Baltic film school set to bow

Center supported by Nordic Baltic Film Fund

MOSCOW — The Baltic Film and Media School will open in Tallinn, Estonia, next year. Center reps the latest step toward pan-Baltic development in the film world.

Supported by Danish-based Nordic Baltic Film Fund, which is contributing more than e1.1 million ($1.4 million), the school hopes to begin enrolling students in September 2006. With post-grad education in all major film professions, audiovisual instruction in English and staff recruited from around the region, it should attract interest from beyond the Baltic countries.

Its film division will provide courses in major disciplines as well as production, while a one-year course in animation will be taught by the partnering Estonian Academy of Arts. The media division will include audiovisual media and production as well as PR and communication studies.

Buoyed by last year’s European Union accession, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are hoping to bolster the profile of the local film industries. Latvia and Estonia already work within Eurimages, taking advantage of regional closeness to Scandinavia and Finland.

Estonia’s Education Ministry has committed to commissioning film and media students from the new school, Martin Aadamsoo of the Estonian Film Foundation told Daily Variety.

Similar arrangements are being sought with Latvia and Lithuania, although no financial commitment has been made.