TALLINN: Estonian films had more than 600,000 admissions in 2018. Over half of the films were produced within the Estonia 100 centennial film programme. Admissions to Estonian films increased from 282,421 in 2017 to over 600,000 in 2018, according to the Estonian Film Institute.
“Competition for film screenings is fierce in Estonia, as nearly 300 films screen every year. In 2018, there were as many as three Estonian films in the box office top ten, and the market share of Estonian films was over 15%. This is a result we have been dreaming of for years", Edith Sepp, Head of the Estonian Film Institute said in a press release.
The most successful domestic films produced within the Estonia 100 centennial film programme in 2018 were The Little Comrade, directed by Moonika Siimets and produced by Amrion, with over 116,000 admissions, Eia's Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm, directed by Anu Aun and coproduced by Luxfilm and Kinosaurus Film, with more than 110,000 admissions, Take It or Leave It, directed by Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo and produced by Allfilm, with 57,000 admissions, and the documentary The Wind Sculpted Land, directed by Joosep Matjus and produced by WildKino, with over 41,000 admissions.
The most popular Estonian film in 2018 was Class Reunion 2: A Wedding and a Funeral, directed by Rene Vilbre and produced by Taska Film, with over 146,000 admissions.
Throughout 2018, a total of 14 Estonian feature films, 10 documentaries and three sets of short films screened in Estonia, of which five feature films, one long animated film, two documentaries and a television series were released on the occasion of the Estonian centennial.