Children‘s and Youth Film Festival Just Film (17. – 26. November 2017)

1.1 Juries

1.2 Film submission entry procedures

1.3 Confirmation of films and reimbursement

1.4 Technical requirements

1.5 Delivery of materials

1.6 Film Delegations

Just Film presents films in the following programmes:

  • International Competition programme of feature films for children
  • International Competition programme of feature films for young people
  • non-competitive and / or informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations

Films eligible for the programmes are feature length (+60 min) either fiction or documentary and produced after 1 January 2016 with a minimum of Estonian premiere. Film produced in Estonia or Estonian-co-productions which have premiered previously in Estonia are also eligible. The festival reserves the right to evaluate eligible films for competition on the case by case basis. The applicable screening copies are on DCP format in English or English subtitles.

Films in competition may be presented in PÖFF main programme non-competitive section and touring screenings after Just Film.


Just Film Grand Prix for the Best Youth Film

  • Best Youth Film
  • Best Children’s Film
  • Up to two special Special mentions per competitive programme

1.1 Juries

The Festival Director will appoint the Domestic Children’s Jury and Youth Jury, both consisting of five members. Also an international jury cosisting of three film specialists will be invited. No jury member can be involved in the production or promotion of any of the films in the competitive programs.

1.2 Film submission entry procedures

Film submission are open from February 1st 2017 with the deadline for submissions for competitive and noncompetitive programs is September 1st 2017. The festival reserves the right to refuse late submissions.  The festival asks submission fee of 50 euros per film.  The Festival Director and the Programming Committee reserves the right to waive submission fees for selected applicants and not to comment its decisions regarding waivers.

Entries submitted through postage, e-mail or any other form except the online submission form are not considered eligible for selection.

By submitting a film to the festival the applicant agrees by the submissions deadline to:

  • fill and submit the entry form via the festival’s online submission form (Visitor Page)
  • deliver a screener (or DVD) with English subtitles to the festival office or provide a screening screening link with a password via e-mail
  • deliver additional materials (biography and filmography of Director, stills of the film, synopsis of the film, trailer and poster art-work if already available) by means specified by the festival
  • acknowledge that “selected status” in the online submission form (Visitor Page) does not guarantee confirmation of the submitted film to the festival programming due to fee, print, rights availability issues at Estonian territory or any other factor

Upon the confirmation of the film to the Festival’s Competitive or Non-Competitive Sections the applicant agrees to:

  • provide trailer of the film either on DVD, online with the non-expiring link or HD- resolution film
  • deliver materials for localization (dialogue lists in original language and in English, spotting list, screener), and poster artwork
  • Materials have to be delivered digitally to The festival does not accept deliveries in hard drive, USB or any physical format as well as file sharing programs or services (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box etc).

1.3 Confirmation of films and reimbursement

Upon the confirmation of the film, the Festival will inform the applicant no later than 26th October, 2017.

The applicant agrees that confirmed titles may not be withdrawn from the festival programme after its participation has been officially confirmed and the producer or producer’s authorised representative has verified the confirmation of the film to the programme.

If, for exceptional reasons, the film has to be withdrawn three weeks or less before the opening of the festival, the applicant agrees to reimburse all costs of the festival related to confirmation and programming of the film including screening fee (when applicable), print delivery and handling costs, associated travel costs for the film delegation.

The invoices for the film rights or print loans should be issued and delivered for payments no later than two months after the end of the festival. The festival does not accept or reimburse invoices issued after that date.

1.4 Technical requirements

To ensure the highest quality of the presentation of confirmed films, all screening copies must be in DCP or technically inspected film format with appropriate quality and soundtrack, and English subtitles. Damaged or dubbed copies, non compatible DCPs, files on broken hard drives as well as consumer formats are refused.

The festival reserves the right to demand screening copies of competition films free of charge including alternative keys to DCP copies or new DCP packages if quality standards are not being met. These include missing subtitles or wrong soundtracks.

Thus, the festival has the right to refuse and withdraw the screening of the film in the competitions if above-mentioned guidelines are not being strictly followed.

DCPs have to be provided either as Interop with subtitles burned in or STMP with subtitle tracks with clearly stated DCP format, aspect ratio, subtitle and soundtrack information marked on the casing and drive (or accompanying tech sheet).

In case of SMTP DCPs a separate spotting list has to be provided to avoid possible projection issues due to incompatibilities between certain DCP servers and projectors.

DCPs have to be provided and shipped on industry standard and protected hard drives. Files on broken, consumer grade hard drives, memory sticks, or download formats are not permitted and the festival has the right to demand new copies as well as KDMs free of charge for damaged and non working DCP packages.

The filmmaker or film representative has to provide appropriate KDMs for original language soundtrack and English subtitle tracks at least 72 hours prior to screenings. If the festival is provided with broken or wrongly assigned KDMs, appropriate new KDMs must be provided free of charge by the film submitter or representative for the minimum of competition entries.

If above mentioned terms are not met, the festival has the right to refuse or withdraw the films from competitions and / or programme.

1.5 Delivery of materials

All costs related to the shipping of the screener copy (DVD) and publicity materials are paid by the submitter or film representative. Submitted preview copies may be returned to the submitter or forwarded only at the submitter’s expense. All packages must be clearly marked with the title of the film, the sender’s / submitter‘s name, return address and telephone and the festival address:

Black Nights Film Festival

Attn: Just Film

Telliskivi 60a, 3rd floor

Tallinn 10412, Estonia

Costs related to the shipping of the screening copies to the festival are paid by the festival, unless otherwise agreed upon. Return shipping costs are the responsibility of the submitter or film representative or a party appointed by them.

The festival will return or forward the screening copies within 14 days after the end of the festival unless instructed otherwise by the submitter or film representative.

The festival covers all expenses connected to the storage and insurance of the screening copies during the duration of the festival.

1.6 Film Delegations

The festival may invite members of the cast and/or crew of any film in any section providing the travel and/or accommodation and Festival accreditation.




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