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Competitions and programs

 18th TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

November 14th – November 30th, 2014

Regulations

 

SUMMARY

In detail

 

1.1 The International competition

1.2 Tridens film competition

1.3 Tridens Estonian Film Award

1.4 The North American competition - independent feature film competition

1.5 Non-competitive section

1.6 Additional Info

1.7 Programming

1.8 Additional awards for full-length films

1.9 Technical Requirements for DCPs, 35mm prints, and HDCAM formats

1.10 Shipping of the film screening copies, screeners and other materials

2. Sub-festivals

2.1 Children‘s and Youth Film Festival Just Film (14 - 23 November 2014)

2.2. Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (19 - 23 November 2014)

2.3. Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers (18 - 22 November 2014)

3. Film industry events

3.1 Industry @ Tallinn (24 - 28 November 2014)

3.2 Baltic Event Co-Production market (24 - 28 November 2014)

Summary

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF, original name: Tallinna Pimedate ÖödeFilmifestival) is an international festival that includes an international competition for feature length films and competitive specialised sections. PÖFF aims to present a comprehensive selection of the world cinema in all its diversity with the emphasis on European films.

PÖFF is organized by the non-profit association Black Nights Film Festival (original name: MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival), located at Telliskivi 60A, 10412, Tallinn, Estonia, phone: +372 631 4640, fax: +372 631 4644, e-mail: filmrights[at]poff.ee, internet: www.blacknightsfilmfestival.com/eng

PÖFF is recognized by FIAPF as a non-specialised competitive festival.

The 18th edition of PÖFF will be held from November 14th – November 30th, 2014 in Tallinn and Tartu with touring programme screenings in other Estonian towns.

The 18th PÖFF submissions are expected in the following categories.

To submit a film please go to the following link: http://vp.eventival.eu/poff/18-new

1. Black Nights Film Festival main programme (14 November - 30 November 2014)

1.1 The International competition, opened to feature length films produced worldwide after 15 September, 2013 and which have not been screened in the Baltic region as a minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.
The Producer and the Director of the Grand Prix will equally share a € 10,000 cash award. The International Competition also includes other monetary prizes

1.2 The regional competition – Tridens film competition

Feature length films from Baltic Sea countries produced after 15 September, 2013, which have not been screened in the Baltic region as a minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.

1.3 - The North American competition - independent feature film competition

Feature length films from Canada and US produced after 15 September, 2013.

1.4 Non-competitive sections

1.4.1 Feature length films premiered after 15 September 2013

2. Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film (14 November – 23 November 2014)

3. Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (19 – 23 November 2014)

4. Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers (18 - 22 November 2014)

5. Film Industry Events Industry @ Tallinn & Baltic Event (24 – 28 November 2014)

Industry@Tallinn - is the key industry gathering & international cinema and audiovisual market in the winter season bringing together Asia & America with Europe, Scandinavia & Baltics. The goal of Industry @ Tallinn is to increase audiovisual cooperation at the Eastern border of European Union (EU) and Nordic countries, but also to give filmmakers a visibility and access to the bigger audiovisual markets and know how around the world. The events include inspirational seminars and talks, events for co-production, funding, sales and trainings.

Combining Black Nights Industry Talks with Baltic Event co-production market, the industry program networks more than 400 film professionals from more than 30 countries across the world.

Industry@Tallinn (24 - 28 November 2014) , Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn
http: //www.industrytallinn.com

Baltic Event (24 - 28 November 2014) , Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn
http://be.poff.ee/

In detail

1. Black Nights Film Festival main programme takes place from 14 November to 30 November, 2014 and consists of:

1.1 International competition
Feature length films produced worldwide after 15 September, 2013 and which have not been screened in the Baltic region as a minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.

Awards:

Grand Prix for the Best Film (Wolf statuette and Scholarship of 10.000 euros, equally shared by the Director and Producer)
Wolf for the Best Cinematography
Wolf for Special Jury Prize
Wolf to the Best Director
Wolf to the Best Actor
Wolf to the Best Actress

Eligible films must be:

feature lenght (+60 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
premiered after 15 September, 2013;
screened exclusively in DCP or HDCAM format;
with English subtitles if text spoken is not in English or native English;
Baltic premiere as minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.

1.2 Tridens film competition
Feature length films and co-productions from Baltic Sea countries premiered after 15 September, 2013

Awards:

Tridens Award for the Best Film (Wolf and scholarship of 5 000 Euros, equally shared by the director and Producer)
Special Award
Best Cinematography (Wolf)


Eligible films must be:

feature -length (+60 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
first or second debut film or co-production from Baltic Sea and Nordic countries;
completed after 15 September 2013;
screened exclusively in DCP or HDCAM format;
with English subtitles if text spoken is not in English or native English;Baltic premiere as minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.

