Tallinn Black Nights accepting submissions for its 24th edition

  • Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Tallinn Black Nights team continues to accept film submissions and prepares for potential scenarios of going partly or fully virtual
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival opens film submissions with a new green initiative.
  • Sub-festival PÖFF Shorts becomes an Academy Qualifying festival.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF, the only A-category film festival in Northern Europe continues preparations for its 24th edition, which is set to run from the 13th until the 29th of November. PÖFF has opened submissions in Filmfreeway for the main festival and its two sub-festivals: youth and children’s film festival Just Film and short film and animation festival PÖFF Shorts. The regular deadline with a lower fee –  is set on July the 1st, while the final deadline is the 24th of August.

The team of Black Nights has been following the recent global events unfold and is preparing for several possible scenarios. Somewhat surprisingly, the festival has already received more submissions than ever before at the same time. However, the world of cinema has currently been put, to a large extent, on pause, and everyone needs to operate with multiple scenarios in mind. Can we organise physical screenings in November? Can we organise world premieres and hold international competition programmes? Can industry and film guests travel to Tallinn? These are some of the more obvious questions among the hundreds that are haunting the festival organisers at the moment.

Plans are being made for the festival’s biggest ever virtual endeavour – creating an online platform that would combine features of the festival’s audience- and industry-directed branches.  If realised in full scope, this would offer a virtual environment for filmmakers to enter their projects for pitchings early script phase, through works in progress screenings, market screenings etc until the very final phase – screening the films publicly to the audience, while also making it available to potential buyers and distributors.

As a new endeavour, Black Nights has joined a group of film festivals pledging to do more in engaging in sustainable activities in 2020 and support and spread the word of people who are trying to make a change. A Green Pledge of film festivals is currently also in the works with several major film festivals. As a first step, however, Black Nights has decided to donate one euro from every submission fee received to the restoration or preservation of forests (read more here).


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – 13-29 of November

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film – 13-29 of November

International Short Film and Animation Festival PÖFF Shorts – 17-25 of November

Will we see this sight – the grand opening ceremony of Black Nights – again this year?






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