PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

Official Selection

Brand new films by well-established film makers, representing the geographical, thematic and style diversity of the cinematic art. Only world, international or European premieres. All the films are presented by directors in person.

First Feature Competition

The first films of promising young talents, representing youthful vivacity, questing ideas and unexpected viewpoints. Only world, international or European premieres. All the films are presented by directors in person.

Youth Competition

Just Film’s International Youth Competition brings along new and fascinating films from all over the world. This year’s programme consists of 14 films and is very broad in topics and geographically as well. Just Film’s Grand Prix will be handed out by the members of the International Jury and the Youth Jury.

Children's Competition Programme

Children’s Programme is prepared for the youngest film-viewers, their parents and grandparents. The programme brings to the viewers joyful fairytales and many funny and unexpected adventures. This year we are introducing a Swedish Children’s Films special programme, to celebrate Swedish film and literature and to bring known characters from author Astrid Lindgren’s books as well as protagonists from new Swedish cinema to the screening halls. Some of the programme’s films are dubbed into Estonian.

Children's Rights Programme

Just Film’s Children’s Rights Programme consists of films that address children’s and young people’s lives. All the films talk about children and young people who are still discovering the world and themselves. Often they are faced with difficult decisions in life. Some are lucky enough to get help from their parents, but others have to stand alone. The young are happy and proud about their achievements but also feel sadness when they fail. The Children's Rights Programme is put together by the Office of the Chancellor of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Affairs, Social Insurance Board and Estonian Union for Child Welfare. The Children’s Rights Programme will run at the Just Film Festival for the 11th year.

Youth Programme

The Youth Programme is an overview of this year’s prime youth films that have received a lot of attention all over the world already.

Children's Programme

Children’s Programme is prepared for the youngest film-viewers, their parents and grandparents. The programme brings to the viewers joyful fairytales and many funny and unexpected adventures. This year we are introducing a Swedish Children’s Films special programme, to celebrate Swedish film and literature and to bring known characters from author Astrid Lindgren’s books as well as protagonists from new Swedish cinema to the screening halls. Some of the programme’s films are dubbed into Estonian.

Science360°

This year, for the 6th time Just Film and the Estonian Research Council have put together the Science360° programme that brings the best science films to the audience. The purpose of the programme Science360° is to discover the world and learn how chemistry, physics and mathematics translate into everyday life and understand how our world really works. This year’s programme is greatly dedicated to the environment and nature conservation. Science helps us in knowing how to improve life and its quality. There is always more to discover!

ECFA Competition

With the ECFA Award, ECFA both gives special attention to quality films for a young audience and shines a spotlight on European children’s films. A number of European children & youth film festivals, all members of ECFA, are selected annually to host an ECFA jury and vote for the ECFA Award for their particular festival. Each festival adds their winning film to a shortlist of nominated films, competing for the overall award. The final vote is open to all ECFA members, choosing the ‘Best European Children’s Film of the Year’. The award is handed out during the International Filmfestival Berlin – Berlinale. The ECFA Award was launched in 2011. There is no money prize connected to the ECFA Award. However, it is the only European children’s film award given out by professionals so the value and prestige of this award can’t be underestimated.

DOC@Just

Just Film documentary programme consists of films about sports, including extreme sports, music, dance, social media and current events, trends of the world. Discover the world through documentaries!

KOOLITANTS@Just

Noorte- ja lastefilmide festival Just Film toob koos Festivaliga Koolitants kinoekraanile kolmteist noorte osalusel valminud lühitantsufilmi. Tantsufilmide programmis KOOLITANTS@Just osalevad tantsufilmid on valminud Tallinna ja Tartu tantsu- ja üldhariduskoolide juures.

Shorts Animation Competition

The short animation films in this year’s competition go all the way to show us both our smaller and larger world with a new pair of eyes. Curious, energetic, complex but relatable, aesthetically diverse, they may fall into coming-of-age stories, stories of relationships, social responsibility, politics and democracy, or simply the absurd and the unexpected. "

Shorts Live-Action Competition

Uniting films from all across the world, the short film competition is abound with joy, sadness, love and laughter. Come join in and find that the world is far from lonely.

Shorts New Talents Competition: Animation

There’s a burst of new, international animation talents out there with secured cinematic viewpoints and a readiness to question, explore, make fun of and present new aesthetic solutions to time-honored representational topics. Films are challenging; by turns contemporary and nostalgic, and giving intimate and overwhelming accounts of a world seemingly falling apart. European countries (and especially this year Central and Eastern European countries) converse creatively with Asian and US animation directors. They prove that contemporary artistic identity is complex, never to be pigeonholed; just watch its beats delicately weaving the programme.

Shorts New Talents Competition: Live-action

It often happens that the best ideas come from people who haven’t been plagued with years of expertise that could easily tip them into cynicism. Instead, we might find the deepest insights ever caught on camera from filmmakers who are young or only starting out their journeys. “New Talents” is a display of raw talent, innovation and unparalleled skill where the films from new emerging filmmakers are already on the cutting edge of cinema as they showcase the people who will take the film industry into its future.

Shorts National Competition

Like all great national cinemas, films from Estonia retain something that is culturally specific whilst also managing to resonate with international audiences. With a selection of films made in Estonia or by Estonian filmmakers abroad, the National Competition highlights the vitality and diversity of contemporary Estonian cinema.

Shorts Kids Animation Competition

The animated short films for children this year is an adventure all by itself. We’ll sail on the sea and jump down a steep water slide. Such simple pleasures of summer might eventually reveal important lessons within themselves. We’ll inhabit the air and learn how to fly weightless. We’ll learn that an animated tour of a zoo might be something completely different from what we experienced. Let’s gather up some courage and enter the woods together to examine some of nature’s wonders up close. This time let the children educate the grownups for a change and we might learn from them how to embrace their fearless curiosity. Remember - if you get lost during our adventurous exploration, stay where you are at all cost!

Toddler's Screening

EFA Discovery Award Nominees

Swedish Children’s Films @ Just

This year we are introducing a Swedish Children’s Films special programme, to celebrate Swedish film and literature and to bring known characters from author Astrid Lindgren’s books as well as protagonists from new Swedish cinema to the screening halls.

In Focus: In Hungary

A representative selection of the newer and older cinematography of Hungary currently in the midst of changes.