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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival hosts the European Film Forum to discuss the future of cinema

26.06.2015

The Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia) and the European Commission announced today their collaboration to explore the future of European cinema via a jointly organised conference and a showcase programme. The European Film Forum Tallinn, will be held 18-19 November 2015 during the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and its Industry@Tallinn summit. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the European Digital Single Market Strategy coordinated by European Commission Vice-President and former Prime Minister of Estonia, Andrus Ansip.

The Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia) and the European Commission announced today their collaboration to explore the future of European cinema via a jointly organised conference and a showcase programme. The European Film Forum Tallinn, will be held 18-19 November 2015 during the 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and its Industry@Tallinn summit. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the European Digital Single Market Strategy coordinated by European Commission Vice-President and former Prime Minister of Estonia, Andrus Ansip. Participants will also look into synergies and collaborations between right holders, the audiovisual industry and the booming startup and ICT sector. New opportunities offered by the Creative Europe-MEDIA programme will also be in the spotlight. In addition to the debates and sessions on the new prospects for sales and distribution, challenges for intellectual property and copyright in the digital age, diversity within the VOD market, and new forms of audience engagement, the two days will be packed with showcases, performances and demonstrations of innovative products and services.
 
The attendees will also get the best of Nordic startups, audiovisual technology and post-production companies at the Black Nights Digital Corner showcase fair, whilst the GameJam organised together with International Game Developers Association will give some twenty film intellectual property rights owners a chance to prototype film driven games. The Black Nights Sales Summit will back the conference with a tailor made programme for top sales agents & buyers to familiarise with regional distributors but also provide new sales & acquisition leads from Nordic, Baltic & Eastern and Central Europe.
 
Sten-Kristian Saluveer, Industry Director of the Black Nights Film Festival, said: “The festival and its industry events have been always driven by a mission to seek possibilities to enlarge discussion and collaboration within and between film industry and other fields of culture, business and society within Europe and across the world. We are living in a time of a great disjuncture in terms of how films are being conceived, made, distributed and want to be seen, and we are truly excited to collaborate with the European Commission to host an event that will not only step in to the ongoing debate within the European audiovisual industry and yield results for all involved parties, but hopefully will help the industry to take joint steps to the future as well”.
 
**FACTS**
 
The Black Nights Film Festival, held in Tallinn, Estonia, is the largest and most known film festival in Northeastern Europe and the most important cultural event in Estonia in the winter season
 
BNFF is also the only FIAPF certified competitive feature film festival in the region.
 
The festival runs three competitive programs - International Competition, Tridens Estonian Feature competition and Tridens First Film Competition introduced in 2015 eligible for directing debuts from all over the world.
 
The industry platform consisting of Industry @ Tallinn summit & Baltic Event film & co-production market runs 16-20 November 2015
 
The European Film Forum, introduced in the communication "European Film in the digital era" in 2014, intends to provide a stable platform for the development of a long-term strategic policy agenda for the audiovisual sector and to act as a ‘game shifter’, opening up new perspectives in the audiovisual sector. The Forum builds around a number of informal and formal consultations with funding bodies at the national and regional levels, experts from the industry and the Member States.
 
 
 
Press inquiries:
 
Hannes Aava
Press Officer
hannes.aava@poff.ee
+372 5552 9211
blacknightsfilmfestival.com

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