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Applications for East Doc Platform and Market are due 10 November 2017.

WARSAW: Polish public broadcaster TVP and CDRTV China’s TV Chengdu Radio & Television are coproducing an eight-episode documentary series about Polish and Chinese economic relations.

TALLINN: The main competition of the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, running 17 November – 3 December 2017, will include ten world premieres among the 18 selected titles. The broad sweep of films includes two Estonian films.

MALATYA: Twelve films have been selected for the Turkish National Film Competition at the Malatya International Film Festival, which runs 11-15 November 2017.

SOFIA: The Bulgarian/Danish/French coproduction Godless directed by Ralitza Petrova has been nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery 2017 – Prix FIPRESCI.


The two initiatives by Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event that work with script projects, have announced the 2017 participants. 

Script Pool Tallinn is the new script development competition that is launching at this year’s Industry@Tallinn with the main prize including 5000 euros and mentoring sessions with a professional script doctor, both provided by the European leading licensing company Telepool. Seven teams consisting of scriptwriters and producers will be competing in Tallinn at the open pitch on the November 30th of November.

Triin Tramberg, Industry@Tallinn ScriptPool competition coordinator comments: "We are positively surprised to have such a diverse and great selection of projects for the premier edition of Script Pool and it's wonderful to welcome back a couple of filmmakers who already have a history with the Black Nights Film Festival."

Selected projects 

Pekka Lehto, Mika Purola (Finland) - The Box
In the fatal fall of the Finnish mobile giant Nokia, a middle-aged lawyer lost his fortune and decided to commit a perfect crime to save himself and his family from ruin. The Box is by well-known Finnish film writers and directors, Pekka Lehto and Mika Purola.

Marteinn Thorsson (Iceland) - Yosoy
Yosoy is the only TV-series selected in Script Poo and isl by the director Marteinn Thorsson who directed the very controversial XL. Yosoy is about a celebrated neurologist hired by a shadowy group of billionaires to investigate YOSOY, an underground circus of extreme performance artists in a village in Iceland. At the same time, a burnt and dismembered body is discovered in a nearby glacial lagoon.

Aleksander Kott (Russia) - The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is set on a remote island. The story follows the aging lighthouse keeper, Zavyalov, and how his life irreversibly change after he finds a pregnant woman washed up on the shore after the boat she was on sank during a storm. Alexander Kott is a Russian director known for his 2014 film The Test and 2015 Insight, which travelled around the world - including Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - winning various prizes for script, direction, and cinematography.

Igor Cobileanski (Romania) - Coma
Coma is a third person told drama that tries to follow, in a linear manner, the evolution of the main character – Alina – a 45-year-old woman, religious, modest, sincere – medical nurse at the emergency hospital. The context in which life puts her are complex and Alina has to make an important decision that will shatter her personal, moral and religious principles. The film is from Igor Cobileanski, whose 2016 Eastern Business premiered in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Official Selection.

Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado - Monica
Monica is an intimate observation of a transgender woman returning to her Ohio hometown to take care of her dying mother, who is in the advanced stages of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Monica has not seen her mother in over 35 years, since being kicked out of her home. The project is by Andrea Pallaoro whose recent film Hannah premiered in the main competition of the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and will screen at Black Nights. Orlando Tirado has been collaborating with Andrea since 2000, co-authoring projects including Wunderkammer and the award-winning Medeas.

Andrius Lekavicius (Lithuania) - Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday VR is an experience based on real events that happened on January the 13th 1991, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Using the archive audio and real setting of the events animated in 3D, the VR experience will create a based-on-true-event storytelling piece where the user can make his own decisions. Screenwriter Andrius Lekavicius is an all-around media storyteller and interactive orchestra conductor for the images, forms, and medias. He has built a profile of projects on various media platforms: from creating brand image to VR experiences, from directing high-end commercials to his first feature documentary Game of the Nation.

Shonali Bose (India)  - The Sky Is Pink
Shonali Bose is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Both her feature narrative films – Amu and Margarita, With a Straw – played in over 150 film festivals including TIFF, Berlin and Black Nights and has won numerous prestigious international awards. Her The Sky Is Pink is based on a true story that spans 30 years in the life of a family who find the ability to remain positive and happy in the face of terrible tragedy.

POWR Baltic Stories Exchange gives Nordic and Baltic screenwriters access to an informal and international forum where they can present their projects and writing talent during the largest regional film market in Northeastern Europe. This year’s selection includes projects from I@T&BE’s focus region Flanders, Belgium. The workshop mentor is Valeria Richter (Denmark/TFL), pitch coach Helene Granqvist (Sweden), and selected industry guests. The open pitch will take place on November the 29th, and will be followed by a round-table session where selected producers and other film industry representatives will share their feedback and advice.

