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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has started and Industry@Tallinn will soon follow


It’s that time of the year again, the nights are long and dark. And, that can only means one thing, it’s time to head to the cinema because Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has started. It’s an internationally known rule: when the Black Nights Film Festival kicks off, Industry@Tallinn will soon follow. 

The Festival + Industry Badge gives you the right to claim a single ticket (valid with badge) for any of the screenings of the festival's main programme, Just Film and PÖFF Shorts, when there are vacant seats. You can claim four tickets a day, with a maximum of 40 tickets. You also have the right to enter the festival's screenings without a ticket, however, not more than 5 minutes before the screening starts and when there are vacant seats. And of course, it reserves you access to Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2018.

We also recommend joining the Wolf Pack, a brand new loyalty programme initiated this year. For more information how to find you pack, click here.

See you at PÖFF, 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival! In the meantime, we will keep you updated on what's happening this week, before the official start of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event on November 26



On November 20-21, John Mathieson, BSC, BAFTA-winning and twice Academy Award nominated cinematographer of Gladiator (2000) and The Phantom of the Opera (2004), will give a masterclass at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

At the workshop of November 20, John will demonstrate and talk through his process and approach to shooting a small scene in an apartment set, showing different styles of lighting, camera framing and movement. The workshop is almost sold out, please check with the Head of Creative Gate, Leana Jalukse, for availability.

On November 21, John will hold a talk at Supernova Cinema, BFM, accessible with a one-day price of 15 EUR.



TV Beats continues to develop a program dedicated to TV series, which presented three new international series to festival audiences last year. Narva Creative Incubator OBJEKT introduces this year at Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event a new audiovisual media development programme, TV Beats, with the aim to grow the TV production ecosystem in the Baltic region. 

In the framework of the programme, TV Beats Forum will take place before the official start of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event on November 23rd, 2018, where world-class TV producers from Great Britain, Finland and Russia will share their valuable experience. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn how the best formats are found, produced, and channelled and to discuss the main principles of building a successful TV production industry ecosystem.

TV Beats Forum speakers
Adrian Bate – Producer/Co-Founder, Vox Pictures (UK)
Liselott Forsman – Vice-President, YLE, Nordvision (Finland)
Alexandra Modestova – General Director, Ekspokontent (Russia)
Paul Aguraiuja – Producer, Itamambuca Production, TV Series The Bank (“Pank”) (Estonia)
Laura Kuulasmaa – Business Manager, Elisa Viihde (Finland)
Ani Korpela – Head of Content, Elisa Viihde (Finland)
Anna Gudkova – editor and creative producer (Estonia)



Music Meets Film runs through November 23–25 this year, offering a programme full of talks, masterclasses, a tour to the recently opened Arvo Pärt centre and a film screening. Featuring acclaimed film industry professionals in talks and masterclass sessions dedicated to film scoring, Music Meets Film will tackle creative collaboration between directors, composers and editors, and the fine art of scoring for films and trailers. 

Mike Newell, director: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)Mona Lisa Smile(2003), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005),
Alexandra Harwood, composer: Growing Up Wild (2016), The Escape (2018), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) 
Paul Tothill, editor: Atonement (2007), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Hanna (2011).
Christian Vorländer, composer: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Simon Heeger, composer: Sky Christmas-jingle (2016), Step Sisters (2018)



In addition to all previously mentioned, this years programme offers a series of
– conference and panel programmes on film marketing and distribution,
– International and Baltic Works in Progress screenings,
– talent development labs, project presentations: Script Pool, POWR Baltic Stories Exchange and European Genre Forum PitchBlack Nights StarsBaltic Preview short film market, Black Catwalk renewed fashion event presented by Creative Gate,
– the annual European Film Forum Conference,
– as well as the fully fledged Co-Production market with tailor made programs for participating producers and co-production partners
– and various parties around the town & much more.


As the Industry days & Baltic Event are approaching, we want to keep you updated with the latest news. Check out our Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram feed and stories! 
When posting, keep in mind to add this year's Industry hashtag #industrytll18.
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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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