12th TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

13 November - 7 December, 2008

Regulations

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF, original name: Tallinna Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival) is an international festival that includes competitive feature film festival and competitive specialised film festivals. PÖFF aims to present a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity with the emphasis on European films.

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PÖFF is organised by non-profit association Black Nights Film Festival (original name: mittetulundusühing Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival), located at Gonsiori 21, 10147, Tallinn, Estonia, phone: +372 631 4640, fax: +372 631 4644, e-mail: poff[at]poff.ee, internet: www.poff.ee.

PÖFF is recognised by FIAPF as associated competitive specialised feature film festival.

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The 12th edition of PÖFF will be held from 13 November to 7 December, 2008 in Tallinn and Tartu with touring programme screenings in other Estonian towns. Specialised sub-festival Nokia Mobile Phone Film Festival MOFF will take place in the internet.

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The 12th PÖFF includes five festivals with distinct separate regulations. Submissions are expected in the following categories (more detailed regulations follow):

4.1 Black Nights Film Festival main programme (28 November - 7 December, 2008)

- international competition EurAsia

full-length films from Eurasia premiered after 1 September, 2007

- regional competition - Tridens Baltic feature film competition

full-length films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania premiered after 15 October, 2007

4.2 Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film (22 - 29 November, 2008)

- international competition

full-length films for children and young people premiered after 1 January, 2007

4.3 Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (19 - 23 November, 2008)

- international competition

short and medium-length animated films premiered after 1 January, 2007

4.4 Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers (13 - 16 November, 2008)

- international competition

short and medium-length films made by film or media students premiered after 1 January, 2007

- national competition

short and medium-length films from Estonia premiered after 1 January, 2007

4.5 Nokia Mobile Phone Film Festival MOFF (8 October - 5 December, 2008)

- international competition

short films made with mobile phones

5.
Participation in any sections of PÖFF shall assume observation of all articles of the present Regulations. The festival director has the power to settle all cases and issues not covered by these Regulations.

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Black Nights Film Festival main programme runs from 28 November to 7 December, 2008 and consists of:

Competitive sections:
- International competition EurAsia for feature films from Eurasian continent;
- Regional competition - Tridens Baltic feature film competition.

Non-competitive sections:
- Informative film programmes of new films from around the world;
- Thematic retrospectives and tributes;
- Special events.

1. International competition EurAsia

Eligible films must be:
a)      full-length (+52 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      majority produced by European or Asian company;
c)      premiered after 1 September, 2007;
d)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e)      Estonian premieres (not required for national submissions).

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to poff[at]poff.ee.

The festival invites the director (or another filmmaker) as its guest, covering the travel and accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights as well as festival accreditation. The festival may invite more members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film and/or cover more expenses.

The festival director appoints at least five members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

The international jury is obliged to award:
- Grand Prix for the Best Film (with scholarship of 10.000 euros in cash, equally shared by the director and producer)
- Special Jury Prize
- Prize to the Best Director
- Prize to the Best Actor
- Prize to the Best Actress

The international jury is allowed to issue up to two Special Mentions for various achievements.

2. Tridens Baltic feature film competition

Eligible films must be:
a)      full-length (+52 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      produced or co-produced by Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian company;
c)      presentation print/tape finished after 15 October, 2007;
d)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e)      with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to poff[at]poff.ee.

The festival invites the director (or another filmmaker) as its guest, covering the travel and accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights as well as festival accreditation (for Latvian and Lithuanian participants). The festival provides festival accreditation for two members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film (for Estonian participants). The festival may invite more members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film and/or cover more expenses.

The festival director appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

The international jury is obliged to issue the Tridens Baltic Film Award for the Best Film (with scholarship of 5000 euros in cash, equally shared by the director and producer) and Scottish Leader Estonian Film Award (with scholarship of 50.000 Estonian kroons in cash, equally shared by the director and producer). The international jury is allowed to issue one Special Mention for various achievements.

3. Non-competitive section

Films not selected for the competition sections can be invited to non-competitive sections. There are no geographic restrictions for films in non-competitive sections.

Eligible films must be:
a)      full-length (+52 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      premiered after 1 January, 2007;
c)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
d)      with English subtitles, if not in English;
e)      Estonian premieres.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to poff[at]poff.ee.

The festival may invite members of the cast and/or crew of any film in the non-competitive sections providing the travel, accommodation and/or festival accreditation.

4. Programming

The selection of the films is carried out by the programming committee headed by the festival director. The programming committee determines the programme schedule and sets the screening order for all films. Each film may be screened up to four times during the Festival, including touring screenings, excluding press screenings. Exact number of screenings is confirmed beforehand with each participant.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 20 October, 2008. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

5. Additional awards

Official festival awards:
- Audience Award is issued for a feature film from any festival section (with cash award of 2.000 euros for the director);
- Lifetime Achievement Award for national or foreign filmmaker is issued by the festival organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Estonia.

Awards by independent juries, presented in official festival award ceremony:
- FIPRESCI Award is issued by the jury of FIPRESCI for the best film in Tridens Baltic feature film competition;
- Critics' Award is issued by the Estonian Film-Critics Association for a feature film from any festival section;
- Don Quijote Award for the best film is issued by the jury of the International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) for a film in the international competition;
- The Best Asian film is selected by the NETPAC jury among Asian feature films from any festival section;
- Awards for the best cinematography are presented to the best director of photography or cinematographer of an international competition film and regional competition film (with cash award of 1.000 euros each) by the Estonian Society of Cinematographers.

6. Film prints and videos/DVDs

All costs related to the transportation of the preview copy (VHS or DVD) and materials are the responsibility of the applicant. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the applicant or forwarded only at the applicant's expense.

