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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura as the latest recipient of its Lifetime A

T allinn Black Nights Film Festival announces legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura as the latest recipient of its Lifetime Ach PÖFF25  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD   PÖFF25 will host the European premier of Saura’s latest feature, The King Of All The World, in the Official Selection - Out Of Competition Producers of The King Of All The World, Esebio Pacha and Alexandra Fierro, will be in attendance, while the director has sent his video greetings to...

Black Nights Film Festival to present two performances of the new Opera “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film”

  Black Nights Film Festival celebrates its 25th birthday with the long-awaited contemporary opera “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film” by Eesti Kontsert. The electronic opera featuring actor-singers, virtual opera soloists, live electronics and robots, is a fantasy version of the last film made by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky.  Performances take place November 24 at 7pm in Tallinn Kultuurikatla and November 25 at 7 pm in Tartu Vanemuine Concert Hal...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival competition programs have begun

  The Official Selection and First Feature Competition programs are heating up at the 25th edition of PÖFF The festival’s main competition programme contains seven world premieres, ten international premieres and two European premieres. Nineteen films will be screened in competition, with three films out of competition. It’s a packed lineup featuring a couple of legends, a raft of returning Black Nights favourites and several soon-to-be-s...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival kicks off a very special 25th anniversary edition

At the opening ceremony on Friday night, legendary Estonian actress Elle Kull was awarded PÖFF's Lifetime Achievement Award and Pääru Oja was recognised with the Bruno O’Ya award supporting up and coming actors. The 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival began with an opening gala in the Alexela Concert Hall, featuring performances from Holy Motors, and followed by a screening of Ildikó Enyedi’a The Story Of My Wife. The ...

POFF Shorts reveals competition titles for 2021

Award winners and popular festival titles sit alongside new discoveries for audiences to see during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in November. PÖFF Shorts, a sub-festival of the A-Class Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has unveiled the titles that will make up its five international competition sections. The 98 films will screen across the festival which runs from 16 to 24 November at venues across Tallinn, Estonia. The festival’s International Live Action Co...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces its full 2021 Official Selection lineup

  The festival’s main competition programme adds one more world premiere, ten international premieres, three European premieres, and two Estonian premieres to the six world premieres previously announced. Nineteen films will be screened in competition, with three films out of competition. It’s a packed lineup featuring a couple of legends, a raft of returning Black Nights favourites and several soon-to-be-stars, from all corners of the cinematic globe.  We can alrea...

What's cooking in Tallinn: Projects for co-production market and Works in Progress revealed

  What's cooking? Works in Progress titles revealed Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2021 presents projects from award-winning filmmakers and established producers TV Beats Forum presents new drama series projects from the Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe Check out the preliminary programme! The 10th edition of Music Meets Film focuses on musical perspective of meaning and symbolism European Genre Forum presents 7 new voices from fantasy ...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces its full 2021 Official Selection lineup

The festival’s main competition programme adds eleven international premieres and three European premieres to the six world premieres previously announced. Nineteen films will be screened in competition, with three films out of competition. It’s a packed lineup featuring a couple of legends, a raft of returning Black Nights favourites and several soon-to-be-stars, from all corners of the cinematic globe. Two international premieres will come to PÖFF after having...

Just Film Festival to screen a special programme of short films made by Estonian youth

The 21st Just Film festival, the biggest sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival, announces this year's programme, screening films that affect kids and youth from all around the world. For the first time ever, the festival offers the opportunity to watch films that are made by Estonian kids and youth with the help of Just Film's new initiative that awards young filmmakers with scholarships to make their own films.   Just Film celebrates its 21st birthd...

Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2021 presents projects from award-winning filmmakers and established producers

The official selection of the Baltic Event Co-Production Market 2021, taking place on 24-25 November proves that, despite the challenging times, filmmakers have continued to put hard work and dedication into the development of their projects. As Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event's focus country this year is the United Kingdom, the UK is represented with two projects. Marge Liiske, the head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, said that the global pandemic has had an effect on the sel...

12 films to compete in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s Baltic Competition

  Tallinn Black Nights FF Opening Ceremony 2020. Photo by Aron Urb Showcasing the best and freshest cinematic output of the three Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the Baltic Competition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) will screen 12 films, including 5 world premieres this year: 3 from Estonia and 1 each from Latvia and Lithuania. 5 Estonian films feature in total, with another 4 from Lithuania and 3 from Latvia: some festival darli...

Black Nights Stars 2021 welcomes eight emerging young talents

  Black Nights Stars, the initiative of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, has announced the young actors from the Baltic Sea region to participate in the programme this November. The Black Nights Stars programme is designed to bring together internationally operating casting directors and the emerging talent from the region to enhance their international visibility. The initiative aims to help the young talents from the Baltic Sea region to promote their talent outside their h...

