The latest works of already established filmmakers representing the geographic, thematic and stylistic diversity of the art of film. Only World and International premiers. All films are presented by their authors.
JF Youth Programme
JF Child Rights Programme
JF Children Programme
JF Science360 Programme
JF Travelling World Programme
First Feature Competition
The first films of emerging talents representing youthful flair, innovative ideas and unexpected perspectives. Only the world and international premiers.
Scholarship of 5000 EUR from Jameson.
In Focus: Flanders
A program inspired by the success of Flamish films, consisting of about two dozen carefully picked and internationally acclaimed films made since 1980.
Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Special Programme Fashion Cinema
Films about the different aspects of the art of fashion.
Estonian Film Competition
The best Estonian films from last year assessed by foreign experts.
The prize of 3200 EUR for the Best Estonian Film competition is presented by Estonian biggest film sponsor and investor, Mr Armin Karu
Screen International Critics' Choice
A selection of the year’s cinematic highlights that have been selected by the critics of the reputable film magazine Screen International.
Rebels with a Cause
A showcase of experimental film-making and bold artistic statements from all over the world. Pushing the boundaries of the art of film.
Make sure to vote for your favourite Rebel here!
Films that have a special meaning for the festival and/or whose screening generates especially emotional moments.
Films representing original standpoints, disputed views or simply interesting aesthetic quests and meant for a demanding viewer. Fresh look of the art of film.
Films that have won critical acclaim at other well-known festivals, representing the widest spectre of the art of film and attracting the most viewers.
Unrevealed Snapshots: Films of Contemporary Japanese Female Directors
The most interesting documentaries from everywhere.
A selection of the best recent horror, fantasy and B films. Extravagant fantasy wingding.
Finland 100: Finnish Cult Film Special – 48H
A special program dedicated to Finland’s 100th anniversary. 48 straight hours of the best iconic Finnish films.
The special PÖFF programme „Hot Topics“ is aimed at drawing the attention of the public to films that talk about various countries and societies, and address humanitarian and social issues.
The programme was created in collaboration with the The Estonian Institute of Human Rights.
Estonian Olympic Committee Presents
PÖFF Shorts National Competition
’Variety is the spice of life’ goes the famous saying. The National Competition screens the best of the new Estonian animations and short films. Our New Estonian Animation programme also serves as a festive opening for this year’s festival with its buzz and excitement of the four animation premieres.
Shorts No Limits
To further explore the impact of the short film medium we have composed these two themed programs – Late Night Love and Odd Comedy Night. Each screening will blend both live action and animation, to give audiences a taste of the possibilities of short film. The universal topics of humor and sex are traditionally “audience friendly”, yet at the same time are good examples of auteur cinema. A good place to begin for anyone looking to get in touch with the short format. We hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship.
Whenever we hear the word Panorama we tend to think – oh, those are the films that didn’t make it to the competition. We think of something negative – brexit, global warming, Harvey Weinstein… But little do we know that under that modest name lie the biggest award winning short films and animations including the best of European Film Academy and Annecy Animation Festival plus several other mind opening screenings.
Shorts Tricky Toons
Who of us parents haven’t left their kids every now and then in the arms of the world’s most consistent babysitter – the TV-set? It seems that only then, when our children are basking in the fluorescent glow of the screen, when their eyes are fixed and their mouths agape – only then can we ever get a moments peace. But sooner or later (at least some of us) will start to feel a sense of guilt – this “babysitter” may be free but they aren’t kind or affectionate, and they care not a whit about our child’s well-being. In order to relieve this guilt we suggest you take your child by the hand and venture together towards the cinema. Tricky Toons will offer joy and excitement (and most of all food for thought) for people of all ages.
Shorts Mati Kütt Retrospective
We live in strange times. In almost all creative fields the old rules of the game are dead. It is said that all paradigms known to us have changed, and we have reached some kind of a post-era, with terms like postmodernism, post-conceptualism, post-digital, post-truth etc. For Mati Kütt these post-themes are very important, especially the electrical posts! The utility pole is one of the central figures in his experimental animation Labyrinth (1989) and his puppet animation Sky Song (2010). In the latter Kütt even goes into extremes with the post-theme, with cameos from a mailman and a post office!
