PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces its full 2021 Official Selection lineup

The festival’s main competition programme adds eleven international premieres, three European premieres, and two Estonian premieres to the six world premieres previously announced.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces its 2021 First Features competition lineup

The selection includes ten world premieres, nine international premieres and one European premiere, among the slate of 20 debuts.

PÖFF celebrates its anniversary with Tarkovsky opera

Black Nights Film Festival celebrates its 25th birthday with the long-awaited contemporary opera “Tarkovsky - The Eighth Film” by Eesti Kontsert.

PÖFF announces first 6 films of the Official Selection

The festival celebrates its 25th with an especially strong selection of author films, including returning favourites and emerging talents from all corners of the cinematic world. 

Festival pass sales begin, with innovative safety measures announced

Black Nights Film Festival has launched it passes earlier than usual and is adopting the most modern solutions - developed right here in Estonia - for ensuring infection safety and coronavirus testing. There are exactly two months until the start of the festival.

Job offer: International Marketing and Communication Assistant

PÖFF is looking for an international marketing and communications team member for this year's festival!

European Film Factory and PÖFF to collaborate on promoting film literacy in Europe

The aim of the cooperation is to further develop film literacy in European countries by providing schools with an effective online tool supporting the inclusion of the art of film in the classroom. The project is focused towards general schools, students aged 11 to 18 and their teachers, of the member states of the Creative Europe programme.

Baltic Focus at Marché du Film 2021

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will take part in a Baltic Focus at this year’s Marché du Film in Cannes. Together with the Estonian Film Institute, Latvian Film Center and Lithuanian Film Centre, a variety of new projects, professionals and initiatives will be presented to the international industry and press.

“Black Nights Goes to Cannes”: project submissions are open

For the first time Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) joins the well established Marché du Film showcase "Goes to Cannes" with an aim to present 5 international film projects in post-production stage at the Marché du Film in July. “Black Nights Goes to Cannes” is part of the PÖFF’s 25th birthday celebrations, in a year where PÖFF’s industry platform Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event also celebrates its 20th anniversary. Film industry professionals who are interested to present a project at the event are invited to send in their submissions by May, 7 2021.

Tallinn Black Nights Protects Estonian Forests with Submission Fee Donation

Tallinn Black Nights fulfils its 2020 pledge to donate a part of its film submission fees toward the preservation of local forests, alongside Estonian green tech company Single.Earth and the newly formed forest fund Estonian Wildlife.

Job offer: Black Night Stars project manager

PÖFF is looking for a Black Night Stars project manager to join its team. See if it's a fit for you or recommend to a friend!

PÖFF announces dates for its 25th anniversary and opens film submissions

PÖFF has announced dates for its 25th-anniversary edition and opens submissions for the main festival and sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and Just Film.

Variety announced Tiina Lokk as an influential woman

Variety, being the most authoritative and trusted source of entertainment business news, named Tiina Lokk as a woman who has influenced the global entertainment industry.

The Year of Living Innovatively

When the 17-day-long festival rollercoaster reached its destination at the end of November, it was clear that it had been a ride to remember!

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival opens a year-round online cinema

Opening this month, Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) launches an online cinema where films can be watched all year round throughout Estonia's territory.

HÕFF festival passes now available!

Starting today, it is possible to buy passes for the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival at a discounted price.

PÖFF received the Engine of Culture award

**The culture desk of the news service Postimees has given the annual Engine of Culture award of 2020 to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival lead by Tiina Lokk.**

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sets new attendance record with a boost from online industry events

**The festival estimates that 101 833 physical and virtual attendances took place setting a record for the industry events which saw over 35 000 virtual attendances, resulting from a record of 1600 accredited professionals.**

The aesthetics of a period: How to recreate the Soviet era on film.

From the aversion of over-romanticizing to the right socks and plastic bags that make all the difference. Interview with three filmmakers and an actor.

See the best of the festival, still in the coming days!

This year's winners have been announced and you still have the chance to see some of them in cinemas, and online.

These are the winners of the 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival!

