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Documentary-based animation about a dream that eventually comes true in a film.
A 10-uear old girl longed for a puppy as a birthday present. Her dissappointment was very big when instead puppy she got father she had no idea he was still alive. This documentary based film tells a story about a very long-standing dream that kept him alive through many years and actually will come true only now, through this film.

Empty Space invokes a past memory, an apartment that once existed, and a small girl dwelling and playing there. It presents a story forged in the dreams of the father hiding from Soviet terror. Empty Space is a reconstruction of a vision on the backdrop of the anxieties of the 1950s in Soviet Union.
In 1944, Leonhard Lina (19141994), a former officer of Estonian Defence Forces, went into hiding to avoid capture and imprisonment. Trapped in a small hollow in the double ceiling of a potato storage and longing for his home, he built a miniature replica of it. He crafted altogether 217 tiny pieces of furniture and household items. The doll furniture was meant as a present for his daughter, Merike, whom hed been forced to leave only a few months after her birth. Using whatever materials he could get, Leonhard made for her a perfect copy of their former apartment. Merike was already 10 years old when she finally got her present, after Leonhard received a message that he is not being accused of anything and can come out of hiding. By that time, Leonhard had been underground for 10 years.
Empty Space invokes a past memory, an apartment that once existed, and a small girl dwelling and playing there. It presents a story forged in the dreams of the father hiding in the potato storage. Empty Space is a reconstruction of a vision on the backdrop of the anxieties of the 1950s the aftermath of the war, the mass deportations, the forced collectivization, the ambushing of the Forest Brothers.
The sets of the film use Leonhard Linas original doll furniture and a puppet fashioned after Merikes childhood photos. Empty Space draws on interviews with Leonhard Linas daughter Merike.

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2018/ Youngabout International Film Festival Bologna Italy 16.-18.03.

2018 4th El Ventilador International Animation Film Festival Santa Fe Argentina 28.3.-01.04.

2018/ 11th Cairo International Forum for Animated Films Egypt 15.-22.02.

2017/ 47th Roshd International Film Festival Tehran Iran 24.11.-01.12.

2017/ Animation Festival Mumia in Belo Horizonte Brazil Dec.

2017/ FILEM`ON International Film Festival for Young Audiences Brussel Belgia 25.10.-04.11.

2017/ 24th International Film Festival IFF Etiuda & Anima Krakow Poland 21.-26.11.

2017/ XV International festival of Animation Arts Multivision St. Petersburg Russia 28.10 .-20.11

2017/ ANIMAC Civican Pamplona Navarra Spain

2017/ 3th Bit Bang Fest- International Festival Buenos Aires Argentina 02.-04.11.

2017/ ANIMASIVO Animation Festival Mexico City

2017/ Estonian Film Days ( Estnisher FilmAbend) Bremen,Oldenburg, Kiel,Hamburg, Berlin Germany 07.-13.10.

2017/ XXIV Blue Sea Film Festival Rauma Finland 17.-20.08.
2017/ Santiago del Estera Film Festival Argentina 11.-15.07.

2017/ Cinessonne Short Film Festival France 10.-27.11.

2017/ International Animated Film Festival KROK Kyiev Ukraine 04.-12.10. JURY DIPLOMA a harmony of feelings that have filled the empty space

2017/ Helsinki International Short Film Festival Love & Anarchy Finland 14.-19.09.

2017/ Sedicicorto International Film Festival ANIMALAB Forli Italy 06.-15.10.

2017/ TIAF Taichung International Animation Festival South Korea 13.-17.10.

2017/ SEFF Seville European Film Festival Spain 03.-11.11.

2017/ International Short Film Competition SHORT RIGA Latvia 13.-16.09.
2017/ Anima Syros Greece September
Program Protest in Animation

2017/ Turku Animated Film Festival Finland August
Program Protest in Animation

2017/ Limassol Documentary Film Festival Cypros August
Program Protest in Animation

2017/ 26FCMPNR Festival de Cine de Madrid Spain 12.-24.10.
Section: New International Filmmakers

2017/ Concorto Film Festival Pontenure Italy 19.-26-08.

2017/ 19th Lenola inventa un film International Short Film Festival Lenola Italy Aug.

2017/ 8th Anibar International Animation Festival Peja Kosovo 14.-20.08. Panorama programe

2017/ 23th Brisbane International Film Festival Australia 17.08.-03.09.

2017/ 1th Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival Spain 29.06.-01.07.

2017/ 16th Countryside Animafest Cypros 24.06.-01.07.

2017/ 18th Lucania Film festival Pisticci Agorto Italy 20.05.-02.06.

2017/ 2th ZABUT InternationalAnimated Short Film Festival Messina Italy 28.-30.07.

