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PÖFF27 awards have been announced!

The winners of the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)'s five competition programmes as well as the Just Film sub-festival for youth and children's films were presented with awards at the festival's award ceremony. Misericordia wins the Grand Prix and 20 000€ for the Best Film of Official Selection Competition;  The Best Feature Film Award goes to The Moon Is Upside Down; In the Rebels With A Cause competition p...

PÖFF Shorts 2023 winners announced

  The international short film and animation festival announced the winners of its 2023 edition this Saturday, November 11 at the PÖFF Shorts Award Ceremony. The closed award ceremony claimed as the 'shortest in the world' took place en route to the Award Ceremony afterparty in Paavli Kultuurivabrik, was directed and produced by Siim Tõniste, Monika Tomingas and Heinrich Sepp. The PÖFF Shorts European Film Academy candidate for the Best Short Film and the Reb...

Line-up at this year's PÖFF

Don't miss out! Programmes of PÖFF 27 This year's PÖFF is quickly approaching which means it is time to review our exciting programmes to make sure that no cinema experience will be missed. PÖFF offers a wide range of programmes to guarantee that everyone can find something they enjoy. Dates for this year's events and ticket sales: 4 October Just Film 5 October PÖFF Shorts Interna...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces Critics' Picks competition line-up.

Launched in 2022, this year's Critics' Picks presents 12 exclusive world premieres (including films from Brazil, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Ukraine) and three out of competition features by filmmakers who have been acclaimed by audiences and critics. The Critics’ Picks programming team is headed by Nikolaj Nikitin, head of SOFA School of Film Advancement, bringing in several decades of experience as a curator, film magazine editor-in-chie...

27th Tallinn Black Nights sets focus on Serbia and SEE* (South-Eastern European) countries

  Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s (PÖFF) 27th edition will set a focus on Serbia and SEE* (South-Eastern European) cinema, as the festival screens 13 new films from the region in vast all programme lines. The SEE countries include Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Meanwhile, the intriguing Yugoslavian Black Wave cinema from the 1960s–1970s will have a major role in this year's retrospective  programme.  ...

PÖFF Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film unveils record-breaking film programme

  The 23rd edition of Just Film, the youth and children's film festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announced this year's film programme, showcasing 11 premieres. In a celebration of cinematic diversity, a total of 52 exceptional films will be showcased across various captivating programmes, offering a rich tapestry of storytelling and entertainment for every attendee.    11 films will be competing in the international children...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) discloses the teaser selection for its Official Selection competition programme.

  The sneak preview include new works from Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium and Mexico. According to Festival Director Tiina Lokk, all four films deal with highly topical and relevant issues that affect and connect us all here and now. "A sharp social perspective will also characterise the rest of the main competition programme, which will provide a cross-section of today's major issues. I believe we have put together a very strong and interesting programm...

River of Desire reviewed: "Best Cinematography" at Tallinn Black Nights Fest

River of Desire by Sérgio Machado (Brazil): World premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, official competition Review by Lopa Kaul While films made with the principle of art for art’s sake are all well and good, River of Desire not only gives us a story that engrosses the viewers but also sends a very important message without being too didactic as it also makes the Amazon rainforest a character, a living breathing element that should be protected just as much as the ne...

Driving Mum reviewed at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Driving Mum by  Hilmar Oddsson with Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Tómas Lemarquis, Hera Hilmar... Iceland 2022 1h 52minutes THE FILM RECEIVED THE BEST FILM AWARD IN TALLINN Reviewed by Lopa Kaul: With a Masters in Literature, she has been writing and watching films since an early age and attending film festivals. Now she dabbles in music journalism while dreaming about writing her novel.   World premiere at Tallinn Black ...

The Punishment reviewed at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

The Punishment by Matías Bize Chile, Argentina, 2022 80 minutes THE FILM RECEIVED THE BEST ACTRESS AWARD IN TALLINN Reviewed by Lopa Kaul: With a Masters in Literature, she has been writing and watching films since an early age and attending film festivals. Now she dabbles in music journalism while dreaming about writing her novel.     International premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, official competition Chile, a deep dark forest, riddled with pumas ...

