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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival honours actress Rea Lest at the festival’s Opening Ceremony

The 23rd edition of the Black Nights Film Festival was opened yesterday at the Alexela Concert Hall with actress Rea Lest honoured with the Bruno O’ya award. 

At last night’s Opening Ceremony’s spectacular multimedia show, directed once again by Ingmar Jõela, crossed stage acting, dance acts and live filmmaking, paying homage to films like A Clockwork Orange, The Matrix and Climax.

The festival awarded actress Rea Lest with the Bruno O’ya Award, that is presented for the 6th year at the festival’s Opening Ceremony to an up and coming Estonian actor or actress on the verge of an international breakthrough. Lest has played in several films that have screened at the festival, such as November (2016), The Manslayer / The Virgin / The Shadow (2017) and Scandinavian Silence that screens in the festival's Baltic Competition programme this year. Lest was selected among the Berlinale Shooting Stars earlier this year.

Another symbolic moment was the passing of the festival’s candle which is done by the representatives of the country/ region the festival has set focus on that particular year. This year, businessman Naguib Sawiris and actress Bushra Rozza, founders of the El Gouna Film Festival  in Egypt passed the candle to festival director Tiina Lokk as Black Nights sets its focus on Arab cinema, presenting a 14 film showcase In Focus: Sizzling Arabia, that screens a retrospective of Arab films from the last ten years mixed with highlights from this year. The candle will be passed on at the festival's award ceremony to the representative of next year’s focus on the 30th 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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