The Intro: Welcome to PÖFF!

On a dark dark planet, there’s a dark dark land. In the dark dark land there’s a dark dark city. In the dark dark city, there’s a dark dark festival – the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Um… Somebody, turn the lights back on… And let’s talk about why you should mark the dates .- 15 Nov until the 1st of Dec – in your calendar and book a flight to Tallinn, Estonia. You’re in for one of most distinctive film festivals in Northern Europe, with filmmakers and cinephiles making the dark dark November nights of Tallinn a vibrant and exciting place to be.

Presenting more than 250 features – more than 50 of which are world and international premieres – PÖFF turns the dark autumn evenings (and days) into a kaleidoscopic journey to the faraway places and emotion-stirring lives of heroines and heroes around the world. All of it accompanied by a wide range of events and celebrations throughout the festival period.

Curious about the films featured at the festival? See the 2018 festival programme and take a glance at the festival awards.

If you identify as the kind of person who makes calculated decisions in life, here are some numbers:

  • The Black Nights Film Festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations
  • More than 80 000 people attend the main festival and sub-events annually
  • Alongside the big shot film festivals you probably know – Cannes, Berlinale, Venice – PÖFF belongs to the brief list of 15 A-category film festivals in the world.

Alongside the Black Nights Film Festival, we also host two side festivals: PÖFF Shorts and Just Film. PÖFF Shorts (19-27 Nov) features, a wide selection of 300+ short and animated films. Just Film (15 Nov – 1 Dec) accommodates a versatile children’s and youth programme.

There also won’t be a shortage of parties, Q&A sessions after the screenings, and special events in galleries and museums around town.

Talking about the logistics, you can arrive in Estonia by plane, ferry, train – just book your tickets a month in advance to avoid high flight prices. Tallinn has a healthy dose of Airbnbs and if you’re fast, you can book a room in the Nordic Hotel Forum, PÖFF’s official hotel partner, for a chance to cross paths with some high-profile festival guests.

A limited number of festival tickets will go to sale Mid-October. There will also be €5 single tickets available throughout the festival (but you know, the best seats get snapped up). Sign up to our newsletter to be among the first to know when tickets to special programs go to sale.

See you in Tallinn at PÖFF, on November 15 through to December 2, 2019.

Tallinn is not enough for you? No worries, as PÖFF also has events screenings and events in the ‘Southern capital’ of Estonia – Tartu  and, starting from 2019, in Eastern Estonia as the new side-festival KinoFF will screen fresh Slavic films in the cities of Narva and Kohtla-Järve.

All festival events and dates in November

  • Black Nights Film Festival | 15 Nov – 1 Dec, with the  international competition programmes running from the 21st until the 29th of November
  • PÖFF Shorts | 19 Nov – 27 Nov
  • Just Film | 15 Nov – 1 Dec
  • Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event | 24 Nov- 29 Nov
  • KinoFF | 15-17 Nov in Narva, 22-24 Nov in Kohtla-Järve

Films around the Year

  • Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival HÕFF – taking place at the end of April in the quaint coastal town of Haapsalu, this is the only purely genre- dedicated film festival in the Baltics.
  • Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF – building the biggest open-air cinema in the Tartu Town Hall Square, this is the ultimate summer event for enthusiasts of cinematic love in all forms and shapes.
  • Kumu Documentary – free documentary screenings taking place every Wednesday in the Auditorium of the Kumu Art Museum from September until June.

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