This year, a record amount of films were shown in and out of competition at the festival. Tonight we celebrated the (almost) end of a successful hybrid festival at Vene Theatre in anticipation of the jury verdict. Now, we are very happy to announce this year’s winners!

On day 15 of Black Nights a new dawn full of stars awaits us

On the day of the Award Ceremony, we invite you for the final three premieres of our Official Competition - Selection, to have them fresh in your memory and share in the joy when the winners are announced in the glorious Vene Theatre tonight.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Margarethe von Trotta: "You have to be courageous to put your dreams into action, repeatedly."

This week, pioneering female filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. We called her to speak about the award, some highlights in her career, her ongoing work, and her advice to young filmmakers.

Award Ceremony Live

On the 27th of November, the 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will have its festive finale during the award ceremony. Join us for the LIVE-stream and share in the excitement, as we enjoy several performances and announce this year's winning movies!

Day 14 at Black Nights asks us to face ourselves and all our vanities.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all? Who is the fastest of them all? And who is the richest of them all? Be ready to face yourself, and all your vanities in today's films.

Award Ceremony

On the 27th of November, the 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will have its festive finale during the award ceremony. Join us for the LIVE-stream and share in the excitement, as we enjoy several performances and announce this year's winning movies!

Day 13 at Black Nights: rebel, rebel!

Wednesday is a good day for rebels if you ask us. The workweek is halfway done, and we are in the need of some distraction, some shaking up. Find your rebel in the programme of Black Nights.

Day 12 at Black Nights takes us on a trip to solve mysteries and find answers

Join us again today for a cinematic trip around the world. Find out what day 12 at Black Nights Film Festival has in store for you.

Brave wolves go winter swimming at Black Nights Film Festival

It’s a saying in Estonia, that a bear’s coat does not fear the cold. In the past days, we have learned that so does not the coat of a real PÖFF wolf. What started as a quick plan, made by a few enthusiasts on the first night of the festival, has grown into a daily morning routine of cold water swimming. Join us for the challenge - wherever you are - and win a prize!

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event kicks off with 800 guests attending virtually

Today, the 19th edition of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, taking place virtually this year, kicks off with its online programme including over 50 workshops, panels and seminars, hundreds of 1:1 meetings, and more than 800 accredited film industry professionals. Accreditation is still opened, and now at an all-time attractive price of 25,- euro.

Day 11 at Black Nights tells of the rituals, beliefs and curious things that connect us.

The things that connect us can vary from love to death, from a mysterious painting to ritualistic music, to a strong belief in UFO sightings. Immerse yourself in the worlds of today's films, be amazed, bewildered, or find recognition and feel understood.

Margarethe Von Trotta receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards the Venice Golden Lion-winning director Margarethe von Trotta, one of the key figures of the New German Cinema movement, with the festival’s second Lifetime Achievement Award.

Day 10 at Black Nights is a dance between fairy tales and reality

How far will you go, to lay bare the truth? And is reality to be idealized at all, or should we rather take comfort and pride in our imagination or utopian dreams? Dive into today's stories, where fairytales, hopes, and harsh truths intertwine.

On day 9 of Black Nights there is an equal place for youthful dreams as well as memories

In the selection of this Saturday's films, we find odes to youth and the youthful, but also films that are dedicated to memories - for one cannot exist without the other. In our selection is also a special film presented in the memory of its director, Zaza Urushadze, the loved Georgian director that left us far too soon, last year.

TV Beats presents 13 fresh series

The selection includes seven new Russian series, the latest work by two-time Academy Award nominee Steve James and the world premiere of Estonian thriller In the Line of Fire.

Day 8 at Black Nights: heroes and other creatures

The second Friday of Black Nights is ablaze with several world premieres, international guests, films that shed light on environmental issues, and lots of other gems in competition and side programmes. Get the best start to your weekend here!

Tristan Priimägi on the richness of national cinema, new Estonian gothicism and the role a festival can play in the local film industry

An interview with Tristan Priimägi before the presentation of his book '101 Estonian films'. For PÖFF, Tristan has curated a side programme of Estonian films, some of them never before shown for big audiences, the oldest one of them from the 1920’s.