 

1.3 Tridens Estonian Film Award

Awards: 

Wolf statuette and scholarship of 3 200 Euros, equally shared by the Director and Producer

Eligible films must be:

feature -length (+60 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
Estonian production or co-production;
completed after 15 September 2013;
screened in exclusively DCP or HDCAM format;
with English subtitles if text spoken is not in English or native English.

 

1.4 The North American competition - independent feature film competition

Prize: Wolf statuette

Eligible films must be:

feature-length (+60 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
Canadian or US production or co-production;
completed after 15 September 2013;
screened in exclusively in DCP or HDCAM format;
with English subtitles, if not in English;
Baltic premiere as minimum. Priority will be given to films with world / international / European premiere.


1.5 Non-competitive section
Films not confirmed for the competition sections can be invited to non-competitive sections. There are no geographic restrictions for films in non-competitive sections.

Eligible films must be:

feature-length (+60 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
premiered after 1 January 2013;
screened in DCP or 35mm. Films on DVD or Blue Ray discs are not eligible.
with English subtitles, if not in English;
Estonian premieres.


1.6 Additional Info

The deadline for submissions is 1 September 2014.

The film submitter acknowledges that by the deadline:

the online entry form has been filled and submitted at http://vp.eventival.eu/poff/18-new
the screener (DVD) with English subtitles of the submitted film has arrived at the festival office / or a screening link with non-expiry date has been sent to the the rights department at filmrights@poff.ee
additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film) has to be sent to the festival office on CD or memory drive, or electronically to filmrights@poff.ee

Please note that “selected status” in the online submission system (Eventival) does not guarantee confirmation to the festival programming due to fee, print and rights availability at Estonian territory.

When a film is confirmed to to a competition programme, the following materials have to be provided to the festival by 15 October 2014:
trailer of the film (30 to 60 sec) either on DVD or online with the non-expiring link e-mailed to filmrights@poff.ee
translation materials (dialogue lists in original language and in English, spotting list, screener) e-mailed to filmrights@poff.ee
posters sent by priority mail to festival office
other promotional materials (if available) sent by priority mail to festival office 
permission to include the screener in our video library for jury and accredited industry members (restricted access)

To ensure the highest quality of presentation of films in competitions, all screening copies must be in 35mm, DCP or HDCAM format with competition-appropriate quality and soundtrack and English subtitles. Please note that damaged or dubbed copies, non compatible DCPs, files on broken hard drives as well as consumer formats are not permitted in competition. 

The festival reserves the right to demand screening copies of competition films free of charge including alternative keys to DCP copies or new DCP packages if quality standards are not being met such could be a case with missing subtitles or wrong soundtracks.

Thus, the festival has the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film in the competitions if above-mentioned guidelines are not being strictly followed. 

The Festival director appoints at least five members of the International Hury for the International Competition and at least three members for other competition programmes. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any of the films in the competition.

When the film is selected for the competition program, the festival will invite the Director (or, if unavailable, another filmmaker) to present the film. When the film is selected to any program in the non-competitive section, the festival may invite the filmmakers or members of the cast to present the film. Detailed terms and conditions will be included in official invitation.

1.7 Programming

The programming committee, presided by the Festival Director, selects the films for the competitions. The committee also determines the programme schedule and sets the screening order for all films. Each film may be screened up to four times during the Festival, including touring screenings but excluding press screenings. Exact number of screenings is confirmed beforehand with each participant or film representative.

If the submitted film is selected, the Festival will inform the submitter by the latest of 1 October, 2014. Selected film can be withdrawn until 7 October, 2014. 
No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible submitter.

The invoices for the film rights or print loans should be issued and delivered for payments no later than three months after the end of the festival. The festival does not accept or reimburse invoices issued after that date.

1.8 Additional awards for full-length films

Festival Award with Wolf statuette:
Lifetime Achievement Award to the national or foreign filmmaker/film professional by the Festival in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Estonia.

Awards (Diploma) by independent juries, presented at the Official Award Ceremony:

Audience Award for a feature film from any festival section (with cash scholarship of 2.000 euros for the Director);

Don Quijote Award for the Best film by the Jury of the International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) for a film in the international competition;

Best Asian film by the NETPAC Jury for an Asian feature film from any festival section;

Critics` Award, by the jury of International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for a feature film from Tridens Herring feature film competition.
 

