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Estonian Film Music Night showcases top music talents


International music showcase festival Tallinn Music Week has joined forces with The Black Nights Film Festival and Estonian Film Cluster for the second time to present talented Estonian composers and songwriters to the international film industry.

On 26th November renown film music supervisors Graham Walker and Chris Douridas will hold a workshop on film scoring, 10 Estonian composers and songwriters will present their work at a pitching session, and film music recording facilities, orchestras and venues will be introduced to filmmakers at the Von Krahl Theatre. Later in the evening four contemporary Estonian artists will take to the stage: Candy Empire with Katja and Ervin special set, Kali Briis, vonKuusk and Sander Mölder– each of them will perform a 30-minute set to international film industry guests and local music fans.

The workshop is aimed at film and music producers, and composers to discuss and present effective supervision, production and scoring strategies in the highly competitive market of international film scoring.

So far Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür are the few most acclaimed Estonian composers who have also contributed to a list of internationally well-known and artistically celebrated films. The event aims to present a wider spectrum of Estonian music to make its way into international films and other visual productions.

“The popularity of last years’ film music event confirmed that there is a wide interest in Estonian composers, performers and recording facilities. At the moment work has started on producing music for the first Estonian-Korean film. In addition several other Asian producers have shown interest in local studios and classical music artists. We hope that with the showcase and smart producers Estonian music will find its way to international blockbusters”, says Industry@Tallinn head of program Sten-Kristian Saluveer.

A digital platform has been opened up, presenting the most outstanding current composers and authors, serving as an introduction  and a doorstep to Estonian film music for international filmmakers, publishers and future partners. The website is a tool that combines information of about 30 currently active film music composers and presents biographies, filmographies, contacts and sound samples of each of the listed authors. The composers vary from all possible genres and scenes: from renowed film music maker like Sven Grünberg to contemporary classial music composers like Ülo Krigul and Helena Tulve to indie-folk authors like Mari Kalkun or underground electronica makers like Andres Lõo or Sinine.


This year the Black Nights Film Festival hosts nearly 450 guests from all over the world: directors, producers, film actors, jury members, Industry@Tallinn panellists and film market partners. Many influential filmmakers from United States, Japan, Korea and Canada as well as representatives of acclaimed A-category film festivals Cannes, Berlinale, Venice and Toronto are expected. Baltic filmmakers, producers, distributors and funders will also gather in Tallinn for the Baltic Event.


17:00 – 18:30 Workshop with Graham Walker and Chris Douridas

18:45 – 18:55 Martin Aadamsoo “Filming facilities in Estonia”

18:55 – 19:05 Juko-Mart Kõlar “Orchestras, choirs and recording facilities in Estonia"

19:05 – 20:00 Pitch sessions for 10 local composers and songwriters

21:00 – 00:00 Showcase and party: Candy Empire, Kali Briis, vonKuusk and Sander Mölder.


About workshop presenters:


Graham Walker is a British music supervisor and producer (What’s eating Gilbert Grape, Sleepy Hollow, Talented Mr. Ripley, Joy Division)

Chris Douridas is a Grammy nominated music supervisor and consultant (Northern Exposure, The Austin Powers Series, One Eight Seven, As Good As It Gets, Heat, Grosse Point Blank, Grace Of My Heart, American Beauty, One Hour Photo, Down With Love, The Girl Next Door, The Chumscrubber, Rumor Has It, Shrek 2, Bobby)

Entry is free for Industry@Tallinn delegates. Register for workshop and pitch sessions by noon of 25th November. Showcase tickets are available at Piletilevi and at the venue. and the events and activities around it are launched and presented by the Black Nights Film Festival, Estonian Film Industry Cluster, The Embassy of the United States of America and Tallinn Music Week. The initiative is supported by Enterprise Estonia and funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund.


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