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Final lab of European Genre Forum 2019 opened in Tallinn


At the European Genre Forum Packaging Lab in Tallinn, teams of seven genre films are taking a deeper look at marketing and sales of genre films. The projects will be guided by film professionals from Coffee & Cigarettes, Stray Dogs and ARRI Media. 

The case study focused on the independent production „Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway” by director Miguel Llanso. The film has already gained attention and positive feedback at several festivals for genre films.
Miguel Llanso's second featureJesus Shows You the Way to the Highway” is an absurd sci-fi action-comedy. The project started as no-budget film, and was gradually growing to co-production between Spain, Estonia, Ethiopia, Latvia and Romania. The film was partly financed via crowdfunding. The storyline introduces CIA Agents Palmer and Gagano, who are tasked with the mission of destroying a computer virus called "Soviet Union”. 

Llanso, who is also occupied as an associate professor at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School,  will focus on development and production with limited resources.

The European Genre Forum (EGF) is an annual training programme that sets to boost the careers of future European players in the genre film industry. In 2019 EGF consists of two talent labs – The Producers Lab in Zagreb and The Packaging Lab in Tallinn. At the two-day Packaging Lab in Tallinn teams will focus on developing pitching skills, followed by public pitching at the Industry @ Tallinn & Baltic Event. 

Every year, up to eight films will be selected by the European Genre Forum. The projects participating in this years’ programme include Lemnos (France), Utopya (Switzerland), Tracking: The Cyprus Tiger (Cyprus), Hospice (UK), Mirror of Nightingales (Croatia), Naked Coast (Poland) and Children of the Gods (Serbia). From previous editions of EGF, taking place for the third time, a Finnish project Hatching has reached the production stage and will be finished by 2021.  European Genre Forum is a pan-European project organised by Black Nights Film Festival from Tallinn; Imagine Film Festival from Amsterdam and Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival.

Tallinn Lab is supported by ARRI Media. The call for projects for 2020 will open later in December.

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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film 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 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 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, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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