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Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 international guests, screening around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and seeing an attendance of 80000 people annually. The festival with its colorful events programme, turns Tallinn, the rapidly developing capital of Estonia into a buzzing winter wonderland that sees thousands of cinephiles and film professsionals gathering to celebrate the magic of cinema.

PÖFF has a unique umbrella structure encompassing independent sub-festivals for short films and animations PÖFF Shorts, for children's and youth films Just Film and a full-fledged film industry platform – Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event.

PÖFF’s programme philosophy strives for cultural and genre diversity and dynamism, showcasing established auteurs and masters alongside newcomers with films originating from around 70 different countries. The festival belongs to the so-called A-category, a selection of 15 top festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc) with a privilege of running international competition programmes.

Competition Programmes Official Selection - an international competition programme showcasing the latest works of already established filmmakers coming to present their latest works;
First Feature Competition – international competition programme which sees talented emerging voices that the festival would like to introduce to the world;
Estonian Film Competition - the best feature length films that have been produced or co-produced by Estonians and completed during the last year.

Non-Competitive Programmes Focus on Flanders – a specially curated retrospective of the Flanders cinema;
Panorama – an extensive selection of the cinematic highlights from the past year;
Rebels With A Cause - a showcase of experimental film-making and bold artistic statements;
Fashion Cinema – bringing the latest drama and creativity from the fashion world to the big screen;
Doc@PÖFF - the hottest topics from around the world in the the documentary format;
Midnight Shivers – a selection of the most entertaining, terrifying and shocking thrills of the genre film world;
Japan’s Female Voices – a 2017 special programme introducing talented Japanese female directors;
Special Screenings – a selection of films that have an important cultural or emotinal value and impact to Estonia and the festival;
Screen International Crtics’ Choice – a selection of the year’s cinematic highlights that have been selected by the critics of the film magazine Screen International.

2017 Event Schedule Black Nights Film Festival main programme (17 November - 3 December 2017) – The festival with its two international competition programmes, country focuses and various sideprogrammes that provide a diverse and exciting overview of the situation in world cinema.

Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film (17 - 26 November, 2017) – seeing its 17th edition, the ever-growing sub-festival dedicated to feature length children’s and youth

PÖFF Shorts (18 November – 26 November, 2017) - a combination of animation film festival Animated Dreams and the International Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers, PÖFF Shorts explores the short film format in all its exciting forms.

Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event (26 November – 1 December 2017) - a set of Industry-oriented events during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival organized by both the Black Nights festival and Baltic Event.

Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival HÕFF (28 – 30 April, 2017) – organised by the team of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, HÕFF showcases the fresh and cult picks from the genre world in the quaint town of Haapsalu.

Tartu Love Film Festival TARTUFF (7 – 12 August, 2017) – taking place in the historic town hall square of Tartu and turning it into the biggest open air cinema in the Baltics, TARTUFF is devoted to features and documentaries that deal with the theme of love in all its various forms.