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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to introduce the DDA Spotlight Award


In timing with the 50th anniversary of the global entertainment communications company DDA, Tallinn Black Nights will introduce a new award honouring an artist or filmmaker whose recent work takes a concerted step forward in improving diversity and inclusion in the film industry and cinema culture.

With the introduction of this award, Tallinn Black Nights celebrates the anniversary of the DDA Group, launched in 1970 by Dennis Davidson and Michael Dalling. The relationship between Tallinn Black Nights and DDA is longstanding. In recent years, Davidson served as the head of the jury of the Official Selection – Competition in 2017 and returned most recently in 2019 with Russian auteur Andrei Konchalovsky, who received the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award and presented his opus, IL PECCATO (SIN).

Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights commented: ’It is a great privilege to create this award with our friends at DDA. Their history in shining a spotlight on films with a strong social statement fits with our overall purpose, as the Festival provides a platform for such films from all over the world. Creative bravery is something the festival has always admired in filmmakers!’

Dennis Davidson responded, ‘On behalf of DDA, I am humbled by this incredible opportunity to present an annual award at such a prestigious Festival and I am looking forward to returning to Tallinn next month. As I have experienced, Black Nights occupies an important spot in the global film calendar and has the foremost footprint across Northern Europe and adjacent countries. I am looking forward to this collaboration and to helping honour deserving artists and filmmakers from around the world.’

The recipient of the award will be announced in November, prior to the festival.

Interview with Dennis Davidson by Bruno Chatelin

The 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will run from the 13th until the 29th of November.


Photo : 2017 PÖFF Award Ceremony, head of Jury Dennis Davidson (center), festival director Tiina Lokk (right). Photo by Aron Urb




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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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