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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) 

Winner: Afterparty (Croatia) 
Writer: Dora Sustic 
Producer: Maja Pek-Bruenjes 
In the words of Steve Matthews, who handed over the award on behalf of HBO Europe: 

“As always this was a very difficult decision: several of the projects displayed extremely high levels of craft and attainment from teams who were collaborative and determined always to keep pushing themselves. But one stood out for having achieved those craft objectives, but which also displayed an additional spark of personal passion and the courage to explore difficult and controversial modern topics with great honesty. A writer’s job is to explore an issue, not to preach about it – and for that reason the winner of this years’ HBO Europe prize is AFTERPARTY.“ 


Script Pool Film and TV Award for is given to an outstanding script in Film and TV series category (a 5 000 EUR). 

Script Pool Film Award 

Winner: 20,000 Species of Bees 
Screenwriter Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren 
Production company: Gariza Films and Sirimiri Films. Spain 
Comment from the jury: 
“We were enchanted by the world writer/director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren created in this poignant and personal journey of young Lucia making the biggest decision of her life during a hot summer holiday in rural Spain. We were especially impressed by Solaguren’s characters and her strong vision of the story, it’s allegories and it’s setting." 

Script Pool TV Award 

Winner: When You Fall  
Scriptwriter: Biljana Crvenkovska 
Production company: OXO Production. North Macedonia 
Comment from the jury: 
“The creators of the winning project have meticulously researched the world in which their story is based, immersing themselves deeply into this world that they want to create, and bringing a unique local viewpoint, while also weaving in themes that will resonate beyond their own borders. We felt that the writer and producers’ passion for their subject matter leapt off the page, creating a show that hooks you from the beginning with intriguing believable characters and a layered mystery that is slowly unpeeled across the series.” 

Script Pool Film Jury included Patrick Fisher, managing director of Creative Capital, Patrik Andersson, Producer of Midsommar (2019), Euphoria (2017), Agathe Maurac (Head of International Sales at Pyramide International. 

The Script Pool TV/drama jury included Julie Hodge, Fremantle, Editorial Director at Global Drama, Anna Katharina Brehm, Production and Content Director at Seriencamp Conference, Toomas Ili (Head Of Content Acquisitions, Elisa). 


The 6th edition of International Works in Progress 18 projects in 3 categories presented. Based on the decision of the jury, the Post Production Award was shared between two projects as well as the Baltic Event Works in Progress Award. 

The Post Production Award 

Both of the projects will receive post-production services in the amount of up to 5 000 Euros at Post Control, the leading Finnish post production house. The award is given to the project which successfully combines creative and commercial potential. 

Winner: Kalev, directed by Ove Musting 
Producers: Pille Rünk, Maria Avdjushko 
Production company: Allfilm, Ugri Film, Estonia. 
Jury comment:  “Kalev is a promising first feature film based on true events narrated through the lens of sport and its competitive spirit, who follows the paths of a generation which had to face the collapse of USSR and the challenges of a new independence for their own nation.” 

Winner: Nuuccha, directed by Vladimir Munkuev 
Producers: Aleksandr Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Albert Ryabyshev, Andrei Ushatskiy 
Production company: Look Film, The Place of Power, R-Media, Russia 
Jury comment: “Nuuccha is a compelling debut from Russia by Vladimir Munkuev, spearheaded by Boris Khlebnikov, which triggered our interested to see the completed film, shoot in the challenging beauty of Yakut on the big screen as soon as possible.” 

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award 

The Baltic Event Works in Progress Award, (1500 Euros) is given to projects that stand out 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: I Am Fine, Thanks, directed by Ernestas Jankauskas 
Producers: Gabija Siurbytė, Greta Akcijonaitė 
Production company: Dansu films, Lithuania 
Jury comment: “I Am Fine, Thanks by talented Lithuanian helmer Ernestas Jankauskas, who creates with his dedicated team a thoughtful artistic daring vision of an important, but in our society often neglected and seldom discussed topic: panic attack driven protagonist Maria is portrayed with a convincing visual concept — starting from the poster, ending with the intense DoP work.” 

Winner: Neon Spring, directed by Matīss Kaža 
Producers: Dace Siatkovska, Matīss Kaža 
Production company: Deep Sea Studios. Latvia 
Jury comment: “Neon Spring is a young and contemporary story full of honesty and struggles that portrays the dichotomy between the promising and exciting youth of a teenager discovering her own future and the harsh reality of a broken relationship with her parents and the nude cruelty of an imperfect world far from Instagram pictures.”   

Just Film Works in Progress Award 

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film is the biggest sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals. 
The award-winner receives 1000 EUR monetary prize to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs. 

Winner: The Sleeping Beast by Jaak Kilmi 
Producers: Evelin Penttilä 
Co-producer: Roberts Vinovskis 
Production companies: Stellar Film, Studio Locomotive. Estonia, Latvia. 

Jury of Works in Progress in 2020 included Isabel Ivars-Sancho,Films Boutique, festivals & sales, 
Ilaria Gomarasca, Head of First Cut+, Nikolaj Nikitin, Artistic Director Febiofest & Head of Studies and CEO of SOFA - School of Film Advancement 

Jury of Just Film Works in Progress in 2020 consisted of Per Eriksson, Head of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies, Olaf Wehowsky, Festival Manager of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, Guy Davies - Film Director (Philophobia) 


20 projects were presented in the official selection of the 19th edition of Co-Production Market at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award 

The award of 20 000 Euros was given to the best project based on its artistic quality and potential for theatrical release. 

Winner: Electric Sleep, written and directed by Zeynep Dadak 
Producer: Titus Kreyenberg 
Production company: unafilm, Germany 
Jury statement: 
“The jury was seduced by the originality of the topic and strongly believes that this talented young female director will manage to integrate a complex multi-layered content into a straightforward genre film.”   

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

Winner: Tasty, written and directed by Egle Vertelyte 
Produced by Lukas Trimonis 
Production Company: Inscript, Lithuania 

Marché du Film Producers’ Network Award 2021 (for Promising Young Producer with free accreditations to next year’s edition) 
Winners: Laura McNicholas, 925 Productions, Ireland and Marina Naumova, Garpastum Pictures, Russia 

The Eurimages Jury included Elena Kotova, Eurimages representative, Czech Republic, Renata Santoro, Head of Programming, Giornate Degli Autori, Italy, Kaarle Aho, producer, Making Movies Oy, Finland 

Congratulations to all the winners at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2020! 

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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event is the one-week summit for film and audiovisual industry professionals held during PÖFF, on November 23-27, 2020. This year’s summit takes place fully online, welcoming projects and participants from around the globe. In 2020, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event introduces Russia in Focus, a global presentation of Russian audiovisual content, film projects and creative talents at one of the key international co-production markets and producer's platforms to build strong ties between Russian and international creative industry players.  




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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
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