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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Friday, 12 November 2021 until Sunday, 28 November 2021

Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF – Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival) takes place annually at the end of November in Tallinn, Estonia. It is the only FIAPF-accredited competitive feature film festival in Northern Europe.

Black Nights Film Festival holds four competitive sections, as well as non-competitive sections, altogether more than 200 features and documentaries, showcasing new discoveries and a selection of the best picks from other film festivals, with special programmes for various sub-genres. Due to the current situation in the world, the festival also reserves the right to organise the festival online.

The festival consists of a cluster of events: the main festival, sub-festivals for youth and children’s films, short films and animations, along with an extensive industry programme, turning Tallinn and Tartu into a buzzing, yet relaxed celebration of film culture and attracting an attendance of more than 90,000, visited by nearly 1400 film professionals and press from around the world in 2020.

Official Selection – Competition
Grand Prix for the Best Film (Grant of 10,000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
Best Director (Grant of 5000 Euros)
Best Cinematography (Grant of 1000 Euros)
Best Script
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Score
Best Production Design

First Feature Competition:
• The Award for the Best First Feature Film (Grant of 5000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
• Two Special Jury Prizes
• A film in this competition is eligible for one award within the competition

Rebels With Cause Competition:
• The Award for Best Film (award for Director)
• The Award for Best Short Film (award for Director)

Baltic Film Competition:
• The Award for Best Baltic Feature Film (Grant of 3200 Euros shared by the Director and Producer)

Additional awards presented:
Lifetime Achievement Award
Audience Award (Grant of 2 000 Euros, the award for Director)* Award can be presented for either film from the main festival and/or Just Film Festival programme
Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award
Cross Religion award presented by the spiritual leaders of the largest congregations in Estonia
Bruni O'Ya Stipend for Internationally Acknowledged Estonian Talent (with the scholarship of 1000€)