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PÖFF takes Ukraine to Cannes and screens Ukrainian films

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) will present Ukrainian projects in Cannes this May and launch a film programme dedicated to Ukrainian cinema on its web cinema platform.

"We are obliged to do everything possible to help and support the Ukrainian film industry at this difficult time, but even so more Ukrainian people," said Tiina Lokk, Festival Director of PÖFF.

For the second year running, PÖFF and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will participate in the “Goes to Cannes” showcase at the Marché du Film, aiming to present 5 Ukrainian projects in post-production. The aim is to help Ukrainian films where production has been interrupted by the war find their way to the international market.

At the same time, PÖFF, together with the telecommunications company and key festival sponsor Elisa, will present a special program of Ukrainian films to local audiences on their web cinema platform, during which all viewers will be able to support Ukraine with financial donations.

Last weektogether with the wider Estonian film industry, the festival signed an open letter condemning the war. The full text is available at https://poff.ee/en/news/estonian-film-industry-calls-for-boycott-of-films-from-warring-russia-and-belarus/. In line with this commitment, state-supported films from Russia and Belarus will not be considered for the 26th edition of PÖFF this November 11-27 and, similarly, such projects will not be accepted at this year's Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

"We only support and leave the door open for independent filmmakers whose films represent different values ​​from official doctrine," Lokk added.

PÖFF calls on all people to help Ukraine.

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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.


DATES IN NOVEMBER
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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