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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the second Lifetime Achievement Award laureate: Ivars Seleckis



Tallinn Black Nights awards the Latvian documentary film maker and founder of the legendary  Riga School of Poetic Documentary Cinema Ivars Seleckis with the second Lifetime Achievement Award of the festival.

Born in 1934 in Riga, Latvia, Ivars Seleckis is the oldest Latvian documentary filmmaker still active. Educated as a food technologist, Seleckis began work at the Riga Film Studio in 1958 as a camera assistant and according to Kristīne Matīsa from the National Film Center of Latvia, the first scenes Seleckis shot which appeared on film were in 1960 – in the documentary, My Riga – a film that became the first timid step away from the official propaganda and towards more humanly intimate poetics.

In 1966 he went to study cinematography at the Moscow Film Institute and debuted in 1970 with Girls from Valmiera (1970), which brought a modern edge to documentary film as it was unusual for that time for a Latvian documentary to pose daring and unflattering questions on social topics. The context being a small town factory with 2000 female workers, that posed big problems for the local demographic balance.

Seleckis went on to direct a large number of films and became a vital part of the Latvian film history. His biggest international success is The Crossroad Street (1988), the first of three Crossroad-films that received three of the most prestigious documentary awards in the Europe – EFA award for the Best Documentary, Joris Ivens and Robert Flaherty awards. Seleckis continues to make films even at the age of 84.

He has received the Honorary Award of merit and exceptional lifetime contributions to cinema at the Lielais Kristaps National Film Festival of Latvia in 2014.

Seleckis will be awarded at tonight’s screening of his latest documentary To Be Continued, which is part of the festival’s Baltic Competition programme. The film is Latvia's candidate for the best foreign language film Academy Award.

More information on Seleckis: http://nkc.gov.lv/en/personalities/ivars-seleckis-2/

Selected documentaries

2018 To be Continued
2013 Capitalism at Crossroad Street
2007 Under the Oak Tree
1999 New Times at Crossroad Street
1998 Leeward Side
1995 Crocodile’s Move
1990 Latvia. August, 1989
1988 Crossroad Street
1980 The Widening of the World
1978 A Woman Who Is Waited?
1970 Girls From Valmiera


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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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