Thirty-four movies produced in Estonia in 2018

Thirty-four full-length movies were produced in Estonia in 2018, of which 22 were distributed in the cinemas the same year, according to Estonia’s statistics agency.

According to Statistics Estonia, 15 full-length feature films were produced last year, of which 12 were distributed in cinemas within the year. Four full-length feature films were made and released in 2018 under the Estonia 100 film programme: “The Little Comrade”, “The Riddle of Jaan Niemand”, “Take It or Leave It” and “Phantom Owl Forest”.

A scene from “Take It or Leave It”.

“The Little Comrade” won the Estonian Film and Television Award for the best feature film. “Truth and Justice”, which broke attendance records, was released in 2019 and is not yet reflected in the statistics.

In 2018, 18 full-length documentaries (10 were in cinemas in the same year) and one full-length animation (“Captain Morten and the Spider Queen”) were produced.

A considerable number of corporate films

Unlike full-length films, fewer short films were made compared with 2017, the agency said. Thirty-four short feature films, 52 short documentaries and six short animations were produced in 2018. A large proportion of short films were student films produced in Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School.

A scene from “Ahto. Chasing a Dream”, a documentary about Ahto Valter, the first Estonian to sail around the world.

In addition to feature films, animations and documentaries, a considerable number of corporate films are produced in Estonia. In 2018, approximately 7,100 corporate films were made, the majority of which were advertising films or advertising clips (6,600). Besides advertising films, 286 promotional films, 177 educational films and 21 music videos were produced.

In Estonian cinemas, 404 films (including the ones that were produced before 2018) were shown in 2018. Thirty-nine of the films were made in Estonia, 138 in the US, 199 in European countries and 28 in other countries.

Cover: A scene from “The Little Comrade” (courtesy of Amrion).

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