Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival was founded in 1997 as Nordic cinema showcase with 25 screened films. Gradually the festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2018 the festival was covered in 78 languages with a potential global media and social media audience of over 1.5 billion people.
As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).
Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival, two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn.
Events in November
- Black Nights Film Festival 15 Nov - 1 Dec, with the international competition programmes running from the 22nd until the 30th of November
- PÖFF Shorts 19 Nov - 27 Nov
- Just Film 15 Nov - 1 Dec
- Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 24 Nov - 29 Nov
Around the Year
- Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival HÕFF - taking place at the end of April in the quaint coastal town of Haapsalu, this is the only purely genre- dedicated film festival in the Baltics.
- Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF – building the biggest open-air cinema in the Tartu Town Hall Square, this is the ultimate summer event for enthusiasts of cinematic love in all forms and shapes.
- Kumu Documentary - free documentary screenings taking place every Wednesday in the Auditorium of the Kumu Art Museum from September until June.