The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) is a genre film marathon that takes over the Estonian mud capital Haapsalu. The festival, which brings in a slew of international film aficionados and fills the entire town of Haapsalu with lively events, has become a springtime highlight for film fans who long for thrilling cinema experiences.
Held from 28th to 30th April 2017, the festival introduces fresh horror and fantasy films to the Estonian audience and to cinephiles from neighbouring countries, additionally delighting them with a wide variety of cult favourites and world cinema classics. The programme of HÕFF stays clear of mainstream Hollywood horror and fantasy films, focusing instead on independent and art-house genre films that one is unlikely to come across in Estonian cinemas.
HÕFF is the only genre film festival in the Baltics; it is also a member of the Méliès organization, which unites the very best genre film festivals in Europe. Over the years, HÕFF has hosted numerous premiers and an abundance of internationally renowned film-makers and cinema legends. Film-makers and fans have a rare opportunity to meet in cinema halls and during several special events.