TALLINN: Black Nights Film Festival is launching a new side-festival in Estonia, Kino FF, focusing on Russian cinema. The first edition will be held in two cities in the prominently Russian-speaking region Ida-Virumaa in Eastern Estonia, Narva (from 15 to 17 November 2019) and Kohtla-Järve (22-24 November 2019).
KinoFF is organised by the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the Russian branch of the news portal Delfi. The festival is funded by the cities of Narva and Kohtla-Järve, with Apollo Kino as major partner.
The county Ida-Virumaa has seen the launch of several initiatives to boost film production - in 2013 it launched Estonia’s first cash rebate initiative, the Viru Film Fund, and a few years ago OBJEKT startup business incubator opened its doors, currently offering studio facilities for postproduction services.
Narva is also seeking to become the Culture Capital of the Europe in 2024, KinoFF being part of its programme.