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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 “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 ...

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...


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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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