Just Film Festival to screen a special programme of short films made by Estonian youth

    The 21st Just Film festival, the biggest sub-festival of the Black Nights Film Festival, announces this year's programme, screening films that affect kids and youth from all around the world. For the first time ever, the festival offers the opportunity to watch films that are made by Estonian kids and youth with the help of Just Film's new initiative that awards young filmmakers with scholarships to make their own films.

    Just Film celebrates its 21st birthday by showing children’s films, youth films, science and sports documentaries and also children’s rights programmes. The festival has added three special programmes. The first of them is the #youngfilmmaker special programme where we screen short films that are made by Estonian kids and youth. The second is KOOLITANTS@Just (School dance) - it’s a special programme of films where the main characters are young dancers. And third is a Swedish children’s films special programme that introduces Swedish literature and film but also takes a bow to the beloved writer Astrid Lindgren.

    This year, the festival is presenting films from all around the world - Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, Kazakhstan and India, among others. Just Film has more than 6 world premieres, 2 European premieres and 3 international premieres. The festival welcomes more than 50 film guests whom the audience can meet in the cinemas.

    The International Youth Competition programme has 14 films competing for the Just Film Grand Prix, including Estonian director Meel Paliale’s debut feature film “Tree of Eternal Love”.

    Just Film festival programme director Mikk Granström commented: “This year's competition programme consists of very new films, among them 3 world premieres. The youth film competition programme’s level is higher than it has ever been!” He adds: “These films tell honest and direct stories about the art of being a young person.”

    The International Youth Competition programme will be seen and judged by a youth jury but also a jury consisting of three international film professionals who will announce Just Film’s Grand Prix 2021 winner.

    Black Nights Film Festival’s biggest sub-festival, Just Film, takes place from 12th November to 28th November. The full programme is online on www.justfilm.ee.

    According to the rules set by Estonian officials, all PÖFF and sub festival screenings and events can be visited upon showing a vaccination passport or document proving recovery from COVID during the last 6 months.

    21st Just Film: International Youth Competition Programme

    Wild Roots

    Hungary/Slovakia, 2021
    Dir: Hajni Kis
    This film is also presented in the Children’s Rights Programme
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-qJ7hVpsa0

    The Parent

    Russia, 2021
    Dir: Vlad Furman
    European premiere
    This film is also presented in the Children’s Rights Programme

    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHzvd-1M3ng

    In Limbo

    Russia, 2021
    Dir: Alexander Hant
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu4b57JHcZE&feature=emb_imp_woyt

    The Horizon

    France, 2021
    Dir: Emilie Carpentier
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtZ8I6fdF6E


    Belgium, 2021
    Dir: Jeroen Perceval
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7Ll5r8MBWI

    Back to Those Days

    Poland, 2021
    Dir: Konrad Aksinowicz
    International premiere
    This film is also presented in the Children’s Rights Programme

    Trailer: -

    The Tenant

    India/USA, 2021
    Dir: Sushrut Jain
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFgHfe9fFp4


    Colombia, 2021
    Dir: Carlos Zapata
    World premiere
    This film is also presented in the Children’s Rights Programme

    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFUWsUyLzw


    France, 2021
    Dir: Laura Wandel
    This film is also presented in the Children’s Rights Programme
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y5emDgKQeQ


    France, 2021
    Dir: Marion Desseigne-Ravel
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h73LVbT9YE

    98 Seconds Without Shadow

    Boliivia, 2021
    Dir: Juan Pablo Richter
    World Premiere
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h73LVbT9YE

    The Swimmer

    Israel, 2021
    Dir: Adam Kalderon
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsB7EbXRJQ4&t=1s


    USA, 2021
    Dir: Carey Williams
    Trailer: - 

    Tree of Eternal Love

    Estonia, 2021
    Dir: Meel Paliale
    World premiere
    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPLAd9PAZjk

    Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film - International Competition Programme 2021


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