03-11-2020

First tickets on sale * Black Nights Film Festival announces full Official Selection & First Feature line-up & Opening Film * Meet Black Nights Stars

BEHOLD: OUR OFFICIAL SELECTION OF 2020!

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is thrilled to announce its biggest and freshest lineup of the Official Selection - Competition. Final 17 films added to the 24th edition of the festival include 5 world, 11 international, and 2 European premieres and blaze through genres, topics, and locations like the tropical storm does through the streets of Bogota in one of the films competing.

We'd like to remind you that accredit press and industry professionals can see most of the films in the programme, regardless of their geographic location for thee first time. Apply here!

FULL LINE-UP HERE

FIRST FEATURES TAKE THE STAGE

PÖFF is happy to announce a selection of 18 films in the First Feature Competition and an additional 3 out of competition. Ten of the films are World Premieres. First Feature Films distinguish themselves by their freshness, vitality, and revelatory nature.
We have filmmakers from Europe, Asia, America and Australia and movies from pretty much every genre - period pieces, an absurd drama, a western, a musical and much more.

PS! All tickets for the First Feature Competition are already on sale!

Plus, you can check out our brand new teaser!

CHECK OUT ALL THE FILMS

GERMAN FOCUS

Germany will be the Focus Country for this year’s hybrid 24th edition of the festival - there are more German films than ever before. The festival will screen more than a dozen films in the specially curated programme "New German Cinema" presented by German Films and Goethe-Institut Estland.

German Films presents the Opening Film 2020: Enfant Terrible by Oskar Roehler. A biopic about the rebel filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder is definitely not your average classical biopic. 
We also have Caged Birds in Official Competition, while Modell Olimpia makes its First Feature debut.
In the Rebels With a Cause strand, M. Bleibtreu’s directorial debut Cortex will be presented.

Finally, there will be Special Screenings of two pivotal pieces from German filmmaking history, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s remastered Berlin Alexanderplatz and Margarethe von Trotta’s Marianne & Juliane.

Ticket sale for the first screenings of the films in the programme will begin today.

EXPLORE GERMAN FILMS

DDA SPOTLIGHT AWARD

The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will introduce the DDA Spotlight Award, honouring diversity and inclusion in film.

The relationship between Tallinn Black Nights and DDA is longstanding. In recent years, one of its founders, Dennis Davidson, served as the head of the jury of the Official Selection – Competition in 2017.
Mr. Davidson responded, ‘On behalf of DDA, I am humbled by this incredible opportunity to present an annual award at such a prestigious Festival and I am looking forward to returning to Tallinn next month.'

The recipient of the award will be announced in November, prior to the festival.

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PÖFF SHORTS ANNOUNCES COMPETITION TITLES

The 2020 edition of PÖFF Shorts, an official sub-festival of the A-List Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, has revealed the films which will be part of its six competitions. More than 110 short films and animations will be screened between 17th and 25th November both online and in cinemas.

Among the line-up PÖFF Shorts will screen My Dear Corpses, a short by Estonian filmmaker German Golib, that received the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards announced October 21.

This year is special as PÖFF Shorts celebrates its first year of being an Academy Award qualifying festival.
PÖFF Shorts is also a qualifying festival for BAFTA and the European Film Awards.

Get your tickets today!

DISCOVER THE NOMINEES

BLACK NIGHTS STARS ANNOUNCED

Black Nights Stars, the initiative of the Industry@Tallinn &; Baltic Event, has announced eight young actors from the Baltic Sea region to participate in the programme this November, also inviting young talents from Russia to attend for the first time within the RUSSIA IN FOCUS program.

A jury of international film professionals has selected the following actors: 
Aaron Hilmer (Germany), Antoni Sałaj (Poland), Hanna Ardéhn (Sweden), Henessi Schmidt (Estonia), Reimo Sagor (Estonia), Simonas Mozūra (Lithuania), Vika Sobol (Russia) and Vladislav Kulygin (Russia). 

The programme of Black Nights Stars will focus on how to navigate a career in an online world.

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JUST FILM YOUTH COMPETITION

Black Nights Film Festival's youth and children's film sub-festival Just Film will take place from the 13th of November until the 29th of November and ticket sales have already started.

Just Film is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and this year's International Youth Competition comprises of topics which at this moment are the most important themes in youngsters' lives.

SEE THE COMPETITION TITLES

'WHY NOT YOU' WINS IN ZURICH

The top prize in Zurich Film Festival’s Focus sidebar went to Why Not You by Italy’s Evi Romen. The film will be screened in our First Feature out of competition program and is a joint World Premiere between Black Nights Film Festival and Zurich IFF. 

Evi Romen’s moody drama is a study in grief, loss and the places they can take you. Already an award-winning editor, Romen’s twisty piece deals head on with LGBT+ issues and religion, alongside plenty of dancing.

Grab your tickets now!

SEE ALL WINNERS FROM ZFF

ESTONIAN FILM QUIZ

You're wondering why there's a huge photo of Tallinn's 'Stalker chimney' here? Because friends at Visit Estonia have put together a 10-question quiz on Estonian cinema and film history.

And we dare you to try it out!

DO THE QUIZ

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