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Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film crowns Boyz in the Wood with the main prize


Just Film, the largest youth and children's film festival in Northern Europe and a sub-festival of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, set the audience record and handed out the Grand Prix to Ninian Doff for Boyz in the Wood.

At its 19th edition Just Film screened 54 feature films and documentaries, offering a wide selection of films to kids, youngsters, parents, teachers, students and adults. During the 17-days-long festival, the audiences had the opportunity to choose films from a children's and a youth programme, documentaries in the DOC@JUST section, children's rights programme and the Science360° programme.

Just Film managed to break its audience attendance record this year with over 20 000 visits (2019 saw 18 000 visits). 

Just Film also hosted over 70 foreign guests, another record for the festival, that saw the number triple from the last edition. The festival presented two world, one international and two European premieres. 


Mikk Granström, the head of Just Film commented: “The festival is growing rapidly and is starting to find its spot at the international circuit. We were glad to host so many international guests this year and will approach the jubilee edition in 2020 with great enthusiasm and excitement!”

The motto for this year’s Just Film was "All for one and one for all!" as many of the films in the programme introduced children and youngsters who take responsibility, stand against injustice and care for the future of mankind. 


Just Film International Youth Film Competition

Jury: Moonika Siimets (Estonia), Margret Albers (Germany), Karsten de Vreugd (The Netherlands) 

Films in competition:


Grand Prix for the Best Youth film:

BOYZ IN THE WOOD (Great Britain)

Director: Ninian Doff

Jury commentary: "We have seen a lot of great and touching drama in this competition – there has been one film though which showed in a very original way that you can be really funny and deal with relevant topics at the same time. Finding your vocation, taking your chances, young versus old and wield a friendship which might last forever. We had a hilarious time with this hilarious film!"


International Jury special mention:


Director: Sophie Deraspe

Jury commentary: "To tell a classic tale in a new way is very tough. In this film stereotypes are successfully avoided – you have  a set of believable and authentic characters taking us on an intense emotional journey. Antigone is smart, stubborn and strong but even when she loses her mind, there is still hope. That makes this film so powerful."


ECFA Competition

Jury: Stella Skiba (Poland), Giancarlo Zappoli (Italy), Johannes Lõhmus (Estonia)

Films in competition:


ECFA Award for the Best European Children's Film:

BINTI (Belgium)

Director: Frederike Migom

Jury commentary: "The award goes to a movie that expresses sincere emotions, humanistic and ecological values both in challenging and happy moments of life and does so through dance, with energy and overall joy for life."


ECFA jury special mention:


Director: Stefano Cipani

Jury commentary: "The special mention goes to the heartwarming depiction of family values."


Just Film Youth Jury Competition

Jury: Joonas Väli (15 y/o), Grete Kangro (15 y/o), Lili-Ann Bürkland (18 y/o), Maili Kukke (16 y/o), Villem Saar (15 y/o) 


Just Film Youth Jury Best Film Award:


Director: Jan Komasa

Jury commentary: "An enthralling and heartwarming story about a young man's determination and self-validation. The film is shot enchantingly and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end credits. The diversity and masterful acting of the lead are exceptional."


Youth Jury special mention:


Director: Sophie Deraspe

Jury commentary: "This film deserves recognition for its depiction of current social topics. The protagonists' passionate fight for freedom and justice was unique and inspiring. The family's ability to stay loyal and stick together through tragic times is moving."


Just Film Children's Jury Competition

Jury: Brittany Aasamets (12 y/o), Heleri Pajuste (12 y/o), Kris Prendon Teder (11 y/o), Mona Grete Pärgma (10 y/o) Otto Samuel Kahar (11 y/o)


Just Film Children's Jury Best Film Award:

Cleo: If I Could Turn Back Time (Germany)

Erik Schmitt

Jury commentary: "In our opinion, the winning film had a bit of everything - excitement, drama, comedy and usage of interesting filming techniques and tricks. This film brought up important messages - you cannot live in the past, you must live in the present; care for others because you never know how much time you have with them; do not overthink, otherwise you could miss the adventure of a lifetime."


Children's Jury special mention:

THE SHIP (Mexico)

Director: Batan Silva

Jury commentary: "This film stood out because it told a story that was based on real-life and real problems. It carried a message that we all have dreams that deserve to be fulfilled."


The festival wants to thank all of its sponsors, collaborators, guests and the audience!





Just Film 2019 Grand Prix "Boyz in the Wood". Photo: still from the film



ECFA Award 2019 "Binti". Photo: still from the 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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