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Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals all titles of 2020 Works in Progress projects


18 films in production or post-production, looking for sales agents or festivals for international premiers, will be presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in 2020.  

As this year’s Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event takes place fully online, the presentations of projects taking part of Works in Progress can be followed on the website. The projects will be presented on November 24.   

The projects presented at Baltic Event, showcasing Baltic and Finnish films, and projects presented in International Works in Progress categories, all compete for the Post Production Award by Post Control, a Helsinki based high-end post-production house, in the amount of 10 000 EUR and the Baltic Event Works in Progress Award in the amount of 3 000 EUR.  

The jury consists of Isabel Ivars-Sancho (Films Boutique), Ilaria Gomarasca (First Cut +) and Nikolaj Nikitin (Director and Head of Studies, School of Film Advancement, Artistic Director at International Film Festival Prague / Febiofest). The jury will hand out the Awards on November 26 at the Awards Ceremony. 

Baltic Event Works in Progress showcases the good health of the regional film industry  

Baltic Event Works in Progress, taking place for the 18th time in 2020, showcases seven promising projects from the Baltics and Finland. 

Maria Ulfsak, the Project Manager of Works in Progress Baltic Events said that they were happy that, even though the industry events are taking place online, there were still a lot of interesting projects applying to participate in Works in Progress programs. “The projects in the Baltic Event Works in Progress selection this year are very different, from a 3-million budget historical adventure film to smaller, edgier and more experimental projects. This shows the good health of the regional film industry - very different films are in production and post-production, and even though the virus has affected us all, the future looks bright. Hopefully, we can all meet in person in wintry Tallinn next year,” she added. 

This year, Estonia is represented with two projects at Baltic Event Works in Progress. Sports drama Kalev, from director Ove Musting, tells the story of Estonian national basketball team Kalev and their unpopular decision to take part of the USSR’s championships in the summer of 1990, with the Soviet Union on the verge of collapse. The mystical Melchior The Apothecary, directed by Elmo Nüganen, takes place in medieval Tallinn, where Melchior Wakenstede, a clever and curious apothecary who, in addition to healing the sick, solves murders that shake the town.  

Baltic Event Works in Progress also includes two projects from Latvia - the drama Lovable by director Stanislavs Tokalovs that unveils the story of Matiss and ten-year-old Stasija, who unexpectedly have lost their partner and mother. Neon Spring, a new project by Matīss Kaža focuses on a 20-year old girl, Laine, who starts to question her sexuality and identity while her family is falling apart. 

Lithuania is represented by two projects this year. A dramedy, I Am Fine, Thanks from Ernestas Jankauskas tells the story of a woman coming back to her former life after checking herself out of rehabilitation clinic. A drama Feature Film About Life by Dovilė Šarutytė follows a story of a girl, who, after her father’s death: as money is short, she decides to reject the professional funeral services and to organize the funeral herself.  

In addition to projects from Baltics, Finland is presented with a drama A Girl’s Room by Aino Suni. The story unrolls as 17-year-old aspiring rapper Elina is forced to leave Finland and move to the South of France, where her mother’s boyfriend lives and where she soon meets her new stepsister Sofia. 

International Works in Progress   

The sixth International Works in Progress presents seven projects from all around the world.  

Shahar Rozen from Israel presents fiction feature Ducks, Urban Legend. Psychological drama The Anger, directed and produced by Maria Ivanova Z is a joint project of Lebanon and Germany. Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, from Ukraine, presents her first feature Carol of The Bells. Representing the other side of the globe, Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada from the Dominican Republic showcase A Film About Couples

As in 2020 Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event introduces Russia in Focus, there are also three projects from Russia presented at International Works in Progress – dramas, including Nuuccha, the first feature by director and screenwriter Vladimir Munkuev, another first feature -  First Snow by Nathalia Konchalovsky and Zemun by Eduard Zholnin.  


Works in Progress session from 2019.  Photo: Janis Kokk


Just Film Works in Progress 

For the second time, Works in Progress also presents projects in the children and youth film category. In 2020 there are four projects competing for the Just Film Award - 1000 EUR to help the film gain visibility by covering promotion and publicity costs. 

A Butterfly's Heart is a feature from award-winning Lithuanian director Inesa Kurklietytė, who was named The International Film Festival Serseliafam's "Woman of the Year in Cinema”. Jaak Kilmi, a director from Estonia, presents his newest project, The Sleeping Beast. A joint coproduction from Belgium, the Netherlands and France, This Is My Moment is a creative documentary by Lieven Corthouts, a self-taught filmmaker focused on directing documentaries, and New Wonder, directed by Alexandra Strelyanaya, represents Focus on Russia in the Just Film Works in Progress category.

