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Baltic and Nordic feature debuts compete in the new Tridens Herring competition program at the upcoming Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Tridens Herring feature debut competition replaces the previous Baltic competition aiming to present young talent from around the Baltic Sea.

“In the recent years many young and interesting film makers have emerged in the Baltic film industry, who are up to a comparison even in the context of very strong film countries. That’s why we decided that the previous Baltic programme needs to be extended,“ explains festival director Tiina Lokk. Films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will compete with entries from Poland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Finland.

The announced competition titles include Maarit Lalli’s ALMOST 18 screened also at HIFF’s Finnish Film Week -selection. The other competitors known to HIFF’s audience are Martin Lund’s THE ALMOST MAN and Ain MäeotsDEMONS. The best debut feature judged by an international jury, among others muse of Asian cinema Kiki Sugino, will be awarded a prize of 5000 €.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (12.-28.11.) is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, student films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity with the emphasis on European films, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience, Estonian filmmakers and their colleagues from abroad. Read more from the festival’s website.