The 2015 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival breaks attendance record
by Laurence Boyce
- The A-list Estonian film festival also saw a number of deals signed
The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (BNFF) broke last year’s attendance record of 77,500, with a total of 80,066 admissions. Taking place from 13-29 November, the gathering screened 650 films – 289 of which were features – from 80 different countries. The main programme and sub-festivals together had a total of 61 world and international premieres.
Audience enthusiasm also prompted three deals on the Tridens First Features Competition title Loev by Sudhanshu Saria, signed less than ten days after the festival. The previously unknown Indian film, which had its world premiere at the festival, has closed all-rights deals with theatrical commitments for Estonia (MenuFilm), Germany (Pro-Fun Media) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).
Represented for sales by Wide Management, the film is currently in negotiations for various other territories.