Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Spotlights Georgia

Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Spotlights Georgia

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The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Industry Days partnered with the International Game Developers Association IDGA Estonia to host its first 48-hour 'hackathon'.

Game developers from Estonia, Latvia and Finland took on the challenge of building innovative game concepts and new marketing opportunities around an existing intellectual property (IP) from Nov 13-15.

The match was divided among six teams and five films including the Estonian film Ghost Mountaineer, playing in the Tridens First Feature Film Competition.

"This is not a new concept within the gaming industry. Just look at the US - they are continuously linking these industries together with the growth of virtual reality (VR)," said the festival's industry director, Sten-Kristian Saluveer.

"Within Europe, the IT world and film industry are still so separate. But because Estonia is a pioneering country within the digital market - having developed Skype, as well as the increasingly more active 'Technopolis', Tallinn's counterpart to Silicon Valley - we should be collaborating between the film and game worlds more often."

Winners

First place went to the Estonian and Latvian team for The Cycle. Set to the much-anticipated Estonian 'Wild West' film Days That Confused, the 8-bit 90s-esque game included 2D graphics and let players take on the role of an Estonian village thief. …

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