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Estonian Feature Film Competition


Estonian film makes advances
This year’s Estonian feature film competition is taking place for only the second time while its parent festival BNFF is ten years old. This year’s festival shows how the domestic film industry has started thriving and becoming more competitive. It adds a bright hue to BNFF’s palette as well, since it gives the festival a great deal of pleasure to present Estonian film.

The competition was open to feature-length film submissions from 15 October 2005 to 15 October 2006. Also eligible were co-productions, including ones where Estonia’s role may have seemed minor, yet not so small when you consider our size. For Estonian studios, there is no alternative to taking part in international collaborations and for a small film country, co-productions can represent an important prospect.
Besides feature films, the programme also includes documentaries and one full-length animated feature.

In choosing the films, the panel consisting of Tiina Lokk (BNFF), Marje Jurtshenko (Eesti Televisioon), Andres Laasik (the daily Eesti Päevaleht), Tõnu Karjatse (Eesti Raadio) and yours truly (Estonian film 100) tried to pit against each other the best films possible, and put together a strong, diverse Estonian film programme. No doubt that is the dream of every person charged with such a task.

We know our films and give them their due, sometimes being too lenient, other times overcritical. But others who are not as closely involved with these films might see things a little differently. The BNFF Estonian film competition programme will be evaluated by an international jury. The prize is a big incentive; it is called the Scottish Leader Estonian Film Award and its monetary value is 50,000 kroons.

The Estonian film competition programme is sure to be of interest to the foreign guests of BNFF, who will be able to get caught up with the latest of the best of Estonian film. To say nothing of our own filmgoers, who may well have missed a few of the films during their first run.

Enjoy the films!
Annika Koppel, Programme Coordinator


ART OF SELLING / MÜÜMISE KUNST - Jaak Kilmi, Andres Maimik 
ELUSIVE MIRACLE / TABAMATA IME - Jaak Kilmi, Marianne Kõrver, Andres Maimik, Marko Raat, Rainer Sarnet, Arbo Tammiksaar
EMPTY / TÜHIRAND - Veiko Õunpuu  
JADE WARRIOR / IGAVESE ARMASTUSE SÕDALANE / JADESOTURI - Antti-Jussi Annila
THE HOSTAGE / KOER, LENNUK JA LAULUPIDU / KILNIEKS - Laila Pakalnina
FED UP! / KÕRINI! / SCHNAUZE VOLL! - Peeter Simm
GOLDEN BEACH / KULDRANNAKE - Jüri Sillart
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MIDDENDORFF / MIDDENDORFFI JÄLGEDES - Liina Triškina
LOTTE FROM GADGETVILLE / LEIUTAJATEKÜLA LOTTE - Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits
MIKK - Rein Raamat, Peeter Brambat
RUUDI - Katrin Laur
STILL LIFE WITH A WOMAN / VAIKELU NAISEGA - Kersti Uibo
THE BLUE HILLS / SINIMÄED - Raimo Jõerand
THE LAST PHANTOMS / MARIA TEATRI FANTOOMID - Marianna Kaat












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