The jury of Just Film Works in Progress consists of Olaf Wehowsky (festival manager of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers, Germany), Per Erikson (manager of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies, Sweden) and Guy Davies (film director /Philophobia/, UK). 

Baltic Event Works in Progress 2020 selected projects  

  1. Kalev, directed by Ove Musting, produced by Pille Rünk, Maria Avdjushko, Allfilm, Ugri Film. Estonia 
  1. Melchior The Apothecary, directed by Elmo Nüganen, produced by Kristian Taska, Esko Rips, Armin Karu, Veiko Esken, Tanel Tatter, co-produced by Janis Kalejs, Phillip Kreuzer. Taska Film, Nafta Films, Apollo Film Productions, Hansafilm, Film Angels Productions, Maze Pictures. Estonia /Latvia / Germany 
  1. Lovable, directed by Staņislavs Tokalovs, produced by Aija Bērziņa, co-produced by Evelin Penttila, Tasse Film, Stellar Film. Latvia/Estonia 
  1. Neon Spring, directed by Matīss Kaža, produced by Dace Siatkovska, Matīss Kaža, Deep Sea Studios. Latvia 
  1. I Am Fine, Thanks, directed by Ernestas Jankauskas, produced by Gabija Siurbytė, Greta Akcijonaitė, Dansu films. Lithuania 
  1. Feature Film About Life, directed by Dovilė Šarutytė, produced by Uljana Kim, Studio Uljana Kim. Lithuania 
  1. A Girl’s Room, directed by Aino Suni, produced by Sébastien Aubert, Ilona Tolmunen, Frauke Kolbmüller, Adastra Films, Made, Oma Inge Film. Finland/Germany 

International Works in Progress selected projects 2020 

  1. Carol of The Bells, directed by Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko, produced by  Artem Koliubaiev, co-produced by Maksim Leshchanka, Ama Vision, Stewopol MS. Ukraine/Poland 
  1. Ducks, Urban Legend, directed by Shahar Rozen, produced by Oren Rogovin, Omer Rogovin, Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, Rogovin Brothers. Israel 
  1. The Anger, directed and produced by Maria Ivanova Z., Scoop Production, Ne a Beirut Films, The Post Republic. Lebanon/Germany 
  1. Nuuccha, directed by Vladimir Munkuev, produced by Aleksandr Plotnikov, Boris Khlebnikov, Valeriy Fedorovich, Evgeniy Nikishov, Albert Ryabyshev, Andrei Ushatskiy, Look Film, The Place of Power, R-Media. Russia. 
  1. First Snow, directed by Nathalia Konchalovsky, produced by Elena Stepanisheva, Chapulla Bay. Russia 
  1. Zemun, directed by Eduard Zholnin, produced by Alexey Uchitel, co-produced by Kira Saksaganskaya, Rock Films Studio. Russia 
  1. A Film About Couples, directed and produced by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, co-produced by Pablo Mustonen, Faula Films. Dominican Republic 

Just Film Works in Progress selected projects 2020 

  1. A Butterfly's Heart, directed by Inesa Kurklietytė, produced by Živilė Gallego, Fralita Films. Lithuania. 
  1. The Sleeping Beast, directed by Jaak Kilmi, produced by Evelin Penttilä, co-produced by Roberts Vinovskis, Stellar Film, Studio Locomotive. Estonia/Latvia 
  1. This is My Moment, directed by Lieven Corthouts, produced by Magalie Dierick, Emmy Oost, co-produced by Renko Douze, Valérie Montmartin, Cassette for timescapes, Een van de jongens, Little Big Story. Belgium/The Netherlands/France 
  1. New Wonder, directed by Alexandra Strelyanaya, produced by Alexei Sokhnev and Alexandra Strelyanaya, Kolomna Film Company. Russia 

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event is the one-week summit for film and audiovisual industry professionals held during PÖFF, on November 23-27, 2020. This year’s summit takes place fully online, welcoming projects and participants from around the globe. In 2020, Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event introduces Russia in Focus, a global presentation of Russian audiovisual content, film projects and creative talents at one of the key international co-production markets and producer's platforms to build strong ties between Russian and international creative industry players.  

Check out the programme at



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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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