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For the fourth time the dark skies and gloomy tides will mark the return of the realm of fantasy and horror to the shores of the Baltic Sea. The Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HOFF) is back – older, stronger and more thrilling than ever before.

Haapsalu once a renown summer retreat of the Russian Czars, now a picturesque town, a celebrated spa, and the home of infamous Baltic ghost – the White Lady, will be crowded by film buffs and professionals alike looking for both fantasy and extreme. HOFF, one of the few festivals of its kind in the whole region is organized in co-operation with Haapsalu City, Haapsalu Culture Center and the largest art house festival in the Baltics – the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

 

 

The mission of HOFF is to present to the audiences of Estonia and the neighbouring countries horror, fantasy, sci-fi and cult films from the world's cinema heritage with a geographically diverse and contemporary program.

The town of Haapsalu, through its developed leisure, spa  and conference facilities has proven to be an attractive meeting point for film professionals as well – for enjoying films, world class cuisine, excellent spas and business arrangements.

 

 

Festival program is divided into two sections. The main section will feature new fantasy and horror films, no older than two years with a focus on a theme or a genre. The four day film feast will end with a timeless classic from dusty vaults, this year presenting an undiscovered sci-fi classic from the Eastern Bloc- “Navigator Pirx” ( Estonia-Poland 1978), that celebrates its 30th jubilee.

In 2007, the festival paid a special tribute to the new wave of British horror and cult animation, whilst contemporary program screened films from Italy, Japan to France and Portugal. Parts of the main section also included films that dwell on the borders of fear and fantasy, being  suitable  for  younger  audiences, such as “Pan's Labyrinth” in 2007.

The second part however is targeted for audiences with strongest wits and guts - introducing the most  extreme and obscure films ever made, such as in 2007 the infamous and still banned “Nekromantik” by Jörg Buttgereit that received a positively chilling welcome from the audience and the press alike.

In addition to the visual experience HOFF features Q&A sessions, live shows by musicians and thematic performances by artists to build up a truly haunting festival experience.

In 2007, although just in its 2nd year, HOFF caught the interest of several international guests – renown cult film researcher Xavier Mendik, producer Howard Martin, actress and producer Nadya Brand (“Broken”), producer Gregory Rossi (“Last House in the Woods”), festival director Mikko Aromaa (Night Visions, Finland) and programmer Liisa Lehmusto  (Helsinki International Film Festival).


Accepted formats
35 mm prints with optical, Dolby Stereo, Dolby Surround or Dolby Digital sound track (unfortunately no
DTS)

Video: Digibeta/Beta SP (PAL), DVCAM (PAL/NTSC), HDCAM, DVD (PAL/NTSC). 

The festival accepts preview copies only in DVD format.
 

Archive: 2008 2007 2006
MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival, Telliskivi 60A, 10412 Tallinn Tel. (+372) 6 314 640 | info@poff.ee