Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: Tallinn Black Nights Launches Storytek

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: Tallinn Black Nights Launches Storytek

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The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announced in Cannes the launch of Storytek, a three-month accelerator programme to support the emergence of alternative storytelling.

There will be 20 pilot projects selected by an international team of mentors to take part in a three-month programme that will link together film-makers with technology developers.

Confirmed mentors include Glenn Gainor, president of physical production for Screen Gems; John Heinsen, CEO of BunnyGraph Entertainment; Rain Rannu, Estonian founder of mobile payments service Fortumo; Domenico La Porta, director of Wallimage R/O Institute; Maxine de Vere, film producer and production supervisor; Heikki Haldre, Estonian tech evangelist; Lance Weiler, US writer, director and experience designer; and Paul Tyler, a UK TV and digital production expert.

Among the topics of discussion for selected film-makers will be how to expand original narratives to digital platforms such as games, online platforms and virtual reality, as well as the monetisation of multi-platform content.

The programme will run between November 2016 and February 2017 in Estonia and Belgium, with the pilot edition kicking offat the Industry@Tallinn summit during this year's Black Nights Film Festival. …

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