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PÖFF Shorts 2020 announced winners

The international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has announced the winners of its 2020 edition. The three winning films now eligible for the short film Academy Award nomination are "Struck by Lighting" (dir. Esko Romet, Estonia 2020), "Precious" (dir. Paul Mas, France 2020) and "Between You and Milagros" (dir. Mariana Saffon, Colombia 2020). The PÖFF Shorts European Film Academy candidate for the Best Short Film will be announc...

800 guests for the first virtual Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

  The first virtual Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event welcomes more than 800 guests  Today, the 19th edition of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, taking place virtually this year, kicks off with its online programme including over 50 workshops, panels and seminars, hundreds of 1:1 meetings, and more than 800 accredited film industry professionals.   According to Marge Liiske ...

Margarethe Von Trotta to receive the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award

    Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards the Venice Golden Lion-winning director Margarethe von Trotta, one of the key figures of the New German Cinema movement, with the festival’s second Lifetime Achievement Award.   The decades-spanning career of Margarethe von Trotta (b. 1942, Berlin) began with several co-operations with another central figure in Germany’s independent cinema, Volker Schlöndorff, first as an actress on „The Sudden...

Award-winning casting professionals discuss how European actors could “make it” in the US at PÖFF Black Nights Stars

  Black Nights Stars, the initiative of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, holds an insightful panel discussion with internationally recognised casting directors such as Joseph Middleton, Billy Hopkins and Avy Kaufman, about the way auditions work in the States and how casting directors find European actors. The discussion is led by Lina Todd, a highly accomplished casting director based in New York.   Claudia Landsberger, the head of PÖFF Black Nights Stars pr...

VIDEO ScreenDaily Talks: Black Nights, Berlin, Rotterdam heads talk winter festival plans

  Speaking on a panel of European winter festival directors during the latest ScreenDaily Talks, Berlin International Film Festival executive director Mariette Rissenbeek revealed submissions of features for were up 5% on last year but that Covid-19 safety rules would impact the number of titles they would select. Rissenbeek was joined by Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marg...

European Film Forum in Tallinn: zooming in transformation of the film industry during COVID 19

European Film Forum in Tallinn: zooming into leadership resilience, foresight and transformation of the film industry during COVID19   The COVID19 outbreak has severely hit the audiovisual industry, with some estimates projecting losses up to EUR 24 billion in the next five years. Yet, despite the dramatic recession, a new-generation industry and business leadership is emerging to steer the cinema sector out of the crisis through actions of resilience, foresight and transf...

VIDEO: Hybrid ambiance from the opening of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s 24th edition

The 24th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival kicked off yesterday with the Opening Ceremony in the iSense hall of the Coca-Cola Plaza cinema, featuring two performances made by stage director Ingmar Jõela. The performances included the music of Maarja Nuut & RUUM and the poetry of Gustav Suits that melt into an audiovisual spectacle by Alyona Movko.   The event saw speeches by festival director Tiina Lokk, Estonia’s Ministry of Culture Tõnis Luuk...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has begun.

  Yesterday we celebrated the launch of the 24th edition of the festival and today the first screenings take place. #PÖFF24 brings you over 60 world and international premieres, the best from the festival circuit, cult series, and uncut gems from around the globe. For the first time ever, audiences will be able to watch movies in Estonia both at the cinema and at home.       ...

Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan to be the first recipients of the DDA Spotlight Award the Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan to be the first recipients of the DDA Spotlight Award at 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival The directors of The Personal History of David Copperfield and Escape from Pretoria will each receive the new award honouring diversity and inclusion in cinema Tallinn Black Nights and DDA today named filmmakers Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop, The Death of Stalin) and Francis Annan (Escape from Pretoria, Unsaid Stories) as the re...

Estonian-Canadian DOP Alar Kivilo to receive the Tallinn Black Nights Lifetime Achievement Award

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards Estonian-Canadian DOP Alar Kivilo with the festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award of the 24th edition. Kivilo’s decades-spanning work includes comedy "The Blindside" (2009) that brought an Academy Award to Sandra Bullock and WW II action-drama "Hart’s War" and Academy-Award-winning short film "Boys and Girls".  Born in 1953 in Montreal into a family of Estonia emigres, Alar Kiv...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the full lineup of its 24th edition

Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) announces new programmes and adds world premieres to the programme. The festival will have seven juries overseeing various section of the festival.   Running from the 13th until the 29th of November, PÖFF screens 172 feature-length, 28 short films, 13 series this year. Adding to this, sub-festival Youth and children’s film festival Just Film screens 44 feature-length films, PÖFF Shorts has selected 166 shorts and 123 animations and Russia...

