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The Krakow Film Foundation, the organiser of the 60th Krakow Film Festival, announces the first titles of the next year’s anniversary programme! As it is the case every year, the top film-makers from all over the world come to Krakow to present their latest productions. In the international documentary film competition, we will see, among others, the opening film of the festival IDFA in Amsterdam, “Sunless Shadows” by Mehrdad Oskouei and the documentary film “My Father and Me” by the outstanding British film-maker, Nick Broomfield.

Nick Broomfield is one of the most frequently awarded British documentary film-makers in the world. During over 40 years of his artistic work, he observed the South American Nazis, met face to face with the infamous American serial killer Aileen Wuornos (on the basis of her life, the film “Monster” starring Charlize Theron was made), as well as confronted Courtney Love in connection with the circumstances of the death of Kurt Cobain. All these tasks were difficult, but according to the director himself, the most difficult film experience was documenting his own family history and his relationship with his father, famous British photographer, Maurice Broomfield, in the latest film “My Father and Me.”

My Father and Me, dir. Nick BroomfieldMy Father and Me, dir. Nick Broomfield

Another hit of the anniversary edition of the Krakow Film Festival will undoubtedly be the latest film by Mehrdad Oskouei, one of the greatest Iranian documentary film-makers. “Sunless Shadows” is a shocking tale about young murderesses who serve their sentences of imprisonment in an Iranian prison for murdering their fathers, husbands or other family members. The unusual bond between the director and the characters in his film often leads to private confessions in front of the camera, dealing with the motives for the committed crimes, as well as the painful consequences. The camera observes the sincere conversations but also funny interactions of the incarcerated girls, for whom the prison reality sometimes does not seem to differ from the lives of ordinary teenagers. It also seems that the walls of the penitentiary and the hermetic company of other women are a kind of shelter from the society, aggressively dominated by men.

Sunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdada OskoueiSunless Shadows, dir. Mehrdada Oskouei

Do not miss our first deadline - 30 November! Only for six days we will be waiting for films completed before 31 October 2019.

We are waiting for submissions of documentary, animated and short films to the three international competitions: for documentary films, for short films, to the DocFilmMusic competition presenting music documentaries, as well as to the national competition for Polish films.

The Krakow Film Festival is included in the prestigious list of film events qualifying for the Academy Awards in the short film category (feature film, animated film, documentary film) and feature-length documentary film category, and also recommends the films to the European Film Awards in the same categories. 

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The 59th Krakow Film Festival will take place on May 31 – June 7, 2020

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For the 23rd edition, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has teamed up with software developing company Vialog to test an audience engagement application on the festival's website, creating a unique channel for the audience to communicate with filmmakers directly.

Becoming the first A-category festival to test this kind of technology in full scope, Black Nights has worked with Vialog to integrate Virtual Q&As on the film pages of the festival website. This enables anyone to leave video comments and ask questions. There is no need to download any app, all website visitors on the film pages of Black Nights can use their laptop webcams or mobile phone cameras. This creates a niche platform for dialogue between the filmmakers, the audience and anyone else interested in joining the discussion.

The new solution is expected to provide a broader chance for focussed communication inside the film community as it will also enable guests who have already left the festival or those who didn't have chance to take part of the Q&A to have their voice heard by answering questions and comments and to set an ongoing discussion between filmmakers and their audiences. 

It will also provide the festival valuable insight into the audience's reactions and thoughts on each of the programme entries. Vialog can thus extend in space and time the video dialogue of a given film, helping it reach a growing and engaged audience.

Says Hannes Aava, the head of communication and press of the Black Nights Film Festival: “We are ever-excited to try out new technologies at Black Nights and Vialog’s solution is something very unique and practical at the same time. We hope to gain some valuable insight from what our audience actually feels about specific films and provide everyone, not only people physically present at the Q&A's to join the discussions. I hope that our audience won’t shy away from this opportunity and we’ll have some engaging conversations in the festival community!”

The PÖFF Discuss platform is available during the festival at https://poff.ee/discuss

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Vialog bar on the festival's website

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Black Nights screening of Gutter-bee

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Black Nights screening of In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand

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TBILISI: The Tbilisi IFF will open on 1 December with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s early work Blackmail. The festival will show six new domestic films in its Georgian Pamorama section.

STRASBOURG: The Croatian producer Ankica Jurić Tilić will be given the Eurimages Co-production Award at the European Film Awards ceremony on Saturday, 7 December, in Berlin.

LIBEREC: The CEE Animation Forum, which takes place 5 – 8 May 2020, is accepting applications for animation projects through 10 January.

CEE Animation Forum (5–8 May, Liberec, Czech Republic) is a co-production pitching, B2B and networking event with the intention to boost the projects´ international circulation potential, visibility and their access to a wider European market. For its 2020 edition, the organisers have expanded the number of categories open to animated projects in development. The deadline for submission 10 January 2020.

This year’s EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange, pays tribute to a woman’s contribution to the success of film co-production

At the PÖFF Shorts award ceremony held on Saturday November 23 in Tallinn's Club Hollywood, the winners of the Black Night Film Festival's short film and animation sub-festival PÖFF Shorts were announced.

For the first time, the joint jury of PÖFF Shorts put forth a candidate to the European Film Awards 2020 in the short film category.

