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Articles, interviews, news, analysis on the Estonian audiovisual sector.

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Country profile: Estonia

Country profile: Estonia

27 December 2020

MIDPOINT Series Launch opens its call for projects

MIDPOINT 2023

MIDPOINT Series Launch opens its call for projects

The training programme for professionals from Central and Eastern Europe will take place throughout 2023, with sessions in the Czech Republic and Estonia; the deadline is 8 January  

15 December 2022

“Creativity is buzzing, but we need more time and money,” stress Israeli directors at Tallinn

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

“Creativity is buzzing, but we need more time and money,” stress Israeli directors at Tallinn

The panel saw seven filmmakers sharing the challenges involved in producing and distributing their works in their country  

29 November 2022

Ampere Analysis unveils trends in European co-production models, market shifts for streamers and broadcasters

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Ampere Analysis unveils trends in European co-production models, market shifts for streamers and broadcasters

In her presentation at Industry@Tallinn, analyst Lottie Towler focused on scripted commissions and provided an up-to-date market overview which may help European producers find co-production partners  

29 November 2022

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2022

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2022

We zoom in on the eight projects from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland that were presented at the 20th edition of Baltic Event’s Works in Progress showcase  

25 November 2022

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event hands outs its awards

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event/Awards

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event hands outs its awards

The winners of Tallinn Black Nights’ industry section include Blindsight by Ruslan Batytskyi and Black Velvet by Liene Linde, among others  

25 November 2022

REPORT: Just Film Works in Progress 2022

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Just Film Works in Progress 2022

We take an in-depth look at the six children and youth film projects introduced in this section of the Industry@Tallinn forum  

24 November 2022

Ampere Analysis' Lottie Towler unveils the latest trends in content production and streaming in a critical year for the global audiovisual industry

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Ampere Analysis' Lottie Towler unveils the latest trends in content production and streaming in a critical year for the global audiovisual industry

The analyst covered a variety of topics, including the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the global box office, the new paths taken by VoD giants and the production landscape in the CEE region  

23 November 2022

REPORT: Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress 2022

Black Nights 2022 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress 2022

We take a closer look at the six international projects hailing from Europe, Asia and the Americas that have been showcased at the event  

23 November 2022

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects

Black Nights 2022 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects

A total of 20 films in production or post-production will be presented at the three sections of the Estonian gathering's Works in Progress sessions in November  

08 November 2022

MIDPOINT announces its selections for Smash Cut and Shorts

MIDPOINT 2022

MIDPOINT announces its selections for Smash Cut and Shorts

A total of five short films and three short-format series have been selected to take part in the institute’s programmes  

07 November 2022

Tallinn’s Baltic Event Co-Production Market announces its selection

Black Nights 2022 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Tallinn’s Baltic Event Co-Production Market announces its selection

A total of 11 projects will be showcased at the Estonian festival's industry event, most of them by acclaimed directors such as Veiko Õunpuu and Marysia Nikitiuk  

20 October 2022

MIDPOINT Smash Cut extends its call for entries

MIDPOINT 2022

MIDPOINT Smash Cut extends its call for entries

The programme focused on short-form series production has extended its deadline for applications until 20 September  

09 September 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Série Series 2022

National film agencies from Estonia, Ireland, Spain and the Nordics launch the European Writers’ Club initiative

Backed by the EU and launched at this year’s Série Series, the effort aims to increase collaboration on high-end series projects across the continent  

07 July 2022

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

Cannes 2022 – Marché du Film

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now

The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production  

16 May 2022

EXCLUSIVE: The government raises Film Estonia’s 2022 cash-rebate budget to €5.4 million

Institutions / Legislation - Estonia

EXCLUSIVE: The government raises Film Estonia’s 2022 cash-rebate budget to €5.4 million

The €3.4 million increase, a one-off initiative for the time being, has been welcomed by the Estonian Film Institute  

29 April 2022

MIDPOINT announces the 2022 generation for Series Launch

MIDPOINT 2022

MIDPOINT announces the 2022 generation for Series Launch

The creative teams behind nine series projects, along with three development-executive participants, are partaking in the project development workshop  

