GRANTS: Estonia Announces Grants for Jubilee Films

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TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute today announced grants for six film projects that are designated for screening during the Republic of Estonia’s 100th anniversary in 2018.

A total of 165 ideas were put forward during the original call in 2012 and narrowed down in numbers during development in subsequent years. Five of the films are feature film debuts for directors. In all, 8 m EUR will be distributed among the selected projects, but no amounts have been announced as of yet.

The chosen films are:

Truth and Justice / Tõde ja õigus
Directed by Tanel Toom
Produced by Ivo Felt and Madis Tüür of Allfilm
Based on a classic novel by A.H. Tammsaare

Comrade Child / Seltsimees laps
Directed by Moonika Siimets
Pproduced by Riina Sildos of Amrion
Set in Soviet era and based on an autobiographic novel by Estonian poet Leelo Tungal

Jaan from Hell / Põrgu Jaan
Directed by Kaur Kokk
Produced by Katrin Kissa of Homeless Bob Productions
Set in the early 18th century of wars, famine and plague

Take it or Leave it / Võta või jäta
Directed by Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo
Produced by Ivo Felt of Allfilm
Set in contemporary Estonia

Lotte and the Lost Dragons / Lotte ja kadunud lohed
Directed by Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits
Produced by Kalev Tamm of Eesti Joonisfilm
A sequel to the Lotte animated films

The Princess, the Page and Felix / Printsess, Paaž ja Felix
Directed by Raimo Jõerand
Produced by Marju Lepp and Manfred Vainokivi of Filmivabrik
Set during Estonia’s War of Independence and based on the story of the literary circle Siuru

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