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Black Nights Film Festival was launched in 1997 and screened 25 full length films at the first festival to 4500 cinema visitors. The festival started to grow rapidly doubling the visitor numbers every year reaching out beyond the Nordic-Baltic region to discover the cinema of faraway countries. Within 10 years Black Nights Film Festival had increased the number of films nearly tenfold and the number of cinema visits even more. From the first focus on Nordic cinema the festival has grown to present all continents and many genres.

Mission Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is a unique event combining a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, short films and children/youth films. The festival aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from all around the world.

Overview 2015 - over 80 000 admissions
- 650 films and total of 914 screenings
- 768 attending industry guests and journalists
- recognized by FIAPF

Partners Main partners of the Black Nights Film Festival are Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonian Film Institute, Tartu University Children’s Clinic, Estonian Olympic Commitee and international foundations and foreign embassies.

The biggest corporate supporters in 2015 were Nordea Bank (main sponsor of the season), Nordic Hotel Forum (presenter) and gold sponsors Elisa, Toyota Baltic, PZU Insurancem, Tridens, Alexela Grupp, Postimees and Starman.