Years running: 22 (since 1999)


International Short Film Film Festival.


Animated Dreams, the oldest and biggest animation festival in the Baltic countries, offers Estonian animators a chance to display the state of their art as well as promotes high-quality international animation culture. From its beginnings as an offshoot of Black Nights Film Festival back in 1999, the event has evolved into a small independent festival. The festival consists of the short animation competitive programme and several special programmes. Traditions include lectures by foreign guests, meetings and workshops.


  • International competition of short-length animated films
  • Student film competition
  • Non-competitive programmes, retrospectives and special presentations


  • Grand Prix for the Best Film
  • Up to three (3) Special Mentions
  • Best Student Film Award
  • Student Film Special Mention


  • short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes): fiction, documentary, experimental or VR; live-action or animation.
  • Premiered after 1 January, 2019.

By submitting a film to the festival the applicant agrees by the submissions deadline to:

  • fill and submit the entry form via the festival’s online submission form
  • provide a screening link with a password via the online submissions page or via e-mail
  • deliver additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film, trailer and poster art-work if already available) by means specified by the festival

Screening Media Type: DCP, DVD, BluRay or digital files (.mov or .avi) 

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers





Official website



Black Nights Film Festival
Attn: PÖFF Shorts
Telliskivi 60a, 3rd floor
Tallinn, Estonia

Phone: +372 6199910


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    March 01, 2020
  • Deadline
    July 01, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    August 01, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    August 17, 2020
  • Notifications
    October 15, 2020
  • Event dates
    17 — 25 November 2020
Categories & Fees

Short or half-length films (up to 45 minutes): fiction, documentary, experimental or VR; live-action or animation.

  • Deadline — $10
  • Regular Deadline — $13
  • Late Deadline — $23
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