Day 7 at Black Nights takes us through political loopholes and to unknown grounds

Day 7 at Black Nights takes us through loopholes of government and law, and asks the question: what makes a country, really?

Remembering Zaza Urušadze with his final film 'Anton'

The special programme ‘Remembering Zaza Urušadze’ brings the Georgian filmmaker’s last work, ‘Anton’, to the big screen. Anton was released in the autumn of 2019 and has only been shown a select number of times since then, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Have a chat with the filmmakers online!

Many filmmakers can't come to the festival this year, but: did you know you can have a chat with many of them online and ask your personal questions? Check out how.

Black Nights introduces timely Environmental Film Programme

There’s a new programme added to the list of Black Nights Film Festival's film programmes. The programme, centering around environmentally themed films, is presented by the Environment Agency.

Day 6 at Black Nights: foolish boys and wise men.

The main part in today's selection is played by the man in all his shapes and sizes. Wander through the inner lives and adventures of these boys in a set of beautifully crafted films.

Black Nights on repeat: day #5 is here.

Satisfaction lies in mindful repetition, the discovery of endless richness in subtle variations on familiar themes. Find out what day #5 at Black Nights has in store!

Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan received the first DDA Spotlight Awards at 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

At yesterday's ceremony Dennis Davidson, the founder of the DDA Group accepted the inaugural DDA Spotlight Award on behalf of Armando Iannucci and Francis Annan who received the new award honouring diversity and inclusion in cinema.

Screen Daily talks with Tiina Lokk, Marge Liiske and directors of Berlin & IFFR

ScreenDaily hosts live talks with film industry professionals. Upcoming is a talk with our own director Tiina Lokk and the directors of Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals, on planning their festivals in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Join the talk on Wednesday the 18th!

Monday is for dreamers: Day 4 at Black Nights

Who said Monday's are dull? Why not take a different perspective, and see the slow, drooly Monday as the perfect day to indulge in some dreams.

An identity adrift: Interview with Canadian-born Estonian DOP Alar Kivilo

An interview with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alar Kivilo. About his cosmopolitan identity, working in Hollywood, pulling a fast one on Bruce Willis, and the enormous shot in the arm that the production of “Tenet” brought to the Estonian film industry. Originally published on North Start Film Alliance. By Liisi Rohumäe.

Death, disco and werewolves: Black Nights day #2 offers an eclectic film choice!

Lazy Sunday gems at Black Nights day #3

Whether it's a historical drama or a portrait of the inventor of the Playboy bunny, one of our world premieres, Q&A's with film guests, or a special new award. Black Nights has got your easy Sunday covered. Book a ticket, sit back and unwind.

How to make your brand identity work for you

Join the free online PÖFF Black Room seminar by Karen K Burns; on the basics of brand identity and trends in both marketing and presentation.

GALLERY: Red Carpet & Opening Night

This year's opening night was a masqued ball in a whole new sense of the word. Of course it did not stop real PÖFF wolfs to show off their shiniest of coats. Check out last night's galleries and get into the festive mood.

Runaway sailors, fugitives and lustful amusement rides. Day #1 at Black Nights is on a run.

The 24th, hybrid, Black Nights Film Festival is off to a spectacular start. Read along for some special recommendations in today's screenings.

Armando Iannucci & Francis Annan first Recipients of The DDA Spotlight Award

The directors of The Personal History of David Copperfield and Escape from Pretoria will each receive the new award by Black Nights Film Festival, honouring diversity and inclusion in cinema.

Estonian Film Magazine features special stories from PÖFF

The new Estonian Film Magazine 2020 is out now. Read along for several interviews and stories on films from this year's festival.

Join us LIVE tonight, at the Opening Ceremony

Tonight we celebrate the launch of the 24th edition of the festival. Join us at 19:00 live, from your homes, where you are.

Meet the PÖFF juries!

Meet the people, who have been crowned this year’s jury for the different competition programmes at PÖFF.

Alar Kivilo first Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient of 2020

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) awards Estonian-Canadian DOP Alar Kivilo with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

PÖFF reveals full lineup of films

Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF) announces new programmes and adds world premieres to the programme of the 24th edition.

