Producers Workshop B'EST Call for Projects 2015

TALLINN: The fourth edition of Baltic Bridge East by West (B'EST) is calling for 12 participants to take part in the event. Seven of the selected projects will be from…

PRODUCTION: Dearest Sister Brings Estonia, Laos and France Together

VIENTIANE: Oree Films embarks on Estonia's first ever co-production with Laos and France on the set of Dearest Sister, a supernatural drama set in Laos’ capital Vientiane. The film is…

Estonian Special Effects Boost Spring to Top of iTunes

TALLINN: The US produced Spring by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson shot to the top of iTunes horror genre list for a week. Spring's special effects were done in Estonia…

GRANTS: Estonian Film Institute Announces Coproduction Grants

TALLINN: Estonian Film Institute has announced the first round of this year’s minority coproduction grants. The grants total to 190,000 EUR out of the annual budget of 280,000 EUR and…

Tartu Sets Budget for Cash Rebate Fund

TARTU: The City Council of Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, formally approved the launch of a regional cash rebate fund and set the fund’s initial annual budget at 150,000 EUR.

1944 Sets an All-time Opening Record in Estonia

TALLINN: Elmo Nüganen’s historical epic 1944 has set a new opening weekend record in Estonia with 19,030 admissions.

Pre-Oscar Screening for Tangerines at EBRD in London

LONDON: The Estonian and Georgian ambassadors along with the cream of the London filmmaking community turned out for a pre-Oscar screening of foreign Oscar contender Tangerines at the EBRD last…
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Acquires Tangerines for U.S. distribution

TBILISI: Zaza Urushadze's Oscar-nominated drama Tangerines was bought by the American independent film company Samuel Goldwyn Films to be released later this year.

Estonia’s top 10 box office hits in 2014

TALLINN: With more cinemas and digital screens opening, cinema-going stays popular in Estonia as admissions reached 1.97 per capita in 2014. The box office was predictably dominated by Hollywood children’s…

Estonia On Track for Cash Rebate

Estonia looks set to launch its own cash rebate system for incoming productions after the general elections on March 1st. Pending governmental approval the new financial vehicle may open for…

GRANTS: Estonia’s First Feature Production Grants in 2015

TALLINN: The Estonian Film Institute has announced its first feature film production grants for 2015. The support goes to Toomas Hussar’s Spy and Poet, produced by Allfilm in co-production with…

Sweden’s Eyewell Picks Up 1944

TALLINN: Swedish-based Eyewell has picked up international rights for Elmo Nüganen’s upcoming Estonian war epic 1944. The film makes its market debut at this year’s Berlin European Film Market and…

Estonia Launches a Joint Financing Scheme for Low-Budget Features

TALLIN: Estonia has launched a new financing initiative for low-budget features, that will for the first time systematically bring on board private TV channels. The scheme is going to provide…

PRODUCTION: Estonia Preps Polar Boy

TALLINN: Estonian writer/director Anu Aun is working on The Polar Boy, the tale of a talented and promising young photographer who fakes bipolar disorder in order to avoid a prison…

PRODUCTION: Olympic Flame Race in Development

TALLINN: Estonian director Ain Maeots is developing The Flame Race: 1980, a comedy on the saga of the transport of the Olympic flame from Moscow to Tallinn.

FNE Country profile: Estonia

Estonia’s film year 2014 was highlighted by the opening of a significant number of new multi-screen and digital cinemas, growing admission figures, and the establishment of the second regional film…

Golden Globe Nods for Estonia and Poland

The Estonian/Georgian coproduction Tangerines and the Polish/Danish film Ida took two of the five slots in the 2014 Best Foreign Language Film category when the Golden Globe nominations were announced…

Zero.Point Tops Estonian Box Office in Opening Weekend

TALLINN: Zero.Point, the debut feature by Estonian director Mihkel Ulk, scored an impressive opening weekend with 9,581 viewers.

PRODUCTION Estonian/Finnish Secret Society of Souptown Plans May Release

TALLINN: Estonian director Margus Paju is completing work on his debut film, a glossy children’s adventure film and Estonian/Finnish coproduction, Secret Society of Souptown.