The eighth annual Baltic Event to take place in Tallinn

By FNE Staff
    For the eighth time, Baltic Event will take place in Tallinn from November 29 - December 3.
    Approximately 200 representatives of the international film industry, including film producers and -financers, distributors and representatives of film funds will attend the event.
    The Baltic Event Co-Production Market will take place during the Black Nights Film Festival on November 30th and December 1st and continues to present challenging and controversial projects from the Baltic States, Scandinavia, East-Central Europe, Ukraine and Russia. A total of 12 projects have been pre-selected for the co-production market. Estonia is represented with the project by Kadri Kõusaar, „European Psycho" (producer Aet Laigu, production company Meteoriit). Kadri Kõusaar‘s last film, MAGNUS, screened in Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2007.

    For the first time this year, Baltic Event is particularly happy to measure the success of past markets by the number of films we see returning to Estonia to screen in the Black Nights Film Festival program. Among these are Kino Caravan (dir. Titus Muntean, Romania-Germany) The Little Moscow (dir. Waldemar Krzystek, Poland) and Vasha (dir. Hannu Salonen, Estonia-Finland-Germany).

    In addition to the Co-Production Market projects, Baltic Event will feature the ever-popular Coming Soon and Baltic Event screenings sections and Industry Day (December 2nd), presented by the Baltic Film and Media School, will focus on how to get closer to the audience using new media platforms.

    Baltic Event screenings on December 1st and 2nd will screen Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian projects that have been completed during the last year. Estonia is represented by The Temptation of St. Tony (dir. Veiko Õunpuu, Homeless Bob Production) and Bank Robbery (dir. Andrus Tuisk, Filmivabrik). Latvians will screen Little Robbers (dir. Armands Zvirbulis, Studio F.O.R.M.A), This Happened to Them (dir. Gatis Smits, Film Studio Tanka) and The Hunt (dir. Andis Mizss, Ego Media). Lithuania will show Perpetuum Mobile (dir. Valdas Navasaitis, Studio Uljana Kim), Low Lights (dir. Ignas Miškinis, Tremora) and Vortex (dir. Gytis Luksas, Studija 2).

    The Coming Soon program has always been an important part of the event, screening the films in post-production from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. But this year's edition will also screen post-production films from Finland. Among these is the project selected as Best Project at last year's BE Co-Production market, Princess (dir, prod Arto Halonen, Art Films).

    Baltic Event's Industry Day takes place for the third year and is presented by the Baltic Film and Media School. Its aim is to keep local professionals up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and business models of the industry. This year's focus will be on the opportunities created by digital media: how to get closer to your public, to involve it in the financing of your film, and how to use new media platforms to market your film and to bring the audience into the cinemas.

    The guest list of buyers and experts includes film distributors and sales agents, representatives of TV-channels (buyers and co-financers), representatives of film festivals, regional and national film funds and foundations as well many well known European production companies.

    Baltic Event is continuing partnership with the EAVE training program for European producers, resulting in opportunities for young filmmakers to present their work at Baltic Event. Other supporters and partners of the event are the Estonian Film Foundation, the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment, MEDIA programme, the National Film Center of Latvia, the Finnish Film Foundation, Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, EAVE, Cannes‘ Marche du Film's Producer's Network, Screen International.

    For more information: http://be.poff.ee/index.html