To be fair, Kütt belongs more to the Renaissance than contemporary times. One could call him a pure artist, uncompromisingly and consistently focusing on his own creations for decades, avoiding the world of advertising and commercialism. Kütt’s animations and paintings form a self-contained universe that could be described as surreal dislocation. Besides surrealism, Kütt mixes in a certain dose of naivety and psychedelia that is always accompanied by a very deep and humane dimension – Mati Kütt’s everlasting research into humans and being human.
Real life is boring. That’s why cinema exists. Who needs the drudgery of everyday life when we can be whisked away to another world, far away from our mundane existence. But real life is actually more exciting than we can ever imagine.
Doc@Shorts takes us to the worlds where love exists, hope is in abundance and the glimpse of something beyond the everyday shines like a diamond. These stories didn’t come from a scriptwriter’s pen or from the fevered imagination of an animator. They happened. Despite all the negativity and fear in the world, everyday life is remarkable. And these films show you why.
Shorts Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki’s unique style and worldview are equally at view in the numerous short films he has directed since the early 1980s.
The self-taught Finnish filmmaker’s short work radiates melancholy and sophisticated minimalism and this selection provides a chance to see some of his earliest works. Amongst them is Rocky VI, a parody of the ultra-nationalistic US blockbuster Rocky IV, which deconstructs the narrative of the film to lead it to one very obvious conclusion.
These films are an interesting insight into the development of the director and also highlight many of the themes that would become a preoccupation of his over the course of his storied career.as continued to resonate with audiences across the world as the films of the Finnish director juxtapose a melancholic world view with glimmers of hope for a better society. Even since he came to worldwide prominence with the feature Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989), Kaurismäki’s dry comedy and insight in the human condition have marked him out as one of the world’s most talented auteurs. Even today he still manages to surprise and enthral with his latest film The Other Side of Hope picking up a Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Sleepwalkers International Competition
The world seems a more infinitely scary place than it did a year ago. Yet this selection of shorts from across the globe provide a glimmer of light against the darkness as amongst themes of loneliness, forced migration and loss of innocence there lies hope with explorations of the redemptive power of love and the goodness at the heart of human communities. The competition also provides cutting edge cinema at it’s best with stories rife with innovation, a spirit of the experimental and genuine heart. With a chance to see established winners – amongst them the winner of this year’s Palme D’or for Best Short – alongside newer works, the live action International Competition promises a world of discovery.
Animated Dreams International Competition
Out of 1000 submissions, we’ve chosen 42 films that represent the best and most innovative approaches to short animation. In this medium, there has been a rise in the amount of international co-productions – a phenomenon that was once quite rare. In addition to the countries that are well established in the animation scene like the UK, Canada, and France, more films than ever are coming from places further away from this hub. For example Korea, China, and Iran have been producing more and more fantastic work. We’ve taken the liberty of giving each screening a title – one that would serve as a thematic link to connect each of the films.
Animated Dreams Student Competition
The word “enthusiasm” originates from Greek. It consists of the root words “theos” (god) and “en” (in) meaning “God within.” A student making an animated film, usually alone, is confronted with an unbearable amount of work. The only way to manage is with enthusiasm, an invincible inner belief. Many of the selected student films here are exceptionally mature but still carry a freshness that is so hard to maintain in later years. Seeing these films is like glimpsing into the future.
Sleepwalkers Student Competition
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – if the term ’student film’ fills you with trepidation because you believe that they are somehow a test before someone goes on to make a ’real’ film, then we’d suggest you should come to each programme in the student competition and have your perceptions altered.
It is a display of raw talent, innovation and unparalleled skill, these films are already on the cutting edge of cinema as they showcase the people who will take the film industry into the future. The competition will include the winner of a Gold Medal at this year’s Student Oscars alongside the winner of Best Short from the prestigious Busan International Film Festival.