley, Charlotte Brown, Paul Brown
Editor
Nick Usher
Writer
Nick Usher, Katherine Nathan
Composer
Josh Szweda
Sound
Oliver Usher
Runtime
Language
English

Night Breakers

Local title
Öömurdjad
Director
Gabriel Campoy, Guillem Lafoz
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition
Genre
horror
Subject
interpersonal relationships, site-specific

A group of people trudge through a maze of underground tunnels. They break the absolute darkness with the abundant lights that are attached to their bodies, in baroque suits loaded with batteries and lights of many kinds.

On their journey they will have to face the dangers that lurk in the dark and what’s worse: themselves.

Director
Gabriel Campoy, Guillem Lafoz
Cast
Andrew Tarbet, Chacha Huang, Anna Gonzalvo, Pol Fernandez
Producer
Joan Coca, Valentina Attalla
Writer
Gabriel Campoy, Guillem Lafoz
Runtime
Language
Spanish, English
Subtitles
English

Baltic premiere

Talent

Local title
Talent
Original title
Talent
Director
Silver Õun
Country
Estonia
Year
2021
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition, Shorts National Competition

Andreas, a dark poet, and Lo, yet to capture the perfect photo, are a couple who haven't found success in their field. But when Andreas is asked to perform at the Press Photo Exhibition, their lives will change forever.

Director
Silver Õun
Screenwriter
Pilleriin Raudam
Cast
Markus Truup Katariina Tamm
Producer
Sander Lebreht
DoP
Fidelia Regina Randmäe
Production designer
Janette Roopa
Editor
Villem Roosa
Sound
Jalmar Väin
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English
Trailer

Eyes on you

Local title
(Ära) vaata
Director
Raoul Kirsima
Country
Estonia
Year
2022
Festival
HÕFF 2022
Programme
HÕFF’s Estonian Genre Film Competition, Méliès D'Argent Short Film Competition
Genre
psychological drama, horror
Subject
intergenerational conflict, disease, mysticism

Tarmo discovers a kitchen full of smoke when he delivers groceries to his elderly mother Lea. Waking from a daze, she tells him that there’s somebody outside watching her. Tarmo assures her that once again no one is watching her and before leaving asks her to stop worrying and keep away from the window. Alone, Lea tries her best, but fear and curiosity get the best of her. Peeking outside she sees the same man, but this time moving towards her. Despite her best efforts she’s unable to keep out the intruder, but manages to wound and kill him. She immediately calls Tarmo, but the rings start coming from the pocket of the fresh corpse. Lea however looks at the windows of the opposite house - people are watching her.

Director
Raoul Kirsima
Screenwriter
Sven-Sander Paas
Cast
Laine Mägi, Ott Aardam, Peep Kirsima
Producer
Sander Lebreht
DoP
Fidelia Regina Randmäe
Art director
Greta Laanet
Editor
Villem Roosa
Runtime
Language
Estonian
Subtitles
English