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11TH TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

REGULATIONS (doc)

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.

2.
BNFF 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@poff.ee, internet: www.poff.ee.

BNFF is recognised by FIAPF as associated festival.


3.
The 11th edition of BNFF will be held from 15 November to 9 December, 2007 in Tallinn and Tartu with touring programme screenings in Viljandi, Jõhvi, Narva, Kärdla and Haapsalu.

4.
The 11th 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 main programme (30 November - 9 December, 2007)

- international competition "EurAsia"
full-length fiction films from Eurasia premiered after 1 September, 2006
- national competition - Estonian Feature Film Competition
full-length films from Estonia premiered after 15 October, 2006

4.2
Children and Youth Film Festival "Just Film" (24 November - 1 December, 2007)

- international competition
full-length films for children and young people premiered after 1 January, 2006

4.3
Animation Film Festival "Animated Dreams" (21 - 25 November, 2007)

- international competition
short animated films premiered after 1 January, 2006

4.4
Sleepwalkers Student Film Festival (15 - 18 November, 2007)

- international competition
short and medium-length films made by film or media students premiered after 1 January, 2006
- national competition
short and medium-length films from Estonia premiered after 1 January, 2006

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 30 November to 9 December, 2007 and consists of:

Competitive sections:
- International competition "EurAsia" for feature films from Eurasian continent;
- National competition - Estonian 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) fiction films;
b) majority produced by European or Asian company;
c) premiered after 1 September, 2006;
d) screened in 35 mm;
e) with English subtitles, if not in English;
f) Estonian premieres.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2007. 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.

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

The festival director appoints at least five members of the international jury. No jury member could 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 cash award of 10.000 EUR, 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. Estonian feature film competition

Eligible films must be:
a) full-length (+52 min) films: fiction, documentary or animation;
b) produced or co-produced by Estonian company;
c) premiered after 15 October, 2006;
d) screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e) with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2007. Completed entry form, including additional materials, and a preview copy should be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to poff@poff.ee.

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

The international jury is obliged to issue the Estonian Film Award for the Best Film (with cash award of 50.000 EEK, equally shared by the director and producer). The international jury is allowed to issue one Special Mention for various achievements.

3. Non-competitive programme

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, 2006;
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, 2007. 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.

4. Programming

The selection of the films is carried out by a 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 a maximum of four times during the Festival, including the touring screenings. Exact number of screenings is confirmed beforehand with each participant.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 22 October, 2007. Selected film can be withdrawn until 29 October, 2007. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

5. Additional awards

In addition to the official jury awards, the following prizes are issued:
- Don Quixote 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;
- Critics’ Award is issued by the Estonian Film-Critics Association for a feature film from any festival section;
- Audience Award is issued for a feature film from any festival section;
- The Best Asian film is selected by the NETPAC jury among all Asian feature films from any festival section.

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 (35mm 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 in 14 days after the end of the festival.

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 24 November to 1 December, 2007 and consists of:
- International competition programme of feature films for children and 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, 2006;
c) screened in 35 mm;
d) Estonian premieres.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2007. 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.

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

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 22 October, 2007. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

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.

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 film prints 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 in 14 days after the end of the festival.

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


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Animation Film Festival "Animated Dreams" runs from 21 to 25 November, 2007 and consists of:

- International competition programme of short animated films;
- Non-competitive informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations.

Eligible films must be:
a) short (-16 min) animated films;
b) premiered after 1 January, 2006;
c) screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
d) with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 August, 2007. 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.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 1 October, 2007. 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 as its guest, covering the accommodation in Tallinn for 3 nights.

The festival director appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member could 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 best film
- Prize for the Best Story
- Prize for the Best Design
- Nomination for ANOBA award from among all Baltic and Nordic films in the competition
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 (35mm 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 in 14 days after the end of the festival.

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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Sleepwalkers Student Film Festival runs from 15 to 18 November, 2007 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 films 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, 2006;
d) screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e) with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 August, 2007. For national entries the deadline is 15 September, 2007. 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.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 1 October, 2007. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival director appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member could 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, 2006;
d) screened in 35 mm or broadcast video formats;
e) with English subtitles, if not in English.

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2007. Completed entry form, including additional materials and a preview copy must be sent to the festival office by that date. Documentation should be sent electronically to sleepwalkers@poff.ee.

The selection of a submitted film will be informed to the applicant by 1 October, 2007. No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed by the eligible applicant.

The festival director appoints at least three members of the international jury. No jury member could 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 one special mention 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 (35mm 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 in one month after the end of the festival.

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

Regulations.doc

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