2017/ 10th International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR Poznan Poland

2017/ Bueu International Short Film Festival Ficbueu ( Pontevedra ) Spain 10.-17.09.

2017/ 16th Countryside Animafest Cypros 24.06.-01.07.

2017/ ZINETXIKI international Film festival for Children& Youth Bilbao Spain 28.10.-12.11.

2017/ 15th Kimera International Film Festival Termoli Italy 30.05.-03.06.

2017/ ANIMAC Puppet Festival Spain

2017/ Santiago del Estera Film Festival Argentina 11.-15.07.

2017/ 25th International Animation Festival of Brazil - Anima Mundi
18.-23.07. Rio de Janeiro, 26.-30.07.Sao Paulo Brasil (Panorama)

2017/ MIAF Melbourne international Animation Festival Australia 18.-25.06.

2017/ 20th DocBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival Spain

2017/ European Short Film Festival EU Shorts Ottawa Canada May

2017/ World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb Croatia 05.-10.06. PANORAMA section

2017/ 3th REX- Stockholm`s Animation Festival Sweden 12.-15.10.

2017/ MEDIAWAVE international Film and music Cathering Gyr Hungary

2017/ 19th Ismailia International Film Festival Egypt 19.-25.04.

2017/ 41th Annecy International Animation Film Festival France 12.-17.06.

2017/ Estonian programe Anilogue Hungary

2017/ FILMFEST Badalona Film Festival Spain 20.-29.10.

2017/ International New Animation Films& Cartoon Film Festival USA

2017/ 6th Be there! Corfu Animation Festival Greece 29.03.-02.04.

2017/ Animac- 21th International Animation Film Exhibition Lleida Catalonia Spain 02.-05.03.

2017/ 6th Animation Short Film Festival ANIMACAM Coruna Spain 10.-27.01.

2017/ Animation and Video Games Festival BLON Klaipeda Lithuania 02.-07.02.

2017/ MONSTRA Lisbon Animated Film Festival Portugal 16.-26.03.

2017/ Los Angeles Skandinavian film Festival USA 14.-22.01.

2016/ 13th International Animated Film Festival ANIMATEKA Ljubljana Slovenia 05.-11.12

2016/ Piccolo festival of Animazione Pordenone,Trieste Italy Dec.

2016/ 18th International Animation Film festival ANIMATED DREAMS Tallinn Estonia 16.-20.11.

2016/ 15th Reggio Film Festival Italy 10.- 13.10.

2016/ Fredrikstad Animation Festival Norway 10.-13.11.

2016/ 2nd Manchester Animation Festival UK 15.-17.11.

2016/ 40th International Animated Film Festival CINANIMA Espinho Portugal 07.-13.11.
Grand Panorama International Non-Competitive Programme- Animated Mermaid

2016/ London International Animation Festival (LIAF) UK 02.-11.12.
Animated Documentaries programme

2016/ The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Quebeck Canada 16.-18.09.

2016/ 12th World Festival of Animated Film Varna Bulgaria 7. 11.09.

2016/ 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF ) UK 15.-26.06.

Articles about the film:

1.Merike met her father for the first time when she was ten years old.

2 While he was hiding from the Soviet terror during the years 1944 - 1954,
Merikes father constructed a miniature copy of his former home,
hoping to one day give it to his daughter as a present.

3. All I knew was that my father was dead. And then I got
this surprise - my father suddenly appeared and gave me
the doll furniture as a present! But I was also a little disappointed.
The furniture was beautiful, but I was already a big girl
and didnt play with dolls any more...

Creation techniques: marnukk/classical puppet
Year of production: 2016
Duration: 10'
Original format: 2K
Colours: colour  
Sound format: dolby stereo  
Genre: Author film  
Target audience: adults  
Script: lo Pikkov
Direction: lo Pikkov
Camera: Raivo Mllits
Design: Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Animation: Marili Sokk
Music: Prt Uusberg
Sound: Horret Kuus
Decoration prepatarion: Ene Mellov, Anne Kabel, Katariina Aule, Heigo Eeriksoo
CGI composer: Mait Erik, Roman Kuznetsov
Digital postproduction: Raivo Mllits
Make up: Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
Editing: lo Pikkov, Raivo Mllits
Light: Volli Voronov
Producer: Kerdi Oengo
Production assistant: Maret Reismann
Produced by: Nukufilm O/Andrus Raudsalu

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In Nukufilm Studios there has been filmed the first digital stereocpical stop-animation puppet-film ever, together with Moscow Film and Photo Technology Reseach Institute NIKFI. NIKFI has come up with a special technology for making stereoscopical films and they have been awarded with Oscar in 1991...
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