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Hot from Tallinn : Black Nights Film Festival opens a year-round online cinema

Opening this month, Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) launches an online cinema where films can be watched all year round throughout Estonia's territory. The kick-off event will screen five films of the Women's Nights Film Festival, followed by films from the programme of the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

"Due to the pandemic, we screened a large part of our programme online during last year's PÖFF and it turned out to be very popular. For the first time, those who live far from the cities Tallinn and Tartu had the opportunity to take part in the festival and this is what really inspired us," said the festival director Tiina Lokk.

With the news that Estonia's cinemas will close down once again in March due to the coronavirus, the online cinema will be the festival's effort to keep the tradition of showing and watching great films alive. "Our film selection represents a so-called second view, different from other known and daily used streaming platforms, capturing the world's cinematography in its thematic, genre and style diversity," she added.

The virtual cinema will be the same environment that was used for online screenings during the last edition of Black Nights last November. Currently, viewing access will be limited to the territory of Estonia. With the opening of the online cinema, PÖFF will kick-off its 25th-anniversary celebrations that will culminate in November. 

The online cinema will launch on 6th March with a five-film special programme of the Women's Nights Film Festival aka NÖFF. All films touch on the topic of boundaries of the natural and artificial worlds, which is also the theme of this year's NÖFF.

From 9 March, three films from the latest PÖFF programme will be added to the online cinema selection:

"50 or Two Whales Meet on the Beach" is a shocking youth film by Mexican director Jorge Cuchí, based on the "Blue Whale" game that spread on social media a few years ago. The game has 50 tasks to complete, the last of which is suicide. The winning film of the youth jury of the PÖFF's Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film - PÖFF's Youth and Children’s Film Festival.

"Dinner in America" ​​is a poignant comedy by US director Adam Carter Rehmeier about two song-writing social outcasts taking each other on an epic journey through the decadent suburbs of the Midwest. Winning film of the Rebels with a Cause competition programme of PÖFF.

"The Club of Angels" is a criminal black comedy by Brazilian director Angelo Defanti, in which a crumbling men's club finds new energy to come together when their new chef begins to serve irresistible dinners - the only trouble: after each dinner, one club member dies. The film screened in the Current Waves section of PÖFF.

The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, the side-festival organised by the team at PÖFF, running from the 30th of April until the 4th of May will be introduced in the online cinema by Canadian director Cameron Macgowan's horror thriller "Red Letter Day".

Every month, PÖFF's online cinema will be displaying a new selection of films from previous festival editions. Before the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF), it is also possible to watch the special programme consisting of films from the previous editions of HÕFF.

The online cinema will be opened in cooperation with Elisa and Shift72.

PÖFF online cinema:

Trailers: "50 or Two Whales Meet on the Beach" and "Red Letter Day".


"50 or Two Whales Meet on the Beach", Just Film Youth Jury Best Film Award. Photo: still from the film
Film still: "Dinner in America"
Film still: "Red Letter Day"



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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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