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TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute allotted 1,080,000 EUR for feature film production and minority co-production in the first sessions of 2018.

ESTONIA: Eia's Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm, the last of the feature films that won the Estonia 100 film competition, is now in production. The second film by writer-director Anu Aun is set to screen during Christmas 2018.

TALLIN: Estonian cinema had a successful year in 2017 and continued to break records. Total admissions reached an all-time high of 3.51 m, a 6.3 percentage-point increase from 2016. Another record is 2.67 admissions per capita. Total box office reached a record of 19.39 m EUR, with 9.1 percentage points more than in 2016.

TALLINN: A total of 21 Estonian films premiered in cinemas in 2017 and two of them made it to the top ten. The Dissidents, directed by Jaak Kilmi and produced by Taska Film, ranked 2nd with 85,306 admissions and over 480,000 EUR gross, while Swingers, directed by Andrejs Ekis and produced by Platforma Film, ranked 7th.

TALLINN: Estonian Film Institute and the audiovisual endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia have allotted 37,000 EUR and 383,515 EUR respectively for film development and production in the last sessions of 2017.

TALLINN: Estonia has successfully experimented with alternative ways of distribution lately, but opinions vary as to whether a simultaneous release in cinemas and on SVoD is beneficial for such a small industry.

TALLINN: North Star Film Alliance received a 2 m EUR grant from the European Union through the Interreg programme for a three-year project aiming at attracting international productions to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The project kicks off in February 2018.

ESTONIA: Lotte and the Lost Dragons / Lotte ja kadunud lohed, the third full length Estonian/Latvian coproduction featuring Estonia’s most popular animated character, is in production for release in 2019 in the frame of Estonia’s centennial film programme.

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute allotted 250,000 EUR in grants during the autumn 2017 sessions of documentary and minority coproduction. Six documentaries received production funding and nine received development funding. One animated film received minority coproduction funding.

TALLINN: Ülo Pikkov, born in 1976, represents Estonia at the Emerging Producers 2018 programme taking place at the Jihlava IDFF, running 22-27 October 2018.

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