1.9 Technical Requirements for DCPs, 35mm prints, and HDCAM formats

DCPs have to be provided either as Interop with subtitles burned in or STMP with subtitle track.

In case of SMTP DCPs a separate spotting list has to be provided to avoid possible projection issues due to incompatibilities between certain DCP servers and projectors.

DCPs have to be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives. Files on broken, consumer grade hard drives, memory sticks, or download formats are not permitted and the festival has the right to demand new copies as well as KDMs free of charge for damaged and non working DCP packages.

The filmmaker or film representative has to provide appropriate KDMs for original language soundtrack and English subtitle tracks at least 72 hours prior to screenings. If the festival is provided with broken or wrongly assigned KDMs, appropriate new KDMs must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative for the minimum of competition entries.

Films submitted on HDCAM must follow standard HDCAM format with clear markings on frame rate, aspect ratio and sound format on all labelling and packaging.

Films on HDCAM SR format are not permitted and eligible for competition and programming screenings.

Films on 35mm film prints must be in adequate projection quality, scratch and dust free as well as shipped with clear markings of frame rate, aspect ratio, sound format, and reel numbers. Submitted copies are allowed to be projected from platter-based projection system.

Each competition film must be equipped with a Blu Ray or HDCAM backup copy to ensure the smooth scheduling of competition entries. These backup copies must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative.

If above mentioned terms are not met, the festival has the right to refuse or withdraw the films from competitions and / or programme.

1.10 Shipping of the film screening copies, screeners and other materials

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. 
Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters expense. All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone and Festival address:

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Attn: Programming
Telliskivi 60A
Tallinn 10412, Estonia

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies (DCP, HDCAM or 35 mm film prints or any other broadcast video material) to the festival are paid by the Festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative.
The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. 
The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

2. Sub-festivals

2.1 Children‘s and Youth Film Festival Just Film (14 - 23 November 2014)

International Competition programme of feature films for children;
International Competition programme of feature films for young people;
Non-competitive informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

Eligible films must be:

full-length (+60 min) films: fiction or documentary;
premiered after 1 January, 2013;
screened in DCP, HDCAM, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm formats , other formats only upon request;
in English or with English subtitles;
Estonian premieres (not required for national submissions).

Film Submission

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2014.

By the submissions deadline online entry form must be completed at http://poff.blackmarketonline.eu/form/
Additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of Athe film) on CD or electronically to justfilm[at]poff.ee and a preview screener copy (DVD) with English subtitles must have arrived at the festival office:

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival/Justfilm
Telliskivi 60A
10412 
Tallinn
Estonia

The Festival Director has the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations.

Films in competition may be presented in PÖFF main programme non-competitive section and touring screenings after Just Film.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the submitter or film representative by 26 October, 2014.

No selected film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival may invite members of the cast and/or crew of any film in any section providing the travel, accommodation and/or festival accreditation.

Awards and Juries

Domestic Children’s Jury consisting of five members will choose the Best Children's film. 
International Jury consisting of five members will choose the Best Youth film. 
Both juries may award up to two Special Mentions for various achievements.

Audience award for the best film is chosen from all films.

Shipping and Handling of screening copies

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. 
Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters expense. All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone and Festival address:

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 
Attn: Justfilm
Telliskivi 60A
Tallinn 10412, Estonia

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies (DCP, HDCAM or 35mm film prints or any other broadcast video material) to the festival are paid by the Festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative.
The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. 
The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

www.justfilm.ee

2.2. Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (19 - 23 November 2014) 

International competition programme of short and medium-length animated films
Non-competitive informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations
Full-length animation programme

Eligible films must be:

short and medium-length (-45 min) animated films;
premiered after 1 January, 2013
screened in 35 mm, HDCAM, DigiBeta, DCP, DVD, Digital File or Blu-ray;
with English subtitles, if not in English.

Film submission:

The deadline for entries is August 15, 2014. 
By the submissions deadline online entry form must be completed at http://poff.blackmarketonline.eu/form/
Additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of Athe film) on CD or electronically to justfilm[at]poff.ee and a preview screener copy (DVD) with English subtitles must have arrived at the festival office: 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival/Animated Dreams 
Telliskivi 60A
10412 
Tallinn
Estonia


The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the submitter or film representative by October, 2014. 
No selected films may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible submitter.

Awards and Juries

The head of the festival appoints at least three members of the international jury. 
No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

Awards

Grand Prix "Wooden Wolf" for the Best Film; 
Prize for the Best Story; 
Prize for the Best Design;
Additional prizes
The international jury is issues up to three Special Mentions for various achievements.

