Industry is in full swing!
November 26, 2018

Starting today and running until November 30, this year's Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event offers an exciting selection of public (and semi-public) presentations, conference and panel programmes on film marketing and distribution and several workshops. All this in the spirit of the latest topics relevant to film industry today!

Weekend with TV, Music and Film

TV Beats Forum took place before the official start of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event on November 23rd, 2018, where world-class TV industry professionals shared their valuable experience and discussed the main principles of building a successful TV production industry ecosystem. Click here to see the photo gallery.

Last weekend, Music Meets Film invited film industry professionals to Tallinn to tackle creative collaboration between directors, composers and editors, and the fine art of scoring for films and trailers. Discover the photo galleries: day 1, day 2 and day 3 in Arvo Pärt Centre. 

Save the dates! 

  • Anton Dolin's Seminar on Film Festivals, 26.11

    Anton Dolin, one of the most famous film critics and journalists in Russia, will share the latest highlights and tendencies in film production and at festivals today, November 26 at 18:00 at Nordic Hotel Forum, room Sirius. Registration required, to register click here.

    18:00 – 20:00 Film Production and the Future of Film Festivals 
    What is actually going on in the film and festival industries and in what direction exactly are we moving? The interactive seminar is targeted at professionals as well as a wider audience interested in the latest trends.

    Anton Dolin is a Russian journalist, film critic and presenter on radio stations Mayak and Vesti FM, as well as a film commentator on Russia’s most popular late-night show «Vecherniy Urgant» on Channel One. Since June 2017, he is the Editor-in-Chief of «Iskusstvo kino» magazine.

  • Black Nights Stars, 26–28.11

    Black Nights Stars (formerly Screen Stars Tallinn) is 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. 

    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 programme consists of a variety of events: masterclasses, meetings, presentations, and networking events. 

    All Industry guests are invited to attend open events that take place on November 27: Black Nights Stars Press and Industry talks with The Screen International and Panel discussion on the casting processes with Claudia Landsberger. More information about the programme here.

  • Baltic Preview, 26–27.11

    Joint initiative of Creative Gate, Baltic Preview is a networking event for film professionals within the framework of PÖFF Shorts and Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, initiated and coordinated by the Estonian Short Film Centre. The goal of the event is to showcase short films from the Baltic countries and facilitate their co-production and distribution at an international level.

    Baltic Preview first showcase "Together is Better", Meet the Experts and Projects takes place today, November 26 at 12.00-17.30 at Coca-Cola Plaza (attendance by invitation only). It is followed tomorrow by "Ready to Be Launched" at 12.00–17.30 at Coca-Cola Plaza (A le Coq Suite) – limited seats, register to attend: bp@shortest.eu

    During the 2-day event new short films and works in progress will be showcased from Baltic countries to invited guests – international programmers, buyers and distributors and organise roundtables to discuss short film production, distribution and financing strategies to share experience.  More information here


    Tuesday, November 27 from 11.00 to 11.45, Nordic Hotel Forum, Capella

    This past year, the international film festival circuit has been taken by storm by a tectonic shift in the film industry that has ushered in movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp where feminism, sexism, gender equality and the lack of opportunities for female filmmakers are being questioned and women are pushing for change. Initiatives such as the 50/50 by 2020 campaign are the result of this revolution and film festivals around the world are signing gender equality charts and pledges in an attempt to achieve equality in the film business. But what is the situation in the Baltic countries? The Black Nights Film Festival investigates the case through an informal discussion with several film industry movers and shakers from both the Baltics, Western Europe, and Japan.

    Participants in the discussion:
    Estonia: Liisa-Ly Pakosta (Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Officer), Tiina Lokk-Tramberg (Director of the Black Nights Film Festival)
    Latvia: Dita Rietuma (Director of the Latvian National Film Center), Marta Romanova-Jēkabsone (film producer)
    Lithuania: Marija Kavtaradze (film director), Edvinas Pukšta (festival programmer)
    Japan: Emi Ueyama (film producer and journalist)
    Germany: Christoph Gröner (Munich Film Festival)

    Moderated by Tara Karajica,
    Founding editor
    Fade to Her, a magazine for and about women in Film

  • Black Catwalk, 27.11

    On November 27 starting at 19.00, PÖFF, one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe, invites filmmakers, fashion lovers, and art enthusiasts to witness the birth of the renewed fashion event PÖFF: Black Catwalk. 

    This year’s show is titled "Talk to Me, I’m Watching". On one hand, the focus of the show is on costume design and young Estonian designers, on the other hand, the artistic production plays a key role in the concept of the event. "Talk to Me, I’m Watching" is a melting pot of film, fashion, and movement, being an ode to all the above-mentioned art forms. The event will take place at HALL, an electronic music and visual arts club. Click here to read more.

