The section heads invite films to take part in the youth films competition programme. The feature-length films aimed at young people aged 14 and up are presented in the competition programme. Feature films, documentaries and animation films compete side by side in this programme.

Accepted formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request)
Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the Festival

Eligible are:
a) full-length (+60 min) films: fiction or documentary;
b) premiered after 1 January, 2015;
c) screened in DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request)
d) in English or with English subtitles
e) Estonian premieres (not required for national submissions).

The deadline for entries is 15 September, 2016.

By this date online entry form must be completed

Additional materials (biography and filmography of director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film) on CD or electronically to
maarit.mannama[at] and a preview copy (DVD) with English subtitles should arrive at our office
(Black Nights Film Festival (Just Film)
Telliskivi 60A,
10412, Tallinn,
phone: +372 631 4640 by that date.

All costs related to the transportation of the preview copy (DVD) and materials are the responsibility of the applicant. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the applicant or forwarded only at the applicant’s expense.

The Festival Director has the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations.

All films have to be registered online at online film entry (

The online application and the preview screener for the selection process must be received within the appropriate deadline.
Formats accepted for selection: DVD (region free / all regions), Blu-ray (region free / all regions) and QuickTime ProRes 422.
For DCP or other formats please contact the section directly.

All films must be submitted in the original version. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

After consultation with the section heads, the Festival Director invites films to participate in the youth films section.
The section heads also decide in which competition of the section a selected film will be programmed and receive advice and assistance from a selection committee.

Costs related to the transportation of the screening copies to Tallinn are the responsibility of the festival, unless otherwise negotiated. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the participant. The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the applicant.
The festival will cover all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during their stay in Estonia.

All selected films are screened in their original version with English subtitles. The producer is required to meet the costs of subtitling.
The version released or planned for release in the country of origin is regarded as the original version.
A complete dialogue list in the original language must be supplied for every film invited.
A complete list of material required for the film’s presentation and a participation form will be sent out with the official invitation.

In the Youth films competition:
A 3-member International Jury and a 5-member Youth Jury (between 14-18 years of age) award the best feature-length film.
Both juries are appointed by the Festival Director at the recommendation of the section heads.

No person who has participated in the production or commercial exploitation of a film in competition may serve on the jury of the same competition.

The two juries meet and deliberate separately, according to their own procedures. Jury decisions are based on a majority vote.
Jury members are sworn to secrecy, even after the Festival is over.

AWARDS: The Grand Prix
The International Jury and Youth Jury are obliged to award the following prize to the film director of the best youth film.
The festival Grand Prix for The Best Youth Film (chosen by the international jury) will be prized with 3.000 euros. The cash prize is equally shared by the Director and Producer of the winning film).

In addition, both, the International Jury and the Youth Jury may award a Special Mention according to a criteria which may change from year to year.

Audience award for the best film will be chosen from all films.

For any further questions, please consult the General Regulations of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or email Just Film programme coordinator Maarit Männama: