Tallinn Black Nights awards winners

The Throne by Lee Joon-ik The Throne by Lee Joon-ik

The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is announcing the following winners at its black carpet Awards Ceremony tonight at Nordea Concert Hall. The fest will run for two more days of screenings.


Grand Prix for Best Film (Grant of 10,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer)


2015, South Korea

Director: Lee Joon-ik

Producer: Oh Seung-Hyun, Sung Chang-Yun

Jury comment:

The Throne is the perfect example of how the remote historic events in one particular country, in this case Korea, can be used to create not only a powerful and beautiful historic drama, but also a modern film which touches the hearts and minds of contemporary spectators.

The Director of the film Lee Joon-ik was able to assemble a great acting ensemble and also used all instruments of contemporary cinema art to create a truly Shakespearean tragedy. Also the film masterfully uses many elements of traditional Korean art which highly benefit the visual style of the film. Combined, all elements of the picture carefully put together, produce a film of high artistic value.

Jury Prize for Best Director (Grant of 5,000 euros)

UNDER THE SUN /  В лучах Солнца

2015, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea

Director: Vitaliy Manskiy

Jury comment:

Under the Sun is both an intimate study on how propaganda affects individuals’ life and how reality can easily be manipulated just changing the perspective of things.

It shows audiences how to look out of the frame to discover that the depicted in-frame reality can be totally different.

Vitaliy Manskiy manages to tell his story without falling into an easy anti-propaganda pamphlet keeping both humanity and distance, combining striking images and sounds to deliver a film impregnated with high artistic values.

Jury Prize for Best Actor 

Isaka Sawadogo - character of Yaya


2015, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria

Director: Joost van Ginkel

Jury comment: 

An award for extraordinary credibility both in prayer and other different scenes in the film.

Jury Prize for Best Actress

Martha Canga Antonio - character of Mavela


2015, Belgium

Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Jury comment:

By creating an extraordinary persevering hero of a young woman in Black Martha Canga Antonio perfectly manages to show both dark and bright sides of a character who is determined on her own beliefs. Staying loyal to her beliefs, even after realizing they might not be ideal and can lead to a vague outcomes, she gives a perfect example of a strong and firm personality who does not need anyone to give her permission to do what she wants to do.

Controlling emotions in the most critical moment of life, the unbelievably strong character of 15-year old Mavela proves that man can always go back to life and hold hope for the future. Keeping an excellent mastery with her play during the whole movie and making audience not to lose a connection with her, the talented actress successfully affords to give a portrait of a woman trying to push the boundaries she is living in.

Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer

Wojciech Staron


2015, Latvia

Director : Laila Pakalnina

Jury comment:

Cinema art first and foremost is the moving pictures or the images which sometimes capture life as it is, but sometimes they interpret life according to the vision of the cinematographer and the director of the film.

The recipient of this year's prize for best cinematography Wojciech Staron was able through his lensing to create the visual equivalent of the craziness of the Soviet way of life being imposed on the farmers of freshly occupied Latvia. 

Wojciech Staron makes perversely beautiful the psychotic world created by Laila Pakalnina, the director of the film Dawn, with his black and white cinematography.

Special Jury Prize

UNDER THE SUN /  В лучахСолнца

2015, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, North Korea

Director : Vitaliy Manskiy

Jury comment:

This film shows how an artist can apply simple means to turn what seems to be a propaganda film into a work of art which presents the terrifying mechanisms of ideological indoctrination. Only a film can do that so convincingly and Under the Sun has managed to achieve it.

Best Music

Bang Jun-seok

The Throne / Sado

2015, South Korea

Director: Lee Joon-ik

Jury comment:

Composer Bang Jun-seok has created an enthralling score that is extremely well connected to most aspects of The Throne. The rises and falls match the scenes perfectly and the music is strongly connected to the actions and surroundings of the characters throughout this historical drama. This has created an unbreakable bond between what you see on the big screen and what you hear through the speakers, which forces one to realize that Bang Jun-seok’s composition vastly enhances the overall experience of The Throne. Bang Jun-seok sticks to the methods of high quality epic classical film scores while always staying loyal to the traditional instruments of the film’s country of origin.

