tARTuFF overwhelmed Tartu
The 3rd Tartu Love Film Festival tARTuFF that recently finished in Tartu gathered its short history's the biggest audience ever. The feature films on various faces of love and documentaries on cultural diversities attracted onto the Town Hall Square and into the Athena Centre altogether around 16.000 viewers.
The most popular film of this festival proved to be Estonian premiere "Taarka" with around 2800 viewers. "Taarka" also received the prize for audience's favourite film - small-sized bronze replica of the statue "Kissing Students" on Tartu's Town Hall Square will be handed over to director Ain Mäeots.
In previous years the audience's favorites have been Pedro Almadóvar's "Volver" (2006) and Hal Ashby's "Harold and Maude" (2007).
Besides festival's 24 film screenings the audience could enjoy coffee, music and poetry in Paulig Coffee Tent and participate in the photo competition. The prizes for the photo competition winners and the audience members who had voted for their favourite film were presented by Overall Eesti, Paulig, Postimees and Black Nights Film Festival.
All the screenings, concerts and lectures were for free.
The festival was organised by non-profit organisation Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival and Tartu City Government.
tARTuFF 2009 is expecting film buffs in the second week of August next year.