Black Nights Film Festival was launched in 1997 and screened 25 full length films at the first festival to 4500 cinema visitors. The festival started to grow rapidly doubling the visitor numbers every year reaching out beyond the Nordic-Baltic region to discover the cinema of faraway countries. Within 10 years Black Nights Film Festival had increased the number of films nearly tenfold and the number of cinema visits even more. From the first focus on Nordic cinema the festival has grown to present all continents and many genres.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, short films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from all around the world.