20-11-2020

Tallinn Black Nights titles spark sales deals and first reviews * Environmental cinema @PÖFF * European Film Forum Tallinn ready for kickoff

FOLLOW THE BUZZ

#PÖFF24 competition programmes are gaining momentum. Discover the event galleries, see the films online, and read the news:
Screen International's coverage
Cineuropa's coverage
DMovies coverage
Eye For Film coverage

You can also see videos of our physical and virtual events!

NEWSFLASH

Political pressure on programming, new sales announcements on Black Nights entries – here's the latest news from Tallinn:

  • ‘Should the Wind Drop’ Defies Political Pressure With Cannes, Tallinn Support, as Ceasefire Takes Effect in Nagorno-Karabakh via Variety
     
  • ARRI Media takes on world sales of Official Selection – Competition entry ’Caged Birds’ via Screen Daily
     
  • Tallinn Competition Film ‘The Penultimate’ Picked Up By Italy’s TVCO via Variety

SCREENDAILY TALKS: TALLINN, BERLIN, ROTTERDAM

Speaking on a panel of European winter festival directors during the latest ScreenDaily Talks, Berlin International Film Festival executive director Mariette Rissenbeek revealed submissions of features for were up 5% on last year but that Covid-19 safety rules would impact the number of titles they would select.

Rissenbeek was joined by Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marge Liiske, director of Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event.

Lokk, who launched a physical edition of Tallinn Black Nights last Friday, said: “For me, philosophically, it’s very important right now to run the festival. I do hope that I can run it successfully to the end because it’s a sign to society that… we don’t have to hide ourselves under a blanket and think about Covid. We need to learn to live with this Covid.”

CONTINUE READING @SCREENDAILY

NEW ENVIRONMENTAL FILM PROGRAMME

There’s a new programme added to the list of Black Nights Film Festival's film programmes. The programme, centering around environmentally themed films, is presented by the Environment Agency.

“This theme has become so urgent, that we cannot ignore it anymore,” said PÖFF director Tiina Lokk.

The programme encompasses five documentaries. The opening screenings will be introduced by experts from the Environment Agency.

CHECK OUT THE PROGRAMME

ON THE RICHNESS OF NATIONAL CINEMA

We sat down for an interview with Tristan Priimägi before the presentation of his book '101 Estonian films'. For PÖFF Tristan has curated a side programme of Estonian films, some of them never before shown for big audiences, the oldest one of them from the 1920’s. See the programme HERE.

The book sheds a light on the history of Estonian cinema, recounts memorable behind the scene anecdotes, reveals long-hidden cinematic treasures and urges Estonians to get to know their own film industry beyond those few blockbusters and embrace it.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW

TODAY'S TALK

Germany’s Moritz Bleibtreu directs and stars in CORTEX, a multi-dimensional action piece screening as a part of Rebels with A Cause and PÖFF’s New German Cinema strand. A supermarket security guard struggles through nested elevated-genre plotlines and inventive set pieces.

Today at 2 pm EET, director of photography Thomas W. Kiennast ("The Dark Valley", "3 Days In Quiberon") and Paul Andexel (Postproduction Producer) discuss the magic and technique of creating a visually stunning and mind-bending psychological thriller with a little help from post production.

In collaboration with ARRI Media, moderated by PÖFF programmer / artistic director of Munich IFF Christoph Gröner. Access without accreditation!

TUNE IN

EUROPEAN FILM FORUM

The European Film Forum (EFF) will return to the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival on 23 November for a half-day of high-level debates and case studies focusing on how the industry can best overcome its challenges. 
The conference will address questions such as why and how to rebuild the broken value chain between creators, producers, sales and audiences. In addition, it will look at the new data-driven playbook for European film and content marketing and will showcase a new initiative to launch globally the Europe-built copyright infrastructure. 

The European Film Forum in Tallinn will take place online on November, 23 at 16:00 (EET) and the live stream will be accessible to everyone at industry.poff.ee. The full programme of the EFF is already available at europeanfilmforumtallinn.online.

PÖFF SHORTS INTERVIEW

Animated shorts Gravedad confidently walks the line between tender and intimate and bold and provocative as director Matisse Gonzalez Jordán explores a world in which changes in gravity make our protagonist have to shift her life between light and heavy. A clever evocation of emotional turmoil, the film has proved to be a popular one – including screening in last year’s New Talents Animation Competition at PÖFF Shorts.

We talked to the director to find out more about the film.

READ THE INTERVIEW

CONNECT WITH PÖFF FILMMAKERS

Filmmakers have put their heart and soul, tears, and sleepless nights into making the films that have been selected to screen at PÖFF. As we can imagine, they would rather be celebrating with us in Tallinn and meeting the audience directly in the cinemas, hearing the applause, seeing the emotions on their faces. Seeing their film go into premiere is a very special, huge day for filmmakers.

Since, for many, that is not a possibility this year, PÖFF has created an online opportunity to have a chat with your favourite filmmaker. On every film page on our website, you will find the possibility to submit a selfie-style-video with your question, which will be answered similarly by the filmmakers.

CHECK OUT THE VIRTUAL Q&A

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