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.

FNE at Black Nights 2014: Lucifer Takes Grand Prix, but Estonian Crosswind Blows away the Competition

TALLINN: With less than three months to put together an international competition programme, after FIAPF accredited the Black Nights Film Festival, held 18-30 november 2014, as the 15th member of…

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: Polish and Czech Productions Pick up Awards

TALLINN: A Czech/Slovak/Greek coproduction Kids from the East and a Polish film project about a man with Alzheimer’s Disease were among the winners of the Baltic Event awards handed out…

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: A Breakthrough Year for Estonian Films

TALLINN: A trio of films put Estonia on the international map in 2014, Estonian Film Institute head Edith Sepp told FNE.

FNE at Baltic Event 2014: Northern Europe Converges on Tallinn’s Dynamic Industry Forum

TALLINN: When it comes to Tallinn’s film industry meeting point, the Baltic Event running 24-28 November 2014, Estonia is punching way above its weight. FNE spoke with Marge Liiske, managing…

PRODUCTION: Pakalnina Rises with Dawn

TALLINN: Latvian auteur and producer Laila Pakalnina is in postproduction with Dawn, a Latvian/Estonian/Polish coproduction which participated in the Baltic Event Works in Progress presentation on 26 November 2014.