The Black Nights Film Festival was first held in 1997 and after celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, returns bigger and better than ever in 2017. The festival is unique in that it’s the only one of its kind in the Baltic States with accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF). Other festivals with this accreditation include the internationally renowned and highly prestigious Berlinale along with the Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian Film Festivals.
This year the festival will screen 250 features from 70 different countries and as always, with the intent to strengthen and grow the local Estonian film industry from an international perspective. Leading names from the global film industry are invited to attend and Estonia as a location for film shooting and production is promoted throughout the event.
It’s not just about the foreigners though – local audiences get the chance to see stories from other cultures and places and to recognise Estonian locations in films where applicable.
There are a variety of events planned to make the festival accessible to all, including “Just Film”, the Children’s & Youth Film Festival from the 17th of November to the 26th. The PÖFF Shorts International Short Film and Animation Festival will run in conjunction with this from the 21st of November to the 26th of November.
In celebration of Finland’s centenary this year, the Finnish Cult Film festival will be held on the 24th to the 26th of November, screening 35mm Finnish films from 1938 to 2008 at Kinomaja, with well-known Finnish filmmakers, such as Jörn Donner and Kati Outinen in attendance, along with other special guests. Every festival worth its salt has prizes and this one is no exception. The Grand Prix for Best Film award will be presented at a gala award ceremony on the 2nd of December at 7pm and the winner will receive a scholarship of €10,000 from the City of Tallinn.
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will be held from November 17th to December 3rd at various cinemas and locations in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia. The programme is available here on the festival website in English and Estonian.
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