Official Selection 2016: In Competition

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The first edition of TAFF received an incredible amount of 838 submissions for International Competition. Ultimately 32 short animations from all over the world were selected for the competition.

Creative director Joni Männistö, who was in charge of the jury, tells that the task was challenging. “Selected films are incredible examples of animators’ ability to create new worlds. There are loads of films where traditional drawing and puppet animation techniques are utilised. Artistic and visual imagination connects directors of these films; the ability to use the same tools and to produce utterly original and distinctive works”, says Männistö.

Films chosen for the competition include works from seasoned film makers, such as Koji Yamamura, Theodore Ushev and Georges Schwizgebel, as well as from emerging talents like Réka Bucsi, whose graduate thesis film Symphony No. 42 ended up in the shortlist of Academy Awards. Her first professional film Love is shown at TAFF, and it is an archetype of new worlds painted by animations. High standard of Estonian films is noteworthy; no less than six Estonian animations were accepted to the competition. While selecting competition films the jury also chose a Panorama series of 13 films from professional filmmakers that didn’t quite make it to the competition. Five student films made it to the competition, and in addition to those a selection of similarly 13 student films will be screened as a separate ensemble.

“The films chosen for Panorama and Student series are examples of high level. These films deserve to be shown even though they didn’t make it to the competition. All films selected for the programme are connected by how their story or visuality get under viewer’s skin in some way”, comments Männistö.

Hearty congratulations to all those who were selected.

List of films selected for the International Competition (in alphabetical order):

Bird Flu | Priit Tender | Estonia | 2016
Books on Books | Lei Lei | China | 2015
Chulyen, a Crow’s Tale | Cerise Lopez & Agnès Patron | France | 2015
Cosmoetico | Martina Scarpelli | Italy | 2015
Dalila | Magda Guidi | Italy | 2015
Dot | Kristjan Holm | Estonia | 2015
Erlking | Georges Schwizgebel | Switzerland | 2015
How Long, Not Long | Michelle Kranot & Uri Kranot | Denmark | 2016
Kukuscha | Dina Velikovskaya | Russia | 2016
Life with Herman H. Rott | Chintis Lundgren | Estonia, Croatia, Denmark | 2015
Love | Réka Bucsi | France, Hungary | 2016
LUCKY | Ines Christine Geisser | Germany | 2015
The Master | Riho Unt | Estonia | 2015
Me by You | David Buob | Germany | 2016
Monkey | Jie Shen | China | 2015
The Moustache | Anni Oja | Finland | 2015
Not Even Nothing Can Be Free of Ghosts | Rainer Kohlberger | Austria, Germany | 2016
OSSA | Dario Imbrogno | Italy | 2016
Piano | Kaspar Jancis | Estonia | 2015
Pig | Steven Subotnick | United States | 2015
Satie’s “Parade” | Koji Yamamura | Japan | 2016
SaVer | Simon Gerbaud | Mexico | 2015
Ships of Years Past | Georgiy Boguslavskiy | Russia | 2015
The Sleepwalker | Theodore Ushev | Canada | 2015
Soil Is Alive | Beatrice Pucci | Italy | 2015
Superbia | Luca Tóth | Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia | 2016
Three Fitted Flies | María Álvarez & Elisa Morais | Spain, Lithuania | 2015
Velodrool | Sander Joon | Estonia | 2015
Waiting for the New Year | Vladimir Leschiov | Latvia | 2016
What They Believe | Shoko Hara | Germany | 2015
Work in Progress – Faces | Tamás Patrovits | Hungary | 2015
Zimbo | Juan Medina | Mexico | 2015

List of films selected for the Panorama (in alphabetical order):

A better Situation | Francisca Villela | Germany |2016
Analysis Paralysis | Anete Melece | Switzerland | 2016
Benches No.0458 | Ivan Maximov | Russian Federation |2015
Datum point | Ryo Orikasa | Japan | 2015
Greedy Germ | Fang Yu Hsu, Cheng Hao Chen | Taiwan | 2015
Nocturnal Butterfly | Annika Dahlsten | Finland | 2015
Out of Internal Worlds | Helen Unt | Estonia | 2016
Private Parts | Anna Ginsburg | United Kingdom | 2015
Rivers | Daria Kopiec | Poland | 2015
The Eye of the Storm | Masanobu Hiraoka | France, Japan | 2015
Travelling Country | Vessela Dantcheva, Ivan Bogdanov | Bulgaria, Croatia | 2016
Very lonely Cock | Leonid Shmelkov | Russian Federation | 2015
Wiener Blut | Zlatko Bourek | Croatia | 2015

List of films selected for the Student Panorama (in alphabetical order):

99 A, Frankfurt Street | Evgenia Gostrer | Germany | 2016
A Girl | Jean Gégout | France | 2015
Cowboyland | David Štumpf
 | Slovakia | 2015
Fire | Pencha (Pablo Penchansky) | Argentina | 2015
Fox Fears | Miyo Sato | Japan | 2015
FURY | Paulina Wyrt |
 Poland | 2015
Ivan’s Need | Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter | Switzerland | 2015
Last Judgment | Junyi Xiao | United States | 2016
MILA FOG | Marta Prokopová | Slovakia | 2015
Pombo Loves You | Steve Warne | United Kingdom | 2015
Reflecting Black | Jan Utecht | Germany | 2016
Ruben Leaves | Frederic Siegel | Switzerland | 2015
Ughh ugh | Yajun Shi, Uma Sharma | United States | 2015