10TH TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

23 November - 10 December, 2006

Regulations

1.

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

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BNFF is organised by non-profit association Black Nights Film Festival / MTÜ Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival, located at Gonsiori 21, 10147, Tallinn, Estonia, phone: +372 631 4640, fax: +372 631 4644, e-mail: poff@poff.ee, internet: www.poff.ee.

BNFF is a member of European Coordination of Film Festivals EEIG, CentEast - The Alliance of Central and Eastern European Film Festivals and associate member of NETPAC - the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.

The official partners of BNFF include municipalities of Tallinn and Tartu, Ministry of Culture, Estonian Film Foundation and Cultural Endowment.

3.

10th edition of BNFF will be held from 23 November to 10 December, 2006 in Tallinn and Tartu with touring programme screenings in Viljandi, Haapsalu, Narva and Rakvere.

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The 10th Tallinn BNFF includes four festivals with distinct separate regulations. Submissions are expected in the following categories (more detailed regulations follow):

4.1 Black Nights Film Festival (1 - 10 December, 2006)

- official international competition

full-length fiction films from Eurasia premiered after 1 October, 2005

- official national competition

full-length films from Estonia premiered after 1 October, 2005

4.2 Children and Youth Film Festival "Just Film" (25 November - 2 December, 2006)

- official competition

full-length films for children and young people premiered after 1 January, 2005

4.3 Animation Film Festival "Animated Dreams" (23 - 26 November, 2006)

- official competition

short animated films premiered after 1 January, 2005

4.4 Sleepwalkers Student Film Festival (24 - 30 November, 2006)

- official competition

short and medium-length films made by film or media students premiered after 1 January, 2005

5.

Participation in any sections of BNFF shall assume observation of all articles of the present Regulations. 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 1 to 10 December, 2006, and consists of:

· International competition "EurAsia" for feature films from Eurasian continent;

· National competition of Estonian films;

· Non-competitive informative film programmes, retrospectives, tributes, special events, focus on a country.

1.

International competition will include up to 19 films made in Europe or Asia. Eligible are full-length (+52 min) fiction films in 35mm format that have premiered after 1 October, 2005. Screening copy must carry English subtitles or have English dialogue. There are no restrictions to prior festival exposure of entered films.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2006. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to poff@poff.ee.

Selection of entered film will be informed to applicants by 20 October, 2006. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2006.

For international competition films, BNFF invites the director (or another filmmaker) as its guest, covering the travel and accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights.

Films will be judged by an international jury of up to seven members. The following awards will be presented:

- Grand Prix for best film (with cash award of 10.000 EUR for the director)

- Special Jury Prize

- Best Director

- Best Actor

- Best Actress

Non-statutory awards include:

- Don Quijote Award presented by FICC jury.

2.

Estonian feature film competition will include up to 15 films produced or co-produced by Estonian company. Eligible are full-length (+52 min) fiction, documentary and animated films in 35mm or video formats that have premiered after 1 October, 2005. Screening copy must carry English subtitles. There are no restrictions to prior festival, theatrical or TV exposure of entered films.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2006. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to poff@poff.ee.

Selection of entered film will be informed to applicants by 20 October, 2006. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2006.

Films in competition will be judged by an international jury of up to five members. The jury will present Estonian Film Award for best film (with cash award of 50.000 EEK).

3.

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 are full-length (+52 min) fiction, documentary or animated films that have premiered after 1 January, 2005. Films with screening copy in 35mm format are preferred, video formats can be accepted. There are no restrictions to prior festival exposure of entered films.

The festival can also invite guests to represent non-competition films. All conditions of covering their expenses will be included in their personal invitations.

4.

Additional non-statutory awards will include:

- Critics’ Award presented by Estonian Film-Critics Association (selected from all films);

- Audience Award (selected from all films);

- Best Asian film selected by NETPAC jury (selected from Asian films in all programmes).

5.

Unless otherwise negotiated, the festival will cover costs connected to the transportation of screening copies to Tallinn.

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

The festival will return or forward the screening copies in 14 days after the end of BNFF.

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Children and Youth Film Festival "Just Film" runs from 25 November to 2 December, 2006, and consists of:

· International competition programme of feature films for children and young people;

· Non-competitive informative programmes.

Eligible are full-length (+52 min) films for young audiences that have premiered after 1 January, 2005. Films with screening copy in 35mm format are preferred, although video formats can be accepted. There are no restrictions to prior festival exposure of entered films.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2006. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to justfilm@poff.ee.

Selection of entered film will be informed to applicants by 20 October, 2006. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2006.

Films in competition will be presented in BNFF main programme non-competitive section after "Just Film".

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.

Audience award will be presented to the best character chosen from all films in the competition.

Unless otherwise negotiated, the festival will cover costs connected to the transportation of screening copies to Tallinn.

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

The festival will return or forward the screening copies in 14 days after the end of the festival.

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Animation Film Festival "Animated Dreams" runs from 23 to 26 November, 2006, and consists of:

· International competition programme of short animated films;

· Informative special programmes: retrospectives of a filmmaker, genre or studio, and focus on a country.

International competition will include up to 45 films. Eligible are short (-15 min) animated films in 35mm and video formats that have premiered after 1 January, 2005. Screening copies must carry English subtitles or have English dialogue (if any). There are no restrictions to prior festival exposure of entered films.

The deadline for entries is 15 August, 2006. Completed entry form and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to anima@poff.ee.

Selection of entered film will be informed to applicants by 20 October, 2006. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2006.

Films in competition will be presented in competition screenings and selectively before feature film screenings of BNFF main programme.

International jury of three members will judge the films in international competition and present the following awards:

- Grand Prix "Wooden Wolf"

- Best story

- Best design

The jury may award up to three special mentions.

For international competition films, the festival invites the director as its guest, covering the accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights.

Unless otherwise negotiated, the festival will cover costs connected to the transportation of screening copies from Tallinn. Costs related to the transportation of screening copies to Tallinn will be the responsibility of the participant.

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

The festival will return or forward the screening copies to the return address in one month after the end of the festival.

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Sleepwalkers’ Student Film Festival runs from 24 to 30 November, 2006, and consists of:

· International competition programme of short and medium-length films made by film or media students;

· Non-competitive informative films programmes, retrospectives and special presentations;

· Film school.

International competition will include up to 65 films. Eligible are short and medium-length (-45 min) fiction, documentary and animated films made by film and media students in 35mm and video formats that have premiered after 1 January, 2005. There are no restrictions to prior festival exposure of entered films.

The deadline for entries is 15 August, 2006 for foreign film schools and 15 September, 2006 for Estonian film schools. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy with English subtitles must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to sleepwalkers@poff.ee.

Selection of entered film will be informed to applicants by 20 October, 2006. Selected film can be withdrawn until 27 October, 2006.

International jury of up to five members will judge the films in international competition and present the following awards:

- Grand Prix;

- Best fiction film;

- Best animation film;

- Best documentary.

The jury may award up to three special mentions.

Unless otherwise negotiated, the festival will cover costs connected to the transportation of screening copies from Tallinn. Costs related to the transportation of screening copies to Tallinn will be the responsibility of the participant.

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

The screening copies will be sent to the return address in one month after the end of the festival.

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To download the film entry form, please click here

 
   
 
 
 
 
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