LIST OF WINNERS:

PÖFF SHORTS NATIONAL COMPETITION 
Presenter: Overall Pro Rent 
Jury: Eva Näripea, Marina D. Richter, Marija Milovanovic

BEST SHORT
"Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves" (Estonia, 2019)
Director: Chintis Lundgren

Jury statement: "It is a playful and smoothly developed script, wonderfully freed of cliches and rich in imagination. Political incorrectness is consciously used as an inclusion tool - male, female, cats and dogs. Empowerment belongs to everyone. The filmmaker shows how fragile the concept of an ideal family and morality is, but doesn’t turn it into a downfall of family bounds. A big howl for Toomas beneath the valley of the wild wolves!"

SPECIAL MENTION
"Bad Hair" (Estonia, 2019)
Director: Oskar Lehemaa

Jury statement: "It’s a film about midlife crisis that turns into a very clever genre piece that takes the fun out of obsession with perfect looks and beauty. It’s a well crafted and perfectly rounded contemporary tale that literally ends up in flames. The film doesn’t shy of black humour and even though it is not made to be didactic it is a perfect example of “may you get what you wish for.”

ANIMATION COMPETITION
Jury: Chiara Magri, Nicolas Khabbaz, Sander Joon


BEST SHORT ANIMATION
Presenters: A Film Eesti, Fork Film, Tolm
"Deep Love" (Ukraine, 2019)
Directors: Mykita Lyskov

Jury statement: "For the straightforward message reflected in a complex treatment, the crude style works very well to be  funny and bitter, light and deep."


SPECIAL MENTION
"Lola the Living Potato" (France, Russia, 2018)
Director: Leonid Shmelkov

Jury statement: "A film that overcomes the barrier to reach the inner child in us, in a beautiful depiction of loss and new beginning."


SHORTS NEW TALENTS COMPETITION: ANIMATION
Presenter: Eesti Kunstiakadeemia
Jury: Chiara Magri, Nicolas Khabbaz, Sander Joon


BEST SHORT ANIMATION
"Daughter" (Czechia, 2019)
Director: Daria Kashcheeva

Jury statement: "A mastered storytelling piece about a father and daughter relationship. Conveying powerful deep emotions from animated puppets. Using live action cinematic techniques and successfully crossing."


SPECIAL MENTION
"Zorg II" (Estonia, 2019)
Director: Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Jury statement: "For its exploding ideas and bravery in style."


LIVE ACTION COMPETITION
Jury: Martti Helde, Kathleen McInnis, Ingvar Sigurðsson


BEST SHORT FILM
Presenter: Nafta Films
"Holy Family" (Portugal, 2019)
Director: Margarida Lucas

Jury statement: "For its compelling freshness and originality in visual storytelling; where we can clearly see the unique handwriting of the director among all the characters and in particular a loving and strong mother figure unlike any we’ve seen before." "

SPECIAL MENTION
"FROM MATTI WITH LOVE" (Finland, 2019)
Director: Jarno Lindemark

Jury statement: "For its sensitive, intimate and emotionally revealing portrayals."

SHORTS NEW TALENTS COMPETITION: LIVE-ACTION
Jury: Martti Helde, Kathleen McInnis, Ingvar Sigurðsson
Presenter: Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University

BEST SHORT FILM
"My planet" (Belgium, 2018) 
Director: Valery Carnoy

Jury statement: "Unexpectedly delicate, egoless, visceral and above all humorous – as it turns the human condition on its head. It’s about simple love and everyday problems in relationships, and how we see ourselves when reflected through the eyes of someone we love."

SPECIAL MENTION
"Elephantbird" (Afganisthan, 2019)
Director: Masoud Soheili

Jury statement: "Sincere both in how it is made and in its message, the story feels at once ancient and yet deeply relevant as it traverses a landscape dotted with archetypes and multiple forks in the road around every corner."

EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2020
CANDIDATE FOR EUROPEAN SHORT FILM

Jury: Martti Helde, Kathleen McInnis, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Chiara Magri, Nicolas Khabbaz, Sander Joon, Eva Näripea, Marina D. Richter, Marija Milovanovic

12 K Marx Street” (Georgia, 2019)
Director: Irine Jordania

Jury statement: “We put forward 12 K Marx Street for consideration of the EFA. We were struck by the filmmaker’s use of simple framing which yielded a deeply felt emotional connection to both story and character.”

The 2019 edition of PÖFF Shorts runs from 19-27 November 2019 at various venues around Tallinn, Estonia. It is a sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival which takes place 15th November – 1st December 2019.

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 Award Ceremony Gallery: 
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Black Nights Film Festival, http://www.poff.ee
ShortEst Estonian Short Film Center, www.shortest.eu

PÖFF Shorts 2019 Award Ceremony. Photo: Aron Urb, Black Nights Film Festival

PÖFF Shorts 2019 Award Ceremoniy. Photo: Aron Urb, Black Nights Film Festival

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TALLINN: The Black Nights Film Festival / PÖFF announced the winner of its shorts competition and selected the Georgian film 12 K Marx Street by Irine Jordania to compete in the short film category at the European Film Awards 2020. This is the first year that the festival is putting forth a candidate for the European Film Awards. The shorts award ceremony was held on 23 November 2019. The festival runs through 1 December 2019.

We invite you to join the press conference with Andrei Konchalovsky, the Lifetime Achievement Award laureate of the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, taking place in the Russian Cultural Center (Mere puiestee 5on the 26th of November at 1 pm

The press conference will be held in English and Russian and moderated by Andrei Titov.

We'd also like to remind you that there will be the press screening of Andrei Konchalovsky's latest film Sin in the Coca-Cola Plaza, hall 8 at 10.15 am the same morning.

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