  • Press and Industry Screenings, 23.11–29.11

    The Press & Industry screenings are showcasing films participating in the various competition programmes of the festival or have their world premiere in the non-competitive sections. In addition, the programme includes some market screenings that are not related to the festival’s programme.

    The Press & Industry screenings are reserved for the PRESS and INDUSTRY / INDUSTRY + FESTIVAL badge holders of the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the 2018 edition of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event. You will find the daily screenings programme also in the Industry catalogue or on Industry webpage

  • European Genre Forum, 26.11–30.11

    The finale of the European Genre Forum annual cycle Sales and Marketing lab in Tallinn starts off today and runs until November 30. The Sales and Marketing Lab will finish with the long-awaited Final Pitch of the eight fresh and exciting projects from the participants of EGF 2018 training cycle on November 29. 

    The EGF Sales and Marketing Lab in Tallinn will feature extensive pitch training workshop by acclaimed pitch trainer Sibylle Kurz. Special sessions are focusing on topics connected to the sales & marketing of projects, including how to create an attractive project package, understanding monetisation, deals and dynamics of digital distribution. Read more here.

    In the framework of European Genre Forum, all Industry guests who don’t have an invitation to another event, are invited to attend: The Welcome drinks and Storytek pitching night today, November 26 at 19:00-21:00 in Storytek Hub Conference Room, Parda 6, 4th Floor.

  • Baltic Event and International Works in Progress screenings, 28.11

    19 films in production or post-production looking for sales agents or festivals for international premieres will be presented at the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event Work in Progress sessions on November 28. Learn more about this year's International and Baltic Event projects here

  • Script Pool Tallinn Public Pitch (open to all Industry guests), 29.11

    Script Pool Tallinn is a script competition launched at Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2017 with the aim of gathering talented scriptwriters with producers attached, in order to provide them support enhancing the script and maximizing therefore its production and distribution potential. 

    The main award of 5000 Euro prize by our partner, leading international sales & distribution company Global Screen GmbH* is given to one of the five writer-producer teams invited to Tallinn.  The public pitch, open to all the attending industry professionals, takes place on November 29, 2018. Read more about this year's projects and jury.

  • POWR Baltic Stories Exchange Public Pitch (open to all Industry guests), 29.11 

    POWR Baltic Stories Exchange trains writers to deliver a good pitch and find a producer at the public project presentation as well as get industry feedback through pre-arranged POWR Meetings with carefully selected Baltic Event participants. Six screenplays in the early stages of development from the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as the Focus Country will be selected. The workshop is organised by Baltic Event in collaboration with the region’s Creative Europe MEDIA Desks and TorinoFilmLab.

    This year, POWR is partnering up with In Focus, a Finnish initiative aimed at female filmmakers that provides an incubator to support four film- or TV projects to cross the bridge from script to production stage. The initiative is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. In Focus will pitch their projects in collaboration with POWR. Selected scriptwriters will present their projects on the 29th of November. Read more about this year's projects.

  • European Film Forum Conference "Creativity, Technology, Finance: Sustaining European Diversity post-2020", 30.11

    Drawing from the successful Estonian EU presidency conference in 2018, the European Film Forum Tallinn 2018 serves as a discussion forum between creatives, technologists, investors, and policymakers to provide input into the agenda of the Creative Europe MEDIA program post-2020 and brainstorm how Europe’s audiovisual industry can innovate in the global competition.

    Expect keynote’s from leaders from film, television, gaming, festivals, deep technology, robotics blockchain & policymaking plus high intensity debates where Europe should set its priorities for the upcoming decade.
    Click here to read more and register for free. 

And much more to discover: 

  • various conference and panel programmes on film marketing and distribution,
  • talent development labs, project presentations: Script Pool, POWR Baltic Stories Exchange and European Genre Forum Pitch,
  • as well as the fully fledged Co-Production market with tailor made programs for participating producers and co-production partners
  • and various parties around the town.

Useful Tip!
To have a look at the full programme, scroll down or click "Programme" in the upper right menu. Browse through the sessions and don't forget to use the all new feature 'Add to Calendar'. This will help you save interesting sessions and create your own personal schedule without missing any important event. The feature is compatible with Google, Apple, Outlook and Yahoo calendars.

Accreditation and Badges
Festival + Industry Badge gives you the right to claim a single ticket (valid with badge) for any of the screenings of the festival main programme, Just Film and PÖFF Shorts when there are vacant seats. You can claim four tickets a day, with a maximum of 40 tickets. You have also the right to enter the festival's screenings without a ticket not before 5 minutes before the screening starts when there are vacant seats. And of course, it reserves you access to Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 2018.

Previous Works on Festival Scope Pro
In the framework of Baltic Event’s continuing collaboration with Festival Scope Pro, all the industry guests are able to watch the previous works of directors, whose projects are presented at the Co-Production Market.