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Football Documentary Premieres In Tallinn

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  One of the buzz titles here at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, is a football (European style) documentary with the enticing title of KILL THE REFEREE (Les Arbitres). The Belgian production focuses not only the overpaid players or their obsessive, sometimes violent fans, but on the referees who have the unenviable job of calling plays and declaring fouls.  KILL THE REFEREE unveils the lives of several professional football referees at the Euro 2008 championship; am...

Baltic Event Brings Film Pros To Tallinn

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  As if the 250 plus films on display this week at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, held in the Estonian capital through Sunday, December 6, were not enough, the Festival is sponsoring a number of industry initiatives that bring togther film professionals from across Europe. BALTIC EVENT is the largest regional film market, bringing together film distributors, financiers, film festival reps and other professionals to meet the Baltic film industry. Comprised of seminar pane...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been one of the innovators in...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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  The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been on...

Summer In Tallinn: (500) DAYS of it

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Summer is coming to Tallinn next week.....well not exactly the balmy weather of July and August, but a film that brings with it the sultriness of that special season. The American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER opens the 13th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the biggest film festival event in Eastern Europe, on November 26. The festival, which will unspool nearly 250 films in Estonia's capital city, is a true feast for adventurous cinema lovers. One of the big American indie hi...

Video Trailer for (500) DAYS OF SUMMER

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  Video Trailer for (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, which opens the 13th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (November 26 to December 6): http://2009.poff.ee/eng/films/programs/opening_film/?productID=4007 ...

Summer In Tallinn: (500) DAYS of it

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  Summer is coming to Tallinn next week.....well not exactly the balmy weather of July and August, but a film that brings with it the sultriness of that special season. The American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER opens the 13th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the biggest film festival event in Eastern Europe, on November 26. The festival, which will unspool nearly 250 films in Estonia's capital city, is a true feast for adventurous cinema lovers. One of the bi...

Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers

International short film festival for film students, which opens the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Competition in three categories: animation, fiction, documentary.

Also presenting various non-competitive programs.

Tallinn Black Nights Awards

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In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the enthusiastic audience as another sign of the Festival's a...

Awards Night At Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  HUNGER Sunday, December 7-------In what had to be one of the more unusual and visually artistic Awards Ceremonies I've ever attended, the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival came to a dramatic close last evening (although screenings continue through the day on Sunday). The ceremony, a multi-media show that included video, live music by an Estonian rock band and an avant-garde performance presentation involving the Festival's jurors, was greeted by the en...

Baltic Event Introduces New VOD Platforms

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Saturday, December 6------One of the most interesting presentations held at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival's Baltic Event was the introduction of 4 new Video On Demand (VOD) services based in Europe and focusing on the alternative distribution of European cinema. The sessions focused on the profiles of the services, what kind of content they currently feature and plan to add in the coming months and how their business plans work vis a vis independent producers.   Modera...

Focus On Turkey In Tallinn

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The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is presenting a Focus On Turkey as one of its special highlights. Turkish cinema is as old as cinema itself. Over the years, Turkish cinema has been incredibly well received and diseminated, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, mixed with periods of artistic decline. Since the 1990s, a younger generation of film auteurs have found a receptive critical and audience response around the world, introducing such artists as Dervi Zaim, Bari Pirhasan, Nuri ...

Focus On Turkey In Tallinn

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  Thursday, December 4------The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is presenting a Focus On Turkey as one of its special highlights. Turkish cinema is as old as cinema itself. Over the years, Turkish cinema has been incredibly well received and diseminated, particularly in the Middle East and Europe, mixed with periods of artistic decline. Since the 1990s, a younger generation of film auteurs have found a receptive critical and audience response around the world, introducing such a...

Crazy Cool: North American Independents At Tallinn Black Nights

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The largest showcase to date in Eastern Europe of independent films from the U.S. and Canada is currently being presented at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (www.poff.ee) in the capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. In a program section titled Crazy Cool: North American Independents, the Festival is presenting 10 films, all Eastern European and Baltic premieres.The films, which made big impressions at previous film festivals from Sundance to Toronto, include: ADORATION (Canada, Atom Egoyan), ...

