TOP 10 things to do in Estonia as a film buff

Photo: Kalle Veesaar, Visit Estonia

TOP 10 things to do in Estonia as a film buff

In the run-up to the Black Nights Film Festival taking place in Tallinn in late November, we are thrilled to introduce to all cinema lovers a range of exhibitions and museums, as well as film events taking place in Estonia throughout the year.

Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF)

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

16.11.2018 - 02.12.2018

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival aka PÖFF is an annual film festival held since 1997 in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. PÖFF is the only A-category film festival in Northern Europe, sharing that status with world’s leading festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, and San Sebastian. With over 600 films, over 1200 attending film professionals and journalists and attendance of more than 80,000 PÖFF is the largest annual cultural event in Estonia.

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Tartu Love Film Festival "tARTuFF"

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

13.08.2018 - 17.08.2019

tARTuFF is a unique outdoor film festival taking place in the second biggest city in Estonia - Tartu. Located in the heart of the Old Town, the festival screens a diverse selection of genre and documentary films, focusing on the many facets of love. All films are screened free of charge. The screenings are accompanied by daily lectures and family friendly special events. With its cosy midsummer atmosphere and the biggest open air cinema in the Baltics, tARTuFF has grown to be one of the most beloved summer festivals in Estonia.

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Pärnu Film Festival

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

24.06.2019 - 30.06.2019

The Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, founded in 1987, is the oldest of its kind in the Baltic countries. The initiators of the festival was the writer and president of the Republic of Estonia Lennart Meri and documentary film maker Mark Soosaar. The aim of the festival in general is to support cultural survival of peoples. Only documentary films and videos of high value and quality, recording human activities in social, historical or ecological context are accepted for competition screenings. One of the main themes of the festival has always been the survival of indigenous peoples and their cultures.

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Matsalu Nature Film Festival

Pärnu maakond, Lihula linn

18.09.2019 - 22.09.2019

The festival aims to introduce and acknowledge new nature films and their makers. Traditionally, the festival features nature photography exhibitions and workshops.  The festival has been named after the Matsalu National Park in which it is located, which is one of largest bird sanctuaries in Europe. 

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Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (HÕFF)

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

26.04.2019 - 28.04.2019

HÕFF introduces to Estonian and foreign audiences the largest possible contemporary range of horror, fantasy, and cult movies. Although a number of horror and fantasy film festivals are organised in the neighbouring countries of Estonia, HÖFF is unique, as it focuses on a high-quality programme and shows the best movies from the world's most prestigious genre festivals. Most of the films have not been featured in Estonia and it is unlikely that they will be shown outside of HÖFF.  

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Apollo Cinema Restaurant

Harju maakond, Kristiine linnaosa

Apollo Cinema Restaurant, located in O’Learys in Kristiine Centre offers a cinema experience with comfortable chairs, moving dining tables, modern Dolby laser projection, and high-quality Dolby 7.1 sound. You can watch the movie and enjoy our food and drinks without leaving your seat. The 44 comfortable and adjustable chairs have an integrated tablet, meaning you can order your food and drinks from there.  

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Estonian Film Museum

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

As you walk on the red carpet leading you to the Film Museum in the Maarjamäe Castle Park, you will feel like a movie star. The film alley takes you to an exhibition that provides an overview of the history of Estonian films and the behind the scenes of the world's film industry. The permanent exhibition 'Take ONE' shares the secrets of film making and gives the visitors an idea of what happens behind the camera. In the magical illusion room, machines from the early years of film are available for exploring and testing how people used to make films. You can also try being a filmmaker at the exhibition. The building has a 210-seat cinema and conference room, perfect for premieres and other events.

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‘Pillow-bath-cinema’ and dinner in Pärnu County

Pärnu maakond, Mõisaküla

The cinema is located in the former school hall and has 12 baths filled with pillows! You can enjoy your favourite flicks without the soundtrack of popcorn crunching. The experience includes a screening and a dinner. The movies are in Estonian and English and start at 7 p.m. To visit the cinema, book a time by e-mail or by phone.

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Järva-Jaani Cinema Museum

Järva maakond, Järva-Jaani alev

The Cinema Museum was opened in Järva-Jaani in 2006. The Cinema Museum shows the process of making a film, lighting equipment, cameras, a small film development tank, a montage table, the device used to mix sound and picture and a large collection of projection devices. You can visit the Järva-Jaani Cinema Museum by appointment. Interesting facts: - the equipment can also work with the power generated by the generator of a travelling cinema.

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Culture bar Arhiiv

Tartu maakond, Tartu

Arhiiv is a hip meeting place featuring a cafe, a library and a wine bar. Here, something exciting takes place every day – a poetry or movie night, a concert or a literary event.

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Last updated : 14.11.2018
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