Crazy movies and a cool atmosphere brought a record audience to HÕFF

The 8th Haapsalu’s Horror and Fantasy film festival (HÕFF) that ended on Sunday brought the best of last years’ genre movies to the audience. Over 2900 people visited the movie and party marathon lasting for 4 days. 2900 people is also the festival’s new audience record.

The first winner of the international short movie competition programme and the reciever of the Silver Mélies (Méliès d’Argent) was the Belgian director Alberto Lopez with his movie Trap, that was valued as a captivating black and white nightmare, that holds frightening moments and resourceful murders, and also doesn’t take the foolishness over the top.

Named the best movie out of competition was the Canadian author Steven Kostanski’s movie Biocop as an exciting honour to the 80s classic trash videos that we love, oh, so much.

Judging the short movies was the jury composed by Indrek Hargla from Estonia, Johannes Palmroos from Sweden and Eero Tammi from Finland.

The focus of this year’s festival was on the British director Ben Wheatley’s work. European premieres of two of his movies and also a Spanish horror movie Omnivores world premiere, that was also one of the most popular screening of the festival, took place.
Also visited by a big audience was the crazy anthology movie The ABCs of Death, the Spanish thriller The Body and the extreme horror screening of the classic Caligula.

The lifetime achievement award of the festival was given to the noted Japanese director Hideo Nakata, whose new masterpiece The Complex ended the festival.

The audience’s favourite movie will be found out by public voting on HÕFF’s Facebook page: Voting is open until May 6.

Foreign guests this year were the American independent director Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider), the Spanish director Oscar Rojo (Omnivores), the noted Finnish sound editor Heikki Kossi (Berberian Sound Studio) and the Norwegian makers of the short movies Vertical Village and Angst, Piss and Drid .

The 8th HÕFF will take place in Haapsalu on the last weekend of April.