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Introduction to the festival

Black Nights Film Festival (aka PÖFF – Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival) takes place annually in the end of November in Tallinn, Estonia. It is the only FIAPF-accredited competitive feature film festival in Northern Europe. Black Nights Film Festival holds four competitive sections, as well as non-competitive sections, altogether more than 200 features and documentaries, showcasing new discoveries and a selection of the best picks from other film festivals, with special programmes for various sub-genres. The festival consists of a cluster of events: the main festival, sub-festivals for youth and children’s films, short films and animations, along with an extensive industry programme, turning Tallinn and Tartu into a buzzing, yet relaxed celebration of film culture and attracting an attendance of more than 90,000, visited by nearly 1400 film professionals and press from around the world. 24th Black Nights Film Festival (12.11 – 28.11 2021)

Awards

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 Music 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 Baltic Film Competition: The Award for Best Baltic Feature Film (Grant of 3200 Euros from Toyota Baltic, shared by the Director and Producer) Additional awards presented: Lifetime Achievement Award Audience Award (Grant of 2 000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer) 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

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Plot others
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP

1. Black Nights Film Festival Programme Overview The Black Nights Film Festival programme includes three competitive sections and various non-competitive sections for feature films. 1.1 Official Selection – Competition (17th – 26th of November 2021) The Official Selection – Competition is an international non-specialised competition presenting feature length (60 minutes and over) 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 an 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 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 the competition on a case by case basis. 1.2 First Feature Competition (17th - 26th of November 2021) 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 an 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. 1.3 Baltic Film Competition 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. 1.4 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 15th of September 2020. 1.5 Programming The Programming Committee, headed by the Festival Director, selects films for the competitions and non-competitive programmes. The committee also determines the programme schedule and sets the screening order for all films. Each competition film may be screened a minimum of two (2) times and a maximum of five (5) during the Festival, including press screenings. Consent from the applicant will be asked for any extra screening. The Programming Committee reserves the right to not comment on its decisions as well as the final line-up of the Festival. 1.6 Juries The Festival Director appoints all the members of the juries for the international competition programmes. No jury member can be involved in the production or promotion of any of the films in the competitive programmes. 1.7 Film delegations For competitive programmes the Festival will invite a delegation of up to three representatives per film. The festival will cover the round trip airfare for one delegate, with a preference given to the Director and / or a Main Cast member, as well as accommodation for up to 3 people in the Delegation at the Official Partner Hotel. For non-competitive films, the festival reserves the right to invite guests upon the decision of the Programming committee. Detailed terms and conditions for film delegates are provided on a non-disclosed one to one and guest agreement basis.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    25

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Prize
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2021-03-08
    Submission start time

  • 2021-06-29
    Regular Deadline

  • 2021-08-15
    Extended Deadline

  • 2021-08-22
    Final submission deadline

  • 2021-08-22
    Submission end time

  • 2021-10-14
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2021-10-15
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2021-11-12
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2021-11-28
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Official Selection – Competition
    Video length :60 - 200
    The Official Selection – Competition is an international non-specialised competition presenting feature length (60 minutes and over) films from around the world completed after 15th of September 2020.

    2021/06/29
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 85 Dollar

    Student: 85 Dollar

    2021/08/15
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 100 Dollar

    2021/08/22
    Final submission deadline

    Standard: 120 Dollar

    Student: 120 Dollar

  • First Feature Competition
    Video length :60 - 300
    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.

    2021/06/29
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 85 Dollar

    Student: 85 Dollar

    2021/08/15
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 100 Dollar

    2021/08/22
    Final submission deadline

    Standard: 120 Dollar

    Student: 120 Dollar

  • Baltic Film Competition
    Video length :60 - 300
    The Baltic Film Competition presents feature 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.

    2021/06/29
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 85 Dollar

    Student: 85 Dollar

    2021/08/15
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 100 Dollar

    2021/08/22
    Final submission deadline

    Standard: 120 Dollar

    Student: 120 Dollar

  • Non-Competitive Programme
    Video length :60 - 300
    The non-competitive sections showcase new discoveries and a selection of the best picks from other film festivals, with programmes for genre films, documentaries, and themed sections for fashion, sports and more. We accept feature length (60 minutes and over) films from around the world completed after 15th of September 2019. Films eligible for the non-competitive programme are feature length (60 minutes and over) either fiction or documentary from around the world completed after the 15th of September 2017 with a minimum requirement being their Estonian premiere.

    2021/06/29
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 85 Dollar

    Student: 85 Dollar

    2021/08/15
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 100 Dollar

    2021/08/22
    Final submission deadline

    Standard: 120 Dollar

    Student: 120 Dollar

  • Just Film youth and children’s film festival
    Video length :60 - 180
    Just Film youth and children’s film festival。

    2021/06/29
    Regular Deadline

    Standard: 55 Dollar

    Student: 55 Dollar

    2021/08/15
    Extended Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

    2021/08/22
    Final submission deadline

    Standard: 85 Dollar

    Student: 85 Dollar

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