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First Baltic Competition at Black Night

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First Baltic Competition at Black Night

The main programme of the PÖFF Tallinn Black Night Film Festival (November 28-December 3) is this year introducing the first Baltic Competition of feature films, alongside its main EurAsia competition.

Thirteen Baltic feature, documentary and animation titles will vie for the €5,000 Tridens Baltic Film Award, including Estonian Oscar entry I Was Here [+see also:
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, the multi-awarded Lithuanian film Loss, Three Men and a Fishpond by Latvia’s renowned documentary filmmaker Laila Pakalnina, Life Without Gabrielle Ferri, the animated film by veteran Estonian filmmaker Priit Pärn and upcoming talent Olga Marchencko.

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For the competition’s coordinator Annika Koppel, this new strand is very important because, just like for the rest of Europe, films from neighboring countries find it difficult to travel and, she adds, Estonians see Latvian or Lithuanian films only very rarely.

The main EurAsia programme has 18 films in the running for the €10,000 cash prize from the city of Tallinn, including Michael Winterbottom’s Genova [+see also:
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and Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours [+see also:
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, alongside seven films by first -time directors such as Eva Sørhaug (Cold Lunch [+see also:
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), Steve McQueen (Hunger [+see also:
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), and Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir [+see also:
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).

The EurAsia jury comprises Rain Tolk (the Estonian actor of Autumn Ball [+see also:
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), producer Brian Yuzna (Indonesia), Festroia director Fernando Silva (Portugal), filmmaker Jos Steeling (Netherlands) and director Nana Djorjadze (Georgia).

Other highlights of the 12th PÖFF include a Focus on Turkey, a Nordic Lights sidebar and an overview of the best in contemporary cinema in the Panorama programme. The Baltic Event Co-production Market (November 30-December 3) will present projects from the Baltic countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia, and the latest projects and finished films from the Baltic region.

The festival will open with Happy-Go-Lucky [+see also:
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and close with Pandora’s Box [+see also:
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.

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