TV Beats Co-Financing Market Presents Eight Fresh Series Projects in Tallinn

  TV Beats Forum, the drama-series-oriented strand of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event presents eight new series projects as part of the TV Beats co-financing market. For the second time, TV Beats Forum presents series projects with international sales and distribution potential development. The presenters will have the opportunity to organise meetings with financiers, partners and broadcasters. Jevgeni Supin, the TV Beats Co-Financing Market Manager commented that the co-financing ma...

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unleashes its 2022 Rebels with a Cause

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels with a Cause, an international competition programme screening 11 feature films, alongside a short films competition that includes 13 entries this year, split across two programmes. The features line-up includes six world premieres and five international premieres, with the Rebels with their Shorts collection also including four world-premiering shorts. Three features will screen out of competition. Rebels wit...

PÖFF26 reveals its full programme, juries and first Lifetime Achievement award

    This year, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will screen 232 features and 230 short films from 75 countries. As of today, the full PÖFF program is public and ticket sales have begun. In total, the festival, which opens on November 11, has five competition and 13 special programs featuring 78 world and 48 international premieres - a new record. For the first time, a new competition program Critics' Picks is planned - covering the most recent trends in film a...

PÖFF introduces new Critics’ Picks competition programme

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the addition of a new Critics’ Picks competition programme to its 26th edition this November.  Critics’ Picks will join existing competitive sections - the Official Selection, First Feature, Baltic Competition and Rebels with a Cause programmes - and will showcase up to 10 films handpicked by the festival’s programme team, which includes a number of internationally renowned professional film critics and theo...

PÖFF wrapped the 25th edition with impressive media coverage figures

Coverage in 70 countries, media reach of 11 billion... PÖFF in figures   How many visits did the 25th Black Nights Film Festival receive, where it was written about, and how many million euros did it bring back to the Estonian economy? To summarise last year's figures: 71200 PÖFF cinema and web cinema visits 182 feature films, 2 short films and 12 TV series were...

PÖFF takes Ukraine to Cannes and screens Ukrainian films

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) will present Ukrainian projects in Cannes this May and launch a film programme dedicated to Ukrainian cinema on its web cinema platform. "We are obliged to do everything possible to help and support the Ukrainian film industry at this difficult time, but even so more Ukrainian people," said Tiina Lokk, Festival Director of PÖFF. For the second year running, PÖFF and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will participate in t...

PÖFF announces its 2021 award winners

At the Award Ceremony of the 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), awards were presented to the winners of the festival’s four competition programmes and PÖFF’s youth and children’s film sub-festival Just Film. PÖFF Shorts announced its winners last week, but added an EFA nominee. The jury of Official Selection – Competition, headed by EFA Chairman Mike Downey, selected director Andreas Kleinert's historical biopic Dear Thomas as their favo...

The winners of the Awards at 2021 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event revealed!

  On November 25, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, celebrating its 20th edition this year, rewarded the best projects after a seven-day summit full of presentations, networking, panel discussions and meetings with more than 550 guests onsite and 150 online, from all around the globe. Eight awards were given out in categories to film projects in different stages of scriptwriting, development or post-production, including two awards handed out to promising producers. SCRIPT POOL Scr...

The winners of the first ndustry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 'Music Meets Film' awards announced

For the first time, Music Meets Film, sub-programme of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, has launched a special award for young and talented composers. This year's competition received 29 works in total, from which 20 were presented by Estonian and 9 by international competitors. The first prize went to Estonian-born Jonas Tarm, who has focused in recent years primarily on work as a composer ...

Winners of TV Beats co-financing market were announced

At the end of the TV Beats Forum, the winner of the co-financing market was announced. The jury selected Lithuanian dramedy "Troll Farm" as the most promising project receiving a 2500 euro monetary prize.  Richard Kondal, the jury member commented: "The best pitch goes to the extremely entertaining project, with huge international potential, with more energy than 40 warhorses, a powerhouse female in the leading role, who might just inspire You to take a revenge You've ...

International Casting Directors Network's 2021 Best Casting Award announced during Black Nights film festival

Lucy Padree For the first time, the Semiramis Award for Best Casting was announced as part of the Black Nights Stars Program, a subprogram of  Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and Black Nights Film Festival. The 2021 award Semiramis Award for Best Casting was handed out to researcher, writer and BAFTA-winning casting director Lucy Pardee for Rocks by Sarah Gavron (2019).  The casting for Rocks has already earned her a Bafta Award  Best Casting 2021, BIFA...

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 ...


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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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