EstDocs (the Estonian documentary film festival in Toronto) celebrates its 10th year of bringing Estonian-themed films to audiences; this year’s festival takes place from 16-21 October.
EstDocs is an audience festival and juried competition featuring films that have a connection to Estonia. The festival features top documentary filmmaking talent from Estonia and around the world. The EstDocs mission is to provide a 360-degree perspective on Estonian history, politics, arts, culture and social aspects. The festival’s expanding profile is attributed to high quality entries and provocative Q&A post screening sessions with the filmmakers and film experts via the Estonia-invented Skype.
The festival first opened its doors in 2005 to 250 attendees during an eight-day run. A shorter, streamlined five-day festival in recent years continues to attract a strong following with the attendance of 1,800 participants last year.
This year, EstDocs celebrates the world premier of the film “Keepers of the Loom”, directed and produced by Estonian-Canadian filmmakers Thomas and Reet Mae in conjunction with MEERK (a group which fosters the continuance of ethnic traditions in Canada). Post-screening discussions will be moderated by the Estonian journalist, Indrek Treufeldt, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist, media lecturer and expert in communications and public affairs.
The honourary patron of EstDocs is the President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
More information and tickets: EstDocs.com