Selected projects

Birute Kapustinskaite (Lithuania) – 200 Beats per Minute
Elina Veira (Latvia) – Met-a-way
Gilles Weyns (Flanders, Belgium) – My Name is Howitt
Heidi Lindén (Finland) – The Night Train is Coming
Hilde Heier (Norway) – The Opera Singer
Osmond Karim (Sweden) – The Macabre Mysteries of Viktor Kasparsson
Teresa Mecklin (Finland) – The Pretending Game

Valeria Richter, POWR Head of Studies says: "This year you’ll meet two strong biopics, one about a British female historical painter, writer and women’s rights activist, and one telling the story of a world famous Norwegian opera singer; two family dramas each with their unique comic voice; a dark action story set in the corporate world; a strong character drama laced with magic realism; and finally, a grand fantasy story based on two graphic novels."

2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of POWR Baltic Stories Exchange. The workshop was launched by our region’s MEDIA Desks with the goal to bring forward the young talent of the Nordic and Baltic countries. A few years into its success, POWR was moved under the Baltic Event Co-Production Market to give the participants an even wider forum to present their stories. Over the years, many participating projects have found a producer from Baltic Event. Several stories have become films and travelled Europe and beyond. We are especially proud of the Estonian scriptwriters Livia Ulman and Andris Feldmanis, whose film Pretenders (formerly Metaphors We Live), directed by Vallo Toomla, was a POWR project in 2012.

Happy 10th anniversary to all the POWR participants throughout the years!

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event take place during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival from November 27 until December 1.



Joining the programmes of its previous sub-festivals Animated Dreams and Sleepwalkers, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) introduces PÖFF Shorts, the newest festival in the Baltics dedicated to short films and animation.

The new format will keep the Animated Dreams and Sleepwalkers programmes with their respective competition programmes and programming teams. The animation programme will be curated by the award-winning animation director Priit Tender, with Laurence Boyce continuing as the live action short film programmer.

"It's great the PÖFF Shorts is here to showcase the absolute best of animated and live action shorts with the Black Nights Film Festival," said Laurence Boyce. "The legacy of Sleepwalkers and Animated Dreams will continue by screening audiences films from cutting edge talents and bold visionaries from across the world."

PÖFF Shorts Competition Programmes

In addition to the Sleepwalkers and Animated Dreams competition programmes, PÖFF Shorts will be hosting a joint National Competition programme designed to provide a platform for Estonian filmmakers and animation directors. 

  • Animated Dreams International Competition
  • Sleepwalkers International Competition
  • Animated Dreams Student Competition
  • Sleepwalkers Student Competition
  • PÖFF Shorts National Competition

The full competition programme and jury will be revealed by November 3rd, 2017.

Industry events

Parallel to PÖFF Shorts there will be an industry event Baltic Preview, a piloting networking event in the framework of PÖFF Shorts for film professionals initiated and coordinated by Estonian Short Film Centre ShortEST and Creative Gate. It’s goal is to be a representational and lobbying event for Baltic short films on the international level. During the 2-day event we showcase exclusively around 20 short films from Baltic countries, both works in progress and films straight out the oven to our invited guests - international programmers, agents and distributors.

Baltic Preview will take place from 24 - 25 November, 2017.

Tickets and passes

PÖFF Shorts passes available now Piletilevi: http://bit.ly/2yTIPdB
Single tickets will be available from November 10.

PÖFF Shorts press accreditation

The press accreditation for the 21st Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is open. For applying please visitvp.eventival.eu/poff/21.

The prices of the PRESS badge
18 August – 31 October – 35 EUR
1 November – 3 December – 50 EUR

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, short films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from all around the world.

PÖFF Shorts international short film and animation festival takes place November 21-26 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The 21st Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) takes place November 17 to December 3 in Tallinn and Tartu.

PÖFF Shorts, http://shorts.poff.ee/
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Black Nights Film Festival, http://www.poff.ee
ShortEst Estonian Short Film Center, www.shortest.eu

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The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2017 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.

Nominated are:

BLOODY MILK (Petit Paysan) by Hubert Charuel (France)
GODLESS (БЕЗБОГ) by Ralitza Petrova (Bulgaria, Denmark, France)
LADY MACBETH by William Oldroyd (UK)
SUMMER 1993 (Estiu 1993) by Carla Simón (Spain)
THE EREMITS (Die Einsiedler) by Ronny Trocker (Germany)

check out the nominated films


WARSAW: Polish private broadcaster TVN has commissioned a second season of the hit costume series Belle Epoque produced by Akson Studio.

WARSAW: Roman Polanski returned to Krakow for the shoot of a biographical film about his childhood, accompanied by his friend and photographer, Ryszard Horowitz.

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