FESTIVALS: Tartu Love Film Festival Announces Lineup

TARTU: Thirteen feature films and four documentaries will screen at the 15th Tartu Love Film Festival aka Tartuff from 10 to 15 August 2020. For the first time in the…

PRODUCTION: Estonian/Latvian/German Melchior the Apothecary Shoots in Tallinn

TALLINN: The first part of the medieval crime trilogy Melchior the Apothecary started shooting on 13 July 2020 in Tallinn. The Estonian/Latvian/German coproduction is based on Indrek Hargla's successful crime…

Estonia Headed Towards a Busy Filming Summer

TALLINN: Five domestic features: Kalev, Erik Stoneheart, Melchior the Apothecary, The Sleeping Beast and Estonian Funeral, are filming in Estonia this summer.

Lithuania and Slovenia Send Projects to European Genre Lab

TALLINN: The Lithuanian film Meat to Maths by Emilija Riviere and the Slovenian film The Vultures by Vida Breže are among the eight projects selected to participate in the European…

FNE at Cannes Online 2020: Film Estonia Cash Rebate and regional funds at Marché du Film

Estonia will wrap up the Cannes market with Film Estonia Cash Rebate and regional film funds, who will be available on June 26th.

Estonian Film Institute Launches Short Films Website

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute has launched Estonian Shorts, a website for short films which makes selected short films available for viewing for free.

Estonia Coproduces British Starrer Burial

TALLINN: Ivo Felt is coproducing for Estonia’s Allfilm the British/Estonian Burial, to be shot in Estonia in the autumn of 2020. The cast includes Diana Rigg and Tom Felton.

FNE at Cannes Online 2020: Estonian Film

Estonian Film Institute, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, North Star Film Alliance and our regional film funds are all taking part in the Cannes Virtual Market.

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.