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PÖFF Youth and Children's Film Festival Just Film unveils record-breaking film programme


The 23rd edition of Just Film, the youth and children's film festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) announced this year's film programme, showcasing 11 premieres. In a celebration of cinematic diversity, a total of 52 exceptional films will be showcased across various captivating programmes, offering a rich tapestry of storytelling and entertainment for every attendee. 

11 films will be competing in the international children's film competition programme, including the Estonian children's film “Totally Boss” (Dir: Ingomar Vihmar). The international youth film competition programme includes 13 features, which are evaluated not only by the youth jury but also by a three-member international jury. The youth film competition juries will give out the Just Film Grand Prix, a grant of 3000 Euros.

The programme will bring discoveries from Australia, Canada, the United States, and Israel. Five of these films will have their world premieres, six will have their international premieres, and twenty-three will have their Baltic premieres.

Mikk Granström, the dedicated Just Film programme director, expressed his enthusiasm for this year's unique offerings, stating, "This year marks an unprecedented number of premieres in the festival's history. It means that Just Film visitors have a special opportunity to be among the first in the world to see these new films. Additionally, we have, for the first time, an international competition program for juniors, featuring five full-length films. There should be plenty of discovery and joy for every age group in November."

Intriguingly, this year's Just Film program is not limited to traditional screenings. It is structured to include specialized segments devoted to children's, junior, and youth films, as well as documentaries and children’s rights. Additionally, two special programmes are featured: #youngfilmmaker, showcasing films made by young Estonian filmmakers, and Just Film x School Dance, presenting dance films created with the participation of young dancers.

A noteworthy addition to this year's festival is the Just Film Industry Days, a two-day event designed to offer educational talks and workshops tailored to the youth and children's film industry. This initiative caters to film professionals, industry experts, educators, and students eager to explore the creative possibilities of cinema for young audiences.

One particularly innovative aspect of this year's festival is the class jury, selected through a competitive process that invited 5th to 12th-grade classes from across Estonia to participate. Comprising students from these grades along with their instructor, the class jury will operate alongside the official Just Film jury and present a special award.

Just Film takes place from November 3rd to November 19th 2023. The festival screens approximately 50 films each year, and with its audience size, Just Film has become one of Estonia's largest events for children and youth, attracting nearly 20,000 film enthusiasts.


The International Youth Film Competition Programme Features

Light Light Light
Finland, 2023
Rež: Inari Niemi
World Premiere

Italy, 2023    
Rež: Tiziano Russo
Regional Premiere

Under the Naked Sky    
Holland/Belgium, 2023    
Rež: Lilian Sijbesma
International Premiere 

My Summer with the Shark    
Italy, 2023
Rež: David Gentile
Estonian Premiere 

I Don't Love You Anymore    
Czech Rebublic, 2023    
Rež: Zdeněk Jiráský
Estonian Premiere 

Bulgaria, 2023
Rež: Yana Titova
Regional Premiere

Sweet Sorrow    
Serbia/Croatia, 2023    
Rež: Kosta Đorđević
World Premiere

Spain, 2023
Rež: Àlex Mañas
World Premiere

Bonus Track    
UK, 2023
Rež: Julia Jackman
International Premiere 

No Way Home    
UK, 2023
Rež: Yousaf Ali Khan
World Premiere

Rumenia/Bulgaria/Serbia, 2023
Rež: Ana Maria Comanescu
International Premiere 

Silver and the Book of Dreams    
Germany, 2023    
Rež: Helena Hufnagel
World Premiere

Belgium/Holland, 2023    
Rež: Koen Mortier
World Premiere



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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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