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Black Nights will happen, lockdown or no lockdown!


Following the events unfolding in the world and the signs of potential COVID-19 resurgence in Europe, we are preparing for all possible scenarios, including making most of the festival and industry features available online.  This includes a new feature: the international press and industry will have online access to films and projects, no matter their geographic location!

The festival dates remain the same taking place from the 13th of November until the 29th of November.

Stay tuned for updates!




Here's the final reminder that the film submission is about to end. The extended deadline will leave film submission open until the 17th of August!

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - festival dates13-29 November
Youth and children's film festival Just Film -  festival dates 13-29 November
Short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts - festival dates 17-25 November


The German film industry will be playing a pivotal role at #PÖFF24 as the festival is glad to announce a partnership with German Films. The programme will include a series of events throughout the Black Nights programme and its sub-events, including the German Films initiatives Next Generation Short Tiger and Face To Face. As usual, the programme will be highlighted by a tailor-made film programme, screened at Black Nights.

Black Nights Film Festival has enjoyed fruitful cooperation with both German Films and Goethe-Institut over the years that has given birth to a row of special events, the New German Films programme that features in the Black Nights programme annually and tens of high-quality films that have premiered and won awards at the festival.

The full programme will be announced in September.


Industry@Tallinn & Baltic recently celebrated that its co-production market project Conference by director Ivan A. Tverdovskiy, was selected for the Giornate Degli Autori sidebar competition of the Venice film festival.

Also, we'd like to remind you that we are awaiting submissions for the following programmes: Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will take place from the 23rd until the 27th of November.


Are ready for love? We have announced the programme of the 15th edition of the Tartu Love Film Festival, the summery offseason event we organise in Southern Estonia. It will be the first time that a major part of the programme will be available digitally as well.

The biggest open-air cinema in Estonia will screen a rich selection of films that inlcudes Un Certain Regard winner The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness and Tribeca Best International Narrative Feature award winner House of Hummingbird.


Amazing news from the US: last year's Tallinn Black Nights' Grand Prix winner Kontora has won the inaugural Obayashi Prize at North America’s largest Japanese cinema event Japan Cuts!


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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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