Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns winners
The 15th edition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns Even Husby Grødahl’s Downs of the Dead as the Méliés Short Film Competition winner and Mart Sander’s Eerie Fairy Tales as the best Estonian genre film.
The Silver Méliés went to Downs of the Dead by director Even Husby Grødahl (Norway), that tells a humorous tale of zombies attacking a nursery for the intellectually disabled. The jury lauded the film: „The jury was impressed by the great and funny performances of this film, its golden dialogues and hysterical lyrics. A punk and freewheeling spirit glows within and brings back to life the early soul of Peter Jackson. We believe that the filmmakers are in for a hell of a bright future if they survive the double-mega-challenge of “Zombies High on Covid.“
The jury consisted of Magnus Paulsson, Miguel Llansó and Helen Lõhmus.
The Silver Méliés will grant the film a chance to compete for the Golden Méliés and become Europe’s best short film. The competition’s winners are announced at the annual ceremony that is usually held in November by the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), of which HÕFF is a member.
The first ever Estonian Genre Film Competition was overseen by a jury made up of five students from the Läänemaa High School: Katarina Sits, Pia Margaret Reinberg, Rasmus Valdmann, Mattias Metsalu and Robin Pae. They decided to award Eerie Fairy Tales, an anthology of fantastic tales by director Mart Sander with the Best Estonian Genre Film award.
They commented: “Eerie Fairy Tales was easy to follow and the film made clear sense. The tales were original and caught our interest. The acting was good and believable. The transitions between the films also caught our interest. The film was an exciting whole.“The jury also gave the comedy Chasing Unicorns, directed by Rain Rannu, a special mention, saying: „The film was unique and very funny, and also served a strong motivational purpose: if you really want something, then act and don’t give up!“