30 March 2022

Exploring the partnership opportunities between Estonian and British producers at Tallinn

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Exploring the partnership opportunities between Estonian and British producers at Tallinn

After an introduction about the two countries’ main funding options, Estonian and British producers shared their experiences on joint projects, such as Undergods and Sentinel  

30 November 2021

How are the health crisis and the hybridisation process changing film sales? Four panellists share their experiences

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

How are the health crisis and the hybridisation process changing film sales? Four panellists share their experiences

At Tallinn, the speakers discussed sales strategies, the pros and cons of online working practices and the struggles when handling arthouse films  

30 November 2021

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2021

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2021

Project presentations from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, presented physically and streamed online, participated in this year's edition of Tallinn's local industry programme  

29 November 2021

Lioness and You Can Dance among the winners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event/Awards

Lioness and You Can Dance among the winners of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Tallinn Black Night’s industry section welcomed 550 guests on site and handed out eight awards  

29 November 2021

REPORT: Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress 2021

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress 2021

Six international projects have been showcased at the event, all of which are European productions or co-productions, with the USA being the only country involved from outside the continent  

29 November 2021

REPORT: Just Film Works in Progress 2021

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Just Film Works in Progress 2021

We take a closer look at the five children and youth film projects introduced in this section of the Industry@Tallinn forum  

25 November 2021

At Tallinn's European Film Forum, experts explore the new frontiers of virtual production

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

At Tallinn's European Film Forum, experts explore the new frontiers of virtual production

A cost-effective solution for European creators and producers, virtual production is set to shake up the whole filmmaking process in the coming years  

24 November 2021

Ampere Analysis’s Rahul Patel talks SVOD's internationalisation of popular TV shows and movies

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Ampere Analysis’s Rahul Patel talks SVOD's internationalisation of popular TV shows and movies

At TV Beats, the expert delved into the most recent market trends and explained how global streaming platforms are changing consumption and pushing for the production of more non-US content  

24 November 2021

Lifting the lid on the challenges of financing films and TV series at TV Beats

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Lifting the lid on the challenges of financing films and TV series at TV Beats

Representatives of smaller and larger European studios discussed what they have learnt while working on their recent slates of productions  

23 November 2021

TV Beats explores the current state of local language content and how to internationalise it

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

TV Beats explores the current state of local language content and how to internationalise it

The four speakers discussed how to position features and series shot in local languages in the rapidly evolving market, at the Black Nights industry event  

23 November 2021

MIDPOINT Smash Cut begins in Tallinn

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT Smash Cut begins in Tallinn

Three short-form series projects from Cyprus, Slovenia and Romania are embarking on their development journey  

17 November 2021

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

MIDPOINT 2021

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The TV projects will end their seven-month cycle of training and development with Season Finale, a tailor-made pitching session  

16 November 2021

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event unveils its Works in Progress projects

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event unveils its Works in Progress projects

19 films in production or post-production, currently on the lookout for sales agents or festivals for premieres, will be presented in three showcases from 23-24 November  

10 November 2021

Baltic Event presents a diverse line-up of projects

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Baltic Event presents a diverse line-up of projects

The co-production market will focus on the UK this year, and will showcase stories ranging from a dramedy about a gynaecologist to a folk-horror flick  

28 October 2021

TV Beats Forum announces its 2021 programme

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

TV Beats Forum announces its 2021 programme

The drama series-orientated strand of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, set to take place from 19-20 November, will offer a number of panels, fireside chats and case studies  

22 October 2021

Black Nights Stars 2021 welcomes its eight participants

Black Nights 2021 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Black Nights Stars 2021 welcomes its eight participants

The Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event initiative has announced the names of a slew of young actors from the Baltic Sea region chosen to participate in this year’s programme  

20 October 2021

The Estonian Film Institute announces a €1 million budget cut and a new state-of-the-art sound stage

Industry / Market - Estonia

The Estonian Film Institute announces a €1 million budget cut and a new state-of-the-art sound stage

