Festival overview

History and interesting facts

Youth and Children’s Film Festival Just Film is the biggest sub-festival of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festivals. It is held during the main programme – from the 11th until the 28th of November 2022. This year Just Film is celebrating its 22nd edition.

Just Film was founded to give children and youth the possibility to see through film what happens around them and around the world. The aim is to show kids the critical points of society and to make them more understanding and empathic.

Just Film wants to be part of creating a society where people appreciate quality movies and see that together we really can change the world. Just Film contributes to education by offering teachers the opportunity to use quality films in their school programmes. We value diversity, respect and equality highly.

Just Film's team works to show children and young people what an individual can achieve - everyone is important and capable of doing great, regardless of their background or social status.

The programme consists of ~55 feature-length films that fall into different programmes – youth film programme, children’s film programme, lifestyle and sport documentaries (DOC@Just), science documentaries (Science360) and the children’s rights programme. The latter celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2020. In 2020 Just Film also presented a short-film category – shorts for youth and shorts for kids.

Our main focus group is 13-25 year olds and we work very closely with schools and teachers in Estonia.

Just Film presents films in the following programmes:

International Competition programme for youth feature films

International Competition programme for children’s feature films

Non-competitive and / or informative programmes, retrospectives and special presentations

Just Film Festival submission regulations can be FOUND HERE

2021 Winning films:


2021 - Festival Grand Prix: “PLAYGROUND” (Belgium, 2021) Dir: Laura Wandel
ECFA Award: “MY DAD IS A SAUSAGE” (Belgium-Holland, 2021) Dir: Anouk Fortunier
Youth Jury Best Film Award: “BACK TO THOSE DAYS" (Poland, 2021) Dir: Konrad Aksinowicz
Children's Jury Best Film Award: "EVEN MICE BELONG IN HEAVEN” (Czechia, France, Slovakia, Poland, 2021) Dir: Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubeníček

International Jury Special Mention: “IN LIMBO” (Russia, 2021) Dir: Alexander Hant
ECFA Jury Special Mention: "EVEN MICE BELONG IN HEAVEN” (Czechia, France, Slovakia, Poland, 2021) Dir: Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubeníček
Youth Jury Special Mention: “WILD ROOTS” (Hungary, 2021) Dir: Hajni Kis
Children's Jury Special Mention: “NIGHT FOREST” (Germany, 2021) Dir: André Hörmann, Katrin Milhahn



Festival Director – Mikk Granström


Programme Coordinator – Dora Lall