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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Announce 2018 Awards


Following a week full of presentations, networking, screenings, meetings and panel discussions attracting more than 400 guests from all over the world, the 2018 awards of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event were presented at a ceremony in Tallinn tonight.

Baltic Event Co-Production Market Awards

16 projects were presented in the official selection of the Co-Production Market taking place on November 27-30, 2018, at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. 

Best Project
Eurimages Co-Production Development Award
The award of 20 000 Euros is given to the best project based on its artistic quality and potential for theatrical release. 

Winner: A Girl’s Room by Aino Suni, France/Finland
Producers: Sébastien Aubert, Ulla Simonen
Production companies: Adastra Films, MADE

Jury statement: The jury was impressed with the quality of the director's previous short films. They appreciated the strong personal vision this promising young director has for her debut feature. The jury also noted the strong collaboration between the Finnish and French team since the project`s inception and furthermore they felt this exciting project has the potential to reach international audiences.

Cannes Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award
(for Promising Young Producer with free accreditations to next year’s edition)

Marianne Ostrat, Alexandra Film
Vladimer Chikhradze, 20 Steps Production

Screen International Best Pitch Award
(offering coverage of the life-cycle of the winning film)

Winner: The Oasis of Now by Ramy Hamezan, Finland
Producer: Jussi Rantamäki, Aamu Film Company

Jury statement: The filmmaking team clearly presented an engaging and original project that subverts the stereotype of the familiar refugee story. Through this unique perspective the film will give us back the true meaning of human warmth, friendships and family in today's world.

Jury members:
Emma Scott, Production and Distribution Manager, Screen Ireland, Ireland;
Jeremy Zelnik, Head of Industry, Les Arcs Film Festival, France;
Giovanni Pompili, Producer, Kino Produzioni, Italy


Works in Progress Awards 

The fourth year of International Works in Progress presented 7 projects and the 16th Baltic Event Works in Progress programme presented 11 projects from the Baltic region and Finland.

Baltic Event Works in Progress
Baltic View Award (2000 eur)

Winner: Aurora by Miia Tervo, Finland
Producer: Max Malka
Production company: Dionysos Films

International Works in Progress 
Baltic View Award (2000 eur)
Winner: Sisters by Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen, Norway
Producer: Gary Cranner
Production company: Chezville

Baltic Event Works in Progress
Baltic Event Works in Progress Award (3000 eur) 
The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award will be given to the project with the strongest and boldest artistic vision. The award will help the film gain visibility during its promotion and distribution in the Baltic States by covering related costs in the region.

Winner: Dogs Don’t Wear Pants by J-P Valkeapää, Finland, Latvia
Producers: Aleksi Bardy, Helen Vinogradov
Co-producers: Alise Gelze, Aija Berzina
Production companies: Helsinki-filmi, Tasse Film

Jury statement: It’s a film with a complex story. It deftly combined dark humor with a deeply felt sense of mourning. We were particularly impressed by the beautiful cinematography and film’s production value. We feel this film has real potential for international festivals and audiences.  

International Works in Progress 
The Post Control Award (10 000 eur)
Post production services in the amount of up to 10 000 Euros but not more than 2/3 of the expenses incurred at Post Control. The award is given to the project, which successfully combines creative and commercial potential.

Winner: Golden Voices by Evgeny Ruman, Israel
Producers: Avraham Pirchi, Chilik Michaeli, Eitan Even
Production companies: UCM, Evanstone Films

Jury statement: Golden Voices is a universal, wholly original and heartwarming story. It’s touching with funny elements. The film benefits of moving performances by the two lead actors, especially the female lead Maria Belkin. 
We think this film has genuine appeal for international audiences and could travel to festivals.

Tatiana Detlofson – Mediaplan (USA);
Alena Shumakova – Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (France), Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival (China);
Alexandre Moreau – Memento Films International (France)

Script Pool Tallinn Awards

Global Screen Award (5000 eur)
The second Script Pool Tallinn competition prize is provided by the leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH. 

Winner: Man Of Deeds by Radu Romaniuc, Romania
Director: Nicolae Constantin Tănase
Production companies: Papillon Film, Tangaj Production
Producer: Paul Negoescu, Anamaria Antoci

Jury statement:
For the craft and cinematic vision in creating a fascinating modern-day noir, the award goes to “Man of Deeds” by Radu Romaniuc. 
We were particularly impressed by the well-developed and diverse characters, who create a complex mirror of today’s society, and by the ability to mix dark humour and deep moral conflicts, and to build up tension in revealing the dark truth hidden behind a seemingly peaceful landscape.

Jury members:
Katharina Suckale, producer at Bombay Berlin Film Productions
Marcello Paolillo, Head of Art of Panic, Stepln project manager at Locarno Film Festival 
Julia Weber, Head of Theatrical Sales & Acquisitions of Global Screen GmbH


Supporters and partners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event are Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, Elisa, Tallinn Enterprise Department, European Regional Development Fund, Eurimages, Ministry of Culture, European Commission, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Center, Finnish Film Foundation, Post Control, National Film Centre of Latvia, Tallink Hotels, Global Screen, Baltic View, Narva Creative Industry Hub Objekt, Nordic Hotel Forum, Festival Scope, West One Music, Music Estonia, Arvo Pärt Centre, Screen International, Cannes Marche du Film’s Producers’ Network, EAVE, Torino Film Lab, MIDPOINT, In Focus, Reisiekspert, LUX Charter, PWC, Cineuropa, China Onscreen Biennial, Shanghai International Film Festival, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Creative Gate, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Baltic Preview, ShortEst, Robotex, Vana Tallinn, Võhma Valguse Vabrik.







Aurora by Miia Tervo (Finland)



Sisters by Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen (Norway)



Dogs Don’t Wear Pants by J-P Valkeapää (Finland, Latvia)



Golden Voices by Evgeny Ruman (Israel)



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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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