FNE at Baltic Event 2014: A Breakthrough Year for Estonian Films

TALLINN: A trio of films put Estonia on the international map in 2014, Estonian Film Institute head Edith Sepp told FNE.

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: Northern Europe Converges on Tallinn’s Dynamic Industry Forum

TALLINN: When it comes to Tallinn’s film industry meeting point, the Baltic Event running 24-28 November 2014, Estonia is punching way above its weight. FNE spoke with Marge Liiske, managing…

PRODUCTION: Pakalnina Rises with Dawn

TALLINN: Latvian auteur and producer Laila Pakalnina is in postproduction with Dawn, a Latvian/Estonian/Polish coproduction which participated in the Baltic Event Works in Progress presentation on 26 November 2014.

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: Estonians Discover Film Treasure in Russia

TALLINN: A diplomatic breakthrough trip by a delegation from the Estonian Film Institute has turned up what may be the first fiction film shot in Estonia, a 1913 comedy titled…

FNE at Black Nights 2014: Industry@Tallinn Launches Digital Corner

TALLINN: “From the country that gave the world Skype.” Those words from Black Night Film Festival’s Industry@Tallinn director Stan-Kristian Saluveer kicked off the launch of the festival’s new Digital Corner,…

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: Kousaar in Preproduction with Nordic Instinct

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Kadri Kõusaar will begin shooting her third feature, the Estonian/Swedish/Norwegian coproduction Nordic Instinct in early 2015 in Estonia and Norway.

FNE at Baltic Event: How Far Is Europe

TALLINN: The portmanteau film How Far Is Europe/Moldova-Aproape-Departe, consisting of six short films directed by Pavel Cuzuioc, Dorian Boguţă, Valeriu Andriuţă, Ion Săpdaru, Igor Cobileanski and Dumitru Grosei, will be…

FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: Landscape with Many Moons

TALLINN: Landscape with Many Moons (Maastik mitme kuuga), the controversial feature film debut of Estonia’s internationally best known contemporary artist Jaan Toomik, struggled to find a festival slot but is…

FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: I Won’t Come Back by Ilmar Raag

TALLINN: I Won’t Come Back (Ya ne vernus, Ma ei tule tagasi) directed by Estonian helmer Ilmar Raag competes for the Tridens Estonian Film Prize at the Black Nights film…

FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: In the Crosswinds

TALLINN: Marti Helde’s feature debut In the Crosswinds represents Estonia in the international competition of the Black Nights Film Festival running through 30 November in Tallinn. The film is also…

FNE at Black Nights FF 2014: Competition: Cherry Tobacco

TALLINN: Katrin Maimik’s coming-of-age debut film Cherry Tobacco (Kirsitubakas), written by Andres Maimik, screens in the Estonian Tridens Film Award competition at the Black Nights Film Festival running through 30…

FESTIVALS: Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight with Polish focus

The 18th Black Nights Film Festival opens tonight in Tallinn with "Warsaw 44" by Jan Komasa with the introduction by the director Komasa, actor Józef Pawłowski and producer Jan Kwiencinski.…

FNE at Connecting Cottbus 2014: Estonia Partners with Russia on The Dream Fish

COTTBUS: Estonian producer Max Tuula of Marx Film presented the Estonian/Russian project The Dream Fish at Connecting Cottbus, a tale about a man who falls in love with a mermaid.

Estonian Cinema Operator Apollo Expands into Latvia

TALLINN: The ambitious Estonian cinema operator and bookstore chain Apollo has announced plans to open its first cinema outside of Estonia in Riga, Latvia.

GRANTS: Estonia Funds 16 Docs

TALLINN: Sixteen Estonian documentary projects have received funding for 2014.

Tallinn Gets Third Multiplex

TALLINN: The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn (population 430,000), is to get a third multiplex cinema in 2015. The new cinema will have six screens and a total capacity of…

FESTIVALS: Black Nights Baltic Competition Announced

TALLINN: Films from Estonia, Latvia, Poland and the Czech Republic are among the ten films selected for the Tridens Baltic Sea and Nordic debut film award at the 18th Black…

GRANTS: Estonian Grants for 2014

TALLINN: Estonia has awarded 1.4m EUR in grants to seven Estonian films and two international coproductions in 2014.

Tartu to Launch Estonia’s Second Regional Fund

TARTU: Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia is setting up a regional film fund for incoming productions. The fund is initially budgeted at approximately 100,000 EUR annually and is…

Estonia’s Regional Cinemas Go Digital

TALLINN: Seven regional cinemas in Estonia have received funding to be digitalised in 2014 with five more expected to apply by the end of the year.