Shipping and Handling of screening copies

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. 
Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters expense. All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone and Festival address:

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies (DCP, HDCAM or 35mm film prints or any other broadcast video material) to the festival are paid by the Festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative.
The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. 
The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

www.anima.ee

2.3. Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers


International Competition programme of short and medium-length films made by film or media students;
International Competition programme of short and medium-length films;
International Competition programme of short and medium-length from countries from the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden);
National Competition programme of Estonian short and medium-length films;
Non-competitive film programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

The sections at which films will be screened will be decided by the Festival Director and the programming team. Submitter or film representative will be notified in which competitive or noncompetitive section the film will be screened.

Eligible films must be:

short and medium-length (-45 min) films: fiction, documentary or experimental
films submitted for the international student competition, must be directed by a film or media student;
premiered after 1 January, 2013 to be eligible for international student, short and Baltic Sea festival competitions
both professional and student films will be considered for inclusion in the Baltic Sea International and Estonian National competition;
premiered after 1 January 2014 to be eligible for the Estonian National competition;
screened in DCP, Blu-ray, file (prores .avi, .mov, mp4 with minimum resolution 1920x1080 dpi) formats;
With English subtitles, if not in English.

Film Submission

The deadline for submissions is 5 September 2014.

The completed entry form (poff.blackmarketonline.eu/form), including additional materials and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. 

By the submissions deadline online entry form must be completed at http://poff.blackmarketonline.eu/form/
Additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film) on CD or electronically to justfilm[at]poff.ee and a preview screener copy (DVD) with English subtitles must have arrived at the festival office or provided by e-mail to sleepwalkers[at]poff.ee: 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival/Sleepwalkers
Telliskivi 60A
10412 
Tallinn
Estonia

Please note that any links to a film sent electronically must be accompanied by a full entry form.

Films that have been selected to the festival will be informed by the end of October 2014.

No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible submitter.

Awards and Juries

Awards and Juries will be announced by the Festival Director during the opening press conference of the Festival. 

Shipping and Handling of screening copies
All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. 
Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitters expense. All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitters name, return address and telephone and Festival address:

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies (DCP, HDCAM or 35mm film prints or any other broadcast video material) to the festival are paid by the Festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative.
The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative. 
The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

www.swff.ee


3. Film industry events

3.1 Industry @ Tallinn (24 - 28 November 2014)

Industry@Tallinn - is the key industry gathering & international cinema and audiovisual market in the winter season bringing together Asia & America with Europe, Scandinavia & Baltics. 
The goal of Industry @ Tallinn is to increase audiovisual cooperation at the Eastern border of European Union (EU) and Nordic countries, but also to give filmmakers a visibility and access to the bigger audiovisual markets and know how around the world. 
The events include inspirational seminars and talks with industry leaders, workshops and training sessions, country and thematic showcases, as well as events tailored for the promotion of regional audiovisual services and talents:
five days of effective networking with some 400+ North-Eastern European, Baltic, Scandinavian and CIS peers and film industry leaders from the US and Asia;
inspirational panels, talks and discussions with people who define today’s filmmaking from Europe, Asia and the US, from co-production, policy-making to post-production;
Estonian locations, music and post-production showcases outlining local possibilities for co-production, and production servicing.

www.industrytallinn.com


3.2 Baltic Event Co-Production market (24 - 28 November 2014)

Baltic Event co-production market is organized by non profit association MTÜ Baltic Event.
BE Co-production market has presented a grand total of 102 projects since its launch in 2005. 36 of these projects have been completed and dozens are still on the road of development or various stages of production. Over the years, our projects have enjoyed notable success at international film festivals and the box office.

BE Market Screenings presents the newest features from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland to international TV and film professionals – sales agents, distributors, TV buyers and festival representatives are invited to discover the freshest film production in the region!

BE Coming Soon programme screens trailers of Baltic and Finnish film projects in post-production with the aim of bringing them together with sales agents and distributors. The first peek at the exciting film year ahead in the Baltic countries!

B’EST - Producers’ Workshop Baltic Bridge East by West is an initiative to be held in 2013 by the organizers of the Baltic Event (Estonia), and RFilms and CTB Film Company (Russia) in cooperation with EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), and with the support from MEDIA Mundus.

POWR Storymarket in collaboration with Baltic and Scandinavian Media Desks with the scriptwriters workshop.

http://be.poff.ee/





 

 

 

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