As a result of recent talks with the government, the extra production support provided during the years of Estonia 100 will be kept but reduced by €1 million for 2022  

14 October 2021

The fifth edition of the European Genre Forum gets ready to kick off its Zagreb event

Industry / Market - Croatia/Estonia/Netherlands

The fifth edition of the European Genre Forum gets ready to kick off its Zagreb event

The teams behind seven genre projects from six countries will take part in the online Producing Lab, coinciding with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, from 1-3 July  

01 July 2021

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event launches brand-new TV Beats Co-Financing Market

Black Nights 2021 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event launches brand-new TV Beats Co-Financing Market

The market for drama series is looking for projects in development, primarily from the Baltic Sea countries and Scandinavia, but is also open to filmmakers looking to collaborate with the region  

23 June 2021

Afterparty wins the MIDPOINT HBO Europe Award at Tallinn Black Nights

MIDPOINT 2020

Afterparty wins the MIDPOINT HBO Europe Award at Tallinn Black Nights

The last stop of the six-month training course was rounded off by the Season Finale pitching presentation of the nine participating projects  

27 November 2020

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event hand out their awards

Black Nights 2020 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event/Awards

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event hand out their awards

Zeynep Dadak has won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, while the Post Production Award was split between Kalev and Nuucha  

27 November 2020

Seven international projects showcased at Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress

Black Nights 2020 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Seven international projects showcased at Industry@Tallinn Works in Progress

With a special focus on Russia and inviting mainly first-time feature directors, the initiative presented its line-up entirely online  

26 November 2020

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2020

Black Nights 2020 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

REPORT: Baltic Event Works in Progress 2020

We take a closer look at the projects presented at this year's online edition of Tallinn's Baltic Event Works in Progress  

26 November 2020

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

MIDPOINT 2020

MIDPOINT showcases its nine TV Launch projects at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

The TV projects will end their six-month cycle of training and development with the Season Finale, a tailor-made online pitching session  

18 November 2020

Tallinn's digital Baltic Event announces its selection

Black Nights 2020 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Tallinn's digital Baltic Event announces its selection

A total of nineteen projects will be showcased at the Baltic Event Co-Production Market, which will be held online this year  

09 November 2020

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects

Black Nights 2020 – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event reveals its Works in Progress projects

18 films in production or post-production will be presented at the online Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Works in Progress sessions in November  

30 October 2020

The Estonian government backs the local film sector with an additional €3 million

Industry / Market - Estonia

The Estonian government backs the local film sector with an additional €3 million

The provision is part of a wider aid package aimed at helping the country’s cultural and creative industries  

07 October 2020

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event goes digital

Black Nights 2020 - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event goes digital

The industry platform affiliated to Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced that will run entirely online in November while the festival aims for a digital consistent presence  

14 August 2020

The European Genre Forum announces its 2020 selection

Industry / Market - Croatia/Estonia

The European Genre Forum announces its 2020 selection

Eight projects have been selected to attend the two talent labs that will be hosted in Zagreb and Tallinn  

10 July 2020

The Estonian Film Institute adopts its first measures to fight the COVID-19 crisis

Industry / Market - Estonia

The Estonian Film Institute adopts its first measures to fight the COVID-19 crisis

The Baltic film agency has published a series of mitigation and compensation measures aimed at supporting the industry during these difficult times  

14 May 2020

Fight or fright? That is the question at Haapsalu

HOFF 2020

Fight or fright? That is the question at Haapsalu

The Estonian genre festival, which moved online due to the pandemic, addressed the COVID-shaped elephant in the room during an interactive panel  

11 May 2020

The MEDIA Desks of the Baltic countries, Croatia and Slovenia join forces for Europe Day

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Croatia/Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania/Slovenia

The MEDIA Desks of the Baltic countries, Croatia and Slovenia join forces for Europe Day

Under the "Big Stories from Small Countries" banner, the desks will make four MEDIA-supported films available to audiences in their territories, free of charge for 48 hours  

06 May 2020

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