The Tallinn Black Nights Festival kicked off Nov. 13 with film and other events focused on not only the Baltic region but also worldwide art cinema and indies. The organizers are also unveiling industry initiatives. Newly branded under the umbrella of Industry@Tallinn along with programs from the Black Nights fest, such as an inaugural international works-in-progress showcase, the Baltic Event consists of five project showcases that cover the entire life-span of a feature:
* POWR, the Baltic Stories Exchange script and pitch workshop for writers from Nordic and Baltic countries with a script idea in an early stage.
* B’EST EAVE, a Producers’ Workshop training initiative for features in development and producers without projects from the European Union, the CIS countries, Georgia and Ukraine.
* Co-production market for features in development from 18 eligible countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and Ukraine.
* Works in Progress for features in production or post-production from the Baltics and Finland as well as former Co-Production Market projects
* Screenings of upcoming features from the Baltics.
In addition, there are open panels and presentations on different topics of importance to the film industry.
At the Co-Production market, 13 projects will vie for a $20,000 prize awarded on the basis of the project’s artistic quality and its prospects of effectively becoming a theatrically released European co-production. The jury, comprised of Petri Kemppinen, CEO, Nordisk Film &TV Fond, Norway; Ewa Puszczynsa, producer, Opus Film, Poland; and Dorien van de Pas, Head of New Screen Netherlands, will also take into consideration the directors’ previous works.
Among the standout projects are “Berliner,” a comedy about politics and corruption from Romanian helmer Marian Crisan (“Morgen”); “Compatibility,” a drama centered on Sofia cabbies from Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev (“The Judgment”); “Dark Christ,” a drama about an elderly art dealer, his estranged family and a potentially undervalued painting from Finnish helmer Klaus Haro (“The Fencer”); and “Erik Stoneheart,” a family film about deeply hidden desires with pre-teen protags from Estonian director Ilmar Raag (“The Class”).