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France and Estonia sign a co-production agreement


- The Estonian Minister of Culture and the French Ambassadress to Estonia signed a co-production agreement between the two countries on 28 April

France and Estonia sign a co-production agreement
Estonian Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and French Ambassadress to Estonia Claudia Delmas-Scherer signing the agreement (© Erlend Štaub)

A cinematic co-production agreement between France and Estonia was signed in Tallinn on Friday 28 April by Estonian Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and the French Ambassadress to Estonia, Claudia Delmas-Scherer. It will allow official bilateral co-productions to be set up between the two countries, thus opening up the possibility for co-produced movies to obtain dual nationality and therefore gain access to both countries’ support measures. This, in turn, constitutes a strong incentive for artistic collaboration between professionals from the two territories.

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Commenting on the signature of the agreement for Cineuropa, Edith Sepp, managing director of the Estonian Film Institute, stressed, “Today is a day of great significance for Estonian film because signing this agreement with France will open the door of opportunities to both countries when it comes to official co-productions. We have a few films in the pipeline, and I can assure you from our side that Estonian filmmakers have been very keen to elevate their relationships with their French counterparts. I do hope this is the beginning of some wonderful friendships.” 

One of the current international projects involving Estonia (see the news) is Mister Pichin’s Last Journey by Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, a movie portraying the last days of composer Frédéric Chopin, played by French actor Romain Duris, which is a co-production between Denmark (Nimbus Film), France (Mact Productions), Belgium (Panache Productions), Poland (Akson Studio) and Estonia (Meteoriit). In addition, the Estonian movie November [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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