Funding – Estonia
Country Focus: Three Estonian micro-budget features receive funding
The Estonian Film Institute provides financial support for two features in 2015
by Laurence Boyce
- The EFI is supporting both established talents and a new generation breaking through
The Estonian Film Institute (EFI) has announced the films that it will be supporting in 2015. The first is Toomas Hussar’s The Spy and the Poet [+see also:
film profile] (Luuraja ja luuletaja), a tragicomic story about a spy that examines the nature of power, identity, morality and freedom. It is due to star Estonian actors Jan Uuspõld and Rain Tolk. Hussar’s previous film, Mushrooming, proved to be both a domestic and an international success, with the movie screening in the East of the West competition at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The new film – produced by Allfilm – will have a budget of €890,000, with €389,000 of that to be provided by the EFI. The shoot will begin in May 2015, and the movie is due to be released in spring 2016.
The next film to be funded is Triin Ruumet’s feature-length debut, Days That Confused [+see also:
interview: Triin Ruumet
film profile] (Päevad, mis ajasid segadusse), a drama about young people growing up in the 1990s, and their search for meaning and hope in a complicated life. Ruumet has already made a number of well-regarded shorts, and she – together with her entire production team – represents a new wave of Estonian filmmakers. The movie, due to be produced by Kinosaurus Film, will have a budget of €520,000, with €260,400 to be provided by the EFI. The shoot will kick off in June 2015, and the film is due to be released in spring 2016.
The Estonian Film Institute has also provided a letter of commitment to fund Apothecary Melchior: The Curse of St Olaf (Apteeker Melchior. Oleviste kiriku saladus) in 2016. Produced by Estonian company Exitfilm alongside Czech, Irish and Finnish co-producers, the title is based on a series of famous Estonian novels about solving crimes in mediaeval times. Due to be directed by Peter Urbla, the film looks set to have a budget of €1.98 million, and the EFI would provide €450,000 in support.
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