The powerful beginning, soaring middle and emotive finale makes this original score the best music in this year’s competition.

Main Competition Jury members: Jonas Bjørn Olsen (Denmark), Fabrizio Maltese (Italy), Giorgi Ovašvili (Georgia), Serge Rakhlin (USA), Jerzy Stuhr (Poland)


Tridens Award for Best Film (Grant of 5,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer 

DELIVERY / Nacimiento

2015, Colombia

Director: Martin Meija Rugeles 

Producer: Martin Mejia Rugeles, Cesar Patiño

Jury comment: 

For its sincerity, consistency in use of cinematic language and warm human touch.

Tridens Award for Best Cinematographer

Peyman Shadmanfar

TWO / Do

2015, Iran

Director: Soheila  Golestani

Tridens Award for Best Music

Tristan Dewey & Tai Jordan

2015, Australia

Director: Paul Ireland

TRIDENS ESTONIAN FILM AWARD (Grant of 3,200 Euros, shared by the director and producer)

THE FENCER / Miekkailija

2015, Finland, Estonia, Germany

Director: Klaus Haro

Producers: Jörg Bundschuh, Ivo Felt, Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho

Jury comment:

For its relevance of the subject, simplicity, consistency of style.

Tridens Jury members: Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Alissa Simon (USA), Gust Van Den Berghe (Belgium), Anton Veeremets (Estonia), Gints Berzins (Latvia)


Prize for the best movie depicting Christian values


2015, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria

Director: Joost van Ginkel

Jury comment:

Ecumenical jury awards a film with a remarkable scenario and superb acting, underlining boldly the self-sacrifice based on prayer, regret coming from a pure heart and a wish to reckon with god in the most difficult choices. The jury admits that instead of the disturbing naturalistic shots the author could have entrusted the audience’s imagination more.

Special Mention


2015, Taiwan

Director: Tom Shu-Yu Lin

Jury comments: 

The jury renowns the film for directing the viewer to emphatically give sense to life in its wholeness. A film that carries noble brightness even in the reality of death.

Jury members: Andres Põder (Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church), Philippe Jean-Charles Jourdan (Roman Catholic Church), Kornelius (Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate), Indrek Sammul (Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate), Stefanus (Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church), Sakarias Leppik, Erki Tamm (Tallinn Kalju Baptist Congregation)



2015, Kazakhstan

Director: Yeremek Tursunov

Jury comment:

For unveiling the lesser known history of Central Asia with dramatic humanism and fine acting.

Jury members: Kirill E. Razlogov (Russia), Roland Tolentino (Philippines), Artemy Troitsky (Russia)


FIPRESCI Award for the best debut film

DELIVERY / Nacimiento

Director: Martin Meija Rugles

Jury comment:

In a world run by excess, it takes courage to make an understated movie with a strong and valid point. Our winner has managed to restore the balance between man and nature, staying true to a challenging, distinctive film language, and has delivered a piece of art that stays in your mind long after the screening.  

Special Mention


2015, Bulgaria, Sweden, Netherlands

Director: Iglika Triffonova 

Jury members:  Mike Naafs (Netherlands), Martin Botha (Republic of South Africa), Tristan Priimägi (Estonia)


THE FIND / Находка

2015, Russia

Director: Victor Dement

Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams “Heino Pars” Grand Prix (Grant of 1,000 Euros)


2014, UK

Director: Daisy Jacobs

Jury members: Tsvika Oren (Israel), Emma de Swaef (Belgium), Kalju Kivi (Estonia).

Children’s and Youth Film Festival Just Film Grand Prix (Grant of 3,000 Euros, shared by the director and producer)


2015, Russia

Director: Andrei Zaitsev

Producer: Olga Granina, Andrei Zaitsev

Jury Members: Gert Germans (Belgium), Jaroslava Hynštova (Czech Republic), Mihkel Ulk (Estonia).

International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers Grand Prix


2015, Estonia

Director: Nora Särak

Jury Members: Carmen Gray (UK), Emilie Toomela (Estonia), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Finland), Ilona Bicevska (Latvia), Dato Janelidze (Georgia), Ivan Pavljutškov (Estonia)