Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

PÖFF - Black Nights Film Festival

November 11th | 27th 2022

26th Edition

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world.
Join the Wolf Pack

A PÖFF Wolf is a pack animal who knows that he’ll get farther working together with the others. Without you, our cinema audience and supporters, this film festival, largely cobbled together on pure enthusiasm in 1997, would not be what it is today. Every year, PÖFF is kept in constant movement by wonderful collaboration where the audience and the films are connected by volunteers, more than 300 by today. Together in our small Estonia, we have succeeded in filling the black nights of November with unique northern lights which manifest as bright film experiences on cinema screens and attract filmmakers from different corners of the world to enjoy it all with us.

The gathering places of the PÖFF Wolves in Estonian cinemas remain the same, but the routes are different every year. Besides grit and courage, PÖFF’s growth preconditions include the will and desire to see past the horizon in order to constantly broaden our view of the world. Thus, PÖFF’s programme always wanders beyond its comfort zone. The PÖFF Wolves are not afraid of new cultural spaces, burning questions and emotions which make us laugh, astound us and move us in their bracing authenticity.

Black Nights Film Festival (in Estonian as PÖFF – Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival) aims to present a comprehensive selection of world cinema to Estonian, Baltic and North European audiences.

The 25th edition of the Black Nights Film Festival will take place from 11th-27th November 2022, in Tallinn, its main place of establishment, with sidebar screenings in the cities of Tartu, Narva, Kohtla-Järve and Jõhvi.

The Festival is recognised by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) and since 2014 accredited to organise an international non-specialised feature film competition along with 15 other film festivals around the world (including Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Moscow, Venice, San Sebastian, Warsaw, Tokyo and others).

Black Nights Film Festival also holds specialised competitive sections, non-competitive sections, as well as sub-festivals for youth films, short films and animations.
The Festival is organised by the non-profit organisation MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival (in English NGO Black Nights Film Festival).

MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival (in English NGO Black Nights Film Festival)
Telliskivi 60a/2, 10412
Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 56 208 308
E-mail: info@poff.ee

Black Nights Film Festival Programme Overview

The Black Nights Film Festival programme includes three competitive sections and various non-competitive sections for feature films.

Official Selection – Competition (17th – 25th of November 2022)

The Official Selection – Competition is an international non-specialised competition presenting feature-length (60 minutes and over) films from around the world completed after the 15th of September 2021.

Priority will be given to films with a World or International Premiere. The minimum premiere requirement is a European Regional Premiere. European films and co-produced films presented in their country of origin remain eligible.

The Festival will not accept films in the Official Selection – Competition that has been in competition at another festival accredited by FIAPF as a Competitive Feature Film Festival. The Festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for the competition on a case by case basis.

A film in this competition is eligible for a maximum of two awards (including Grand Prix) within the competition. The Grand Prix and Best Director award and the grant cannot be given to the same film.

First Feature Competition (17th – 25th of November 2022)

The First Feature Competition is an international competition for debut films. The competition presents feature-length debut (60 minutes and over, first-time feature film directing status) films from around the world completed after 15th of September 2020.

Priority will be given to films with a World or International Premiere. The minimum premiere requirement is a European Regional Premiere. European films and co-produced films presented in their country of origin remain eligible.

The Festival will not accept films in the First Feature Competition that have been in competition at another festival accredited by FIAPF as a Competitive Feature Film Festival. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on a case by case basis.

Baltic Film Competition (19th – 25th of November 2022)

The Baltic Film Competition presents feature (documentaries and animation included) length (60 minutes and over) films from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or with significant participation from one of these countries completed after 15th of September 2020.

Priority will be given to films with a World or International premiere, but films which have previously premiered in Estonia are also eligible. The participation of the film in any other competition of the Festival does not exclude the eligibility for Baltic Film Competition. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for the competition on a case by case basis.

Rebels with a Cause Competition (17th – 25th of November 2022)

Rebels with a Cause Competition programme showcases the untraditional means of expression of filmmaking, as well as innovative narrative or dramaturgy, symbiosis with other forms of art and new takes on technical solutions or in aesthetics. The Competition incorporates both a full feature and a short film section. The films must be completed after the 15th of September 2020. The minimum premiere requirement is a European Premiere.
Priority will be given to films with a World, International or European premieres. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for the competition on a case by case basis.

Non-competitive programme

Films submitted for the non-competitive programme, or not selected for competitions, can be invited to other sections with a minimum requirement being their Estonian Premiere. There is no geographic restriction for films in non-competitive sections. The films must be completed after the 15th of September 2021.

The non-competitive programs are the following.

Current Waves

The program offers a panoramic view of the trends and currents of world cinema, including a selection of festival favourites and fresh films that have caught the eye of the festival’s programme team.

 #PÖFFTRENDING

The haute couture of culture documentaries and features, exploring topics such as art, fashion, urban culture etc, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary cultural phenomena and trends.

Doc@PÖFF

A selection of the latest documentary highlights, regardless of their geographic origin or topics.

Midnight Shivers

Over-the-top fantasy spree, the cream of the crop of recent horror and fantasy cinema.

 TV Beats

A programme dedicated to fresh drama series, aimed at highlighting the increasingly blurry line between the small and the big screen.

Awards & Prizes

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€)

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