Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sets new records

Press release from Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival sets new records

Wrapping last Sunday, the 23rd edition of Black Nights saw the festival break several of its records as the attendance had reached 90 000 already a day before the end, while the global potential media audience rose by over 900 million people and the number of accredited guests and industry delegates increased by 20%.

Already a day before wrapping on Sunday, Black Nights had crossed the 90 000 attendance mark with the final figure remains to be calculated. This means an over 10% rise from the 80 000 – the number that had remained more or less the same for the past four editions before that.

The attendance numbers of both of the sub-festivals of Black Nights also soared as youth and children’s Just Film crossed the 20 000 adding more than 2000 attendances from the previous record and the shorts and animation film festival PÖFF Shorts gained 4200 visits.

The newly launched side-festival Kinoff that screened films in Eastern Estonian cities Narva and Kohtla-Järve gained 1500 attendances.

Another big step forward for Black Nights was the 20% rise of the festival guests and industry delegates that rose from 1162 to 1400. This includes 174 journalists, out of which 68 foreign and 118 Estonian.

There has also been a significant rise in the online media coverage of the festival as the estimated potential global media reach from the 1st of January until the 4th of November stood at 2,4 billion people (a 60% rise from the 1,5 billion in 2018) according to Meltwater monitoring services.

Additional statistics
The number of films in the main programme of Black Nights:  200 + 8 series
The number of premieres: 31 world and 31 international premieres
The number of countries films originated from: 77
The number of films in the programme of Children’s Youth film festival Just Film: 55, including 2 world and 1 international premiere
The number of short films and animations at PÖFF Shorts: 315
The number of volunteers at Black Nights and the side-festival Kinoff: 487


All festival photo galleris can be found in FLICKR.

Award ceremony of Black Nights. Photo by: Aron Urb


The festival’s press office gladly helps with any question regarding the accreditation, press screenings and conferences and helps to organise interviews with the festival’s guests.

Press accreditations and events: press@poff.ee.
Press hospitality matters: Anna-Liiza Izbaš annaliiza.izbas@poff.ee
International communication: Hannes Aava – hannes.aava@poff.ee / +372 555 29 211.
Russian communication: Jaana Kalinistova jaana.kalinistova@poff.ee.
Estonian communication: Tiit Tuumalu – tiit.tuumalu@poff.ee.

Date of publication: 6 Dec 2019

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