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Tallinn Black Night Film Festival opens today: Meet the Wolf



The Opening Ceremony of the 21st PÖFF will be a spectacle curated by Ingmar Jõela and hosted by Hendrik Toompere Jr. Dedicated to the focus region of the festival - Flanders - the show will include a live performance by the Flemish collective Revue Blanche.

The festival's opening film Racer and the Jailbird has been selected by Belgium as their Academy Award Candidate.

During the next 17 days Black Nights will host a record of 1300 foreign guests and screen 233 films.


Boasting a record number of world premieres (10), the Official Selection of PÖFF will see 18 unique and diverse author films competing for the Grand Prix and several other awards, judged by an international jury and one film out of competition. The selection is exciting journey in terms of genres represented, from comedy to slasher horror, from fantasy to historic drama.

The screenings begin on 23 November and the winners will be announced at Awards Ceremony on 2 Nov!



Presenting 16 directors ready to step into limelight, the First Feature Competitionprogramme introduces talented newcomers ready to be discovered by the global audiences and industry.

An international jury, 12 international and 4 world premieres and 1 candidate for the Academy Award:



The 5 films in the Estonian Film Competition have been selected only by the non-Estonian programmers of Black Nights Film Festival and they will be judged by the same jury that watches the first features. It includes 2 world premieres, 5 great films.

They are wild, they break the rules, they open up new perspectives - and they will be judged by our audiences.

Meet the new competition programme of PÖFF where the audience chooses the winner.


Every year PÖFF selects a country of focus, to introduce selected slices of its history and culture to its audiences. For the first time we chose to introduce a region instead - Flanders.

The selected 10 films represent the success story that is Flemish cinema, a tiny region that punches over its weight.

The selection includes 2 Oscar nominees, 1 international premieres and 10 films you should not miss.


Embracing the era dubbed as the Golden Age Of Television, PÖFF unveils the selection of its very first programme ever dedicated only to series. The selection includes three series that are being and will be talked about a lot.



As the ancient saying goes, thou must love thy neighbours!

PÖFF will celebrate the 100th birthday of our northern neighbours Finland with a 48-hour marathon screening of Finnish classis & cult films,

3 international premieres of fresh Finnish films, including the all-time box-office-record-breaker The Unknown Soldier,

and a Lifetime Achievement Award to a legendary Finnish director and producer (TBA).



Completing the Black Nights FF is the children's and youth festival Just Film, the biggest of its kind in the Baltics, attracting an attendance of 16000+ last year.

50 films, 2 competition programmes, international juries and a bombastic selection of features, documentaries and animations.

Discovering the world of short formats, exploring the creativity of animations, PÖFF Shorts is the new body of two former festivals combined - Sleepwalkers & Animated Dreams.

The first edition will see 257 films, 5 competition programmes, more than 100 guests.



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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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