The Sleepwalkers Short Film Festival continues to solidify its place as an important event on the international short film festival scene as it brings a mixture of new short film discoveries alongside those gems that have already garnered an impressive reputation.
The central core of the festival is – as always – our four competition strands. The International Competition is a celebration of some of the very best films from across the globe while our Baltic Sea Competition recognises the unique sensibilities of films that come from the countries that lay next to that body of water. The student competition – long an important focus of the festival – proves that shorts are much, much more the practise before a ‘real film’ while the National Competition shows there is an abundance of talent in our small country.
Highlights across these competitions include the tense and atmospheric Everything Will Be OK, a winner of a Student Oscar in 2015 and Over, a powerful and confrontational film that won the Best of British at the renowned Encounters Festival in the UK. We’ll also welcome back Even Hafnor – the winner of the Sleepwalkers Grand Prix in 2013 – whose latest film Small Talk channels the spirit of the likes of Roy Andersson and Aki Kaurismäki.
Our film school focus this year will be on The Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film at Georgia State University. An emerging country in terms of filmmaking, the retrospective of diverse films will be an excellent opportunity to discover some exciting new films and filmmakers.
The Night Cinema will bring audiences short films throughout the night – including the legendary Vitamin Pills – and we will also screen the BAFTA Nominees of 2014 to celebrate the fact that Sleepwalkers is now a BAFTA qualifying film festival.