North American Indies At Tallinn Black Nights FF

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  Wednesday, December 3--------The largest showcase to date in Eastern Europe of independent films from the U.S. and Canada is currently being presented at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (www.poff.ee) in the capital city of Tallinn, Estonia. In a program section titled Crazy Cool: North American Independents, the Festival is presenting 10 films, all Eastern European and Baltic premieres. The films, which made big impressions at previous film festivals from Sundance to Toron...

Introducing The International Film Guide Website

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Tuesday, December 2------As part of the Baltic Event professional sidebar of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the newly launched website of the International Film Guide was presented yesterday to an assembled group of film industry professionals at the Nordic Hotel Forum, the Festival's main hq. Yoram Allon, the publisher of the International Film Guide and editorial director of Wallflower Press (www.wallflowerpress.co.uk) , the UK's largest independent film book publisher, gave a short...

Baltic Event Brings Together Media Professionals In Tallinn

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  Monday, December 1------The Baltic Event, the co-production and networking professional event that is at the heart of the professional activities at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, began yesterday with an ambitious agenda of film pitches, professional seminars and special events. Now in its seventh year, the Baltic Event initiative is presenting 12 projects in the Co-Production Market section, offering film producers early contacts with distributors, programmers, film cr...

POFF Film School Begins At Tallinn Black Nights FF

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  Sunday, November 30--------The POFF Film School, an intensive set of panel seminars and master classes, begins tomorrow as part of the professional events of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The program, which runs all week, is geared towards young professionals, film and media students and those interested in getting an insight from visiting professionals into the art and industry of filmmaking.   The program begins tomorrow with masterclasses with Martin...

Baltic Event initiative at Tallin Black Nights Fest

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The Baltic Event, the co-production and networking professional event that is at the heart of the professional activities at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, began yesterday with an ambitious agenda of film pitches, professional seminars and special events. Now in its seventh year, the Baltic Event initiative is presenting 12 projects in the Co-Production Market section, offering film producers early contacts with distributors, programmers, film critics and other professionals for their p...

Tallinn Black Nights FF EurAsia Competition

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  Saturday, November 29--------The main competition program at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which began last night, is EurAsia, new films from the European and Asian continents. Estonia sits at a great divide between East and West, and has stood as a way-station between those two nexuses for the past thousand years. The Festival encourages a mutually supportive point of view that sees both the differences and connections between European and middle Asian culture. The Fes...

Mike Leigh Film Opens 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  Friday, November 28---------Happy Go Lucky, the acclaimed new film from Mike Leigh that is shortlisted for the European Film Award as Best Film, will open the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) in the Baltic seaport city of Tallinn, Estonia. Growing into prominence as the "Sundance of Eastern Europe", the festival shows an array of acclaimed films from Europe and Asia in competition, while introducing new filmmaker talents from the Baltic reg...

Mike Leigh Film Opens 12th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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Happy Go Lucky, the acclaimed new film from Mike Leigh that is shortlisted for the European Film Award as Best Film, will open the 12th edition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (POFF) in the Baltic seaport city of Tallinn, Estonia. Growing into prominence as the "Sundance of Eastern Europe", the festival shows an array of acclaimed films from Europe and Asia in competition, while introducing new filmmaker talents from the Baltic region and North America (US/Canada).One of Europe’s mos...

Introducing the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

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  Thursday, November 27---------When I recently told family and friends that I was soon to attend a film festival in Tallinn, Estonia, a queer look came over their faces. This was really testing their geographic skills. Did they known that Estonia was its own kingdom for centuries before being part of the Russian empire. The photos I've seen show a civilization that has been around since the 14th century, with a prosperous port on the Baltic Sea. I don't arrive until Monday but I ...

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