Enterprise Estonia, the country's enterprise and export support
agency, will finance the launch of an Estonian film commission. The
initial investment in setup and operational costs for the first 3 years will
amount to 609,000 EUR, with an additional 261,000 EUR required as collateral
funding from the commission and its partners.
The Film Commission is an initiative of 12
Estonian production companies, the national film agency Estonian Film Foundation,
the Black Nights Film Festival, and the Baltic Event co-production platform. It
is launched under the aegis of the Estonian
Digital Centre, an NGO focussing on the professional development of
Estonia's audiovisual industry. The initiative is expected to be partly
co-funded by the City of Tallinn.
The Film Commission
is to promote Estonia as a destination for film shoots and other audiovisual
content production. Also in the pipeline are efforts to set up regional and
country-wide financial incentives for incoming productions.
The Film Commission's stated ambition is to
turn Estonia into the Baltic Sea region's leading audiovisual content
production service provider by 2020, no small target given Estonia's current
scarcity of production infrastructure.