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.
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.
A PÖFF Wolf is a pack animal who knows that he’ll get farther working together with the others. Without you, our cinema audience and supporters, this film festival, largely cobbled together on pure enthusiasm in 1997, would not be what it is today. Every year, PÖFF is kept in constant movement by wonderful collaboration where the audience and the films are connected by volunteers, more than 300 by today. Together in our small Estonia, we have succeeded in filling the black nights of November with unique northern lights which manifest as bright film experiences on cinema screens and attract filmmakers from different corners of the world to enjoy it all with us.
The gathering places of the PÖFF Wolves in Estonian cinemas remain the same, but the routes are different every year. This year, the festival will take you on a journey to Arab countries to enjoy the best of the Arab cinema from the past 10 years. Besides grit and courage, PÖFF’s growth preconditions include the will and desire to see past the horizon in order to constantly broaden our view of the world. Thus, PÖFF’s programme always wanders beyond its comfort zone. The PÖFF Wolves are not afraid of new cultural spaces, burning questions and emotions which make us laugh, astound us and move us in their bracing authenticity.
PÖFF will bring filmmakers and 250 newly-made full-length feature films to Estonian cinemas, including 50 world and international premieres.
Inudustry@Tallinn, held at Nordic Hotel Forum, brings together international and local filmmakers in order to promote the film industry.
PÖFF’s biggest sub-festival will give the film lovers the best and the coolest children’s and youth films from all over the world.
KinoFF is held in Ida-Viru County where the programme focuses on new films from Russia. The main programme of PÖFF is also screened.
PÖFF Shorts is focused on short films and animations, presenting the most exciting and the boldest new films to our audience.
The PÖFF Fashion Cinema will return to the screen, presenting film lovers with a brilliant selection of fashion, culture, art and music films.
Kumu Documentary is the only weekly documentary programme in Estonian cinemas that keeps a close eye on trends in the world of documentary films.
The Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival or HÕFF is a unique genre-specific festival in the Baltics.
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