A still from Mr. Death (2016).

Catch the brilliant selection of the best horror, sci-fi and fantasy short films at the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival! The films are screened as part of the renowned competition programme named after Georges Méliès, the legendary French illusionist filmmaker, and organised by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. HÕFF has been a member of the Federation for many years now.

The competition sees the best European fantasy film awarded with the prestigious Méliès d'Or prize. HÕFF holds one of the sub-competitions and awards its winning film with the Méliès d'Argent prize. The winning film then goes on to compete for the main prize.

Being able to see all these outstanding European horror, sci-fi and fantasy short films is a rare opportunity,” according to Henryk Johan Novod and Ra Ragnar Novod, the curators of HÕFF's short film programme.

The eight films in the competition programme cover a variety of topics, from an exclusive interview with death to images from a post-apocalyptic world, and have run times ranging from 6 minutes to 20 minutes. Filmgoers will be more familiar with the director of the nightmarish short The Tunnel, André Øvredal is known for his films Troll Hunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Also, Izù Troin's gloomy and tense animation Fierce will be internationally premiered at this year's festival.

The winning film is selected by the jury, which includes Evan Katz, the director of HÕFF's opening film Small Crimes, and the Estonian screenwriter and film critic Greta Varts

A special program of the world's best short films, Little Nightmares, runs alongside the competition programme. Go on a journey to strange new worlds and the peripheries of imagination where nothing is as it seems. These films showcase how to superbly convey horror and suspense in a short format. Ten films are screened in this programme, including films from Lithuania and Albania. 

It is the fifth year for the Méliès programme. Last year's prize was awarded to the French-Belgium collaboration The Black Bear by directors Mèryl Fortunat-Rossi and Xavier Seron.

The competition programme is screened on Saturday, 29th of April, at 14.00 and Sunday, 30th of April, at 13.15. The special programme is screened on Friday, 28th of April, at 19.45 and Sunday, 30th of April, at 11.00. All screenings are held at Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus. Buy tickets here