07-10-2010

FNE Estonia Focus: Baltic Film School

By Martin Aadamsoo

The Baltic Film and Media School, (www.bfm.ee) the only English-language film and TV school in Northern Europe, has embarked on a new round of substantial developments. Foremost among these are plans to build new premises by the end of 2011 in the centre of Tallinn, co-funded by EU with approximately of 2.2M euros, and open a new international MA curriculum in media innovation and entrepreneurship in 2011.

BFM is also a founder of Estonian Digital Centre that is setting up a post-production hub within the school's premises that will help boost Estonia's audiovisual export capacity. The project is funded by Enterprise Estonia for 770,000 EUR.

The school's enrollment is currently around 350 students from over 20 countries. Launched in 2006, BFM has quickly become an active co-operation partner of films schools in Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany and others within
MEDIA programme initatives. It is now also a member of a consortium First Motion that develops new approaches to audiovisual production and distribution in the Baltic Sea region, headed by the Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund.

BFM teaches major film and TV professionals on bachelor's (3 years) and master's level (2 years) in English and Estonian.