Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and one of the busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and around 120 journalists. The festival screens approximately 250 features and over 300 shorts and animations, and attracts the 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 including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, and Tokyo, to name a few.
EVENTS IN NOVEMBERPÖFF
has a unique umbrella structure encompassing the following sub-festivals and events that take place concurrently with the main festival: PÖFF Shorts: short films and animations Just Film: children’s and youth films Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event: a full-fledged film industry platform
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival HÕFF takes place in April in the quaint coastal town of Haapsalu. This is the only purely genre- dedicated film festival in the Baltics. Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF builds the biggest open-air cinema in the Tartu Town Hall Square. This is the ultimate summer event for enthusiasts of cinematic love in all forms and shapes.