On September 6th the crew completed the summer shoot in locations of Kohtla-Järve, Tallinn and around the city. The symbolic is that the crew spent the last shooting day in famous Tallinn Seewald - the historical madhouse.
Happily nobody didn’t turn mad after very demanding shooting period, instead we all celebrated the end of the important period in local „Derevjashka“ tavern’s funny interior of the 90-ties merrily until 3 o’clock in the morning.
On 4th of July Exitfilm OÜ and AB Bufo OY started the shoot of the "Goodbye Soviet Union” in Stalinistic surroundings of the Sillamäe - a previous military town, where uranium was mined.
The crew was well prepared and succeeded nicely despite of the not very friendly weather. Actors were in good mood and enjoyed the majestic exteriors. Around 100 enthusiastic local extras helped to create a real 1980/90-ies atmosphere.
The production is planned as follows - the shoot and the shooting crew from Estonia, shooting equipment and postproduction from Finland.
European Co-Production initiative Eurimages considers Lauri Randla’s "Goodbye Soviet Union” fitting successfully to the conditions of the initiative, sees it’s perspective for the international market and supports the production of the film with 99 587 €.
The competition was intense, „Goodbye Soviet Union” was one of the 20 winning projects from the 68 appliers.
Exitfilm has signed the Agreement with Finnish company OY BUFO AB to co-produce and distribute the production. Companies have been successful applying the production support from local financiers Estonian Film Institute and Finnish Film Foundation. Also Public broadcasters ERR and YLE are participating in the project.
The casting involves well-known Estonian and Finnish actors – Ülle Kaljuste, Tõnu Oja, Nika Savolainen, Pääru Oja, Jekaterina Novosjolova. The main children characters are Finnish schoolboy Niklas Kousmitchev and Estonian schoolgirl Elina Baratashvili.
„Attack of the Cyber Octopuseses“ won the „Best Set Design Award“ in Miami Sience Fiction IF and was nominated as „Best Fantasy“ in Kaohsiung FF Taiwan.
Meantime it has been selectected for Visioni Italiane, Montevideo Fantastico Uruguai, Grindhouse Planet FF UK, Neon Dystopia FF US, Image Castebany France, Black Nights FF Estonia, Madeira Fantastic FilmFest, Calacticat FF Spain, Skepto FF Italy, etc.
The film follows a critical day of the young boy in the lonely farm between the forests, which puts an end to his childhood – his father commands him to kill a lamb...
The film will be premiered in the cassette of the young authors „Fresh Blood: Us and Others“ in autumn 2018 together with Anna Hints' "Ice".
After two years of successful travelling on the world film festivals, „Mausoleum“ won the „Best Short Film Award“ in London Lift-Off FF and the „Best Set Design Award“ in Lift-Off Season Awards in Berlin.
„Ice“ won EFTA 2018 (Estonian Film and Television Awards) in the short films' category. The event took place in Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn and was broadcasted by three major Estonian television stations.
„Ice“ has been in more that 40 festivals in competition and has won 8 awards so far.
Short film "Ice" by Anna Hints participates in a film cassette "Fresh Blood: Us and Others" that consists of six Estonian short films premiered in 2017 and 2018 by young directors. The cassette is 91 min and allows the films to be screened in cinemas around Estonia.
"Ice" has participated in 28 festivals and won four awards so far:
Young director/writer Urmas Reisberg won the Baltic Pitching Forum in Vilnius in October with his short futuristic thriller project “Dark Side Of The Earth” of the two pilots fathal trip to the “Dark East” – the territory, which has become unliveable because of the climat catastrophe – thousands of kilometres of abandoned cities, roads, bridges...
“Dark Side Of The Earth” was selected to be presented at the EURO CONNECTION, a part of the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, to help finding European co-production partners.
Nicola Piovesan’s retro-futuristic punk short film “Attack Of The Cyber Octopuses” started it’s International festival round being nominated for the Main Prize in competition in Kaohsiung Film Festival Taiwan in November 2017. Nicola himself visited the festival and had several screenings and Q&A with audience.
On July 21-st, multitalent Nicola Piovesan premiered his neopunk short film “Attack of Cyber Octopuses” in Tallinn arthouse theatre “Sõprus”. Nicola introduced the project, his experience in using Kickstarter and thanked his multinational crew.
The 30 min. behind the scenes documentary was also shown to the audience.
The film is shot in Tallinn and Tokyo and will be distributed widely to the Kickstarter backers, short and sci-fi film festivals, VOD platform and sci-fi/fantasy orientated satellite and TV channels.
This retro-futuristic cyberpunk short film takes place in Neo-Berlin, 2079 - a dark and rain-soaked city held by mega corporations where the only way for people to enjoy life is by connecting into cyberspace and taking the “Binary Trip” a cyber drug that fries your neurons but promises a feeling better than a hundred orgasms at once…
Nicola Piovesan is young internationally awarded film-maker living and working in Estonia.
This is a humorous coming of age story about Johannes, whose destiny is to be always separated from his loved ones by an “iron curtain”. It is a story about being different, having hair when everyone else is bald and being bald when everyone else has hair… escaping with a toy car from a place that officially does not exist, brawling at school, 10–year old Johannes finally finds acceptance through love.
The film will be shot in 2018 in co-production with Finnish company Bufo AB.
Internationally decorated Lauri Randla’s “Mausoleum” recently winning Best Narrative Award at the Discover.Film in London, was released theatrically in Tallinn “Artis” Cinema 23.03 – 6.04 2017 and in Tartu “Elektriteater” 3.04 2017, as one of the three short films of the Estonian “Horror Anthology”.