Years running: 22 (since 1997)

Black Nights

The biggest festival in the Baltic and one of the largest in Eastern Europe.


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, student films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity with the emphasis on European films, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience, Estonian filmmakers and their colleagues from abroad. Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival consists of the main programme, three sub-festivals, as well as film and co-production markets. 

From 2014 Black Nights Film Festival is accredited by FIAPF to organise an international non-specialized competition of feature length films along with 15 festivals around the world.

Black Nights Film Festival main programme:

  • International competition programme
  • The Tridens First Feature Competition
  • Non-competitive programs. Films submitted, but not selected for competitive programs can be invited to non- competitive programs with the minimum of Estonian premiere. 


For competitive programs the Festival will invite a delegation of up to three representatives per film. The festival will cover round trip airfare for one delegate with a preference ofa Director and / or Main Cast, as well as accommodation for 3 persons in the Delegation in the Official Partner Hotel.


Official Selection - Competition:

  • Grand Prix for the Best Film (Grant of 10.000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
  • Best Director (Grant of 5000 euros)
  • Best Cinematography (Grant of 1000 Euros)
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Script
  • Best Music

The Tridens First Feature Competition:

  • The Tridens Award for the Best First Feature (Grant of 5 000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
  • Two Special Jury Prizes

Additional awards for full-length films:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Audience Award (Grant of 2 000 Euros, shared by the Director and Producer)
  • International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) Award
  • Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award
  • International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award
  • Cross Religion award presented by Spiritual leaders of largest congregations in Estonia

​​The awardees are presented with the Black Nights bronze Wolf Statuette by Estonian sculptor Simson Seakülast.


  • Films produced worldwide after 15 September, 2016.
  • European regional premiere as a minimum ( European films that have been presented in their country of origin remain eligible). Priority will be given to films with world and international premiere. .
  • The Festival Director and the Programming Committee reserves the right to  to waive submission fees for selected applicants and not to comment its decisions regarding waivers.
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival accepts only full-length films (60+ min).

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 (Visitor Page)
  • deliver a screener (or DVD) with English subtitles to the festival office or provide a screening link with a password via e-mail visible for at least two programmers or more if needed.
  • deliver additional materials (biography,  filmography and headshot of Director and , only  high-resolution stills of the film, synopsis of the film, trailer and poster art-work if already available) to  the e-mail address

Selection Media Type: DVD, online

Screening Media Type: DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

PÖFF is organised by the non-profit association Black Nights Film Festival (original name: MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival).

  • Festival Director and Programmer — Tiina Lokk
  • General Manager — Anu Kivilo
  • All team members




Official website



Black Nights Film Festival 
Telliskivi 60A, 
10412, Tallinn, Estonia

Phone: +372-631-4640
Fax: +372-631-4644



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 01, 2017
  • Deadline
    August 17, 2017
  • Event dates
    17 November — 3 December 2017
Categories & Fees

Feature length (+60 min) films.

  • Deadline — €50

Feature length debut films (ie. +60 min, first time directing status).

  • Deadline — €50
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