Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn Black Nights 2017 Industry Preview

Magazine article Screen International

Tallinn Black Nights 2017 Industry Preview

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Tallinn Black Nights is ramping up its industry activity this year.

Over the years, the programmes of Industry@Tallinn and the Baltic Event co-production market (November 27-December 1) have offered an embarrassment of riches to local and international film professionals. But the 2017 edition will see yet further expansion thanks to new initiatives such as Script Pool Tallinn, Black Night Catwalk and Screen Stars Tallinn.

According to Marge Liiske, head of Industry@Tallinn and Baltic Event, the pilot initiatives were made possible thanks to co-operation with the newly established platform Creative Gate, which was designed to promote creative industries around film production.

The aim of the new events is “to try to enhance the visibility of screenwriters, actors, production designers, art directors, film composers and producers, as well as our casting agents and shorts filmmakers,” says Liiske. “We will also have lectures on marketing strategies, online distribution and virtual reality and augmented reality cinema as a way of helping the professionals navigate this complex audiovisual landscape.”

The Storytek Forum (November 29) will serve as the culmination of the first 10-week programme of Storytek Accelerator, which was set up to help start-ups focusing on digital entertainment, intellectual property and technology to reach international markets. The pilot batch of seven projects started working with expert mentors in Tallinn from September 25.

In addition, Tallinn’s longstanding support for the craft of screenwriting has now resulted in a collaboration with Germany’s Telepool for the Script Pool Tallinn script development workshop and competition. International juries will decide on a main cash prize of $5,880 from Telepool to be used for the further development of a script, with a script doctor provided for the next two drafts, while the Storytek prize for the most innovative script will enable the winning screenwriter and producer to pitch their project at the spring 2018 session of Storytek Accelerator. …

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