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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces dates for its 25th anniversary and opens film submissions

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF has announced dates for its 25th-anniversary edition and opens submissions for the main festival and sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and Just Film.

The 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights and the Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film will run from the 12th until the 28th of November, while the International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts will take place from the 16th until the 24th of November. The festival’s industry platform Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event will run from 19th until the 26th of November.

All three festivals are now accepting film submissions, which can be submitted via The main festival’s programme includes three competitive sections this year - Official Selection, First Feature Competition and Baltic Film Competition - and various non-competitive sections for feature films. PÖFF Shorts and Just Film also feature several international competition programmes of their own.

In 2020 Black Nights had over 1500 feature-length film submissions, while over 4100 shorts and animations were submitted to PÖFF Shorts.

The festival will also continue tying submissions to preserving forests in Estonia and donate 1 euro from every submission to preserving Estonian forests through the Estonian green tech startup Single.Earth, ensuring that over 2 hectares of Estonian forest land will be maintained sustainably.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the only FIAPF recognised competitive non-specialised film festival in Northern Europe and since 2014 accredited to organise an international non-specialised feature film competition along with 14 other film festivals around the world. It has become a regional gateway for international cinema and film projects, bringing author cinema to local film fans and helping films start/continue their festival run and find distribution. Each year the festival is visited by a growing number of journalists, festival representatives, producers, distributors, sales agents and filmmakers – together with nearly 1200 accredited guests - and covered by the world’s leading film and trade magazines, having a potential global media auditorium over 9 billion people.

Single.Earth helps to preserve nature and biodiversity by creating a natural capital marketplace where environmentally responsible companies can directly connect with land and forest owners and invest in sustainable land management - and by that, compensate for their own ecological impact. Single.Earth is making sustainable land use financially feasible for the landowners and impactful for environmentally responsible businesses. Moreover, Single.Earth is bringing transparency into the field by working with secure distributed technologies like blockchain.
Black Nights FF Opening Ceremony (photo by Aron Urb)
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - 12-28 of November

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film - 12-28 of November

International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts - 16-24 of November


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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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