FESTIVALS: Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy FF 2023 Announces Winners

    Child Machine by Rain Rannu Child Machine by Rain Rannu photo source: POFF

    HAAPSALU: The Dutch production Shut directed by Niels Bourgonje received the Silver Méliès for Best Film in the Méliès Short Film Competition of the 18th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF). The festival was held 28 – 30 April 2023.

    Slovenian film The Moon of the Kurent: The Ritual directed by Tomaž Gorkič received a Special Mention in the Méliès Short Film Competition.

    Rain Rannu's Child Machine was awarded Best Estonian Genre Film.

    The largest genre festival in the Baltics screened 30 long films as well as numerous short films.


    Méliès Short Film Competition:

    Silver Méliès for Best Film:
    Shut (the Netherlands)
    Directed by Niels Bourgonje
    Special Mentions:

    Vulvina Queen of Ecstasy (France)
    Directed by Clémence Andre, Nawel Bahamou, Ming Chieh Chang, Théo Guyot, Mary Yanko

    The Moon of the Kurent: The Ritual (Slovenia)  
    Directed by Tomaž Gorkič (Slovenia)
    Estonian Genre Film Competition:

    Best Film:
    Child Machine
    Directed by Rain Rannu

    Best Sci-Fi Film:
    The Last Sentinel (Estonia)
    Directed by Tanel Toom

    Audience Award:
    Sisu (Finland)
    Directed by Jalmari Helander