PRODUCTION: Estonia Coproduces Tverdovskiy’s The Conference

TALLINN: The Estonian production company Nafta Films (O-2, Melchior the Apothecary, Erna at War, Secret Society of Souptown) is partnering on the Russian/Estonian coproduction The Conference. Estonia is responsible for…

FESTIVALS: Haapsalu Fest Donates Online Proceeds to Corona Relief

TALLINN: The virtual edition of the 15th Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival recorded a virtual attendance of around 10,000 and announced it was donating most of its ticket sale…

Estonia Announces Support for Film Industry

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute will distribute 1.3 m EUR as compensation measures to face the challenges in the film sector caused by the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

PRODUCTION: Estonian Animated Feature Danger Island Continues Production

TALLINN: Some animation filmmakers are finding it relatively easy to continue with their work, although other productions have largely halted. The Estonian bundle content startup IMEPILT Studios is in production…

FESTIVALS: Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival Goes Online

TALLINN: The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF) is the latest festival to move to an online format instead of postponing until the fall. HÕFF's organisers announced that the…

Estonian Announces Short Film Contest

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute and the Year of Digital Culture 2020 have announced an open call for Estonian filmmakers to create one-minute short films.

Estonia Proposes Additional Crisis Funding for Culture and Sports

TALLINN: The Estonian Ministry of Culture has put forward a plan to support culture and sports with an additional 25 m EUR to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis…

Online Film Festival My Darling Quarantine To Raise Money For Culture Workers Impacted by Coronavirus

TALLINN: Tallinn Black Nights' programmer Laurence Boyce, his colleagues from Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno and many others support the My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival (MDQSFF). This online festival launched…

Estonian Film and Television Awards Postponed

TALLINN: Estonian Film and Television Awards (EFTA) will be postponed from April to September 2020.

PÖFF Shorts Becomes Academy Awards Qualifying Festival

TALLINN: PÖFF Shorts, a sub-festival of Black Nights International Film Festival, is now a qualifying event for both Live Action and Animation Short Awards at the Academy Awards.

Estonian Minister of Culture Calls For More Funding For Film Production

TALLINN: The Estonian Minister of Culture has called for an increase in government financing to increase funding for film production as well as for national wage subsidies for choir directors…

Russian/Estonian Doc Wins EFCA Award

TALLINN: How Big is the Galaxy by Ksenia Elyan, a Russian/Estonian coproduction, won the EFCA Doc Award 2020, presented by the European Children’s Film Association.

FNE at Berlinale 2020: Estonian Film in Berlin

The Estonian stand is G11 at Gropius Bau. Come say hello and let's talk about new films, co-production possibilities and tax incentives.

Tiina Lokk to Receive Estonian National Culture Prize

TALLINN: Tiina Lokk, founder and director of Black Nights will receive the national culture prize from the government of Estonia for the success of the record-breaking 23rd edition of Black…

FNE Market Analysis 2019: ESTONIA

TALLINN: The year 2019 turned out to be another record-breaking year for Estonian film industry. Domestic films had more than 847,000 admissions, which is an all-time record. The year’s record-breaker…

GRANTS: Estonian Film Institute Announces First Grants for 2020

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute (EFI) gave out 1.8 m EUR for the production of three domestic features, and also 320,000 EUR for the production of seven minority coproductions.

BOX OFFICE: Four Estonian Films In Overall 2019 BO Top Ten

TALLINN: Year 2019 broke another record in Estonia as four domestic films made it to the overall top ten. Tanel Toom’s Truth and Justice / Tõde ja õigus became the…

FNE AV Innovation: Storytek: Sten-Kristian Saluveer Introduces Votemo: The Future Of Content: Micro-attention vs Audience Engagement Through Interactivity

We have asked Sten-Kristian Saluveer, founder and CEO of Storytek Creative Hub, to introduce some of the hottest new projects from Storytek, so that FNE readers have the chance to…

Films Boutique Picks Up Oscar-Shortlisted Estonian Film Truth And Justice

TALLINN: Tanel Toom’s debut feature Truth And Justice, shortlisted for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ award in the best international feature film category, has been acquired…

Estonian Film Streaming Website with Worldwide Reach Launched

TALLINN: The streaming website was launched in Estonia on 12 December 2019. Estonian films are available worldwide with English and Russian subtitles.