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TALLINN: With less than three months to put together an international competition programme, after FIAPF accredited the Black Nights Film Festival, held 18-30 november 2014, as the 15th member of its most select category (non-specialized competitive), festival director Tiina Lokk was under the gun to expand the festival’s traditional EurAsia competition.

TALLINN: A Czech/Slovak/Greek coproduction Kids from the East and a Polish film project about a man with Alzheimer’s Disease were among the winners of the Baltic Event awards handed out on 27 November 2014 in the medieval Tallinn Town Hall, where guests were welcomed by Baltic Event managing director Marge Liiske.

PRAGUE: London film sales company Taskovski Films has picked up the Czech documentary Sugar Blues directed by Andrea Culkova.

TALLINN: A trio of films put Estonia on the international map in 2014, Estonian Film Institute head Edith Sepp told FNE.

TALLINN: When it comes to Tallinn’s film industry meeting point, the Baltic Event running 24-28 November 2014, Estonia is punching way above its weight. FNE spoke with Marge Liiske, managing director of the Baltic Event, just as the 13th edition was going into full swing.

TALLINN: The new Lithuanian tax incentives scheme for films, introduced just 11 months ago, “is working quite well,” Lithuanian Film Centre project manager Kristina Vildziunaite said at a presentation taking place at the Baltic Event, which runs through 28 November 2014.

TALLINN: Latvian auteur and producer Laila Pakalnina is in postproduction with Dawn, a Latvian/Estonian/Polish coproduction which participated in the Baltic Event Works in Progress presentation on 26 November 2014.

TALLINN: “From the country that gave the world Skype.” Those words from Black Night Film Festival’s Industry@Tallinn director Stan-Kristian Saluveer kicked off the launch of the festival’s new Digital Corner, which puts a spotlight on Estonia’s high tech film services industry.

TALLINN: A diplomatic breakthrough trip by a delegation from the Estonian Film Institute has turned up what may be the first fiction film shot in Estonia, a 1913 comedy titled Borrowed Wife, at the Gosfilmofond archives in Russia.

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Kadri Kõusaar will begin shooting her third feature, the Estonian/Swedish/Norwegian coproduction Nordic Instinct in early 2015 in Estonia and Norway.