Estonian Film Institute supported the development of the Lauri Randla’s first feature „So Long Soviet Union” with 30 000 €

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. 

Late 2016 Mumbai Shorts awarded “Mausoleum” with “Honorable Jury Mention”

Late 2016 Mumbai Shorts awarded “Mausoleum” with “Honorable Jury Mention”

WorldFest-Houston pre-awarded “Mausoleum” with Remi Award for Short Films.

Film continues competing at the festival in the Major Category Winners.

“You have now joined the ranks of Spielberg, Coppola, Lucas, the Cohen Brothers, David Lynch...and others as WorldFest-Houston Remi Award Winners, so this is an exceptional accomplishment”

Kelly Mann - Entry director

Peeter Urbla received an honorary decoration from the President of Estonian Republic

Estonia to acknowledge 113 people with decorations of the Republic of Estonia on the eve of Independence Day

Peeter Urbla, the CEO of Exitfilm had the honor

President Kersti Kaljulaid will award state decorations to 113 people on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia to acknowledge their commitments to professional life or society that have helped to make Estonia better.

“The Butterfly man” in the Court Metrange IFF France and in Ningbo IFF China

Edina Cüllög’s magic reality short film with Nero Urke “The Butterfly Man”, of the Boruslawski Circus young magician’s assistant’s fatal realizing his chance and turning into thousands of butterflies, is selected in competition for the “Court Metrange” international fantastic and etrange short film festival in Rennes France 19-23.10.2016

“The Butterfly Man” was exposed in China at the Ningbo CEE IFF 8-19.06. 2016

Shootings finished for a short film "Ice"

Two days prior to the Estonian Independence Day, on 22nd of February the shootings for a short film "Ice" ended. It was a 7 day shooting in Finland, on a small island near Oulu, called Hailuoto. It was the first Estonian production entirely shot in Finland.

"Ice" is a story of a father who tries to understand, forgets to listen but remembers to love in the very end.

Scriptwriters were Greta Varts and Anna Hints, director Anna Hints, DoP Tõnis Tuuga, production designers Anneli Arusaar and Matis Mäesalu, producer Eero Talvistu. Lead actors: Mait Malmsten, Aksel Ojari.

Short film „Mausoleum” had a nice triumph at Aalto University

Short film „Mausoleum” was performed as Lauri Randla’s film directing MA graduation work in Aalto University Helsinki at 10.12.2015 amongst other student works and had a nice triumph. 

In addition of the film director and scriptwriter Lauri Randla, leading actor Victor Kotovicz Lanberg, DOP Peter Salovaara, editor Leo Pauli Liesvirta, sound designer Jorma Kaulanen and producer Peeter Urbla participated at the event. 

Exitfilm feature documentary "Rough Stage" at IDFA 2015 competition

"Rough Stage", a feature documentary by Toomas Järvet was selected to IDFA First Appearance competition program.

Maher, a Palestinian man, a former political prisoner. He is an electrical engineer by profession but an artist at heart. He dreams of staging a contemporary dance performance in Ramallah. In order to do so, he must deal with his disapproving family, tight budgets and cultural norms. Set in today’s most contested location, Maher’s story is a parable about a society in conflict, where the real war is between dreams and traditions.

Edina Csüllög's "The Butterfly Man"

„The Butterfly Man“ by Edina Csüllög was premiered theatrically at 09.10.2015 in Solaris multiplex with 3 other short films of young directors - Leeni Linna „Tiibadeta piloot“, Helen Takkin “Elo“, Carlos E. Lesmes „Äralend“ -  as one programme consisting of four short films named „Lennud unes või ilmsi“ (Flights in Dreams or in Reality). The programme was exposed in several theatres around Estonia during one week.

Trailer to the short film cassette:

Annaleena Piel Linna's „Dora Gordine Ars Gratia Artis“

The work on international version of the documentary „Dora Gordine Ars Gratia Artis“ by Annaleena Piel Linna was commenced on 12.08.2015, when it was exposed for audience in Estonian Filmmakers Association theatre.

The international version is 56' and concentrates more on internationally understandable themes and has several cuts in local items.

"The Gull Theorem" is been noticed in Estonia

"The Gull Theorem" was chosen the best documentary in 2014 by Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund. The 90 year old institution has been supporting art and culture for many decades. On 5th of February in 2015, on its anniversary, Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund handed over the 2014 annual prizes. Amongst the respected colleagues Joosep Matjus, the director of "The Gull Theorem" was given the best documentary prize of 2014.

Butterfly Man in production

Edina Csüllög's short film "Butterfly Man" shooting started on 24. October 2014. DoP - Jarmo Kiuru; Production Designers - Vassilissa Danavir, Killu Mägi, Piret Ühtegi; Producers - Kristo Jürmann, Peeter Urbla; Cast - Nero Urke, Raimo Aas, Toomas Suumann, Pille Neeve. The film will be premiered in the beginning of 2015.


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