Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival was founded in 1997 as Nordic cinema showcase with 25 screened films. Gradually the 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 2018 the festival was covered in 78 languages with a potential global media and social media audience of over 1.5 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.
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