Estonian festival draws 5% of country's population

LONDON — Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights film festival, which closed its 14th edition earlier this month, notched up record attendances, organizers revealed Wednesday.

More than 65,000 people visited the festival during its three-week run, equivalent to 5% of the 1.3 million population of the small Baltic country.

Some 688 films — 264 of them full length — from 86 countries were shown during 770 screenings, 106 of which were translated into the local language, Estonian.

There were 450 guests from 45 countries at the festival that includes a number of professional sidebars, including the Baltic Event and Tallin Black Market, co-production and project/market events.

Festival director Tiina Lokk said: “It’s a delight to know that during a recession — and at a time when we’ve suffered a lack of funds — cinema lovers know the hard work that we do and enjoy the films that we show.”

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