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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura as the latest recipient of its Lifetime A


allinn Black Nights Film Festival announces legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura as the latest recipient of its Lifetime Ach



PÖFF25 will host the European premier of Saura’s latest feature, The King Of All The World, in the Official Selection - Out Of Competition

Producers of The King Of All The World, Esebio Pacha and Alexandra Fierro, will be in attendance, while the director has sent his video greetings to cinema goers. Two of Saura’s recent shorts Rosa Rosae: A Spanish War Elegy and Goya, May 3rd will be screened together with The King Of All The World. The first screening is tomorrow, November 26, at 17:15 at the Coca Cola Plaza.

In total, Carlos Saura has made almost 50 films, which have collected awards from almost all of the major famous festivals. Cría Cuervos won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 1976, and Deprisa, Deprisa earned him a Golden Bear at the 1981 Berlin Film Festival. He is a three-time Oscar nominee for Mama turns 100, Carmen and Tango.

And the award goes to...

On the 27th of November, the very special 25th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will have its festive finale during the award ceremony.

  • The Award Ceremony will be tomorrow at 7pm EET. You can watch the ceremony here.
  • You can also watch the festivals industry events, interviews with filmmakers and guests at Elisa Stage
  • All photo galleries can be found here.


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PÖFF starts web cinema with Shorts

The Black Nights Film Festival web cinema will screen short films until November 28.

The web cinema will host most of the films from the three Shorts competition programmes, including the six winners announced last Saturday.


Cinema screenings continue until Sunday

It's not over till it's over. Our cinemas still have great films for three more days: FridaySaturday and Sunday.

Most competition films are also available for accredited press and industry attendees online.





#PÖFF25 competition programmes keep gaining momentum. 

Be sure to follow the news and reviews in the following channels:

Screen International
Film New Europe
The Film Verdict
Eye For Film
Asian Movie Pulse





ScreenDaily Talks: Baltasar Kormákur, Ninja Thyberg to talk how to forge a career in film

The latest in ScreenDaily Talks live Q&A series will take place today November 26 at 15:30 GMT (16:30pm CET/17:30pm EET).

The discussion is presented by Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF), which this year launched Black Nights Discovery Campus, a new international education programme that will offer ongoing courses, workshops and masterclasses for upcoming film professionals.

Black Nights’ festival director Tiina Lokk will also join the discussion to share more about the new initiative and how it will help those working across a variety of departments in film.


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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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