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Black Nights Stars
Black Nights Stars 2nd edition: November 26–28
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 will take place between November 26-28 during the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event this year. 

The programme consists of a variety of events: masterclasses, meetings, presentations, and networking events. This year’s Black Nights Stars programme focuses on the casting process: it looks at how the industry has changed, what are the growing opportunities for actors to be discovered, and discusses the shifting focus from film to TV.

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.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: Atte Mäläskä


+ 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 will also join the five actors for the event.

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


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 will participate in a three-day lab and showcase programme as well as several workshops, panel talks, meetings, presentations, and industry networking events.


Read more about 2017 participants.