European Film Academy to meet with organisers of 2010 European film gala in Tallinn
Tomorrow, Wednesday 26 August 2009, a delegation from the European Film Academy (EFA) will be arriving in Estonia on a three-day working visit to approve the preparations for the film gala to be held in Tallinn in December 2010.
During their visit the delegation - led by academy director and executive producer of the gala Marion Döring - will be meeting with the local organising committee of the EFA and representatives not only of the Tallinn 2011 foundation (the major sponsor of the event) but also of the Tallinn City Government and the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Estonian Television, which will broadcast the gala. They will also be shown the city's most contemporary concert hall, in the new Solaris centre, as well as the Cultural Cauldron and a selection of Tallinn's hotels.
The local organising committee of EFA 2010 comprises Black Nights Film Festival director Tiina Lokk, CEO Kristo Tohver, event manager Peeter Rebane and television producer Tarmo Krimm. "Even a couple of years ago the idea of a major film gala being held in Tallinn would have been a pipe dream to most people," Rebane remarked. "But then the same could be said of the concert hall, and both of them are now a reality!" Tiina Lokk added: "The opportunity this presents for our culture is unprecedented - not only will Tallinn and Estonia be playing host to the cream of the European film industry in December next year, but for the three days they're here they'll get to know, see and hear some of the country's very best artists, whether they're musicians, visual artists, writers or in the film industry."
Chairman of the Tallinn 2011 board Mikko Fritze says that the foundation is happy to be working with the organisers of the gala which, being held in December 2010, will form something of an introduction to the city's year as European Capital of Culture. He explains that the Cultural Capital movement and the film academy have a shared history: "The EFA's awards gala took off twenty years ago at the same time Berlin was the European Capital of Culture."
Tallinn was awarded the right to host the 2010 EFA awards gala at the 20th gala, held in Berlin in December 2007. In addition to the famous film stars, EFA members and almost 300 journalists the event will attract, the awards gala will be broadcast from the Estonian capital direct to the homes of viewers in more than 50 countries.
Please note: journalists wishing to interview the representatives of the European Film Academy, the local organising committee and the Tallinn 2011 foundation should contact Andri Maimets.
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