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VIDEO ScreenDaily Talks: Black Nights, Berlin, Rotterdam heads talk winter festival plans

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Speaking on a panel of European winter festival directors during the latest ScreenDaily Talks, Berlin International Film Festival executive director Mariette Rissenbeek revealed submissions of features for were up 5% on last year but that Covid-19 safety rules would impact the number of titles they would select.

Rissenbeek was joined by Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marge Liiske, director of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

Lokk, who launched a physical edition of Tallinn Black Nights last Friday, said: “For me, philosophically, it’s very important right now to run the festival. I do hope that I can run it successfully to the end because it’s a sign to society that… we don’t have to hide ourselves under a blanket and think about Covid. We need to learn to live with this Covid.”

As countries across Europe continue to tackle second spikes in cases of the virus, the directors of the three European winter festivals share details of the challenges around putting Covid-19 safety measures in place and the hybrid physical and virtual models they are using. They also discuss their strategies for retaining strong bonds with local audiences and international industry; the advantages and disadvantages of mounting a hybrid event; and the wider questions being posed to the industry this year around distribution, cinemas, audiences, the role of festivals and independent arthouse production. The speakers are Tiina Lokk, director of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; Mariette Rissenbeek, executive director of the Berlin International Film Festival; Vanja Kaludjercic, director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); and Marge Liiske, director of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event. The moderator is Screen International editor Matt Mueller.

 

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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.


DATES IN NOVEMBER
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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