The 19th annual Black Nights Festival opens in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, today.
Known locally as PÖFF, Black Nights is the only film festival in the Baltic/Nordic region with an international film competition programme recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF), a status enjoyed by only 14 other festivals, including Berlin, Cannes and Venice.
The Main Competition lineup is made up of 18 films, many of which will have their European or even world premier at Black Nights. Among the new east productions taking part are the Georgian/Russian co-production The Summer of Frozen Fountains, directed by Vano Burduli and The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and his Son, co-produced by Bulgaria, Sweden and the Netherlands and directed by Bulgarian Iglika Triffonova.
The festival will also include this year the first Tridens First Features Competition, which will showcase 14 films by debut directors. In addition, the Tridens Estonian Film Competition will present the best in local film.
The Black Nights Film Festival will take place from 13 – 29 November. A full programme can be found on the festival’s website.