Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 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.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival consists of the main programme, four sub-festivals, as well as film and co-production markets:
Black Nights Film Festival main programme (24 November - 5 December) - International competition programme EurAsia and Tridens Baltic feature film competition. Informative side programmes include fiction and documentary features from previous 2 years, retrospective of a filmmaker, genre or studio, and focus on a country.
Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers (20 - 24 November) - International competition of student films from previous 2 years - fiction, documentary or animation films; national competition of Estonian short films and special programmes.
Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams (19 - 23 November) - Competition of short animations from previous 2 years. Additional non-competitive programmes include a retrospective of a filmmaker and focus on a country.
Children and Youth Film Festival Just Film (19 - 28 November) - Competition of children's films and youth films. Non-competitive special programmes.
Nokia Mobile Phone Film Festival MOFF (1 September - 24 November) - Competition of short films made with mobile phones.
Black Market Industry Screenings (1-4 December) - regional cinema and audiovisual market focusing on the new films from the neighbouring regions and smaller film industry countries: Central and Eastern European countries, Nordic countries, Russia and countries like Georgia, Ukraine, Romania, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan.
During the festival Baltic Event film and co-production market (1- 3 December) takes place, which screens the newest feature films from the Baltic countries along with a co-production market open for projects from the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia.