Toom Receives First Estonian Oscar Nod

By Martin Aadamsoo

    TALLINN: Central Europeans will be pinning their Oscar hopes on a young Estonian filmmaker. Tanel Toom (age 28) has received the first ever Estonian nomination for an Oscar award with his short film The Confession. Toom's film is the only nomination from among the new EU member countries.

    Toom received the Honorary Foreign Film award in the 37th Student Academy Awards in 2010, which qualified him to running for an Oscar. His film was one of five films nominated from among 76 contenders.

    A graduate of the international Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn, Toom directed The Confession as his MA graduation film at the National Film and TV School of the UK. Toom is currently based in the UK, developing two features for Estonia and the UK. The nomination is expected to spur his international career.

    The awards ceremony will take place on 27 February 2011 in Los Angeles, USA.