How do I watch the best of PÖFF at home?

For the first time in the festival’s history viewers based in Estonia can now watch films from your home, at the time that suits best for you. Find out how.

Opening Press Conference LIVE

Opening Press Conference of the 24th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Safety first: PÖFF collaborates with three medical companies

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces collaboration with three medical companies to ensure the safety of its events and guests.

Opening Ceremony

We invite you to celebrate the start of this year's Black Nights Film Festival in style. The opening ceremony brings together a timely theatrical performance, an audiovisual spectacle, young stars, and much more!

26 Rebels With A Cause storm the screens

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announces the line-up for Rebels With A Cause, an international competition programme screening 13 feature films, alongside a short films competition that also includes 13 entries this year, split across two programmes.

Baltic Competition digs deep in own history, and takes fresh steps beyond

Showcasing the fresh cinematic output of the three Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – the Baltic Competition will screen 14 films, including world premieres of two Estonian documentaries.

Focus country Germany brings a scandalous biopic to open the festival

Germany will be the Focus Country for this year’s hybrid 24th edition of the festival. The festival’s Opening Film will be Oskar Roehler’s Fassbinder biopic Enfant Terrible. Fourteen more German films will screen online and onsite as part of the In Focus: New German Cinema selection.

Test your film knowledge; win a trip to Estonia and film festival of choice

Polish up your film knowledge and participate in Visit Estonia's movie quiz! Not only will you be lauded honour. Three knowledgable wolfs will also be awarded a tailor-made trip to Estonia and tickets to a film festival of choice.

PÖFF Black Room brings together world-renowned masters of the art department

The Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event’s training programme explores visual language of cinema through the craft of production design, with art production masters of films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, Lady Macbeth and The Lobster.

Eight young actors announced as new Black Night Stars

Black Nights Stars, the initiative of the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, has announced eight young actors from the Baltic Sea region to participate in the programme this November, also inviting young talents from Russia to attend for the first time within the RUSSIA IN FOCUS program.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the complete lineup of the Official Selection Competition

Geographically, stylistically, and culturally diverse: Final 17 films added to the Official Selection Competition. Five of the new films have their world premieres in the Official Selection Competition of the 24th edition of the festival.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival introduces DDA Spotlight Award

The DDA will honour an artist or filmmaker whose recent work helps to improve diversity and inclusion in the film industry and cinema culture.

PÖFF Announces First Feature Films, paving new ways in cinema.

Eighteen plus three budding filmmakers take the stage in this year's First Feature Selection, bringing freshness and quirky, new views.

Famed Ugandan action director Godfrey Geoffrey directs video for Estonian funk band

Estonian funk band Lexsoul Dancemachine released video directed by Ugandan director Godfrey Geoffrey aka Nabwana I.G.G, who they discovered via the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

PÖFF announces first 8 films of the Official Selection – Competition

From legendary veterans to emerging new voices – here are the first eight films of this year's Official Selection – Competition, that will be competing for the festival's main prize.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival saves forests with Single.Earth, a rising Estonian greentech startup

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will invest one euro from every film submission fee collected to combat intensive clear-cuts in Estonia. The platform created by the Estonian startup Single.Earth gives money to forest owners for switching from clear-cutting to alternative forest management methods.

The Goddess of Fortune wins Tartuff Audience Award

The audience of the Tartu Love Film Festival that wrapped on Sunday picked the Italian dramedy The Goddess of Fortune as their favourite film. The festival, affected heavily by the COVID-related restrictions saw an attendance of around 6300 (including 1200 online viewers) which marks a big drop from previous editions.

PÖFF Shorts now an Academy Award Qualifying Festival

The team of Black Nights celebrates the news its the sub-festival, international short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts has now become an Academy Qualifying film event.

The 24th PÖFF is hybrid

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival holds physical and virtual screenings while the international industry and press will be granted virtual access to films and events regardless of their location.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event happens fully online this year

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, the industry strand of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has decided to move online completely due to likely travel restrictions caused by the resurgence of COVID-19.