A football referee has to face his barking fear.

Before the football match, the referee has a flashback of an angry dog from his childhood. Before the game starts, all the players turn into dogs. Beast-behaving dog-footballers initially frighten the referee, but using his whistle, he makes a plan to chain up all the dogs. Except for the last one.

Director’s statement
The main topic of this film is prejudice and abuse of power. At a time, when society is divided beyond repair I’d like to give it a humorous and playful perspective by using a football stadium as a model of a fractured nation. The goal of this film is to make the audience think about their own prejudices and inspire them to open up to another perspective. The film captures the fear of the main character and inflates it to an absurd scale. A referee is afraid of dogs. During the match, all players will transform into playful werewolves. The referee will start using his red card and whistle to command them. He starts abusing his power to silence and lock them for no good reason. By the end, the referee will conquer his fear and will start acting as a dog himself.

Director and Scriptwriter
Sander Joon

Country of production


Target audience

all audiences

Animation technique

2D vector based, 3D (CGI)

Production company

AAA Creative

Estimated budget

150 000

Funding secured

Development support from the Estonian Film Institute (15 000 EUR) Offside will be a co-production with Estonian studio BOP! Animation (Old Man Movie, co-producers or SIERRA)


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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