FESTIVALS: Animated Dreams Call for Submissions

TALLINN: Animated Dreams (16-20 November 2011, www.anima.ee), the oldest and largest animated film event in Estonia, is accepting film submissions through 15 August 2011.

Rat King Receives Eurimages Support

Rat King, an Estonian-Finnish coproduction, has been granted 250,000 euros in funding from Eurimages, in a decision at the latest meeting taking place in Helsinki.

Tallin TV Receives National License

TALLINN: The city channel Tallinn TV has received a license to broadcast nationally. The license was granted on 13 June. Tallinn TV's license runs until June 2014.

Estonia Cinema Attendance Reaches 18-year High

TALLINN: Newly released data shows that 2010 saw Estonian audiences flock to cinemas in record numbers. The total number of admissions reached 2.1 million in a country of 1.3 inhabitants,…

PRODUCTION: Estonia Marks Film Centennial with Mega-Film

TALLINN: The Estonian NGO Cinema Bus (www.kinobuss.ee), which tours the country with film and animation workshops and screens films in rural areas, has initiated an ambitious project to produce a…

FESTIVALS: Estonian Animated Festival Accepting Submissions

TALLINN: Animated Dreams (www.anima.ee), the oldest and biggest Estonian animation film festival, is accepting submission through 15 August 2011. The festival takes place 16-20 November 2011.

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Estonia

TALLINN: Estonia's three national broadcasters, public broadcaster Estonian TV (ETV, etv.err.ee, operated under ERR which also runs a national radio network),and foreign-owned commercial channels TV3 (www.tv3.ee) owned by Modern Times…

Estonia Announces 2011 Film Grants

TALLINN: The Estonian Ministry of Culture announced funding support for the production of five film projects being shot as international coproductions with the involvement of Estonian producers. The ministry's total…

Kanal TV Announces June Launch in Estonia

TALLINN: Estonian TV channel Kanal 2 will add a third channel to offerings, Kanal 12, scheduled to begin broadcasts on 8 June 2011. Kanal 2 added a women's channel, Kanal…

Estonian Films in Cannes

The Estonian film delegation is now situated in a new location at Cannes: Pantiero, pavillion 212, Estonian Films. A complete list of Estonian screenings and events follows:

Estonia Promises to Boost Film Sector

TALLINN: Estonia's new government has signed a coalition agreement that promises to develop the technical infrastructure of Estonia's film industry and support the distribution of domestic films. The agreement also…

Estonian Comedy Opens Strong

TALLINN: Cormorants (English title: Farts of Fury), a spoof story of a reunion of a sixties rock band rolled out on 18 March 2011 and scored 10,166 admissions on its…

Fox Establishes Estonian Company

TALLINN: FOX International Channels (FIC) annouonced on 9 March 2011 the founding of FOX International Channels Estonia OÜ, a Tallinn-based regional headquarters servicing the Baltic region. The new company will…

Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn Builds Postproduction Centre

The Tallinn-based international Baltic Film and Media School (BFM) has started construction of its new building in the centre of city, to be completed by early 2012, which will also…

Estonia Lines Up 2011 Premieres

TALLINN: Estonia is a looking forward to a near-record number of feature releases by domestic directors in 2011. Seven films are set for releases, compared to just 2 in 2010,…

Toom Receives First Estonian Oscar Nod

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…

Estonia Scores Record Admissions in 2010

TALLINN: Estonia's cinema admissions rose by 16% in 2010, amounting to a record-breaking 2.1 million, or a healthy 1.59 admissions per capita. The figure marks the best result since the…

Estonia Announces Digital TV Tender

A new tender for a public digital TV license has been announced by Estonia's Ministry of Culture.

FNE 2010 Year in Review:Estonia Prepares for a Leap

Dismal figures, promising prospects. This sums up Estonian film industry's going in the turbulent 2010 year. While public financing, domestic rollout and admission stats have been in a nadir for…

Estonian Funding Stays Stable for 2011

Estonia's public financing for film looks set to remain unchanged from the painfully reduced level of 2010. Altogether, the three major public sources for film financing - the Estonian Film…