Baltic Event Co-Production Market presents 19 projects this year

  The official selection of the Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2020, which runs on November 25-26, is more international than ever welcoming projects from Israel and the Philippines for the first time. As Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event has Russia in Focus this year, Russia is represented at the co-production market with five projects.    Leana Jalukse, Co-Production Market Manager, said that despite the unexpectedly difficult year for the film industry and everyone in ge...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival lets loose its Rebels With A Cause

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels With A Cause, an international competition programme screening 13 feature films, alongside a short films competition that also includes 13 entries this year, split across two programmes. The features line-up includes five world premieres and one international premiere.  Rebels With A Caus...

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals all titles of 2020 Works in Progress projects

18 films in production or post-production, looking for sales agents or festivals for international premiers, will be presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in 2020.   As this year’s Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event takes place fully online, the presentations of projects taking part of Works in Progress can be followed on the website. The projects will be pres...

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Music Meets Film welcomes four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman as speaker

This year’s Music Meets Film held virtually along with the complete Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event programme, will give an insight into the creative layers of composers, film directors and industry leaders. One of the main speakers of the programme is four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman, who has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry.  The conversation...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival puts German film in focus in 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces Germany as the Focus Country for this year’s hybrid 24th edition of the festival. The festival’s Opening Film will be Oskar Roehler’s Fassbinder biopic Enfant Terrible and 14 more German films will screen online and onsite as part of the In Focus: New German Cinema selection.    The programme is presented in collaboration with German Films a...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to introduce the DDA Spotlight Award

In timing with the 50th anniversary of the global entertainment communications company DDA, Tallinn Black Nights will introduce a new award honouring an artist or filmmaker whose recent work takes a concerted step forward in improving diversity and inclusion in the film industry and cinema culture. With the introduction of this award, Tallinn Black Nights celebrates the anniversary of the DDA Group, launched in 1970 by Dennis Davidson and Michael Dalling. The relationship betwee...

PÖFF Shorts announces International Competition titles for 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sub-festival announces 115 titles across five different competition as PÖFF Shorts (17th-25h November 2020) celebrates its first year of being an Academy Award qualifying festival. The 2020 edition of PÖFF Shorts, an official sub-festival of the A-List Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has revealed the films which will be part of its six competitions. More than 110 short films and animations will be screened between 17th and 25th Nov...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced the first 8 films of the Official Selection

  The first 8 films of the Official Selection Six of the announced films are world premieres, as Black Nights welcomes the return of Latvian auteur Laila Pakalnina with In the Mirror; the celebrated Kazakhstan director Adilkhan Yerzhanov with Ulbolsyn; the multiple-award-winning Croatian director Dalibor Matanić with The Dawn; veteran Russian scriptwriter and director Aleksandr Mindadze with Parquet; the up and coming Turkish director Nisan Dağ presen...

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2020 program will be online

Keeping our guests safe and sound is a top priority for us, so we have decided to move the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2020 program entirely online. For the last week in November, global film industry representatives will be invited to apply for access to all events, project pitches and films regardless of their geographical location. Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, the industry strand affiliated to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has decided to move online comp...

Black Nights will happen, lockdown or no lockdown!

WE WILL HAPPEN! Following the events unfolding in the world and the signs of potential COVID-19 resurgence in Europe, we are preparing for all possible scenarios, including making most of the festival and industry features available online.  This includes a new feature: the international press and industry will have online access to films and projects, no matter their geographic location! The festival dates remain the same taking place from the 13th of November until the 29...

Tartu Love Film Festival announces full programme

The 15th Tartu Love Film Festival aka Tartuff screens 13 features and 4 documentaries with the majority of the films also available online for the first time in the festival’s history. The festival sets a thematic focus on art and artists.     Tartu Love Film Festival, organised by the team at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, will open the biggest open-air cinema in the Baltic countries for the 15th time on the historic Tartu Town Hall Square. The festival is t...

The European Genre Forum announces projects for 2020!

The European Genre Forum EGF, taking place for 6th time this year, has selected eight projects to attend two talent labs in 2020.   The eight projects are invited to attend two talent labs in 2020, the first one, The Producing Lab takes place at Fantastic Zagreb, July 16 -19, 2020. The mentors in Zagreb coaching the teams include the CEO of  P1 Kemppinen Petri Kemppinen (former CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond) and international scri...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival donates most of its revenue for Corona relief

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival announces statistics of the virtual edition and donates most of its ticket revenue for Corona relief   The virtual edition of the 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival recorded a virtual attendance of around 10 000. The festival donates most of its ticket sale revenue – around 5000 euros – to Läänemaa Food Bank.   The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival that took place from the 8th until the 10th of ...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns winners

The 15th edition of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival crowns Even Husby Grødahl’s Downs of the Dead as the Méliés Short Film Competition winner and Mart Sander’s Eerie Fairy Tales as the best Estonian genre film. The Silver Méliés went to Downs of the Dead by director Even Husby Grødahl (Norway), that tells a humorous tale of zombies attacking a nursery for the intellectually disabled. The jury lauded the film: „We we...


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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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