Costs related to the transportation of the screening copies (35 mm film prints or broadcast video material) to Tallinn are the responsibility of the festival, unless otherwise negotiated. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the participant. The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the applicant.

The festival will cover all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during their stay in Estonia.

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Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film runs from 22 to 29 November, 2008 and consists of:
- International competition programme of feature films for children;
- International competition programme of feature films for young people;
- Non-competitive informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

Eligible films must be:
a)      full-length (+52 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      premiered after 1 January, 2007;
c)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
d)      Estonian premieres (not required for national submissions).

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to justfilm[at]poff.ee.

Films in competition may be presented in PÖFF main programme non-competitive section and touring screenings after Just Film.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 20 October, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival may invite members of the cast and/or crew of any film in any section providing the travel, accommodation and/or festival accreditation.

Local children's jury of five members will choose the best children's film. Local youth jury of five members will choose the best youth film. Both juries may award up to two Special Mentions for various achievements.

Audience award for the best film will be chosen from all films.

All costs related to the transportation of the preview copy (VHS or DVD) and materials are the responsibility of the applicant. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the applicant or forwarded only at the applicant's expense.

Costs related to the transportation of the screening copies (35 mm film prints or broadcast video material) to Tallinn are the responsibility of the festival, unless otherwise negotiated. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the participant. The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the applicant.

The festival will cover all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during their stay in Estonia.

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Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams runs from 19 to 23 November, 2008 and consists of:
- International competition programme of short and medium-length animated films;
- Non-competitive informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

Eligible films must be:
a)      short and medium-length (-45 min) animated films;
b)      premiered after 1 January, 2007;
c)       screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
d)      with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 August, 2008. Completed entry form, additional materials on CD and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to anima[at]poff.ee.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 6 October, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival invites the competition film director (or another filmmaker) as its guest, covering the accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights and festival accreditation. The festival may invite more members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film.

The head of the festival appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

The international jury is obliged to award:
- Grand Prix "Wooden Wolf" for the Best Film
- Prize for the Best Story
- Prize for the Best Design
- Nomination for ANOBA award from among all Estonian films

The international jury is allowed to issue up to three Special Mentions for various achievements.

All costs related to the transportation of the preview copy (VHS or DVD) and materials are the responsibility of the applicant. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the applicant or forwarded only at the applicant's expense.

Costs related to the transportation of the screening copies (35 mm film prints or broadcast video material) to Tallinn are the responsibility of the participant, unless otherwise negotiated. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the festival. The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the applicant.

The festival will cover all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during their stay in Estonia.

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Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers runs from 13 to 16 November, 2008 and consists of:
- International competition programme of short and medium-length films made by film or media students;
- National competition programme of Estonian short and medium-length films;
- Non-competitive informative film programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

1. International competition

Eligible films must be:
a)      short and medium-length (-45 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      directed by film or media student;
c)      premiered after 1 January, 2007;
d)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e)      with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for international entries is 15 August, 2008, for national entries the deadline is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to sleepwalkers[at]poff.ee.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 6 October, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival invites the competition film director (or another filmmaker) as its guest, covering the accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights and festival accreditation. The festival may invite more members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film.

The head of the festival appoints at least five members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

The international jury is obliged to award:
- Grand Prix for the Best Film
- Prize for the Best Fiction
- Prize for the Best Animation
- Prize for the Best Documentary

The international jury is allowed to issue up to three Special Mentions for various achievements.

2. National competition

Eligible films must be:
a)      short and medium-length (-45 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b)      produced or co-produced by Estonian company or directed by Estonian citizen;
c)      premiered after 1 January, 2007;
d)      screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e)      with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2008. Completed entry form, including additional materials and a preview copy must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation may be sent electronically to sleepwalkers[at]poff.ee.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 6 October, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival provides festival accreditation for two members of the cast and/or crew of the competition film.

The head of the festival appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition.

The international jury is obliged to issue the Prize for the Best Estonian Short Film. The international jury is allowed to issue up to two Special Mentions for various achievements.

3. Film prints and videos/DVDs

All costs related to the transportation of the preview copy (VHS or DVD) and materials are the responsibility of the applicant. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the applicant or forwarded only at the applicant's expense.

Costs related to the transportation of the screening copies (35 mm film prints or broadcast video material) to Tallinn are the responsibility of the participant, unless otherwise negotiated. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the festival. The festival will return or forward the screening copies within one month after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the applicant.

The festival will cover all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during their stay in Estonia.

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Nokia Mobile Phone Film Festival MOFF runs from 8 October to 5 December, 2008 and consists of an international competition programme of short films made with mobile phones.

Eligible films must be:
a)      short (30 sec to 3 min) films;
b)      filmed with mobile phones, editing is allowed;
c)      max size 30 MB for submission upload, no size limit for the presentation file after selection is confirmed;
d)      in formats .mpg, .avi, .wmv, .rm, .dat, .mp4, .flv, or .3gp.

The application period of entries is from 1 October to 14 November, 2008. Film submissions can be uploaded to the festival website www.moff.ee and completed entry form, including additional materials sent to info[at]moff.ee during this period.

All submitted films are available for viewing and public vote at the festival website until 24 November, 2008. Films selected by the preliminary jury of up to five film professionals and favourite films of public voters will make up the final competition line-up. The selection will be informed to the applicant by 26 November, 2008. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The head of the festival appoints up to five members of the international jury. No jury member may have been involved in the production or promotion of any film in the competition. The jury is obliged to choose the Best Mobile Phone Film.

Audience favourite film will be chosen from all films in the competition.

 

To download the entry form, please click here.

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