Black Nights Stars
Black Nights Stars
Creative Gate presents: 

Black Nights Stars
(formerly Screen Stars Tallinn) is the joint initiative of Black Nights Film Festival and Creative Gate Development Centre for Creative Industries, designed to help young actors from the Baltic Sea region to promote themselves outside their home territory, connect with international film professionals, and acquire practical skills needed in their future international career. The first edition Screen Stars Tallinn took place in 2017, the second edition between November 26-28, 2018. 

The programme consists of a variety of events: masterclasses, meetings, presentations, and networking events. Black Nights Stars programme 2018 focused on the casting process: how the industry had changed, what were the growing opportunities for actors to be discovered, and discussed the shifting focus from film to TV.

Highlighting the emerging talent, Black Nights Stars’ selection of five young actors and actresses is based on their first feature films and TV roles. During the programme, selected talents participate in a three-day lab and showcase programme as well as several workshops, panel talks, meetings, presentations, and industry networking events.

The Black Nights Stars actors’ programme is presented by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund via Enterprise Estonia and the Creative Industries’ Development Centre Creative Gate. 

The event is inspired by the European Shooting Stars programme organised by European Film Promotion since 1998. European Shooting Stars takes place annually at the Berlin International Film Festival and introduces the ten best up-and-coming acting talents from throughout Europe to industry, press and public.

Actors Panel Discussions event on Facebook.
2018 Black Nights Stars participants

Emma Marrott (Denmark)Photo: Panorama Agency
Liis Lass (Estonia)
Photo: Maiken Staak
Pääru Oja (Estonia)
Photo: Maksim Mjodov
Agnese Cīrule (Latvia)
Satu Tuuli Karhu (Finland)
Photo: Janna Räsänen

+ Best Young Estonian Actor Award winner
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival gives out the Best Young Estonian Actor Award, named after Estonian-Polish film actor and singer Bruno O’Ya, the 2018 winner also joined the five actors for the event. 2018 award winner was Ester Kuntu (Estonia).

Ester Kuntu (Estonia)
The 2018 jury
  • Matt Mueller – editor (Screen International)
  • Katrin Kissa – Estonian film producer (November, The Temptation of St. Tony, Autumn Ball)
  • Rain Tolk – former European Shooting Star, director, writer and actor (A Man Who Looks Like Me, Autumn Ball)
  • Jeremy Zimmerman – UK- and USA-based casting director (Moon, Hellboy, Willow, Keeping Mum)
  • Claudia Landsberger – creative producer

Jeremy Zimmermann (casting director, Jeremy Zimmermann Casting, UK)
Anastasia Smekalova (freelance casting director for international feature film productions, Russia/Germany)
Georg Georgi (agent, Das Imperium Talent Agency, Germany)
Raakel Huikuri (agent, Lisa Richards Nordic, Finland)
Robin Hudson and Julie Gordon (agents, Olivia Bell Management, UK)
Joseph White (producer, Marvel Television, SingularDTV, USA)


November 26, 2018
11:00-14:30 Photo shoot with the Black Nights Stars (closed event)
15:00-17:00 Black Nights Stars one-on-one meetings with agents/casting directors (closed event)
18:00 Opening Dinner (closed event)

November 27, 2018
10:00-13:00 Script reading masterclass for the Black Nights Stars 2018 (closed event)
09:30-12:15 “Audition simulation” with Estonian actors (possible to attend only upon prior registration)
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-13:45 “Audition simulation” with Estonian actors continues
14:00-15:00 Screen International Industry Talks with Tom Grater
*open event for press, industry and festival guests
Location: Restaurant R14 / II floor
16:00-17:30 Panel discussion - Casting process – the do’s, don’ts and how to’s – moderated by Claudia Landsberger
With these 90 minutes we are going through the full vocabulary of “casting”. Talking about the process of casting, the do’s and don’ts, headshots and show reels, self tapes, auditions, agents and casting directors, we’ll probably cover a lot more but just to name a few. It’s very likely by the end of this panel everyone’s vocabulary contains some new, casting related terms.
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus
*open panel for Industry and festival guests with badges, tickets

November 28, 2018
10:00-12:00 Black Nights Stars Script reading – presentation
Location: Agency Icon (www.agencyicon.ee)
*open event for industry and festival guests
12:00-13:00 Lunch
15:30-17:00 Panel discussion – “Shifting focus - from Film to TV” moderated by Claudia Landsberger
During the past years TV has made a strong move to becoming the leading medium when it comes to Film vs. TV. Both of the mediums have evolved dramatically and along the way created a lot more possibilities but also challenges for creative minds. Analyzing the topic from actors point of view – where is the industry headed? Will there be more possibilities to get roles? What will the shifting focus change for the process of casting, if anything at all?
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum room Arcturus
*open panel for Industry and festival guests with badges, tickets
18:00 Evening event/cocktail

Read more about 2017 participants.