20th edition of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event focuses on sustainability and the future of filmmaking

  The growing business platform and trade fair in Northern Europe for audiovisual industry professionals Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event celebrates its 20th edition with a seven-day summit in Tallinn, accessible also online, focusing on hot topics such as green production and sustainability in the film industry. Marge Liiske, head of Indusry@Tallinn & Baltic Event     Marge Liiske, the head of Industry@Tallinn& Baltic Event comments that even though 20 years has g...

Tallinn Black Nights Goes To Cannes Projects Announced

  Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event are proud to announce the five projects taking part in Tallinn Black Nights Goes To Cannes this summer.  For the first time Black Nights Film Festival joins the well established Marché du Film showcase "Goes to Cannes", presenting 5 international film projects in post-production stage in Cannes this July. “Black Nights Goes to Cannes” is part of the PÖFF’s 25t...

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival announces its Méliès Competition shorts lineup and jury

  Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival will screen some of the most exciting short, European horror, science-fiction and fantasy films this June. While HÕFF has been rescheduled for August to allow for more onsite screenings, this selection of seven competing shorts will be shown online on the PÖFF online cinema, hosted by Elisa Stage and accessible throughout Estonia, from the 4th to 13th of June.   The jury’s winner will advance to the final ...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces dates for its 25th anniversary and opens film submissions

  Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF has announced dates for its 25th-anniversary edition and opens submissions for the main festival and sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and Just Film. The 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights and the Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film will run from the 12th until the 28th of November, while the International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts will take place from the 16th until the 24th of Novem...

Tiina Lokk / PÖFF received the Engine of Culture award

The culture desk of the news service Postimees has given the annual Engine of Culture award of 2020 to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival lead by Tiina Lokk. Big hugs and congratulations from your friends at filmfestivals.com “Let this locomotive drive PÖFF even further,” said the culture desk of Postimees when handing the wooden locomotive made by modeler Boris Puusepp to the festival director Tiina Lokk. Postimees pointed out that regardless of this difficult year for cult...

Hot from Tallinn : Black Nights Film Festival opens a year-round online cinema

Opening this month, Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) launches an online cinema where films can be watched all year round throughout Estonia's territory. The kick-off event will screen five films of the Women's Nights Film Festival, followed by films from the programme of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival. "Due to the pandemic, we screened a large part of our programme online during last year's PÖFF and it turned out to be very popular. F...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival appoints a new Head of Press and Communication

2021 has brought a major change to the communication and press team of Tallinn Black Nights as Epp Kõuhkna has become the new Head of Press and Communication. The former head, Hannes Aava will continue in a reduced role as a communication consultant. Epp Kõuhkna is no stranger to the festival, having been responsible for the marketing activities of the Black Nights’ sub-festival Just Film for the past 4 years. She will be taking over the international communication and p...

PÖFF24 in numbers: attendance over 100 000

We are extremely glad to end this year with the news that regardless the extremely difficult year, we broke our attendance record as it's estimated that 101 833 physical and virtual attendances took place during #PÖFF24 and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.   With mentions in over 6000 articles in 71 languages detected by the Meltwater media monitoring service, the global potential media audience of the festival of 2020 stands ...

Awards of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights FIlm Festival

-   Bulgarian film „Fear“ wins the Official Selection – Competition as European cinema dominates the awards of the programme; -   Chinese „Great Happiness“ wins First Feature Competition; -   Estonian „The Last Ones“ is selected as the best Baltic film.   At the Award Ceremony of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards were handed to the winners of the four competition programmes of ...

Interview with Margarethe Von Trotta: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award

This week, pioneering female filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. We called her to speak about the award, some highlights in her career, her ongoing work, and her advice to young filmmakers. READ THE INTERVIEW   This week, pioneering female filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. We called her to speak about the award, some highlights in he...

The winners of the Awards at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event are announced!

On November 26, Industry @ Tallinn & Baltic Event rewarded the best projects after an exciting week full of online presentations, networking, panel discussions and meetings attracting more than 850 guests from all around the globe.  Ten Awards were given out to projects in different stages of scriptwriting, development or post-production, two Awards went to promising producers  MIDPOINT TV Launch HBO Europe Award (5 000 USD)  W...

TV Beats Forum investigates challenges in series production in 2020

TV Beats Forum, the drama-series-oriented section of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, presents high-profile case studies, previews new exciting series and looks at trends in commissioning alongside the challenges of series production in 2020.    This year’s TV Beats Forum, taking place fully online on November 26-27, takes a closer look at how COVID has impacted global production. Guy Bisson, Research Director of leading analytics firm Ampere Analysis, shares n...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival screens 13 fresh series in the TV Beats section

  The selection includes seven new Russian series, the latest work by two-time Academy Award nominee Steve James and the world premiere of Estonian thriller In the Line of Fire.   Entering its third year, the TV Beats section sees a programme introducing exciting new series to the festival’s audience and industry, backed by a rich virtual programme of panels and case studies.   Having the world premiere at Black Nights, Estonian series "In the Line of ...

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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.


DATES IN NOVEMBER
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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